CLP Development Session II: Facilitating Inclusive and Productive Engagement—Strategies and Struggles

“Engagement” is a term thrown around frequently by architects, but what does it really mean? Who are you engaging? For what purpose? How and when do you do this? How do you build consensus among a community, engaging all stakeholders in a collaborative way that allows them to express their feelings, goals, and values? How do you persuade others to listen? “Safe space” is a term that is rarely used by architects. What does safe space look like in different contexts? For whom is it important and why? How do architects create a safe space that is inclusive of all community members in order to productively engage? Continue reading “CLP Development Session II: Facilitating Inclusive and Productive Engagement—Strategies and Struggles”

Public Spaces, Social Movements: How Planning and Design Can Shape Public Discourse

Since the election of President Trump, New York and cities across the country have been host to a rising groundswell of protests​ in streets, parks, plazas, and other public space​s at levels unseen since the 1960s. Data collected by New Yorkers for Parks show at least 189 confirmed actions citywide between​ January​ ​​and​ ​May, totaling over half a million attendees. This renewed focus on the public realm calls into question how planners and designers can respond and engage with issues related to the civic commons. Continue reading “Public Spaces, Social Movements: How Planning and Design Can Shape Public Discourse”

Names in the News

AIA New York State’s annual Design Awards winners included NYC-based St. Ann’s Warehouse by Marvel Architects; the National September 11 Memorial Museum by Davis Brody Bond; Bergdorf Goodman by MNA; Dior Seoul, Southampton House, and Hublot Fifth Avenue by Peter Marino Architect; the Novartis Oncology Building and Kent State Center for Architecture and Environmental Design by WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism; Baccarat Hotel & Residences, FBI Biometric Technology Center, and the Center for Character and Leadership Development by Skidmore, Owings & Merril; Cummins Indy Distribution Headquarters by Deborah Berke Partners; the Arizona State University Beus Center for Law and Society and Vassar College Bridge for Laboratory Sciences by Ennead Architects; Perry World House by 1100 Architect; Duke West Union District Bridge/Pavilion by Architecture Operations D.P.C; Josai i-House Dormitory by Studio SUMO; the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics by Studio Libeskind; VIA 57 West by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group; Michigan Lake House by Desai Chia Architecture; Bar House by Audrey Matlock Architect; De Maria Pavilion by Gluckman Tang; Maker Park by STUDIO V Architecture; and Southwest Brooklyn plan by AECOM. Continue reading “Names in the News”

In the News

In this issue:
Right On Track and Ahead of Schedule: Cuomo announces construction of SOM-designed Moynihan Train Hall
Believe it. This Project is in New York City: CetraRuddy creates beachfront community in the Rockaways
Rezoning for Residential: Ground broken for MAP’s Martin Luther King Plaza
Aggressively Going Passive: Handel Architects and DLANDstudio team up on country’s largest passive house project
Spanish Colonial Arches Reinterpreted as 21st-Century Airport Gateways: CAZA Architects designs Cartagena airport
Is it a Work of Public Art, a Pavilion, or an Amphitheater?: MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY designs Chrysalis Amphiteater Continue reading “In the News”

Summer@theCenter Wraps Up

The Center for Architecture’s nine weeks of summer programs are wrapping up this week. Our students have explored topics ranging from skyscrapers to nomadic architecture and fairytale architecture.

Thanks to all of the students, families, educators, and architects who made our summer possible. We have selected some photos to highlight our summer activities. For more photos and updates on our programming, please visit our Facebook page. Continue reading “Summer@theCenter Wraps Up”

Featured Member: Michael Nieminen, FAIA

Michael Nieminen, FAIA, is a partner at Kliment Halsband Architects, a New York City-based firm focusing primarily on educational, cultural, and civic projects. Over his 35 years at Kliment Halsband, including 20 as partner, he has led a range of projects in both primary and secondary education. Major projects include the adaptive reuse of the Sterling Divinity Quadrangle at Yale University, the master plan and renovation of the Spence School in Manhattan, and the renovation of Welch Hall at the Rockefeller University in Manhattan. Nieminen has established a reputation for executing programmatically innovative designs within demanding historical contexts. He also lectures widely on his work and strategies, and is co-chair of the AIA/CAE Sub-Committee for Higher Education. Here, he talks about the importance of adaptive reuse and why young architects should be involved with the AIA.  Continue reading “Featured Member: Michael Nieminen, FAIA”


Tuesday September 12, 2017
Millennium Hilton Hotel, New York City

Join ROXUL and our lineup of guest speakers to discuss fire safety in relation to building design and construction.   Seminar will feature informative presentations and an engaging roundtable discussion on today’s challenges.

Seminar offers 4 Continuing Educational Credits

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450 W 31st West Rental Unit
Office loft / Maker space Hudson Yards Penn Station

Large room off spacious hallway; ideal for architects, tech firms, creatives
$4,500 / month, $40.45/rsf
Great light, windows, high ceilings
Near Penn Station, High Line, Hudson Yards
Loading dock, freight elevator


TriBeCa NYC Design Team Office Bay

Convenient first-floor TriBeCa location, individual bays with built-in desks seating 4 to 5 per bay. Perfect for architects, designers, planners. Quiet, very pleasant and productive. Great value for location.

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Featured Member: Vanessa Keith, AIA

Vanessa Keith, AIA, is founder and principal of StudioTEKA, a New York City-based interdisciplinary design practice whose work ranges from small-scale interiors to research projects on the impact of climate change on the built environment. Trained in international relations as well as in architecture, she brings a broad vision to her professional practice, allowing her to investigate the environmental, social, economic, and political impacts of architecture. StudioTEKA’s recent built projects include the renovation of marketing and plastic surgery offices in New York. Caribbean Highlands, a community and eco-resort in Costa Rica, is currently in the works. Keith and StudioTEKA also recently published 2100: A Dystopian Utopia, which imagines a world transformed by climate change. In addition to her practice, she has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate studios at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, and the City University of New York. In this interview, she discusses the scales of her practice and why the AIA is important in fostering the New York architecture community. Continue reading “Featured Member: Vanessa Keith, AIA”

Policy Pulse: City Approves Midtown East Rezoning

On 08.09.17, New York City Council approved the long-awaited rezoning of Midtown East. The plan, originally proposed in the twilight of the Bloomberg Administration, allows the development of new, modern office buildings throughout the city’s largest business district in exchange for improvements for pedestrians and commuters. Continue reading “Policy Pulse: City Approves Midtown East Rezoning”