Fast Forward

At this time, just after the midpoint of summer, I realize I have now been Executive Director for just over half a year. With the buzz of our summer camps during the day and events in the evening, it feels like time moves very quickly at the Center for Architecture. I want to take this opportunity to share an update of some of the projects that are moving forward. Continue reading “Fast Forward”

AIANY Welcomes New Policy Coordinator

AIANY is pleased to introduce Justin Pascone, the Chapter’s new Policy Coordinator! Before taking the position this July, Justin worked in the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office and at the Goldhirsh Foundation over the past two years. He recently graduated from the USC Price School of Public Policy with a Masters in Urban Planning, focused on design and public health in low-income communities. Continue reading “AIANY Welcomes New Policy Coordinator”

A Century of Zoning

On July 25, 1916, New York City passed the first comprehensive zoning law, forever changing how cities everywhere would be shaped. Now, on the 100th anniversary of that resolution, the AIA New York Planning & Urban Design Committee commissioned a series of short essays by leading officials and practitioners that explore their personal or professional relationship to the Zoning Resolution, available at

We invite you to browse through the website and read these insightful texts that illuminate how the zoning resolution has shaped our city.

Below, we’ve included an excerpt from the “100 Years of Zoning” by Carl Weisbrod, Director, NYC Department of City Planning, and Chair, NYC Planning Commission.


Zoning is to the city what the riverbed is to the river – it doesn’t fill the river or make it flow, but it plays an essential role in shaping and directing it. And the riverbed itself is also reshaped over time as the waters press against its limits, as rain and drought occur, and as the surrounding environment changes. Zoning is dynamic, not permanent nor rigid. It is, in a real sense, a system of priorities that shift to reflect the needs and consciousness of changing times. Continue reading “A Century of Zoning”

Oculus Book Review: Dark Space: Architecture, Representation, Black Identity by Mario Gooden

Mario Gooden, principal, Huff + Gooden Architects, introduced his recent collection of essays, Dark Space; Architecture, Representation, Black Identity, at the Center for Architecture on 07.11.16. He was joined in conversation with Joel Sanders, AIA, RA, a professor of architecture at Yale University. Continue reading “Oculus Book Review: Dark Space: Architecture, Representation, Black Identity by Mario Gooden”

Learning By Design:NY Students Visit SOM

The newly acquired model of One World Trade Center on display at SOM’s offices last week is a commendable replica of the real building. The sides tapered at just the right angle, the large truss at the bottom was clearly visible, and countless strips of windows culminated in the large spire on top. The only strange thing about it was the pink and orange tint of the exterior, as if the building was caught in a permanent reflection of the sunset. Continue reading “Learning By Design:NY Students Visit SOM”

Names in the News

The winners of the Brick Industry Association’s 2016 Brick in Architecture Awards include New York-based John Ciardullo Associates for Intermediate School 230Q, Ohlhausen DuBois Architects for the Millwood Fire Station, and GF55 Partners for 46-09 Eleventh Street…The 2016 Vanceva World of Colors winners include Thomas Phifer and Partners, which received an Honorable Mention for the Corning Museum of Glass. 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”