Students Propose New Designs for Their School’s Journalism Lab

Dozens of students, parents, and visitors gathered in Room 422 of Intermediate School 392 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, last night for students’ presentations of their proposed redesign of the school’s journalism lab housed in that classroom. The design presentations were the culmination of a 15-week partnership between the school and the Center for Architecture’s Education Department funded through a grant from the Teach to Excel Foundation, a local non-profit focused on improving educational opportunities for underserved youth. Continue reading “Students Propose New Designs for Their School’s Journalism Lab”

Walter A. Hunt, Jr., FAIA (1941 – 2016)

The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture mourn the loss of Walter A. Hunt, Jr., FAIA – a great leader, a generous patron, and an exemplary human being. Walter worked tirelessly to bring the vision of a Center for Architecture to fruition in 2003. He also generously supported the Center for Architecture Foundation and its many activities. Hunt was President of AIANY in 1999, and President of the Center for Architecture Foundation in 2005. In 2012, he received the prestigious AIA New York State Kideney Gold Medal Award for a lifetime of contributions to the profession, the AIA, and the community.

Passionate about the Center for Architecture’s mission to educate a broad audience about the built environment, Walter, together with his wife Judy, supported capital initiatives and annual programming at the Center. He was committed to cultivating the next generation of patrons by bringing young professionals into the life of the organization.

Proving his dedication to educational opportunities for youth, the Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship was initiated in March 2012 on the occasion of Walter’s retirement from Gensler. It assists New York City public high school graduating seniors to pursue a professional degree in architecture. Principal contributors included the Gensler Foundation, partners and staff at Gensler, and the Hunt family.

Walter was a steady and clear leader, beloved by all who knew him. He will be missed, but his spirit and legacy will live on.

To give to the Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship fund, visit this link or send a check made payable to the Center for Architecture, with “Walter Hunt” in the memo line, to Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012.

A memorial celebration for Walter Hunt will be held on 06.28.16, 4:30 – 7:00pm, at NYAC, 180 Central Park South.

Below are words of remembrance from those who were touched and inspired by Walter’s vision, guidance, and generosity. Continue reading “Walter A. Hunt, Jr., FAIA (1941 – 2016)”

In Memoriam: Fred Shen (1942 – 2016)

On Tuesday, 05.31.16, many were saddened by the sudden passing of Fred Shen, 74, founder and chairman of Shen Milsom & Wilke (SM&W). Described as a visionary and a pioneer in the industry, there is no denying that Fred created a legacy. He was a friend and mentor to all those who had the privilege to work with him.

Born in Shanghai, Fred moved to the U.S. to attend the University of Michigan, where he received a BS in Engineering. He spent the last 30 years as the visionary behind SM&W’s success. When he founded the firm in 1986, he recognized that there were two forces converging: the global economy, and the need for innovative and coordinated specialty services in building designs. Fred created a global footprint and, with it, the first multidisciplinary consulting firm to meet all of the needs of its clients.

Fred was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the firm’s 30th anniversary celebration at Carnegie Hall on 05.11.16. SM&W continues to move ahead under the leadership of Tom Shen, who took on the role of president and CEO earlier this year. Continue reading “In Memoriam: Fred Shen (1942 – 2016)”

Names in the News

The Institute for Public Architecture’s 2016 Summer Fellows are Jieun Yang, Principal, Habitat Workshop; Emma Fuller, Associate, Diane Lewis Architect; Angela Co, Founder, Studio Co, and Assistant Professor of Architecture and Director of NYC Architecture Program, Syracuse University School of Architecture; Julie Torres Moskovitz, AIA, LEED AP, CPHT, Founding Principal, Fete Nature Architecture; Xiaoyin Li, Professor of Architecture and Program Coordinator, NYC Architecture Program, Syracuse University; Emily Arden Wells, Designer; Zachary Stevens, AIA, Architect; Thaddeus Pawlowski, Senior Urban Designer, NYC Department of City Planning; Amritha Mahesh, Urban Designer, NYC Department of City Planning; Despo Thoma, Architect and Urban Designer; and Stephen Fan, Founding Director, s!fan designs. 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 Continue reading “New Deadlines”