Inspiring Education: CFAF Hosts Tours of 21st C. School Design Exhibitions

CFAF Lead Design Educator Tim Hayduk introduces tour attendees to “The Best School in the World,” which highlights Finland’s progressive education system via seven exemplary schools.

Catherine Teegarden/Center for Architecture Foundation

Administrators from Horace Greeley High School and architects from Studios Architecture are guided through examples of other educational institutions in The Best School exhibition at the Center.

Eveline Chang/Center for Architecture Foundation

On 10.4.12, a diverse group of educators, design professionals, and the general public attended the Center for Architecture Foundation’s Guided Exhibition Tour of the Center for Architecture’s fall exhibitions, “The Edgeless School: Design for Learning” and “The Best School in the World: Seven Finnish Examples from the 21st Century.” Both exhibitions opened on 10.1.12, the inaugural date of Archtober, Architecture and Design month in New York City. Both exhibitions focus on innovative school design, including examples as local as Lower Manhattan and as far as Scandinavia.

Led by CFAF’s Lead Design Educator, Tim Hayduk, the tour began with an overview of “The Best School in the World” as a way to compare and contrast the two exhibitions. This exhibit not only presents handsome modern architectural settings, it frames several key reasons why Finnish schools have topped PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) and provides insight into the culture of Finnish Education. The nation holds education and teaching in very high regard, encourages life-long learning to all citizens in a non-competitive environment that does not emphasize testing as its go-to method of assessing student achievement.

The tour’s next stop was “The Edgeless School.” Curated by Tom Mellins with Edith Ackerman as Senior Research Consultant, this exhibit reconsiders the school in the age of “digital natives” where learning can happen virtually anywhere with the assistance of wireless technology. Teachers, too, take on a new role as facilitators in hands-on experiential learning. The audience was extremely interested in discussing the role technology will continue to play in learning. Video points of view by several contemporary educators present the importance of gaming, play and other non-traditional teaching methodologies. A salon-style discussion ensued in the Center for Architecture’s double height gallery space, where tour participants posed questions and shared experiences about the work presented in their professional lives.

STUDIOS Architecture, working with school administrators from Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, NY, attended a private tour of the exhibitions, also led by Tim Hayduk. The Chappaqua Central School District received a grant from the Chappaqua School Foundation for Studios to prepare a feasibility study and concept design for a state-of-the-art Learning Commons at Greeley. Their visit was an opportunity to study the two exhibitions, serving as a resource for schools looking to expand or change their physical plant to address technology and the change that it continuously brings.

CFAF will reprise its Guided Exhibition Tour of The Edgeless School on 11.16.12 from 12:00 – 1:00pm, and on 1.7.13 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. The tour will also include a look at “Building Connections 2012,” CFAF’s annual exhibition of K-12 student design work, which opens on 11.15.12. For more information and to register, please visit

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2013 OCULUS Editorial Calendar will be announced shortly!
If you are an architect by training or see yourself as an astute observer of New York’s architectural and planning scene, note that OCULUS editors want to hear from you! Projects/topics may be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. Deadlines for submissions will be included. For further information, contact Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA:

10.14.12 Call for Entries: Enlightening Libraries: Student Design Competition—AIAS/Kawneer

10.15.12 Call for Submissions: 2012 Chicago Prize Competition: FUTURE PRENTICE

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10.19.12 Call for Nominations: AIA Fellowship and Honorary Fellowship

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11.01.12 Call for Submissions: 2013 World Habitat Awards

11.05.12 Call for Submissions: RIBA Open Ideas Competition: Re-imagining York’s Guildhall Complex

11.16.12 Request for Applications: 2013 Sustainable Design
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11.16.12 Call for Submissions: NYCEDC “Change the Course” – The NYC Waterfront Construction Competition

11.20.12 Call for Entries: Street Seats Design Challenge: Design Furniture for Boston’s Fort Point Channel

11.23.12 Call for Entries: 2012 Palladio Awards Honoring Excellence in Traditional Design

11.30.12 Call for Entries: Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint Design Contest

11.30.12 Call for Submissions: Detroit by Design 2012: Detroit Riverfront Competition

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12.10.12 Call for Applications: 2013 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence

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09.26.12: Jim Garrison, AIA, principal Garrison Architects, watches along with his students from Pratt as a module is set that will form a two-story childcare center for Lehman College in the Bronx.

Maria Escalera, Garrison Architects

10.01.12: The Center for Architecture kicked off Archtober by hosting openings for two exhibitions: “The Edgeless School: Design for Learning,” and “The Best School in the World: Seven Finnish Examples from the 21st Century.”

A grid of school desks hangs within the storefront and mezzanine at the Center as part of the “The Edgeless School” exhibition.

Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA

Thomas Mellins, curator, “The Edgeless School,” and Juulia Kauste, director, Museum of Finnish Architecture, and project leader, “The Best School in the World”.

Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA

(l-r) Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, AIANY; Finland’s Consul General in New York, Jukka Pietikäinen; and Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, 2012 AIANY President

Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA

10.04.12: A Sound & Acoustics Panel was held in the Orchestra of St. Lukes as part of the New York/Dwell Magazine’s City Modern series.

(l-r) Geoff Lynch, AIA, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture; Raj Patel, Arup; David van der Leer, associate curator of architecture and urban studies, Guggenheim Museum; Richard Olcott, FAIA, FAAR, Ennead Architects; and artist Mary Ellen Carroll. Hugh Hardy, FAIA, not pictured

Linda G. Miller

10.04.12: Architectural Record’s 10th annual conference, “Innovation Conference 2012: Design Leaders Envision the Next Decade,” was held at the McGraw-Hill Conference Center.

Clifford Pearson, deputy editor, and Cathleen McGuigan, editor-in-chief of Architectural Record, flanking keynote speaker David Adjaye, Hon. FAIA, RIBA, founder and principal, Adjaye Associates

Linda G. Miller

Jeanne Gang, FAIA, principal and founder, Studio Gang Architects, and Brandon Haw, senior partner in charge of the New York office of Foster + Partners

Linda G. Miller

10.06.12: In the Archtober Lounge, CultureNOW demonstrates the app that features the 31 Archtober Buildings of the Day. CultureNOW’s Podcast Project will feature talks from 50 architects and 50 artists.

(l-r) William Singer, AIA, AIANY Architectural Dialogue Committee; Abby Suckle, FAIA, president, CultureNOW and AIANY Vice President for Public Outreach; Arthur Platt AIA, co-chair of AIANY Architecture Tourism Committee; Anne Lewisohn, AIA, CultureNOW vice president; and Molaundo Jones, program director at the Creative Arts Workshops for Kids

Linda G. Miller

10.06-10.07.12: openhousenewyork presented the 10th Annual OHNY Weekend, inviting people to tour the city’s most interesting spaces, many of which are not typically open to the public.

Central Synagogue is the oldest building in New York in continuous use for this purpose. It was designed by Henry Fernbach in 1872 in the Moorish style, and restored by Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates in 2000.

Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA


On view in the Slocum Gallery at Syracuse University School of Architecture through 10.25.12 is “Investigations,” an exhibition of the work of Syracuse visiting critic Stephan Jaklitsch, AIA, and Marc Gardner, AIA, Principals of Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects.

Courtesy of Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects

“Richard Meier: Building as Art” is on view through 03.03.13 at the Meier-designed Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck in Remagen, Germany. The exhibition focuses on his museum buildings and residential projects, and includes models, sketches, renderings, and photographs.

© David Ertl