Intellectual Property in a Digital World

In recent years, many creative industries – most notably the music industry – have dealt with the ramifications of the ease of digital sharing as it relates to intellectual property. On 05.18.15, a panel moderated by Melissa Marsh, founder and CEO of PLASTARC, gathered to discuss what the future of intellectual property for architecture will be. The speakers included Nancy Wolff and Joshua Sessler, partners at Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP; LeAnn Shelton, Esq., AIA, general counsel and director of business affairs at Rockwell Group; and Matthew Bannister, founding partner and CEO of DBOX. Continue reading “Intellectual Property in a Digital World”

High School Architecture Students Present at the Center

High school students from the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction (UASDC) presented their final projects at the Center for Architecture on 06.01.15. The group of sophomores, juniors, and seniors all participate in our Learning By Design:NY residency, taught by Center for Architecture Design Educator Yves Roger. Continue reading “High School Architecture Students Present at the Center”

New Deadlines

2015 Oculus Editorial Calendar
The Oculus 2015 Editorial Calendar has been set. If you are an architect in practice or by training, or see yourself as an astute observer of New York’s architectural and planning scene, Oculus wants to hear from you! You may submit projects/topics from anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. Please submit story ideas/projects by the deadlines indicated below to Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA:

Winter 2015: “Makers in a Digital World” or “Architecture & the Digital World”
How we present and build what we do: 21st-century visual representation, mapping, big data. Life-cycle of a building: an idea, draw it, digitize for CNC milling machines, construct, share via Instagram, etc. Cooper-Hewitt tech “pencils”; etc.
Deadline story for ideas, projects: 08.07.15 Continue reading “New Deadlines”

Sighted: 2015 AIA Convention Special

05.14.14: The 2015 AIA convention in Atlanta opened with a keynote speech by former President Bill Clinton. “There is no question in ways large and small, those of you who are designing the built environment are going to have a big impact,” he said, and called on architects to take advantage of “low-lying fruit” – such as former NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s Cool Roof initiative. Continue reading “Sighted: 2015 AIA Convention Special”



The magazine The Plan is organizing the 2nd Architecture Forum Perspective USA, again in New York at the Waldorf Astoria, on June 24-25. This event follows the 6thedition of Perspective Europe, just occurred in Milan.

Attended by premier architecture firms, engineering and business operators, the Forum will be a great opportunity to get insightful information on the architecture and construction scene, hearing about architecture and design trends likely to impact the market.

The Forum gives the chance to earn 4 AIA LUs every half a day of participation, earning up to 16 AIA LUs, if attending both days (4 sessions). The Forum holds 4 Keynote Speeches and ongoing talks of 30 minutes each, divided in thematic sessions:

  • Architecture and Quality: Envisioning a Better World
  • Architecture and Research: Challenging Design and Construction Boundaries
  • Architecture and Sustainability: Towards a more Conscious Design Approach
  • Architecture and Society: Creating a more Friendly Environment

Please see following link for further information and free registration:


PROJECT ARCHITECT: Loci Architecture is seeking highly organized and self-motivated NYC-based architects with 7+ years experience who can join our team that is currently managing over $100 million in construction. Our work includes multi-family housing, residences, charter schools, university projects, and building restorations. You will join a collaborative team dedicated to executing projects with rigorous attention to design and detail. Strong communication skills are essential. Please send your resume, portfolio and a cover letter in PDF format to:


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