Share Your Thoughts On Architectural Education

The Spring 2017 issue of Oculus will explore contemporary architectural education. We are gathering feedback from AIANY members about their expectations and experiences in hiring recent graduates. We would also like to hear from recent graduates about how they feel their education prepared them for practice. This survey will be used to inform the issue. No one will be quoted without permission.

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Infrastructure, Politics, and the Dilemma of Donald Trump

On 11.18.16, what was originally supposed to be a straightforward discussion between Michael Sorkin, principal of Michael Sorkin Studio, and Michael Murphy, co-founder and executive director of MASS Design Group, was transformed (at their suggestion) into a hothouse of political debate and dissension. They were joined by a sprawling crowd (even the overflow room did not have enough seats for all) to discuss questions facing architects in light of the recent election results, and the initial statement issued by AIA National CEO/EVP Robert Ivy, FAIA, on behalf of AIA’s 89,000 members, that the organization was “committed to working with” President-elect Donald Trump on the infrastructure promises he has made. Continue reading “Infrastructure, Politics, and the Dilemma of Donald Trump”

Policy Pulse: New York Elected Officials Weigh in on Trump Administration

State and local elected officials have been quick to react to the election of Donald Trump and his continuing transition into the White House. Governor Cuomo, an early supporter of Hillary Clinton, vowed to work with Trump while assuring New Yorkers their state would remain a “refuge.” Cuomo expanded in a post declaring: “The State of New York has a proud legacy as the progressive capital of the nation, and that is more important today than ever before. As New Yorkers, we have fundamentally different philosophies than what Donald Trump laid out in his campaign.” Continue reading “Policy Pulse: New York Elected Officials Weigh in on Trump Administration”

Roadmap to 80×50

On 11.14.16, the Center for Architecture hosted an intimate discussion of New York City’s progress on its 80×50 initiative, an ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. Mayor de Blasio’s Office of Sustainability released its “Roadmap to 80×50” strategy this September, detailing how this goal would be achieved in various sectors of environmental concern, including waste, energy, transportation, and buildings. The city joined the 80×50 initiative in 2014.

Three members from the Office of Sustainability led the discussion: Benjamin Mandel, Renewable Energy Policy Advisor; Lia Carione, Senior Policy Advisor; and John Lee, RA, LEED AP, Deputy Director, Buildings and Energy Efficiency. Continue reading “Roadmap to 80×50”

Brave New Worlds: The Impacts of Virtual Reality on Design

On 11.16.16, students and professionals gathered at the Center for Architecture to hear from three designers at Gensler – Regional Director Mark Pollock, AIA, LEED AP, and Specialists Chang-Yeon Cho, AIA, LEED AP, and Seth Waldman – who talked about an interesting new addition to their workflows: virtual reality (VR). Continue reading “Brave New Worlds: The Impacts of Virtual Reality on Design”

Names in the News

The Public Design Commission honored 10 projects with Awards for Excellence in Design: the 40th Police Precinct by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group and Starr Whitehouse; Waterfront Nature Walk by George Trakas and Quennell Rothschild & Partners; Van Name Van Pelt Plaza/Richmond Terrace Wetlands and Parks Without Borders by the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation In-House Design Team; Luminescence by Nobuho Nagasawa, Thomas Balsley Associates, and WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism; Dock 72 by S9 Architecture and MPFP (M. Paul Friedberg & Partners); the High Line Park Passage and Spur by James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf; Snug Harbor Cultural Center Music Hall Addition by Studio Joseph and SCAPE/Landscape Architecture; Soho Square by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects; Anti-Idling Ambulance Pedestals by Ignacio Ciocchini and MOVE Systems; LinkNYC by CityBridge (Antenna Design, Intersection, Qualcomm, and CIVIQ Smartscapes); and the Community Parks Initiative, which includes work by dlandstudio architecture and landscape architecture, Hargreaves Associates, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, MKW Landscape Architecture, Nancy Owens Studio, Prospect Park Alliance, Quennell Rothschild & Partners, and Sage and Coombe Architects. Continue reading “Names in the News”

New Deadlines

12.12.16: Call for Entries: Architectural Review Pop-up: Celebrating the Best Temporary Structures

12.15.16: Call for Entries: Blueprint: A Design for Genoa Ideas Competition

12.15.16: Call for Applications: Houzz Women in Architecture Scholarship

12.15.16: Call for Applications: Houzz Residential Design Scholarship

12.15.16: Call for Applications: Houzz Sustainable Residential Design Scholarship Continue reading “New Deadlines”