10.18.16: Amanda Dameron, Editor-in-Chief of Dwell; Julio Salcedo, Chair of the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York; Mark Gardner, AIA, NOMA, Principal, Jaklitsch|Gardner; Valerie Kennedy, Senior Vice President of Diversity, Innovation and Strategy at the NYC Economic Development Corporation; Jack Travis, FAIA, Principal, Jack Travis, FAIA, Architect; and Tonja Adair, AIA, Principal, Splice Design, convened at the Center for Architecture to discuss why diversity in design continues to pose a challenge. Continue reading “Sighted”

Archtober Itinerary

AIANY and Center for Architecture Executive Director, Benjamin Prosky, Assoc. AIA, discusses his picks for Archtober 2016. See more Archtober itineraries by NYC design voices here.

We’re already half way through the month, but there’s still so much more Archtober to experience! This weekend, Archtober partner Open House New York invites New Yorkers into sites around the five boroughs, many of which are often inaccessible. On Saturday, the Center for Architecture will host a drop-in Family Day, where families will build a model city together. I look forward to visiting Lite Brite Neon in the Old American Can Factory, a project on view in our exhibition, Authenticity and Innovation. I also recommend checking out the New York Botanical Garden and the Andrew Freedman Home in The Bronx. This is also a great opportunity to stop by Arthur Avenue and pick up some authentic Italian cannoli. Continue reading “Archtober Itinerary”

High-Calorie High Rises: The Great Architectural Bake-Off

On 10.11.16, WATG and Wimberly Interiors hosted seven architecture and design firms at Gallery 151 for the first annual Great Architectural Bake-Off New York, presented as part of Archtober. Firms showcased their design and baking abilities to create delectable replicas of renowned international architecture, using cake as their primary building material. Continue reading “High-Calorie High Rises: The Great Architectural Bake-Off”

In Architecture, Collaboration is Key

All architects know that this industry is a team sport – the questions are more often about who is on your team, who is on the other team, and how apparently adversarial relationships and goals might be managed to create joint missions and effective collaborations instead.

The 2016 AIA New York State Saratoga Design Conference (09.29-10.01.16) provided an important array of programming that highlighted the importance of collaboration. Educational sessions included technical presentations in the “Spec Academy” and a host of projects from around the world. General sessions focused on how firms can collaborate to reach their goals. These featured Kai-Uwe Bergmann, AIA, of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group; Darko Hrelajanovic, AIA, of STV; Craig Metro of Ford Motor Company; Kashyap Bhimjiani, Assoc. AIA, of Gensler; and Paulo Faria of Grimshaw.  Continue reading “In Architecture, Collaboration is Key”

AIA New York State President’s Award: Green is Beautiful

At the AIANYS 2016 Saratoga Design Conference, Bruce S. Fowle, FAIA, LEED AP, recipient of the State Chapter’s 2016 President’s Award, used his time on the podium to preach the critical importance of green design. His remarks follow.

If there is one lesson that I have learned over and over, it is the importance of being informed and prepared. I have often said, and read, that the key to sustainable architecture is not in the bells and whistles – it is the hundreds of nitty-gritty decisions that one makes on any given project. Everyone at the table must be totally on top of the green game. No discussion should occur without the people who can and will make the right – the greenest – choices. That is why my firm, FXFOWLE, has been striving since 2004 to have 100% of our staff, including our support teams, LEED-accredited. Why haven’t we been able to get to 100%? Because we have no choice but to hire staff from offices and schools with no such requirement. It’s very frustrating. We give our new hires six months to take the exam and learn how to talk the talk. Continue reading “AIA New York State President’s Award: Green is Beautiful”

AIA Presidential Candidate Profiles

On Tuesday, 11.08.16, America will vote to elect the next President of the United States. AIA is providing comprehensive, non-partisan information on where the candidates for President stand on key issues in their 2016 Presidential Candidate Profiles. AIA does not endorse candidates but encourages all members to exercise their right to vote. Continue reading “AIA Presidential Candidate Profiles”

Names in the News

The winners of the 2016 AIA New York State Design Awards are: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson for the Upper East Side Apple Store; Iu + Bibliowicz Architects for Carnegie Hall Studio Towers; Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners for The Met Breuer; Dattner Architects for Manhattan District 1/2/5 Garage and Spring Street Salt Shed and 34th Street – Hudson Yards Station; WXY architecture + urban design for Manhattan District 1/2/5 Garage and Spring Street Salt Shed; Peter Marino Architect for Boontheshop; WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism for Novartis Visitors Reception and Marshall Family Performing Arts Center; SPAN Architecture for Calvin Klein Shenyang and Westport Pool House; FXFOWLE Architects for the Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School; OLI Architecture for Mu Xin Art Museum; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill for the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Center for Character & Leadership Development; Gensler for the Dwight Englewood Hajjar STEM Center; Perkins Eastman Architects for the East Harlem Center for Living and Learning; Collective-LOK for Van Alen Institute; Desai Chia Architecture for Photographer’s Loft; asap / adam sokol architecture practice for Apartment of Perfect Brightness; KieranTimberlake for Pound Ridge House; Bates Masi + Architects for Underhill; Tsao & McKown Architects for Astrid Hill House; Leroy Street Studio for The Shore House; Alloy Design for DUMBO Townhouses and One John Street; Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates for 500 West 21st Street; Deborah Berke Partners for Tiny House; STADTArchitecture for Upper West Side Apartment; CetraRuddy Architecture for Choice School; and Dioinno Architecture for High Living. Continue reading “Names in the News”