YOUNG ARCHITECTS WANTED!

Engaging younger architects in activities at the Center for Architecture and recruiting younger members to join the AIA is one of my priorities.

The median age of our membership is over 50 years old. Fewer people are pursuing licensure. Taking these factors into account, we realize that it is critical to demonstrate to emerging professionals that an AIA membership can be incredibly valuable to young practitioners and new firms. Continue reading “YOUNG ARCHITECTS WANTED!”

The Chapter’s Annual Meeting 2016

The AIANY Annual Meeting is a chance for members to come together and take care of business, voting on proposed bylaw amendments and confirming the following year’s leadership. The meeting also celebrates the progress and direction of the Chapter. AIANY 2016 President Carol Loewenson, FAIA, LEED AP, took the audience through the highlights of the year, and explained the initiatives behind her presidential theme “Authenticity & Innovation.” Continue reading “The Chapter’s Annual Meeting 2016”

Eleven Years of Progress: FitCity 2016

On 06.08.16, AIANY hosted the 11th annual FitCity conference with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. This year’s conference was held at BAM Fisher, and much of the day focused on changes in the Brooklyn neighborhoods surrounding the venue.

FitCity 11 addressed three key strategies for human-centered design: data-driven decision-making, community engagement, and finance innovation in healthy housing. Keynote speakers Ingrid Gould Ellen and Kai Wright bookended the day with two perspectives on neighborhood change. Continue reading “Eleven Years of Progress: FitCity 2016”

Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants: Critical Challenges for Sustainable Urbanization

On 05.18.16, AIANY 2016 President Carol Loewenson, FAIA, LEED AP, spoke in the United Nations ECOSOC Chamber at the conference “Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants: Critical Challenges for Sustainable Urbanization.” Here is an excerpt of her remarks. Continue reading “Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants: Critical Challenges for Sustainable Urbanization”

More than a Building: The 15th Venice Architecture Biennale

With curious anticipation, the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale opened to the public on 05.28.16 with 66 national participants and hundreds of individual installations. More properly titled the “15th Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia,” it is held in alternating years from the Art Biennale. However, unlike the Art Biennale, where an artist’s final output is up for scrutiny, the Architecture Biennale has become more about the underlying motivations behind our architecture. Continue reading “More than a Building: The 15th Venice Architecture Biennale”

Oculus Book Review: Partners in Design: Alfred Barr and Philip Johnson

Although the new book chronicling the deep and important friendship between Alfred Barr and Philip Johnson is entitled Partners in Design: Alfred Barr and Philipp Johnson, a more apt title would be The Biography of an Aesthetic. This text expertly walks the reader through the genesis of the Modernist movement in America, from Johnson and Barr’s self-education in the movement, to how they educated the American public on the new style. Edited by David Hanks, this volume of eight essays is insightful in scholarship – a potent combination of clear visual research, endlessly beautiful photographs of Modernist interiors and artifacts, and just enough “Johnsonesque” gossip to keep many a reader intrigued. Continue reading “Oculus Book Review: Partners in Design: Alfred Barr and Philip Johnson”

Oculus Quick Take: A Genealogy of Modern Architecture

Miguel Angel Baltierra, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, interviewed Kenneth Frampton, Assoc. AIA, Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia GSAPP and author of A Genealogy of Modern Architecture, reviewed by Annie Coggan in the 01.27.16 of e-Oculus. Listen to the interview here.

Want more? The full collection of Oculus podcasts is also available on iTunes.

The Ways and Whys of Incorporating Social Science Methodologies into Architecture Curricula

The AIANY Social Science & Architecture Committee was formed in January 2016 with the goal of bringing professionals and students of architecture and social science together to discuss, collaborate, and facilitate programs for the community. The committee recently hosted “The Education of the Architect: Incorporating Social Science,” the second of a three-part series focused on the ability of social science research to shape the building of livable, equitable, and resilient cities.

The program on 06.08.16 was introduced by Melissa Marsh, co-chair of the committee and Founder and CEO of PLASTARC. It was moderated by Fauzia Khanani, Assoc. AIA, founder and principal of Foz Design. Continue reading “The Ways and Whys of Incorporating Social Science Methodologies into Architecture Curricula”