The College of Architecture, Design and Construction at Auburn University is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Professor and Head of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture.

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You’re Invited to the 2016 AIANY Board Inaugural

2015 has been a year of great change and growth for AIANY and the Center for Architecture. This year, we watched the newly-formed Center for Architecture grow with a number of well-reviewed exhibitions and an off-site pop-up location at the South Street Seaport’s Culture District; we saw our membership grow to more than 5,200 architects and allied professionals; and, more recently, we gained a new executive director, Ben Prosky.

On 12.15.15, AIANY will celebrate the achievements of 2015 and present a preview of what’s to come in 2016 at the 2016 AIA New York Board Inaugural. Rossant will pass the gavel to 2016 President Carol Loewenson, FAIA, LEED AP, partner at Mitchell | Giurgola Archictects. Please join us as we welcome our new executive director Benjamin Prosky and incoming board members, and thank exiting members for their outstanding leadership contributions to the Chapter. A celebratory reception will follow.

A Seat at the Deans’ Table

Every year, the Deans’ Roundtable is an opportunity to engage with the thought leadership behind our region’s best schools. For those who are passionate about the education of our next generation of architects and designers, it is not to be missed. Since it is held at the AIA New York Chapter, it is also a key moment to explore and debate the relationship between academic and professional worlds. Continue reading “A Seat at the Deans’ Table”

Can Our Buildings Make Us Smarter? Indoor Air Quality and Brain Function

Most people spend about 90% of their time indoors. Given this reality, architects must design spaces that promote both physical and mental health. A new study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and Syracuse University found that improved indoor air quality doubled occupants’ cognitive function test scores.

On 12.17.15, John Mandyck from United Technologies, Professor Joseph Allen of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Professor Usha Satish of SUNY Upstate Medical University will present the findings and implications of this important study. At “The Air We Breathe: Brain Function and IEQ,” organized by Urban Green Council, speakers will address the impact of indoor environmental air quality on human health and performance, and discuss what these results mean for the design of our offices and homes. Continue reading “Can Our Buildings Make Us Smarter? Indoor Air Quality and Brain Function”

Building Connections at the Center for Architecture

A colorful collection of architectural models and drawings in the front window has been drawing passers-by into the Center for Architecture. The work stands out from the typical architectural projects on view because it was created by 1st- to 12th-grade students from the Center for Architecture’s school and summer design programs. This year’s “Building Connections 2015” exhibition showcases a small sampling of student design projects from the 80 citywide classrooms that participated in our in-school Learning By Design:NY residency programs and 15 weeks of Summer@theCenter design camps that filled the Center for Architecture in June, July, and August. Through these in-depth programs, led by Center for Architecture educators, young people learn about the process of design as they explore the city’s architecture and design and build their own structures. Accompanying the students’ models and drawings are examples of the writing activities that extended the design projects into other areas of the school curriculum, such as English Language Arts and Social Studies. Exhibition designer Manuel Miranda repurposed the students’ writing and drawings to create a lively wallpaper backdrop for the 3-D projects. Continue reading “Building Connections at the Center for Architecture”

Names in the News

Robert Venturi, FAIA, and Denise Scott Brown, Hon. FAIA, have been awarded the 2016 AIA Gold Medal… The Noguchi Museum will honor Tadao Ando, Hon. FAIA, and artist Elyn Zimmerman with the 2016 Isamu Noguchi Award…The New York State Board of Historic Preservation honored the Old Brooklyn Fire Department Headquarters, originally designed by Frank Freeman, at the 2015 Historic Preservation Awards. Continue reading “Names in the News”

New Deadlines

2016 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:

Spring: Institutional Urban Campuses / New York – Science + Research City
How educational, health-care and other institutions fit into the city’s urban fabric; how they are evolving; what are the challenges they face. How can architecture make these large campuses good neighbors? What amenities can they share?
Deadline for story ideas: 10.30.15

Summer: 2016 AIANY Design Awards

Fall: Tech in the City
Why cutting-edge industry loves older buildings. How technology businesses transform neighborhoods and the city at large. Adaptive Reuse & Interiors.
Deadline for story ideas: 05.16.16

Winter: Preservation & Reinvention / Rethinking Preservation / Preservation & Urbanism / Preservation Today
Projects with a unique take on history and how to reconcile it with contemporary needs. Focus on daylight and natural ventilation as city becomes more dense; historic preservation as zoning tool; quality vs. scale. Is city preserving too much in historic districts?
Deadline for story ideas: 08.19.16 Continue reading “New Deadlines”

On View

At the Center for Architecture

Un/Fair Use
Through 01.02.15

Designing Affordability: Quicker, Smarter, More Efficient Housing Now
Through 01.16.16

Building Connections 2015
Through 01.21.16

Arch Schools 2015
Through 03.19.15

At the Center for Architecture at the Seaport

Sea Level: Five Boroughs at Water’s Edge” at Center for Architecture at the Seaport Cultural District
Through 12.31.1 Continue reading “On View”