Exciting changes are coming to AIANY and the Center for Architecture. After reorganizing and launching the Center for Architecture as a 501(c)3 in 2015, and under the leadership of our new Executive Director Benjamin Prosky, the two organizations have embarked on an ambitious re-envisioning campaign. Some things have already changed; the Center for Architecture is now outfitted with bright-white terrazzo floors, but in the next year, we hope to address our digital and communications strategies, culminating in the launch a (much-needed) new and improved website.

As part of this process, we have thought long and hard about how we communicate information to our members and followers. In order bring more clarity to the identity of our quarterly print journal Oculus, we have decided to rename our biweekly newsletter. Formerly known as eOculus, our digital news will now simply be called the AIANY and Center for Architecture Newsletter.

Policy Pulse: NYCEDC’s Maria Torres-Springer: Advancing Architecture One Industry at a Time

On 04.12.16 at the Center for Architecture, Maria Torres-Springer, president and CEO of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), discussed how NYCEDC encourages inclusive innovation and economic growth through the built environment. NYCEDC manages more than 200 city-owned properties for which the agency completes community planning and development work. In addition, the agency spearheads economic development initiatives throughout the five boroughs in an effort to diversify the city’s economy. Continue reading “Policy Pulse: NYCEDC’s Maria Torres-Springer: Advancing Architecture One Industry at a Time”

Challenging the Entrenched Conventions of Architecture

On 04.06.16, the AIANY Emerging New York Architects and Global Dialogues Committees hosted a panel discussion about the ways in which new forms of media are forcing the architecture industry to re-envision the way it defines itself, and how it communicates the industry’s values to everyone else who holds a stake in the built environment. The conversation was kicked off by David Basulto, a formally-trained architect who co-founded the website ArchDaily, an immense virtual repository of architectural news, images, information, and interviews. Today, ArchDaily attracts 700,000 daily visits, making it one of the world’s most visited architecture websites. The success of ArchDaily, a startup that was incubated in Santiago, Chile, is a testament to the globalization of architectural thought and practice. The Internet has catalyzed this globalization, Basulto explained, by creating networks to connect people and issues, regardless of their location. With urban populations anticipated to grow exponentially across the globe, he sees the architect as playing a key role in helping to design and build a more just and sustainable future. Continue reading “Challenging the Entrenched Conventions of Architecture”

Oculus Book Review: Vertical Urban Factory Factory by Nina Rappaport

On 03.28.16, Nina Rappaport, publications director at Yale School of Architecture, introduced us to her book and life’s work, Vertical Urban Factory. After her presentation she chatted with Damon Rich, founder the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) and former planning director and chief urban designer for the City of Newark, NJ, and now principal of Hector Design Service, an urban design, planning and civic arts studio. Both speakers brought the audience into the lush and complex world of the urban factory. Rappaport has worked with the idea of the vertical urban factory for a few decades, evolving from student work and academic research to an exhibition and this publication – and, ultimately, to Rapport’s perspective being acknowledged in policy decisions. This is more than a book; it’s an encyclopedia on the impact of production and the history of its spatial demands. Continue reading “Oculus Book Review: Vertical Urban Factory Factory by Nina Rappaport”

Names in the News

AIANY Design Awards winner Ryerson University Student Learning Centre by Snøhetta with Zeidler Partnership Architects received a 2016 AIA/ALA Library Buildings Award…The Architizer A+Awards honor the work of New York-based architects, including Architecture Workshop’s Pivot (2016 AIANY Design Award winner); o’neill rose architects’ Choy House (2016 AIANY Design Award winner); Handel Architects’ 170 Amsterdam; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s JTI Headquarters and P.S. 62 The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability; SOMA’s Unilux; Boylin Cywinski Jackson’s Apple Store in Stanford; Gensler’s COEX; Rafael de Cardenas / Architecture at Large’s Black Ocean Firehouse; SHoP Architects’ Uber Headquarters and LaGuardia Airport Master Plan; CannonDesign and NEUF Architect(e)s’ Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montreal; Sage and Coombe Architects’ Ocean Breeze Track and Field House; Cetra Ruddy’s The Choice School; James Corner Field Operations’ Philadelphia Navy Yards Green Central; Ennead Architects’ Rethinking Refugee Communities; HOK’s Hamad International Airport; and FIRM a.d.’s SFC Bridge…Richard Meier, FAIA, is the winner of Architect Magazine’s Arch Madness… Continue reading “Names in the News”

Center for Architecture Grants and Scholarships

If your students are publishing a student-edited journal, they may be eligible for the Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals. The $2,000 award was established to encourage student journalism in architecture, planning, and related subjects, and to foster regard for intelligent criticism among future professionals.
Reward: $2,000
: 05.02.16

NYC High School seniors may be eligible for the Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship, a two-year scholarship to supplement tuition for New York public high school students accepted to NAAB-accredited schools of architecture in the US. Nominees should demonstrate a high level of academic performance and evidence of financial need.
Reward: $10,000 per year for two years
Deadline: 05.16.16

New Deadlines

2016 Oculus Editorial Calendar
The Oculus 2016 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:

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 Continue reading “New Deadlines”


04.14.16: At “Legends: 3 Harlem Architects, 4 Decades,” Percy Griffin, AIA, Principal, Griffin Architect and Planner; Arhthur Symes, NOMA; and Francis L. Turner, RA, Principal, Francis L. Turner Architect and Planner, explored their work and opportunities as architects of color in relation to their community with Jack Travis, FAIA, Founder, Jack Travis Studio and AIANY Board Secretary. Continue reading “Sighted”