Featured Member: Thomas Grassi Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

Thomas Grassi, FAIA, PMP, Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure and Transportation Architecture Architecture Department, HNTB Corporation, has devoted his career to being a manager for transformative regional transportation projects, a leader rebuilding Lower Manhattan and World Trade Center transportation infrastructure, and an ambassador sharing the story of architecture’s healing power. Grassi helped to lead Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ)’s Downtown Restoration Program following the events of 9/11, and went on to manage and coordinate the design and construction of of the iconic WTC Transportation Hub. In recognition, Grassi was a recipient of AIA’s “Architects of Healing” Presidential Citation. Continue reading “Featured Member: Thomas Grassi Elevated to AIA College of Fellows”

Policy Pulse: 300 Architects, Advocates and Leaders Attend AIA Grassroots Conference

Earlier this month, over 300 architects, advocates, and leaders from across the country came to our nation’s capital to say, in one voice: “We are architects. We build your homes, your schools, your hospitals, your offices and your houses of worship. We are concerned.” The context for this great chorus was AIA’s 2017 Grassroots Leadership Conference, this year held on March 8-10, 2017. The annual gathering brings together AIA leaders from chapters and components around the country, allowing members and staff the opportunity to provide input on AIA initiatives, share information and ideas, and agree on best practices with their peers from around the country. It also provides a unique forum for the AIA and its members to speak directly with their representatives in Congress. Continue reading “Policy Pulse: 300 Architects, Advocates and Leaders Attend AIA Grassroots Conference”

Remembering New York Architect Hugh Hardy, FAIA (1931-2017)

New York architect Hugh Hardy, FAIA, Founding Partner, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, died this week at age 84. His career left an indelible imprint on the city, including iconic venues such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Radio City Music Hall, the Rainbow Room, New Victory Theater, and many more. Hardy spearheaded design and architecture at Lincoln Center Theater beginning in 1985 up to and including the award-winning Claire Tow on the roof of Eero Saarinen’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. Additionally, Hardy founded Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates in the 1970s, expanding his sphere of work as far as the Columbus Occupational Health Association in Indiana, which won an AIA Honor Award in 1976. Continue reading “Remembering New York Architect Hugh Hardy, FAIA (1931-2017)”

Featured Member: Elisabeth Martin Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

Elisabeth Martin’s leadership and advocacy for public libraries is a catalyst for transformative change. As a principal at MDA designgroup architects & planners, Martin’s passion has fueled discourse, inspired solutions, influenced national models and demonstrated the power of design in the public realm. As a proven leader with national recognition for over 3 decades of work with public libraries, her specialty practice combines the tools of advocacy, vision, planning and design to create beacons of life-enriching activity and resources within the communities they serve. Continue reading “Featured Member: Elisabeth Martin Elevated to AIA College of Fellows”

Busting Myths: How Can Social Research Impact Design?

On 02.22.17 at the Center for Architecture, the AIANY Social Science and Architecture Committee held the first event in a series, titled Hesitations and Constraints, on how social research informs varying building typologies. The discussion sought to uncover, or at least clarify, the reasons behind the varying degrees of interest in social research from different typologies as well as the possible solutions for increasing the value of research. Continue reading “Busting Myths: How Can Social Research Impact Design?”

Names in the News

This year, the American Institute of Architects elevated 178 of its members to the College of Fellows, an honor awarded to those who have made contributions of national significance to the profession. No less than 18 of these architects are members of the AIA New York Chapter, who were honored at a special New Fellows Reception at AIANY’s Center for Architecture on March 13: Continue reading “Names in the News”

New Deadlines

03.21.17: Call for Applications: New York State Council on the Arts Architecture + Design Independent Projects Grants

03.21.17: Call for Entries: LafargeHolcim Awards 2016/2017: 5th International Awards for Sustainable Construction

03.26.17: Call for Entries: AIA Brooklyn + Queens Design Awards 2017

03.26.17: Call for Applications: Design Trust for Public Space 2017-2018 Equitable Public Space Fellowship

03.26.17: Call for Entries: Sunbrella YoungBird “Shade-scape” Sunshade Pattern Design Competition 2017

03.27.17: Call for Funding: Cast & Place: City of Dreams Pavilion Continue reading “New Deadlines”

AIA New York Names 2017 Design Awards Winners

On Monday, 03.06.17, at the Center for Architecture, the Jury of the 2017 AIANY Design Awards named Honor and Merit winners spanning the categories of Architecture, Interiors, Projects, and Urban Design. In total, there were 35 winning projects (see above slideshow) including the much lauded Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University, designed by Diller Scofidio + RenfroGensler and SCAPE, which collectively took home Best in Show as well as an Architecture Honor Award. You can see details including submission PDFs for all Honor and Merit winners here.

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