Member Dues: Good News!

Some good news for AIANY’s 5,200 members: on Wednesday, 08.19.15, the Board of Directors voted to not raise AIANY dues this year. The AIANY Chapter dues will remain the same for 2016. In 2014, the Board undertook an extensive review of the dues structure for 2015 and made strategic steps to rationalize the structure, eliminating supplemental dues for member architects, and reducing the confusion based on years and tiers of membership. This year, with a rising membership, now at 5,200, and improved economic conditions in the field, the Board anticipates being able to continue to provide value and meet member needs without increasing the direct costs to members.

LPC Reform: Improving Important Processes

In April, City Council members brought forward Intro. 775, a Local Law to amend the administrative code of the City of New York, establishing a maximum period of time for the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to take action on items calendared for consideration of landmark status. The bill was created to address the issues of transparency and consistency at LPC, but it also establishes a moratorium on designations for projects that fail to meet the tight deadlines. Continue reading “LPC Reform: Improving Important Processes”

Measuring Bubbe’s Wisdom and Edifying Clients

When Roger Ulrich designed, executed, and published a controlled study of the view from hospital rooms as an independent variable in patients’ recovery from gallbladder surgery, he didn’t intend it as a slight to anyone’s grandmother. His 1984 report in Science linked a distinction in a common architectural feature – windows facing nature or facing a wall – to differences in both objective outcome metrics (time to recovery, painkiller doses) and subjective reports (nurses’ notes). Ulrich’s observation is widely acknowledged as a foundational paper in the rise of evidence-based design; it has also sparked an enduring debate over the value of science in backing up common-sense observations. “If we all asked our grandmothers if looking at trees through a window would lead to better health outcomes than looking at a concrete wall,” suggested panelist Scott Francisco, founder of consultancy Pilot Projects and an advocate of participatory, crowdsourced approaches to design, “we’d get the same kind of results.” Continue reading “Measuring Bubbe’s Wisdom and Edifying Clients”

AIANY Fourth Annual Golf Classic Recap

Thank you to all who joined us on 08.10.15 at the handsome Winged Foot Golf Club to support the Center for Architecture and the AIA New York Chapter’s Fourth Annual Golf Classic!

The day was a tremendous success, and brought out more than 140 golfers from the architecture, engineering, construction, and real estate communities for a beautiful day at the spectacular club. Together, we raised $230,000 to support the Center for Architecture and its mission to educate the public about the importance of architecture and design. We thank you for being part of it! Congratulations to all the winners!

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Resiliency Today: Systems, Standards, and the Case for Going Broad

Appropriately sub-titled “Creating and Communicating a Critical Sector,” July’s panel discussion on marketing resilient design services was as much about framing the services themselves as it was about generating new business. A follow-up to last year’s program entitled “The 21st Century Practice: Marketing Resiliency Planning and Design,” this event asked four leading experts in resilient design to offer their insights into the practice today. Continue reading “Resiliency Today: Systems, Standards, and the Case for Going Broad”

Design Thinking and Tinkering: Store Design at the Center for Architecture

Nothing implies “I trust you” more than handing an 11-year-old a box cutter and a ruler and declaring, “Now build it!” This summer, the Center for Architecture reprised its week-long summer camp model to spark imaginations and encourage collaboration with hands-on crafting and model making. Facilitated by Howard Stern, Center for Architecture Design Educator & Architect, and supervised by Tim Hayduk, the Center’s Lead Design Educator, the “Store Design” program served roughly 18 young architects in middle grades at the Center’s West Village home. The single task – create your own store –- sounds simple enough, but the journey from brainstorming to concept presentation proved to be just the right amount of complexity for a five-day project. Continue reading “Design Thinking and Tinkering: Store Design at the Center for Architecture”

Names in the News

The Waterfront Alliance has honored Aecom, James Corner Field Operations, and the Billion Oyster Project as the 2015 Heroes of the Harbor…The Urban Green Council’s 2015 EBie Awards recognized Stephen Monez, Assistant Vice President of Corporate Engineering, Mount Sinai Health System for Mount Sinai Beth Israel (The All-Rounder), and Andreas Benzing, Principal, a.m. Benzing Architects, for the Mamaroneck Passive House (Power to the People)…Crain’s 50 Most Powerful Women in New York will honor Alicia Glen, NYC Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development; Dorothy Herman, President and Chief Executive, Douglas Elliman Real Estate; Pamela Liebman, President and Chief Executive, Corcoran Group; and Mary Ann Tighe, Chief Executive, CBRE. Continue reading “Names in the News”

New Deadlines

08.21.15: Call for Entries: AECOM/Van Alen Institute/100 Resilient Cities Urban SOS: All Systems Go

08.21.15: Call for Entries: AIA 2016 Institute Honor Awards

08.28.15: Call for Entries: Architectural Review’s 16th Annual AR Emerging Architecture Awards

09.01.15: Call for Entries: Archinect’s Dry Futures – An Ideas Competition Seeking Future-Focused Design Responses to California’s Drought

09.04.15: Call for Entries: Entrepreneurs’ Meeting Point Student Competition: Barcelona, the European Silicon Valley Continue reading “New Deadlines”

On View

At the Center for Architecture @ the Seaport

Sea Level: Five Boroughs at Water’s Edge” at Center for Architecture at the Seaport Cultural District
Opening 09.10.15

About Town

COSMO” by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation at MoMA PS1
Through 09.07.15

Young Architects Program (YAP) 2015” at the Museum of Modern Art
Through 09.07.15

Measure” at Storefront for Art and Architecture
Through 09.12.15

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