Room at the Top Together

Denise Scott Brown, RIBA, Int. FRIBA, is a household name in the world of architecture. An architectural education that does not include Learning from Las Vegas, written in collaboration with her husband Robert Venturi, FAIA, and Steven Izenour, FAIA, is incomplete. Nonetheless, in 1991, the Pritzker Prize jury overlooked one half of the team responsible for a tremendously influential body of work, conferring the award solely to her husband. Twenty-two years later, at an Architects’ Journal Women in Architecture luncheon, Scott Brown asked to be retroactively acknowledged in the 1991 Pritzker Prize. This statement spurred a passionate debate about the role of women in architecture, and led two young women in the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Women in Design Club to launch a petition to include Scott Brown as a Pritzker winner. The petition now has more than 14,000 signatures, including Rafael Moneo, Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, and Venturi himself. Continue reading “Room at the Top Together”

David Childs, FAIA, and SOM Designing a Vertical City at Hudson Yards

“Tower E… it could certainly use a better name,” David Childs, FAIA, joked, referring to the new 61-story mixed-use building Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM) is designing on the southeast corner of 11th Avenue and West 33rd Street. Indeed, worthy and waiting for a new moniker, it is a part of the 26-acre Hudson Yards. Childs, now a consulting design partner with SOM, was at the Center for Architecture on 05.30.13 for a conversation with the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Justin Davidson, who covers architecture and classical music for New York magazine. The event was the latest in the “Design in the New Heart of New York” series exploring this future neighborhood, which for decades, per the New York Times, has been a “mishmash of rail yards, tunnel ramps, and parking lots.” Continue reading “David Childs, FAIA, and SOM Designing a Vertical City at Hudson Yards”

Intern Architects: Prepare for the ARE Blackout!

The Emerging New York Architects Committee’s (ENYA) annual Got License? event brought representatives from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and the New York State Office of the Professions to the Center for Architecture. Robert Lopez, executive secretary for the NYS Board of Architecture, explained the specific licensure requirements within New York State, highlighted statewide licensure trends, and presented various paths to licensure. Continue reading “Intern Architects: Prepare for the ARE Blackout!”

Examining the “Compromised Ideal”: Marcus Garvey Park Village at 40

One of the Center for Architecture’s current exhibitions “Low Rise High Density” has attracted some critical dialogue around a housing typology that inspired optimistic schemes in the 1960s and ‘70s. While the exhibition displays low-rise, high-density projects in their idealized forms, the panel discussion, Marcus Garvey Park Village at 40, reassessed the seminal housing project four decades post-occupancy. After breaking ground in Brownsville, Brooklyn, in 1973 to great fanfare, Marcus Garvey today confronts a very harsh reality as a crime- and poverty-striken community. The ensuing discussion questioned the role that architecture played in this unfortunate state of affairs. Continue reading “Examining the “Compromised Ideal”: Marcus Garvey Park Village at 40”

DfRR Committee and AIANY is Going National

Ever peeking through the curtain wall of the Denver Convention Center, its 42-foot-tall blue bear designed by Lawrence Argent will soon see the best of New York, since more than two dozen speakers at the 2013 AIA Annual Convention 06.19-06.22.13 are from NYC and AIANY.

Denver-bound are 2013 AIANY President Jill Lerner, FAIA, Past Presidents Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, and Mark Strauss, FAIA, and many more, along with Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY executive director, and three AIANY members on the AIA National board of directors: Susan Chin, FAIA, Anthony Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA, and Burt Roslyn, FAIA. Many members of the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) will also be attending, including Venesa Alicea, AIA, LEED AP, Julie Ann Engh, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, and AIANY Board member Jessica Sheridan, AIA, LEED AP. Continue reading “DfRR Committee and AIANY is Going National”

All Aboard a New Penn Station – Departing: Soon?

In April, the Municipal Art Society of New York invited four prominent NYC-based firms to take part in the MAS Design Challenge for a New Penn Station and the Next Madison Square Garden (MSG). On 05.29.13, a packed house at the TimesCenter (along with the rest of the world) got to see what Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Josh Sirefman (DS+R), H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture (who stepped in when Santiago Calatrava bowed out), SHoP Architects, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) came up with. Continue reading “All Aboard a New Penn Station – Departing: Soon?”

The New Normal

Thought leader and lifelong contributor to the business interests and intersections of architects and their practices, Rena M. Klein, FAIA, gave a talk called “Small Firm Practice in the New Normal: Learning from Chaos Theory” on 05.06.13. In the latest iteration of the Leading Architecture in a Changing World Series, organized by the AIANY Professional Practice Committee, Klein addressed a wide range of topics, from productivity and profitability in small practices, and national demographic trends and their impact on the architecture talent pool, to new business models for delivering architecture in a new economy. Continue reading “The New Normal”

Learning by Design teams up with Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction

The school year might be winding down, but the Center for Architecture Foundation’s partnership with the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction (UASDC) is in full swing. CFAF staff, volunteers, and Board Members served as jurors for the 9-11th-grade students’ final design reviews at the school in Hell’s Kitchen on 05.30.13. The next day, a select group of these students presented their semester-long projects at the Center for Architecture. Continue reading “Learning by Design teams up with Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction”

Names in the News

The Society for College and University Planning 2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture winners include the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Expansion Project by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (New Building Honor Award), and the Stanford University Bing Concert Hall by Ennead Architects (New Building Merit Award). Both are also 2013 AIANY Design Award Winners (Architecture Honor and Architecture Merit, respectively). Continue reading “Names in the News”