Announcing the Winners of the 2016 AIANY COTE Awards

AIANY is proud to announce the winners of the third annual AIANY COTE Awards. Four submissions were selected from projects located within a 200-mile radius of Central Park for achieving environmentally responsible and beautiful design. The jury included James Barnes, Partner, Foster + Partners; Fiona Cousins, Principal, Arup New York; Joann Gonchar, Senior Editor, Architectural Record; John H. Lee, Deputy Director, NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability; and Timothy McDonald, RA, LEED AP, CPHC, Principal, Onion Flats. They carefully reviewed submissions and bestowed Honor Awards on Payette’s George Washington Milken Institute of Public Health, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground. The New York Police Academy by Michael Fieldman Architects and Perkins+Will, and the Washington Square Park House by BKSK Architects were recipients of Merit Awards. Continue reading “Announcing the Winners of the 2016 AIANY COTE Awards”

5 Questions for Photographer Elizabeth Felicella

To hear architectural photographer Elizabeth Felicella talk about the eight-year project that culminated in the Center for Architecture’s current exhibition “Reading Room: A Catalog of New York City’s Branch Libraries” is almost like traversing a portal to another universe – it’s time travel, mixed with hope, insight, and nostalgia. New York-based Felicella, whose commissioned work appears regularly in design press around the world, truly lived and breathed the often overlooked trope of public branch library architecture for nearly a decade, visiting each one in the early morning hours before it opened to the public. The result is more than 2,000 photographs documenting all 210 public library branches. They are astounding, especially when compiled into a single gallery. Here, she tells us how the project got its wings, and why “Reading Room” is ultimately about much more than the libraries themselves. Continue reading “5 Questions for Photographer Elizabeth Felicella”

David Chipperfield’s Arthur Rosenblatt Memorial Lecture

On 10.17.16, a mixed crowd of nearly 300 architects, students, and enthusiasts packed the Center for Architecture to hear one of the industry’s contemporary greats: David Chipperfield, CBE, RA, RDI, RIBA, principal of London-based David Chipperfield Architects. On the occasion of the 10th-annual Arthur Rosenblatt Memorial Lecture, he offered an overview of his pioneering work with museums, and his thoughts on the evolving purposes and demands of these institutions. Continue reading “David Chipperfield’s Arthur Rosenblatt Memorial Lecture”

Oculus Book Review: The Creative Architect: Inside the Great Midcentury Personality Study by Pierluigi Serraino

Pierluigi Serraino’s presentation of his fascinating new book, The Creative Architect: Inside the Great Mid-Century Personality Study, held at the Center for Architecture on 10.10.16, was a model of clarity and elegance. Serraino is a poised speaker, who deftly explained the intense premise and vetting necessary to orchestrate the 1958 Institute of Personality Assessment and Research (IPAR) assessment at the University of California Berkley that analyzed 40 contemporary architects in the search for the definition of creativity. His talk and text are based on research compiled by Donald Mackinnon and Wallace Hall, but with his charming delivery it was an evening of data with a dash of gossip about American architecture. Continue reading “Oculus Book Review: The Creative Architect: Inside the Great Midcentury Personality Study by Pierluigi Serraino”

Women in Architecture Committee Reaches Out to the Next Generation

About 20 girls, ages 11-14, gathered at the Center for Architecture this past Saturday afternoon (10.22.16) to learn more about architecture, and create their own designs at the first-ever “Girls Build! Architecture Workshop,” developed and led by the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee (WIA) and the Center’s K-12 Education staff. As the staff representative, I welcomed the girls to the Center and asked if any of them knew an architect. Three girls raised their hands. When I asked: “Are any of them women?”– only one hand remained in the air. The women in the room shared a collective sigh – those were actually good odds. A 2014 report by the AIA found that only 15% of licensed AIA architects are women. Numerous other studies have found women underrepresented at all stages of an architectural career, though women represent 50% of the population. WIA works to address this inequality by providing avenues to develop and promote women leaders within the architecture profession, including mentoring and outreach opportunities such as this Saturday workshop. This is not at the expense of men, who already dominate the profession, but is rather an effort to try to rebalance this inequity. Continue reading “Women in Architecture Committee Reaches Out to the Next Generation”

Oculus Quick-Take: FIGMENT: What is this? Why is Nothing for Sale? Why is Everyone Smiling?

On 08.25.16, Miguel Angel Baltierra, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, interviewed David Koren, founder of FIGMENT, to discuss the organization’s first book FIGMENT: What is this? Why is Nothing for Sale? Why is Everyone Smiling?, reviewed by Annie Coggan in the 08.25.16 issue of our newsletter. Listen to the interview here.


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In the News

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In this issue:
New Academic Buildings are Changing the Face of Manhattanville
The DDC Selects 26 Firms to Design the Next Generation of Public Projects
Brutalist Bones Combine with Modern Sustainability Practices
Trinity Transforms FIDI
A Ribbon Runs Through It
A New Making Center for Future Designers, Technologists, Policy Analysts, and Entrepreneurs to Collaborate Continue reading “In the News”

Names in the News

The winners of the 2016 American Architecture Prize include New York City-based Gensler for Shanghai Tower (Architectural Design of the Year); FXFOWLE for Allianz Tower; Studio Link-arc for Oct Tower Shenzhen and China Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015; Trahan Architects for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum; ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers for the Henderson Hopkins School; ZGF Architects for the GSA Federal Center South Building 1202, Pearl Izumi North American Headquarters, and the Stanford Central Energy Facility; Perkins+Will and HDR for Hartford Hospital – Orthopedic and Joint Institute; Dean/Wolf Architects for Restless Response: Queens Hospital Emergency Medical Station; Arup Associates for the New Doha Tennis Stadium and Cityringen Copenhagen Metro; Desai Chia Architecture for Photographer’s Loft and Michigan Lake House; BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group for VIA 57 WEST; Ssd for Songpa Micro-Housing; RAAD studio for Nolita Loft; Architecture Workshop for Pivot; SPAN Architecture for Hyatt Times Square; Reddymade Architecture & Design for Dream Machine by Wer2; and Henrybuilt for Henrybuilt Showroom New York. Continue reading “Names in the News”