Architecture isn’t Fungible

Cheryl Davis answers an audience member’s question: (l-r) Cheryl L. Davis, Partner, Menaker & Herrmann LLP; Elena Brescia, Managing Partner, SCAPE; Ronnette Riley, FAIA, LEED AP, Ronnette Riley Architect; Ariel Fausto, AIA, LEED AP, Partner, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture; Lynn Fritzlen, AIA, LEED AP, Ronnette Riley Architect (moderator), Co-Chair, AIANY Professional Practice Committee.

Daniel Fox

Event: Intellectual Property and the Design Professional – Panel Discussion
Location: Center for Architecture, 11.28.12
Speakers: Elena Brescia, Managing Partner, SCAPE; Cheryl L. Davis, Partner, Menaker & Herrmann LLP; Ariel Fausto, AIA, LEED AP, Partner, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture; Lynn Fritzlen, AIA, LEED AP, Ronnette Riley Architect (moderator), Co-Chair, AIANY Professional Practice Committee; Ronnette Riley, FAIA, LEED AP, Ronnette Riley Architect
Organizers: AIANY Professional Practice Committee and the NYASLA

What’s your property, really? Dirt, iPads, science, and the “useful arts,” to name a few. Your designs, too, are your property, according to attorney Cheryl Davis of Menaker & Herrmann. Thank the U.S. Constitution, which empowers the U.S. Congress “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” Never again ask: “What’s Congress done for me lately?”

It is indeed your right, as an architect, to copyright your designs. Retaining intellectual property can, for instance, give leverage in negotiations. And why not own what you’ve created? Writers copyright books, pop stars copyright recordings – architecture on paper is “useful art” that can bring you additional revenue.

Intellectual property laws protect the expression of ideas, however, not ideas themselves. In other words, put your designs on paper. You can’t copyright a standard window detail. But unique elements and concrete expressions (pardon the pun), flourishes, and important design modifications are more likely to be protected. You can’t protect the ur-chair (four legs, a seat, and a back), but you can protect your unique design that acts like a chair.

What about collaborative work? People can be joint owners of work, or employers can fashion a novel agreement. If you’re intent on owning all the work done under your supervision, even by freelancers, make sure your contracts include “work for hire” right at the top, according to Ronnette Riley, FAIA, LEED AP, who seems to be the authority on getting clients to pay their bills and honor agreements.

“Architects often give away work,” said moderator Lynn Fritzlen, AIA, LEED AP, a common refrain among architects and designers. Many competition agreements state that a client can use entries as they see fit, according to Elena Brescia and Ariel Fausto, AIA, LEED AP. While one might not be in a position to alter something like a competition agreement, Riley has an easy answer for clients when they ask to own the copyright to designs: “I’m not Bed Bath & Beyond. You’re not buying sheets.”

In other words, making architecture isn’t the production of a commodity, per se – it’s an iterative process that results in original designs (most of the time). Riley suggested that architects let clients know that if they are insistent about owning a design, you can suggest that a client can “own a design and release me from liability – once I’m 100% paid.” She also urged architects to license their work, when possible, to create additional revenue streams. She files for copyright right away, and since her firm executes a lot of retail work, she builds in licensing fees for certain designs.

Panelists also discussed ownership of BIM models, to which there are many contributing authors. There is an AIA Standard Form of Agreement that can help with this (E-202), and according to Fausto, every party can own its own part of the model. If you do give away the model, be sure to indemnify yourself.

The takeaway: respect your work enough to truly own it. While a client might be used to architects and landscape architects that readily sign away all rights to their designs, panelists and their successful practices illustrate that it takes standing up to a client to ensure your rights are honored. That – and a good lawyer.

Heritage Ball 2012

(l-r) Jaime Endreny, Executive Director, Center for Architecture Foundation; Michael Strauss, President, Center for Architecture Foundation; Robert Hammond, Joshua David, Co-Founders, Friends of the High Line; Iris Weinshall, Vice Chancellor of Facilities Planning, Construction and Management, City University of New York; Robert Selsam, Senior Vice President, Boston Properties; Cesar Pelli, FAIA, Senior Principal, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects; Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, AIANY 2012 President; Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, AIANY

Sam Lahoz

Event: Heritage Ball 2012
Location: Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, 10.25.12

More than 1,200 gathered at Pier Sixty for the Heritage Ball, our biggest party and largest fundraiser of the year. With all that’s happened in the intervening weeks, it seems like such a long time ago. Nevertheless, our honorees can give us hope that so many facets of our built environment are in competent hands.

Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, opens the program.

Sam Lahoz

Robert Selsam (AIA New York Chapter Award), Senior Vice President, Boston Properties, in both his award acceptance speech and discussion at the Center for Architecture, noted the value excellent design brings to the buildings he develops.

Sam Lahoz

Iris Weinshall (Center for Architecture Award), Vice Chancellor of Facilities Planning, Construction and Management, City University of New York, spoke about the power of design and architects in her work for CUNY. A new library designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects for Bronx Community College had students lining up to enter the day it opened, she remarked.

Sam Lahoz

Joshua David and Robert Hammond (Center for Architecture Foundation Award), Co-Founders, Friends of the High Line, also commented on the way in which design has led to the High Line’s overwhelming success.

Sam Lahoz

Perhaps the most moving moment of the evening was the standing ovation for Cesar Pelli, FAIA (2012 President’s Award), Senior Principal, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects (PCP). Pelli’s long and distinguished career was elucidated in a well-produced video; the other honorees were also celebrated through video.

Sam Lahoz

(l-r) Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, Iris Weinshall, and Senator Charles E. Schumer

Sam Lahoz

Illustrating AIANY’s continuing work with our local, state, and federal governments, there were many notable public officials in attendance including: Senator Charles E. Schumer; Robert LiMandri, Commissioner, NYC Department of Buildings; Seth Pinsky, President, NYC Economic Development Corporation; Council Member Gale Brewer; Council Member Robert Jackson; Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito; Leslie Koch, President of the Trust for Governor’s Island; Mathew Wambua, Commissioner, NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development; and Veronica White, Commissioner, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.

(l-r) Eric Goshow, AIA; Susan Chin, FAIA; Marcus Marino, AIA; Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA; Kelly Hayes McAlonie, AIA; Eva Franch Gilabert

Sam Lahoz

Kelly Hayes McAlonie, AIA, 2012 AIANYS President, and Eric Goshow, AIA, 2013 AIANYS President, along with Anselmo Genovese, AIA, AIA Staten Island President, and Susan Chin, FAIA, Regional Director and 2013-14 AIA Vice President, represented additional AIA leadership.

Scholarships were awarded to four students, who were nominated by this year’s honorees. (l-r) Filipp Blyakher, The City College of New York | The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture (Iris Weinshall); Shachar Beer, Pratt Institute School of Architecture (Joshua David and Robert Hammond); James Morgan Petty, Yale School of Architecture (Cesar Pelli, FAIA); Ryan Lovett, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (Robert E. Selsam)

Sam Lahoz

Many attended Party@theCenter, the Heritage Ball’s official after-party, at the Center for Architecture.

Sam Lahoz

In this issue:
• Up, Up and a Away
• Up the Creek
• Pavilion’s Progress for Campus Growth
• Now Fit for a President

Up, Up and a Away

Axial view at dusk


Forum view


Skylight with mirrors


Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), the 46,000-square-foot Center for Character and Leadership Development (CCLD) at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, recently broke ground. It is the first new building since 1981 to be erected on the terrazzo (central square) of the academy’s campus, which was designed by SOM in 1954. With its several distinct entrances, each identifiable by a threshold of glass and light, the building acts a nexus, weaving together other spaces on campus. The building is in optical alignment with the North Star (Polaris), which the academy uses to symbolize its core values. When a cadet is seated inside the Honor Board Room, he/she is aligned precisely with the star, visible through an oculus and skylight. The CCLD also features a flexible gathering space for academic and social events, a series of break-out, conference, and seminar rooms, offices, a library, and a ceremonial stair. Expected to be completed in early summer 2014, the project has been designed to achieve a LEED Silver. The project received a 2012 AIANY Design Award in the Unbuilt category.

Up the Creek

Located in “The Confluence,” a luminous, lightweight pavilion called “The Poppy” that can hold up to 1,000 for concerts.

Courtesy Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates/Thomas Phifer & Partners

“The Lattice” – Six lightweight and easily deployable trail bridges.

