Featured Member: Timothy Johnson Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

Timothy Johnson, FAIA, LEED AP, Partner, NBBJ, has transformed urban environments worldwide by designing buildings that blur the line between public and private, thereby uniting clients with their communities, landmarking their respective cities and invigorating entire neighborhoods. By leading his clients to look beyond their own property lines and organizational boundaries, Tim Johnson has designed transformational buildings that invigorate the urban environment and benefit the communities of which they are a part. Continue reading “Featured Member: Timothy Johnson Elevated to AIA College of Fellows”

Store Design Program Engages Students in Real-World Design Problems

The Center for Architecture’s Education Department had the opportunity to work with numerous audiences to explore the complexities of store design. Whether a student’s interest in the design of a retail space is determined by addressing real needs or entertaining the idea of a new shopping concept, the young designer will need to address many design challenges along the way. IS 234 in Sheepshead Bay was interested in engaging their 6th through 8th grade math classes in real-world design problems. Students began by attending the Scale Model Building Student Day at the Center for Architecture, a crash course in architectural scale and why it is an important tool to learn. Architectural plan graphics were introduced by looking at former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s micro-unit proposal, a 300-square-foot residence laid out as a full-scale plan on the floor of the Center for Architecture several summers ago. Students developed their own micro-units in plan, including door and window openings, and translated their plans into three-dimensional models at ½” = 1’-0” scale. Continue reading “Store Design Program Engages Students in Real-World Design Problems”

Featured Member: Daria Pizzetta Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

Daria Pizzetta, FAIA, Principal, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, has had a leading role in shaping the evolution of library design nationally, as well as the discourse about the design of major public buildings and arts institutions. Pizzetta’s practice has incorporated a strong emphasis on programmatic needs to develop civic and academic buildings that are right-sized, flexible and adaptable for community use. Her library buildings emphasize the need for the building to be designed “from the inside, out” to accommodate the variety of materials and technology housed within modern library structures, while her performing arts and museum projects consider performance and exhibition needs specific to each institution. Continue reading “Featured Member: Daria Pizzetta Elevated to AIA College of Fellows”

Oculus Book Review: The Arab City: Architecture and Representation

The Arab City: Architecture and Representation, edited by Amale Andraos and Nora Akawi, is comprised of 26 essays discussing not just the state of Arab architecture but the state of architecture in an endlessly fluid political landscape. The essays and commentaries were gathered for the 2014 symposium at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) entitled “Architecture and Representation: The Arab City.” The result is an endlessly handsome volume of poetic dialogue about the region. Continue reading “Oculus Book Review: The Arab City: Architecture and Representation”

In Memoriam: David l. (Dave) Ginsberg, FAIA (1932-2017)

David L. Ginsberg, FAIA, changed the way healthcare facilities are designed. His groundbreaking body of work, which includes New York’s Presbyterian Hospital where he later established and led the 10-year Modernization Program, introduced concepts such as using service trends and demographics to inform planning decisions as well as creating networks of outpatient clinics to supplement care. Continue reading “In Memoriam: David l. (Dave) Ginsberg, FAIA (1932-2017)”

In the News

In this issue:
The Condos of Kenmare: Andre Kikoski Architect’s 75 Kenmare Rises
Celebrating the Road to Independence: RAMSA-designed Museum of the American Revolution opens
Making it in Munich: HWKN reveals first European project
The Bowtie Takes Center Stage: Times Square pedestrianization completed
Slow Down, You Move to Fast: SHOP designs Wave/Cave
New Brooklyn Waterfront Park Opens in 2018: James Corner Field Operations’s Domino Park Continue reading “In the News”

Names in the News

The winners of the 2017 AIA Housing Awards included BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group and SLCE Architects for VIA 57 WEST… The 2017 AIA COTE Top Ten Awards included Dattner Architects and WXY architecture + urban design for Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage and Spring Street Salt Shed… The AIA/American Library Association 2017 Library Building Awards recognized Andrew Berman Architect for the renovation and expansion of the New York Public Library Stapleton Branch in Staten Island. Continue reading “Names in the News”