In this issue:
· Renew or Miss Out!
· AIANY Launches New Practices New York 2010
· AIA Calls on Architects to Review International Green Construction Code (IGCC)
· AIA Seeks Architects for TV Feature on Kitchens & Baths
· IES Training Comes to the Center for Architecture
· Passing: Der Scutt, 1934-2010

Renew or Miss Out!
Associate, Architect, and International Associate members: don’t forget to renew your membership by 03.31.10. If you don’t want to miss any issues of Architectural Record, recording of CES credits on your transcript, member rates for programs, and other member benefits, act now. Visit to renew today.

AIANY Launches New Practices New York 2010
The 2010 New Practices New York competition is underway! Tuesday, 03.30.10, the Center for Architecture will host an information session with New Practices Committee Co-chairs Matthew Bremer, AIA, and Marc Clemenceau Bailly, AIA, and 2008 winner Sandra Wheeler of Matter Practice. Entrants’ $100 registration fee is due by 04.23.10, but registration will be open until the end of April ($50 late fee between 04.23.10 and 04.30.10). New Practices are defined as architecture and design firms that were founded after 01.01.04, and firms must be located in NYC. Visit for more details.

AIA Calls on Architects to Review International Green Construction Code (IGCC)
Last June, AIA, the International Code Council, and ASTM International unveiled the Sustainable Building Technology Committee (SBTC). The SBTC was tasked with creating a new construction code for the future of green building.

The International Green Construction Code (IGCC), as it has developed, is now complete in draft form. AIA’s role in the development of this document ensured that architects had a say in what, and how, future buildings are designed. Last week, AIA President George Miller, FAIA, called on members to further influence this important document by weighing in on the draft. AIA has set up a website to read, review, and comment on the first public version. Subsequent drafts will also be available at this site.

AIA Seeks Architects for TV Feature on Kitchens & Baths
Every quarter, AIA issues a Home Design Trend Survey, based on the work of 500 architecture firms that concentrate on the residential sector. The last report, issued 03.09.10, showed that kitchen and bathroom designs were more modest than before. However, according to AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Ph.D., Hon. AIA, because “kitchens remain the nerve center of the home, doing more with less space is a key consideration. Integrating kitchens with family space remains a design priority, as does including areas devoted to recycling, pantries, computer workstations, and spaces devoted to recharging laptops, cell phones, and PDAs.” AIA National’s media relations team is looking for architect members in the tri-state area that have recently completed kitchen or bath projects that reflect these trends, for possible inclusion in a CNBC television feature. If you are interested, contact Scott Frank,

IES Training Comes to the Center for Architecture
Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), a provider of integrated performance analysis software and consulting services for sustainable building design, will be hosting training courses at the Center for Architecture starting in April. These courses will be held over two days, 04.07-08.10, and will focus on BIM and performance analysis, utilizing IES’s Virtual Environment software.

Attendees can earn up to 12 Learning Units (LU), of which 9 also qualify for Health, Safety and/or Welfare (HSW) and Sustainable Development (SD) credits. The sessions cover a number of workflows that can be used to move from BIM to Performance Analysis, using Revit and/or SketchUp, and to analyze energy consumption, daylighting, and LEED assessment for select credits. For additional information, visit

Passing: Der Scutt, 1934-2010


Trump Tower, designed by Der Scutt, FAIA.

Norman McGrath

It is with sadness that the family of Der Scutt, FAIA, shares the news of the architect’s death on Sunday, 03.14.10. Scutt, born in Reading, PA, on 10.17.34, attended Wyomissing Polytechnic before attending Penn State and subsequently Yale University at the encouragement of Philip Johnson.

Following Yale, he spent three years running Paul Rudolph’s office in New Haven before joining Kahn & Jacobs in 1965, where he was the principle architect for One Astor Plaza in NYC. Scutt later joined Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, where he was the partner in charge of design from 1976 to 1981, leading NY projects including Trump Tower, 520 Madison Avenue, Continental Insurance Corporation Headquarters, and Northwest Mutual Life Insurance Company Headquarters in Milwaukee. He was the design consultant for the Grand Hyatt Hotel in NYC, at which time he formed a relationship with developer Donald Trump.

“My father was absolutely a developer’s architect and he prided himself on respecting the wishes and goals of the owner while injecting his own style and design expertise,” says Hagen Scutt, AIA, senior architect for Der Scutt Architect.

Scutt established his own firm in August 1981 and was awarded a number of commissions, including the 55-story United Nations Plaza Tower luxury condominium, the 57-story Corinthian luxury condominium, The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation United States Headquarters in NYC, and the Roure Bertrand Dupont United States Headquarters in NJ. He later became known for his major high-rise office building renovations, including 505 Park Avenue, 625 Madison Avenue, 575 Lexington Avenue, 1633 Broadway, 57 West 57th Street, 823 United Nations Plaza, 555 Fifth Avenue, and the World Corporate Headquarters of International Flavors and Fragrances.

Scutt died at his home in Manhattan at the age of 75. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Leena Liukkonen Scutt, his son and colleague, Hagen Scutt, his daughter, Kirsti Scutt Edwards, and four grandchildren. Der Scutt Architect will continue operation under the leadership of Hagen Scutt.