Courtesy Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates/Thomas Phifer & Partners

“The Grove” – Live oak trees present a space for community gatherings.

Courtesy Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates/Thomas Phifer & Partners

A team led by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and Thomas Phifer & Partners has been selected to re-envision the role of Waller Creek in the context of a densely populated section of Austin, TX. Approximately 20 city blocks and equivalent to 1.5 miles in length and 28 acres in size, the project area is fragmented, undervalued, and in some places, dangerous during flooding. Charged by the Waller Creek Conservancy, the design scheme will transform the small creek into a vital component of urban infrastructure, an open stage for social interaction, and a restored source of natural beauty. The scheme calls for opening up the creek to the city by widening its path and shoreline whenever possible. A chain of parks will be embedded in five connected districts: the Lattice, Grove, Narrows, Refuge, and Confluence. From a pool of 31 submissions, the team was chosen from a short list consisting of CMG and Public Architecture; Turenscape + Lake|Flato Architects; Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architect, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, and Rogers Marvel Architects.

Pavilion’s Progress for Campus Growth

Courtesy Davis Brody Bond

Courtesy Davis Brody Bond

Courtesy Davis Brody Bond

Davis Brody Bond has been selected to design the new St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion on the St. Elizabeths Hospital east campus in Washington, DC. The multipurpose, 22-foot-high structure will form a backdrop to a plaza and will be the central point for activities that include casual dining, a farmers’ market, and other after-hours and weekend community, cultural, and arts events. Environmental responsibility was a driving design goal. Sustainable features include rainwater harvesting with a cistern capable of supplying irrigation and water for restrooms, as well as recycled or renewable materials such as canvas, burlap, “grasscrete,” and reclaimed wood. The pavilion will serve the needs of the 4,000 employees of the new Coast Guard headquarters now in the final phases of construction on the St. Elizabeths west campus. Future corporate development on the district-owned campus and the community at large will also benefit. The project team includes the engineering firm Robert Silman Associates and D.C.-based KADCON, a construction firm.

Now Fit for a President

Courtesy Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates

Courtesy Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates

Courtesy Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates

In time for the 154th birthday of the 26th U.S. president, the American Museum of Natural History will officially reopen the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial and the Hall of North American Mammals after a three-year refurbishment and enhancement project led by Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates. Originally designed by John Russell Pope and dedicated in 1936, the two-story memorial — which includes the Central Park West entrance, the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda, and the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall on the first floor — is New York State’s official memorial to its 33rd governor. The project includes a complete restoration of the Central Park West façade, which is now illuminated with energy-efficient exterior lighting, as well as the cleaning of a commemorative statue of Roosevelt in front of the museum. The fully renovated rotunda, a designated New York City interior landmark, showcases painter William Andrew Mackay’s expertly-conserved historical murals. An earlier phase of the project included dividing in two the display mount of the famous Barosaurus and Allosaurus exhibit at the center of the Rotunda, allowing visitors to walk between the famous combatants for the first time.

This Just In

The “Made in NY” Media Center for creative and tech industries will be located in DUMBO in a 1909 designated landmark. It will be developed by the Independent Feature Project, Two Trees Management; Brooklyn-based MESH Architectures will design the space. In addition to flexible workstations, the facility will contain classrooms, a public café, media arts gallery, lounge, numerous conference rooms, and a 98-seat white box screening/multimedia room.

Missed the 3rd annual MAS Summit for New York City? At press time, the MAS 2012 Livability Survey, proposals by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and WXY+ K&M for Grand Central Terminal, the GCT: The Next 100, Greening Manual for Historic Rowhouses, NYC Privately Owned Public Spaces are online. Foster + Partner’s GCT proposal and other presentations and panels should be available in the near future.

The Urban Web, a multi-sensory interactive installation that transforms an underused portion of the Coleman Oval Skatepark under the Manhattan Bridge on the LES is on view now through November 10th. The installation is a project of Architecture for Humanity New York.

The Design Trust for Public Space, in partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) issued a new report: “Making Midtown: A New Vision for a 21st Century Garment District”. The report brings together all of the key stakeholders to develop a shared vision and specific actions to ensure that the Garment District will continue to be an extraordinary source of fashion innovation and jobs, as well as a desirable destination neighborhood for businesses and people of all kinds.

