Notes on Smiljan Radic

As part of our opening festivities for “EXTRA-ORDINARY: New Practices in Chilean Architecture,” on view through mid-September, Smiljan Radic presented insights into his very personal creative process that includes material, contextuality, image, memory, history, technology, and conviction.

“EXTRA-ORDINARY” also features the work of 14 other Chilean architects: Alejandro Aravena, Guillermo Acuña, Aguiló + Pedraza, José Cruz, 57 Studio, GUN, Hevia + Urzúa, Sebastián Irarrázaval, Cristián Izquierdo, Mathias Klotz, Pedro Kovacic, Max Núñez, Cristián Olivi, and Pezo von Ellrhichshausen. Radic has a special place in the exhibition: a single original model, “Death at Home,” along with 20 associated ink drawings. The installation has the immediacy of the hand of the artist; it is original material, and suitably cryptic. Continue reading “Notes on Smiljan Radic”


The NYC Department of Buildings announced the launch of DOB NOW. The online service will make it easier to submit applications, make payments, schedule appointments, check the status of an application or inspection, pull permits, and make renewals. DOB NOW will be gradually released throughout 2016 and 2017. It has four components: Inspections, Build, Safety, and Licensing. Continue reading “DOB NOW”

Center for Architecture Announces 2016 Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship Winner

The Center for Architecture is pleased to announce the winner of the Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a high school senior attending a New York City public or charter school who plans to pursue an undergraduate degree in architecture at an NAAB-accredited school within the U.S. The award amount of $10,000 per year for the first two years of study subsidizes the recipient’s college tuition and related costs.

After careful consideration, Victoria Clarke, a 2016 graduate of LaGuardia High School, was selected to receive the scholarship – her thoughtful submission stood out from the others. During the interview, the jury was impressed with the breadth of her interests in architecture and art, and they look forward to following where her education takes her. Before pursuing her passion for architecture, Clarke was also an accomplished figure skater, and traveled the world at a young age representing the U.S. Continue reading “Center for Architecture Announces 2016 Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship Winner”

Chapter Mentions

Trending Buildings: AIANY 2016 President Carol Loewenson, FAIA, LEED AP, discussed some of Manhattan’s most trendsetting structures for City & State.

21st-Century Best: AIANY and Center for Architecture Executive Director Benjamin Prosky nominated a project for Metropolis Magazine’s 35th anniversary architecture round-up.

“Terra cotta makes a comeback:” Loewenson also commented on the use of old materials in contemporary architecture for The Wall Street Journal.

Spotlight on Chile: Laura Raskin reviewed the Center for Architecture latest exhibition “EXTRA-ORDINARY: New Practices in Chilean Architecture” in Wallpaper*.

Names in the News

The Architectural League of New York announced the recipients of the 2016 Deborah J. Norden Fund travel grants: Bryan Maddock, Project Designer at BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, for “A Serpentine Science: Affonso Eduardo Reidy’s Housing Pair”; and Caitlin Blanchfield, Managing Editor at The Avery Review, and Nina Kolowratnik, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Practice, for “Deserted Border Lands: Mapping Surveillance along the Tohono O’odham Nation.” 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”


07.12.16: The Center for Architecture kicked off the New York City inauguration of “House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate” with a conversation between Patrice Derrington, Marc Holliday Professor and Director of Real Estate Development Program, Columbia GSAPP; Reinhold Martin, Director, Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Columbia GSAPP; and Lissa So, AIA, Founding Partner, Marvel Architects. Continue reading “Sighted”