The Architect as Agent of Change

Telecommuting to a meeting while wearing pajamas. Analyzing data on a laptop over breakfast. Online video conferencing between collaborators in distant nations. None of these commonplace business practices would be possible without the maturation of the Internet and the viability of wireless telecommunication networks. The rapid proliferation of such customs has indeed changed the way that businesses operate today. The physical home office has lost its power; it no longer exerts a centripetal pull over employees. Consequently, such patterns of human activity beg fundamental reconsideration of the edifices that we inhabit. What is an office for? And who does it serve? Continue reading “The Architect as Agent of Change”

The Center for Architecture Foundation Announces 2013 Scholarship Recipients

The Center for Architecture Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 CFA Design Scholarship, and the Women’s Auxiliary Eleanor Allwork Scholarship. For both awards, students are nominated by the dean or department chair of their respective school. With a record number of applications, this year’s field proved extremely competitive. Ultimately the scholarship committee selected four outstanding students: Hyatt Tortorella, CFA Design Scholarship; Anthony Giron, Jenna Steinbeck and David Martinez-Delgado, Eleanor Allwork Scholarship. Continue reading “The Center for Architecture Foundation Announces 2013 Scholarship Recipients”

Names in the News

The American Institute of Architects membership elected new AIA National Board members at the AIA 2013 Convention: Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, Elected 2014 First Vice President and 2015 President; James Easton Rains Jr., FAIA, Elected 2014-2015 AIA Vice President; Thomas V. Vonier, FAIA, Elected 2014-2015 AIA Vice President; and John P. Grounds, AIA, Elected 2014-2015 AIA Treasurer… Continue reading “Names in the News”

On View: At the Center for Architecture and About Town

Please join us on 07.02.13 at 6:00 PM for the opening of the exhibition “AJAP | Les Albums des Jeunes Architectes et des Paysagistes.”

17 teams, composed of 26 architects and 6 landscape designers under 35 years old, were proclaimed prizewinners of the 2012 session. Once again this year, a committee of experts comprised of over 100 people from the world of architecture and landscape design took the trouble to examine the 242 submissions that were received by the Ministry of Culture and Communication.

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New Deadlines

The Oculus 2013 Editorial Calendar has been set. If you are an architect by training, or see yourself as an astute observer of New York’s architectural and planning scene, Oculus wants to hear from you! Projects/topics may be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. Please submit story ideas by the deadlines indicated in the calendar to Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA: Read the latest issue of Oculus, Summer 2013, which is now available online!

06.30.13 Call for Submissions: Morpholio Project’s Inside 2013 Competition for Students and Young Professionals

07.20.13 Call for Submissions: REBUILD BY DESIGN: Hurricane Sandy Regional Planning and Design Competition

08.16.13 Call for Entries: Center for Architecture’s 2013 Subway Show: New York New World

10.07.13 Call for Submissions: FAR ROC [For a Resilient Rockaway] Arverne East Design Competition – Phase 2 Deadline

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06.18.13: Kansas City Mayor Sly James; 2013 AIANY President Jill N. Lerner, FAIA; and AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, at the reception for the CityAge Global Metropolis conference, a platform for dialogue designed to amplify new ideas in business, government, and society. Lerner was the chair of a panel at the conference called “Global Catalysts: Cities and the Global Economy.” Continue reading “Sighted”

146th Annual Meeting Report: Excerpted Remarks by Jill N. Lerner, FAIA, 2013 AIANY President

I would like to say that it has been a true honor to serve as President of AIANY, here in this city of great architecture and great architects. We have a dynamic Chapter, aiming always to make our profession more visible, more relevant, and more aligned with the needs and concerns of our membership. When I took the helm as President in January, I found a well-run entity in strong financial shape, a growing membership base thanks to previous presidents and to excellent management by AIANY staff, and a growing and impressive home base at the Center for Architecture, widely acknowledged as presenting a positive face for our profession, broadening our impact and influence. Continue reading “146th Annual Meeting Report: Excerpted Remarks by Jill N. Lerner, FAIA, 2013 AIANY President”

146th Annual Meeting Report: Chapter Business and Awards

The AIA New York Chapter membership gathers each June to elect the Board of Directors and members of select committees, as well as to conduct chapter business and honor those who contribute to New York’s built environment. In a time when organizations are fleeting, it’s incredible to know that this was our Chapter’s 146th Annual Meeting.

Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, was elected 2014 President. Principal of Lance Jay Brown Architecture + Urban Design, he is also a Distinguished Professor in the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of New York. Tomas J. Rossant, AIA, of Ennead Architects, was elected First Vice President / 2015 President-Elect.

All awards and citations conferred are below, and the entire elected slate can be viewed here. Continue reading “146th Annual Meeting Report: Chapter Business and Awards”

Rhetorically Speaking: To SIRR, with Respect

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg outlined the roadmap to resiliency in a remarkable speech titled “A Stronger, More Resilient New York” on Tuesday, 06.11.13 at the Duggal Greenhouse of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Announcing and summarizing a 400-page report prepared by an interdisciplinary and interagency team led by the NYC Department of City Planning and NYC Economic Development Corporation staff, the Mayor was eloquent, cogent, and succinct.

Representing AIANY at the event were AIANY 2013 President Jill N. Lerner, FAIA; President-elect Lance Jay Brown, FAIA; Policy Director Jay B. Bond, and Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, your scribe. Brown, also the co-chair, with Illya Azaroff, AIA, of the AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee, said, “The comprehensive nature of the 400 page proposal to protect the city is laudable. It will take some time to review the entire proposal but it lays down the gauntlet, as no doubt intended, for whatever administration succeeds this vitally committed Mayor of our City, a true follower of the Ephebic Oath.” Some remember Mayor Bloomberg in an inaugural speech promising, as per the Athenian or Ephebic Oath, to leave the City “greater and better” than it was before.

Excerpts from the Mayor’s remarks follow after the jump. The recommendations parallel many of the options outlined in the Post-Sandy Initiative Report: Building Better, Building Smarter: Opportunities for Design and Development prepared by the Post-Sandy Initiative team led by AIANY with a host of sister organizations including the ACEC, APA, ASLA, CHPC, NYSAFA, RPA, and SEAoNY. Continue reading “Rhetorically Speaking: To SIRR, with Respect”