Center for Architecture Construction Update

The Center for Architecture’s renovation project is on its way! Last week, 07.13-17.15, the Center’s offices were closed as we replaced the floors. Construction will continue through 09.01.15. We would like to remind you that, during this time, no exhibitions will be on view, but the space will remain open for programming and events.

Since opening its doors in October 2003, the Center for Architecture has hosted more than 2,000 events, 3,500 meetings, and 300 exhibitions. You have been a part of many of these achievements. Without your involvement, the Center for Architecture would not be the fast-growing institution that it is today. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and patience as we work to make the Center better than ever.

For more information on our renovation and how you can contribute, visit our Support page or contact Jesse Lazar, Director of Development, at 212-358-6108 or

BRIK Update: New Members-Only Research Databases

The Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK), sponsored by AIA and the National Institute of Building Sciences, offers a members-only subscription feature that increases access to relevant research databases. In addition to the “BRIK Boutique” – selected, professionally-reviewed research highlighted by NAIA, NIBS, and BRIK partners – the knowledgebase now includes Art and Architecture Complete, the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, and the Sustainability Reference Center.

AIA and NIBS are offering members a free trial through September, after which members will be asked to sign up for the annual BRIK subscription for $40 per user.

Advocacy in Action: Building a Case for Energy Efficient Buildings

AIA members across the country are urging their Senators to oppose the proposal to repeal the Federal 2030 targets in the upcoming energy-efficiency package that the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources is assembling. Repealing energy-saving targets for federal buildings would set back ongoing efforts to save energy and reduce carbon emissions while also saving taxpayer money. Continue reading “Advocacy in Action: Building a Case for Energy Efficient Buildings”

Center for Architecture Announces 2015 Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship

The Center for Architecture is pleased to announce the winner of the Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a high school senior attending a New York City public or charter school who plans to pursue an undergraduate degree in architecture at an NAAB-accredited school within New York State. This year, the award amount was increased to $10,000 per year for the first two years of study to subsidize the recipient’s college tuition and related costs. Continue reading “Center for Architecture Announces 2015 Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship”

In Memoriam: Stuart K. Pertz, FAIA (1936-2015)

Stuart Pertz, FAIA, architect, urban planner, ceramic artist, NYC Planning Commissioner, and teacher died on 07.08.15 of cancer. Over a 40-year career spanning five New York City mayors and countless changes to the city he loved, Pertz became one of the most respected and influential thinkers about urbanism. Continue reading “In Memoriam: Stuart K. Pertz, FAIA (1936-2015)”

Names in the News

The NYC Public Design Commission’s 33rd Annual Awards for Excellence in Design recognized Rescue Company 2 by Studio Gang Architects and SCAPE/ Landscape Architecture; Rockefeller University Expansion by Rafael Viñoly Architects and Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects; The Obelisk by Building Conservation Associates and Conservation of Sculpture and Objects Studio; Issue Project Room by WORK Architecture Company (WORKac); Montefiore Square Park and Plaza by Thomas Balsley Associates and URS Corporation; Calvert Vaux Park Facility by 1100 Architect and Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects; Westchester Square Branch Library by Snøhetta; Idlewild Park Nature Center by Handel Architects and Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects; Kings Theatre by Martinez + Johnson Architects, EverGreene Architectural Arts, Building Conservation Associates, and EHT Traceries; and Lighthouse Point by Garrison Architects, Cooper Carry Architects, and MPFPContinue reading “Names in the News”

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 for story ideas: 08.07.15 Continue reading “New Deadlines”

On View: About Town

Highbridge: Rebirth of the Harlem River” at Poe Park Visitor Center
Through 07.25.15

19th Century Architectural Views from the Collection of Jay McDonald” at Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs
Through 07.31.15

Facing East: Chinese Urbanism in Africa” at the Storefront for Art and Architecture
Through 08.01.15

Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today” at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)
Through 09.27.15


07.20.15: AIANY Marketing and Communications Committee and AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee invited a diverse panel to examine how firms build and communicate resiliency practices.  (l-r) James Way and Delphine Daniels, co-chairs, AIANY Marketing and Communications Committee; Olivia Stinson, Assoc. Director, City Relationships at 100 Resilient Cities, The Rockefeller Foundation; Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, Co-Chair, AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee; Roland Lewis, President and CEO, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance; Janice Barnes, PhD, LEED AP, Planning + Strategies Global Leader, Perkins + Will; John Boulé, PE, Senior Vice President, Dewberry. Continue reading “Sighted”