The first ever Lighting PlugFest is coming to the 3rd annual Control This! conference and expo on lighting control and energy management systems, at The Metropolitan Pavilion, November 7.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has given Rogers Marvel Architects the green light to design a rooftop bar and terrace, doubles squash court, and additional guest rooms at the Harvard Club of New York. The club occupies several buildings, including the original neo-Georgian McKim Mead & White building from 1894 and an eight-story glass -and-steel addition by Davis Brody Bond completed in 2003. The LPC also designated the Rainbow Room, the renowned art deco-style supper club atop 30 Rock, as the city’s 115th interior landmark. The commission also designated the East Village/Lower East Side Historic District, capping a two-year effort to protect more than 330 architecturally and historically significant buildings that are synonymous with the immigrant experience.

Matter Practice is installing Peace & Quiet, a dialogue station that will serve as a quiet space for talks between veterans and civilians in Times Square. The station will be active from 11.11–11.21.12.

The Park Avenue Armory continues to make progress on a $200 million capital renovation project designed by Herzog & de Meuron. Most recently, the Armory unveiled the restored Park Avenue façade, including a new copper mansard roof, reconstructed masonry, new perimeter lighting, and the restoration of the building’s original 1881 iron fence. In addition, the restoration of the historic Board of Officers Room is officially underway and scheduled for completion in September 2013.

The University of Oxford’s Mathematical Institute, designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, has topped out, and is expected to be completed in 2013.

Storefront in Art and Architecture is once again hosting Critical Halloween, an architectural costume party devoted to the most feared ghosts in the world of art and architecture: Banality and Metaphor. Dress accordingly.

When in Rome…there’s still time to see Urban Movement Design’s “UNIRE/UNITE,” winner of the 2012 Young Architects Program (YAP) MAXXI, on view through November 4. The installation offers urban furniture that promotes exercise and play in response to the obesity problem.

Congrats to Pratt Institute on its 125th Anniversary.


The Edgeless School: Design for Learning

On view through 01.19.12, in conjunction with “The Best School in the World: Seven Finnish Examples from the 21st Century,” on view through 10.31.12.

Archtober Lounge

On view through 10.31.12

Subway Show 2012: Design by New York

On view through 11.04.12

The Harlem Edge | Cultivating Connections

On view through 10.31.2012

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park

On view through 12.01.2012

Mindy Fullilove, a research psychiatrist at New York State University Psychiatric Institute and a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University, will serve as the new Public Director for the AIA Board of Directors from December 2012 to 2015…

The 2012 MHN Excellence Award winners include: Aire by Handel Architects, Best New Development: High-Rise (Gold); TEN23 by Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel Architects, Best New Development: High Rise (Silver); Via Verde by Dattner Architects and Grimshaw, Best New Development: Affordable/Workforce (Gold); and 220 Water Street by Perkins Eastman, Best New Development: Adaptive Reuse (Gold)…

The American Architectural Foundation (AAF) honored David M. Childs, FAIA, as the inaugural recipient of the George M. White Award for Excellence in Public Architecture…The Society of Architectural Historians announced the launch of a new awards program, to be inaugurated at the SAH Awards Gala in Chicago, 11.10.12; other recipients include Gwendolyn Wright, Associate Professor of Architecture & Planning at Columbia University…

The Rockefeller Foundation announced the recipients of the 2012 Jane Jacobs Medal: Ronald Shiffman, Rosanne Haggerty, Carl Skelton, and the team from iobyErin Barnes, Brandon Whitney, and Cassie Flynn

Zetlin & De Chiara announced that Partners Michael S. Zetlin, AIANY Legal Counsel and ex officio, Michael K. De Chiara, Raymond T. Mellon, Carol J. Patterson and Michael J. Vardaro have again been named top construction litigation attorneys in New York by Super Lawyers Magazine, and for the second year, Associate Principal Jaimee Nardiello has been named a New York Rising Star…

Perkins Eastman announced that Cindy Froggatt has joined the firm as an Associate Principal…HLW New York announced the appointment of Jennifer Brayer as Partner-in-Charge of the office…Mancini•Duffy/TSC welcomes Fran Ferrone as Director of Workplace Innovation, and James Brucz as Senior Workplace Consultant for the Center for Workplace Innovation (CWI) segment of the practice…HLB announced that Jeffrey Miller, FIALD, has re-joined its New York studio as a Design Principal focused on business development…

2013 OCULUS Editorial Calendar Announced!
The Oculus 2013 Editorial Calendar has been set. If you are an architect by training, or see yourself as an astute observer of New York’s architectural and planning scene, Oculus wants to hear from you! Projects/topics may be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. Please submit story ideas by the deadlines indicated in the calendar to Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA: Note: 2013 marks the 75th Anniversary of Oculus (launched 1938!), and 10th Anniversary of the magazine’s current iteration.

