Message from the Executive Director: 2016 Elections

At this time when the country is notably divided and exploring many paths forward, AIA New York / Center for Architecture remains dedicated to our core values, which include promoting architecture and cities that are equitable, diverse, resilient, and committed to improving the quality of life in our communities.

Updated 11.15.16: Please note this statement was revised on 11.15.16. Please see AIANY’s current message here

Oculus Evolving

As we continue to prioritize how to enhance our communications channels, we have started to think strategically about Oculus magazine. From its birth as a one-page AIANY membership newsletter in 1938, Oculus has evolved into a quarterly magazine exploring issues relevant to architecture practitioners, circulated to more than 8,000 subscribers. Today, we look forward to this continued evolution as we explore the magazine’s redesign. Continue reading “Oculus Evolving”

Lobby Law Update

On 10.25.16, The Office of the City Clerk issued a favorable advisory opinion to clarify language from the 2013 Lobbying Law impacting architects, design professionals, and engineers. The opinion was prompted after AIANY and other trade organizations requested clarification about whether applications for work permits from the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) and preceding communication about those permits or other documents that are part of the normal construction process are considered lobbying. Continue reading “Lobby Law Update”

Chapter Mentions

Reusing their Past: New York Magazine’s Justin Davidson invites readers to check out “Authenticity and Innovation” in “To Honor Jane Jacob’s Vision, We Need More Planning, Not Less.”

Architecture Inspires: AIANY 2016 President Carol Loewenson, FAIA, weighs in on the NYC buildings that have inspired her in The Observer.

Focus on Infrastructure: Loewenson advocates for NYC infrastructure improvements in the New York Real Estate Journal

Gourdgeous Gourds: Inhabitat covers the Center for Architecture’s first annual Pumpkitecture! competition

Design Matters: 2016 Heritage Ball

On 10.27.16, 1,100 professionals from the architecture, engineering, construction, and real estate industries gathered at Chelsea Piers Pier 60 to celebrate AIANY and the Center for Architecture’s Heritage Ball. While all enjoyed the black-tie networking, the real focus of the evening was to honor leaders who champion design excellence in New York City: Thomas Phifer, FAIA, Founder, Thomas Phifer and Partners; The Rudin Family; Senator Charles E. Schumer; and Alice Tisch. Each of our honorees demonstrates the leadership, vision, and proven commitment to projects that contribute to New York City’s status as a dynamic and energetic global capital. Continue reading “Design Matters: 2016 Heritage Ball”

Canstruction NYC

On 11.14.16, New Yorkers gathered at Brookfield Place for the opening of the 2016 Canstruction exhibition of the annual food charity and design competition to benefit City Harvest. Twenty-five teams creatively stacked 100,000 unopened cans of food to create life-size sculptures that will be donated to City Harvest when the exhibition closes on 11.16.16. Continue reading “Canstruction NYC”

The Most Gourdgeous of the Gourds: Pumpkitecture!

The Center for Architecture kicked off Halloween weekend with its first annual Pumpkitecture! competition. Twenty New York City-based firms went gourd-to-gourd to compete for the Pritzkerpumpkin.

Awakening the spooky specters of architects past, the participating firms channeled their creative spirits to demonstrate their eeriest eye for design. Beyond the standard pumpkin-carving tool set, supplied by the Center, firms were encouraged to bring their own tools and materials, resulting in a range of additional supplies, from jagged saws to electric drills and even cement. The world was their pumpkin. Continue reading “The Most Gourdgeous of the Gourds: Pumpkitecture!”

Antidotes to Xenophobia: Win/win Design Ideas for the Displaced

In our current political climate, the take-home message from the recent United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) – that migrants and refugees can be a positive influence on cities – comes as a breath of fresh air. The speakers on the AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR) panel “Global Migration, Refugees, and a Role for Design” included Habitat III participants and design professionals who are working on alternatives to the prevailing model of relief-settlement urbanism (gridded tents, minimal infrastructure, negligible allowance for human dignity). They offered sane, humane observations about ways architects, planners, and city officials can step in where nation-states have failed. Continue reading “Antidotes to Xenophobia: Win/win Design Ideas for the Displaced”

2016 Architecture and Design College Fair

During the annual 2016 Architecture and Design College Fair on 11.04.16, more than 175 students and family members came to the Center for Architecture to learn about different architecture and design school options. Throughout the evening and throughout the Center, high school students had the opportunity to speak with representatives from 28 different colleges and universities from around the country. Continue reading “2016 Architecture and Design College Fair”

Eric J. Pick, AIA, Retired Partner, Warner, Burns, Toan & Lunde (1922-2016)

Eric Joseph Pick, AIA, passed away in his home on Long Island, NY on 10.30.16 due to complications with a blood disease. He is survived by Evelyn, his wife of 68 years, and sons Bruce and Steven, daughters-in-law Jackie and Susan, and grandchildren Marie, Michael, and Lucas. Continue reading “Eric J. Pick, AIA, Retired Partner, Warner, Burns, Toan & Lunde (1922-2016)”