Names in the News

VIA 57WEST by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, received the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s Best Tall Buildings America Award…The Met Breuer, originally designed by Marcel Breuer and restored by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, and the United Nations Headquarters’ façade restoration by Heintges & Associates were recipients of DOCOMOMO US Modernism in America awards…The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, in association with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, named the 2016 Green Good Design Awards winners, which included NYC-based BanG studio for the Billion Oyster Pavilion; Rogers Partners for Henderson-Hopkins School; and Robert A.M. Stern Architects for Tour Carpe Diem…WXY architecture + urban design was honored with the Battery Medal for Design Excellence at The Battery Conservancy’s annual gala. Continue reading “Names in the News”

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:

Winter: The Practice Issue / Beyond Practice
Focus or diversify; specialized partnerships; diversity; global practice: international work growing or shrinking; value (or not) of competitions; etc.
Deadline for story ideas: 08.19.16

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Join us at the AIANY Annual Meeting!

Please join us Tuesday, 06.21.16 at 6:00 PM as we elect our 2017 leadership, honor those who contribute to NYC’s built environment, and celebrate the progress and direction of AIANY. From public advocacy to professional training, design awards to global dialogues, the Annual Meeting will highlight the challenges and successes from the past year. We will also share our goals for the remainder of 2016 and beyond.

Click here for the full 2016 Board Slate (for service beginning January 2017).

Remember that independent nominations may be submitted to the Secretary via the chapter ( in accordance with Chapter Bylaws. If an independent slate is submitted, a ballot election will be held at the Annual Meeting. If there is no independent slate, the Secretary is empowered to vote a single ballot for the Nominating Committee slate as presented.

2016 Center for Architecture Design Scholarship and Eleanor Allwork Scholarship Recipients

The Center for Architecture is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 scholarship program. This year, the Scholarship Committee awarded the Women’s Auxiliary Eleanor Allwork Scholarship to:

Micaela Barker, University at Buffalo
Xueping Li, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Sergey Pigach, Pratt Institute

In addition, the following two students received the Center for Architecture Design Scholarship:

Christopher Brockhoft, Columbia University
Clara Pugsley, Cooper Union Continue reading “2016 Center for Architecture Design Scholarship and Eleanor Allwork Scholarship Recipients”

Oculus Book Review: A Burglar’s Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh

In Geoff Manaugh’s A Burglar’s Guide to the City, we are introduced to a cavalcade of nefarious characters. Manaugh interviews burglars, ex-burglars, cops, ex-cops/burglars, and others to map a built environment that the average person never sees and, he contends, the average architect never considers. In his Oculus Book Talk at the Center for Architecture on 05.09.16, he maintained that the reason he wrote the book was to illuminate (but not celebrate, we find, at the end of the text) a spatial imagination and sensitivity to the built environment in a population other than the trained architect. This intent leads the reader through a dizzying number of anecdotes to support this notion. We fly through L.A. with an Air Support Division officer who debunks the 1990s paranoia of author Mike Davis by showing that there are no numbers on rooftops that tag every quadrant of the city. While the LAPD has “suggested” that this would help with security, the “space police” have yet to execute this strategy. Manaugh takes the readers to Locksport events, the lock-picking Olympics, and, most interestingly, interviews a Roman historian who specializes in early Roman home invasion. Continue reading “Oculus Book Review: A Burglar’s Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh”

Connecting Research and Age-Friendly Design

The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up was a key figure at the Center for Architecture on 05.31.16. Throughout “Connecting Research and Age-Friendly Design,” panelists and audience members referenced Peter Pan as a figure who is often present in how we design buildings and communities, as well as in how we think about ourselves. Though we would all like to believe we will never grow old, we cannot continue to design and build spaces that do not support an aging population. AARP New York Associate State Director Bill Armbruster led off his presentation by saying that he lives in a “Peter Pan house” – one that was not built with aging occupants in mind. The evening’s panelists offered their thoughts on how architects, planners, and designers can push for more inclusive physical and social environments that will accommodate our aging population. Continue reading “Connecting Research and Age-Friendly Design”