Honoring Achievement for Professional and Public Good

Last Thursday evening we recognized 13 new members of the AIA College of Fellows who belong to the AIA New York Chapter. They are part of a group of 122 new Fellows nationally. The 2013 Fellows are:

Israel Berger, FAIA, Vidaris, Inc.
Raymond Bordwell, FAIA, Avenues World Holdings
Carlos Brillembourg, FAIA, Carlos Brillembourg Architects
Susan A. Chin, FAIA, Wildlife Conservation Society
Judith DiMaio, FAIA, New York Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Design
Kenneth Levien, FAIA, Levien & Company
Carol Loewenson, FAIA, Mitchell | Giurgola Architects, LLP
Richard Metsky, FAIA, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners LLP
Margaret Newman, FAIA, New York City Department of Transportation
Terrence O’Neal, FAIA, Terrence O’Neal Architect, LLC
Peter Schubert, FAIA, Ennead Architects LLP
Claire Weisz, FAIA, WXY Architecture + Urban Design Continue reading “Honoring Achievement for Professional and Public Good”

Architects: The Next Generation – Senior Practitioners Step Up to Mentor Emerging Professionals

At the Emerging New York Architects Committee’s (ENYA) Speed Mentoring event, mentees engaged seasoned professionals in conversation about resumés, portfolios, interviewing, leadership in the workplace, and licensure. The 12 established professionals included multiple AIA Fellows and licensed architects active with Architecture for Humanity, the National Organization for Minority Architects, the New York Coalition of Black Architects, and a business coach. Continue reading “Architects: The Next Generation – Senior Practitioners Step Up to Mentor Emerging Professionals”

Long Island Modernism 1930-1980: Caroline Rob Zaleski Uncovers the Modern Design Masters in Our Own Backyard

Caroline Rob Zaleski’s stunningly illustrated Long Island Modernism 1930-1980 chronicles the Modern masterpieces on Long Island by 25 architects and architectural firms. Her research began as a survey conducted for the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA), and grew to include hundreds of works throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties. While presenting her book at the Center for Architecture, Zaleski highlighted eight of the featured practitioners’ works, in addition to surveying academic structures of the Modern vernacular at SUNY Stony Brook, the SUNY College at Old Westbury, and Adelphi University. Continue reading “Long Island Modernism 1930-1980: Caroline Rob Zaleski Uncovers the Modern Design Masters in Our Own Backyard”

Oculus Quick Take: John Belle, FAIA

To celebrate Grand Central Terminal’s centennial, on 02.13.13, Miguel Angel Baltierra, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, interviewed John Belle (FAIA, RIBA, and Hon. PhD) on his book Grand Central: Gateway to a Million Lives, written with Maxinne R. Leighton, Assoc. AIA, and  published by W. W. Norton & Company; Updated Edition edition (December 7, 2012). Listen to the interview, which took place just after the Oculus Book Talk on 02.11.13. Continue reading “Oculus Quick Take: John Belle, FAIA”

Stirred, Not Shaken

The third edition of Cocktails & Conversation series paired the newly-minted AIA Fellow Claire Weisz, a founding principal of WXY Architecture + Urban Design with James S. Russell, FAIA, the architecture critic for Bloomberg News. He has written about cities, architecture, and environmental design including his new book The Agile City: Building Well-being and Wealth in an Era of Climate Change (Island Press 2012); he also happens to be the editorial advisor for e-Oculus and Oculus. They were joined by event mainstay Toby Cecchini, the master bartender and writer who designed a special cocktail called the “Shiso Hop.” Continue reading “Stirred, Not Shaken”


As a part of the continuing efforts in the post-Sandy recovery assessment and training, AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction (DfRR) Committee members Illya Azaroff, AIA, Jack Suben, AIA, and Deborah Gans, AIA, attended HURRIPLAN training conducted by National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) at the University of Hawaii, in collaboration with Pratt Institute, and sponsored by FEMA. This group (pictured above) was educated to be future trainers for New York City and the surrounding region by NDTPC members Dean Sakamoto, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Don Shaw, Don Watson, and Dennis Hwang. Continue reading “HURRIPLAN Training”

CFAF’s New Buildings New York Tour: Wythe Hotel

Even a winter rainstorm couldn’t dampen the spirits of 20 architecture enthusiasts who gathered on 02.19.13 for the New Buildings New York behind-the-scenes tour of the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, organized by the Center for Architecture Foundation. The tour began in the hotel’s main event space where Peter Lawrence, partner and general manager at the Wythe, architect Morris Adjmi, AIA, project architect Mohammad Rajab, and interior designers Stefanie Brechbuehler and Ryan Mahoney of Workstead spoke about the process of turning an abandoned factory into a 72-room boutique hotel. Continue reading “CFAF’s New Buildings New York Tour: Wythe Hotel”

In the News

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In This Issue:

Macro Chelsea Gallery for Major Contemporary Artists – David Zwirner Gallery
Collaborating on Culture and Condos – Culture Shed/Tower D
Infrastructure for Changing Medical Technology and Practices – Center for Care and Discovery, U. of Chicago Medicine
A Mid-rise Tower on the Lower East Side Stacks Up – 100 Norfolk Street
Benvenuto and Bravo to Italy’s New Cultural Center – ANIMA
Sugar Substitute – New Domino

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