05.12.16: The winners of the 2016 AIANY New Practices New York competition discussed their work at the opening of the New Practices New York 2016 exhibition. (l-r) Phu Hoang, AIA, and Rachely Rotem, MODU; Troy Schaum and Rosalyne Shieh, AIA, SCHAUM/SHIEH; Bryan Young, AIA, Young Projects; Benjamin Cadena, AIA, Studio Cadena; Seung Teak Lee, stpmj; Ines Guzman and Gregory Melitonov, Assoc. AIA, Taller KEN; and James Slade, FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP, Slade Architecture. Continue reading “Sighted”

Advocating for Architects in Albany

The 2016 Architects in Albany Advocacy Day was on 05.03.16. AIA representatives from across New York State came together to meet with State Senators and Assemblymembers to advocate for some of the most pressing issues facing the architecture profession. Combined, the statewide group of chapter members and staff met with 76 legislators and their staffs (more than one-third of the Legislature) to inform them on how their decisions can impact architects and the profession. We were also able to use this as an opportunity to ask legislators about their interests and those of their constituents, and to offer insights into how architects can advance their causes. Continue reading “Advocating for Architects in Albany”

AIA Convention 2016

The AIA Convention is almost upon us! We look forward to seeing you all in Philadelphia from 05.19-21.16. The convention is one of the largest and most exciting annual gatherings of architects and design professionals in the U.S. This year’s keynote speakers include Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Day 1), Neri Oxman, head of MIT’s Mediated Matter research group (Day 2), and Rem Koolhaas of OMA joined by Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

In case you’re feeling overwhelmed by the jam-packed schedule, we’ve put together a detailed list of AIANY-member and NYC-based non-member speakers.

Your Input Requested for the Future of NYC Streets

The NYC Department of Transportation’s Street Design Manual is a comprehensive outline of street design standards, guidelines, and policies for New York City. The first edition was released in May 2009. The second edition, released in October 2013 and revised in January 2016, was updated based on feedback from users. Now, DOT is working on its third version of the Street Design Manual. Continue reading “Your Input Requested for the Future of NYC Streets”

Oculus Book Review: Where are the Women Architects? by Despina Stratigakos

Despina Stratigakos presented her provocatively titled volume Where are the Women Architects? on 04.19.16 at the Center for Architecture. Following her presentation, Lori Brown, AIA, associate professor of Architecture at Syracuse University and co-founder of Architexx, Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP, principal at Perkins+Will and Chair of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation; and Stratigakos presided over a discussion about the book’s findings. The lecture hall at the Center for Architecture was packed with second-, third-, fifth-, and sixth-wave feminists. Continue reading “Oculus Book Review: Where are the Women Architects? by Despina Stratigakos”

No Disasters According to Plan, but the Hot Ones are Inevitable

Last November’s the AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee’s (DfRR) symposium Extreme Heat: Hot Cities assembled experts from multiple specialties to address the risks associated with increasingly frequent and severe heat waves as global temperatures continue to rise. Combining a health-oriented follow-up panel with the release of the symposium report in print, online, and video formats, “Heat Waves” adds momentum to the interdisciplinary activity that Brian Stone has dubbed “urban heat management,” drawing on the expertise of architects, landscape architects, public health experts, and others. “No disaster goes according to plan,” commented panelist Cynthia Barton of the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM), but as unprecedented global conditions continue to make thermal disasters ever likelier, these knowledgeable parties are doing what’s possible to plan for them. Continue reading “No Disasters According to Plan, but the Hot Ones are Inevitable”

Christopher Benninger: Designing India’s Universities

Christopher Benninger “develops wonderful places to learn,” stated Dean of NJIT School of Architecture and Design, and moderator of the night, Urs Gauchat, Hon. AIA.

During 04.25.16’s lecture at the Center for Architecture, featured speaker Christopher Benninger, Principal of CCBA Architects in Pune, India, walked through the designs and methodology of educational institutions his studio has designed in India over the past 40 years. Historically, higher education had been an elite activity in India, but 15 to 20 years ago, the country began to allow private enterprises to found educational institutes. There followed a boom of universities. Continue reading “Christopher Benninger: Designing India’s Universities”

In the News

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In this issue:
LGBT Sacred Space Opens for Worship and Life-cycle Events
– The Largest Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art on the West Coast Reopens
– Bridging the Campus
– Windy City Tourism Winners
Brownfield Transformed into Affordable Housing- Floating Fish Bar
– A Building as Lovely as a Tree
– Floating Fish Bar
Continue reading “In the News”

Names in the News

Phu Hoang, AIA, and Rachely Rotem of MODU, 2016 New Practices New York winners, were awarded the 2016-2017 Rome Prize in Architecture… The Cooper Hewitt 2016 National Design Awards honored Moshe Safdie, FAIA, with the Lifetime Achievement Award and The Center for Urban Pedagogy with the Corporate and Institutional Achievement Award…At its Annual Cocktail Benefit on 05.04.16, the Salvadori Center recognized Via Verde co-designers Vincent Chang, AIA, RIBA, Managing Partner, Grimshaw Architects, and Richard Dattner, FAIA, Founder, Dattner Architects (Design Award); Shola Olatoye, Chair and CEO, New York City Housing Authority (Public Service Award); and Joseph A. Ienuso, Senior Vice President for Capital Project Development and Financial Operations, Northwell Health. Continue reading “Names in the News”