Featured Member: Howard Zimmerman Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

A respected leader and expert in the preservation and restoration of building façades, Howard Zimmerman, FAIA, Founder and President, Howard L. Zimmerman Architects, has raised the awareness and advanced the standards of this specialty, transforming the safety and aesthetics of the urban experience. For more than 35 years, Zimmerman has used his expertise—unique in breadth and depth—to inspect, evaluate, preserve, and restore thousands of façades of New York City, from 19th-century landmarks to 21st-century high-rises. Continue reading “Featured Member: Howard Zimmerman Elevated to AIA College of Fellows”

Climate Change in NYC: Bridging Science and Practice

On 06.08.17, the Center for Architecture continued the environmental momentum from the previous night’s lecture with a panel discussion on the effects of climate change on New York City’s future urban design. While the previous lecture addressed what individual property owners could do to mitigate their environmental impact through retrofitting, “Climate Change in NYC: Bridging Science and Practice” focused on the imminent threat to New Yorkers of rising sea levels and increased average temperatures. Continue reading “Climate Change in NYC: Bridging Science and Practice”

Policy Pulse: FitCity 2017 Lands in Queens

On 06.06.17, AIANY hosted our annual FitCity conference with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. FitCity 2017 showcased Queens, New York’s largest and most diverse borough, a fitting backdrop for exploring how designers, policymakers, public health professionals, community advocates, and funders are working hand-in-hand with local residents to reimagine civic assets and foster community engagement. Continue reading “Policy Pulse: FitCity 2017 Lands in Queens”

Featured Member: Kalavati Somvanshi Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

Kalavati Somvanshi, FAIA, RA, Principal, SOMVANSHI/2, is a leader who leverages foresight and experience to create learning opportunities for fellow architects, consultants and subcontractors. Her efforts enhance design excellence and technical expertise for teams facilitating the practice of architecture.  Continue reading “Featured Member: Kalavati Somvanshi Elevated to AIA College of Fellows”

Robert Michael Kliment, FAIA (1933 – 2017)

Robert Michael Kliment, FAIA, died peacefully at home on 03.06.17.

Born in Prague in 1933, Robert was one of several hundred children whom the humanitarian Sir Nicholas Winton brought to safety in England during the Second World War. He was later schooled in France and Cuba before studying architecture at Yale, where he received his BA in 1954. Continue reading “Robert Michael Kliment, FAIA (1933 – 2017)”

In the News

In this issue:
– Expand, Enhance, Experience: DS+R’s MoMA renovation updates revealed
– Into the Woods of High Surveillance
: A Herzog and de Meuron and Ai Wei Wei collaboration
– Dimes for your Thoughts: Fogarty Finger turns bank into mixed use development
– Building Meets the Challenge of Training Future Nurses: CO|FXFOWLE’s Columbia School of Nursing
Designed with Yacht Owners in Mind: HWKN’s Wharf Marina Continue reading “In the News”

Names in the News

The Core77 Design Awards 2017 recognized projects by NYC-based firms, including A/D/O by nARCHITECTS and the Museum of the City of New York’s “New York at its Core” exhibition by Studio Joseph, Local Projects, and Pentagram…The American Society of Landscape Architects 2017 honors recipients include NYC-based Jannette Sadik-Khan, former Commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation (LaGasse Medal – Non-Landscape Professional); the Central Park Conservancy (Medal of Excellence); and Mitchell Silver, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation (Honorary Member). Continue reading “Names in the News”

New Deadlines

06.19.17: Request for Proposals: Gateways to Chinatown, sponsored by Van Alen Institute, Chinatown Partnership, and the NYC Department of Transportation

06.20.17: Request for Proposals: Design Trust for Public Space’s Public for All: Rethinking Shared Space in NYC

07.17.17: Call for Entries: AECOM/Van Alen Institute/100 Resilient Cities Urban SOS – hOUR City

06.27.16: Call for Entries: 2017 AIA I Look Up Film Challenge: Blueprint for Better Continue reading “New Deadlines”

Featured Member: Michael Plottel Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

From the start of his career over 25 years ago, Michael Plottel, FAIA, has led a highly diverse set of socially relevant projects and building types, ranging from public safety, social housing, transportation, educational facilities to public parks and public art. As Director of Capital Project Management at Columbia University Facilities, Plottel has sought to balance the needs of citizens first and foremost, with those of policy-makers, designers, project managers and builders. He has dedicated his career to advancing the practice and theory of public architecture by focusing on the design and construction of socially relevant projects with the result of rebuilding cities, strengthening institutions, enhancing public spaces and ultimately serving the everyday needs of the citizen. Continue reading “Featured Member: Michael Plottel Elevated to AIA College of Fellows”