Reminder: The Center for Architecture is currently accepting applications for the Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant. Application Deadline: Thursday, 11/01/2012, 5:00pm

10.26.12 Call for Entries: 60th Annual P/A Awards—Architect Magazine

10.31.12 Call for Entries: The Battery Conservancy: Draw up a Chair Americas Design Competition – Portable Outdoor Seating for the Battery

10.31.12 Call for Entries: Architectural Record One Millionth CEU Test-Taker Sweepstakes

10.31.12 Call for Entries: Generation Kingspan Student Architectural Design Competition

11.01.12 Call for Applications: 2013 Rome Prize Fellowships—American Academy in Rome

11.01.12 Call for Entries: Building Trust International Open Photography Competition: “Developing World – Digital World”

11.01.12 Call for Papers: 50th IMCL Conference on Reshaping Suburbia into Complete Healthy Communities, Portland, OR, 06.23.13 – 06.27.13

11.01.12 Call for Submissions: 2013 World Habitat Awards

11.05.12 Call for Submissions: RIBA Open Ideas Competition: Re-imagining York’s Guildhall Complex

11.16.12 Request for Applications: 2013 Sustainable Design
Assessment Team Program (SDAT)

11.16.12 Call for Submissions: NYCEDC “Change the Course” – The NYC Waterfront Construction Competition

11.20.12 Call for Entries: Street Seats Design Challenge: Design Furniture for Boston’s Fort Point Channel

11.23.12 Call for Entries: 2012 Palladio Awards Honoring Excellence in Traditional Design

11.30.12 Call for Entries: Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint Design Contest

11.30.12 Call for Submissions: Detroit by Design 2012: Detroit Riverfront Competition

12.01.12 Call for Entries: 2013 Berkeley Prize Essay Competition – The Architect and the Accessible City

12.07.12 Call for Entries: USITT 2013 “Ideal Theatre” Student Design Competition for Architecture and Theatre Students

12.10.12 Call for Applications: 2013 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence

12.15.12 Call for Entries: 2012 Western Red Cedar Architectural Design Awards

[Ongoing] Call for Applications: TH!NK:Art+Architecture Design-build Camp, Abetenim Arts Village, Ghana

10.18.12: Robert Selsam, Senior Vice President, Boston Properties is a 2012 Heritage Ball honoree. Mr. Selsam spoke about the entire development process of 250 West 55th Street, the new one million SF office building by Boston Properties nearing completion on 8th Avenue from 54th to 55th Streets.

Robert Selsam

Daniel Fox

10.22.12: Iris Weinshall, Vice Chancellor of Facilities Planning, Construction and Management, City University of New York is a 2012 Heritage Ball honoree. Ms. Weinshall moderated a dialogue at the Center for Architecture with CUNY assistant directors Risa Honig, AIA; Max Pizer, AIA; and David Salmon, who manage architects assigned to different colleges at CUNY.

Iris Weinshall

Daniel Fox

10.23.12: Cesar Pelli, FAIA, Senior Principal, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects is a 2012 Heritage Ball honoree. In his lecture, Mr. Pelli commented on projects that have been significant in his career and at different stages of his life.

(r) Cesar Pelli, FAIA, with Rafael Pelli, AIA, LEED AP.

Laura Trimble

10.24.12: Joshua David and Robert Hammond, Co-Founders, Friends of the High Line, are 2012 Heritage Ball honorees. On 10.24, Joshua David gave a first-hand tour of the celebrated elevated park.

(c) Joshua David gives speaks to the group.

Julie Trebault

10.04-10.06.12: Big Sibs, a group of the largest AIA urban chapters with more than 1,000 architect members, met this year in Houston, TX.

2012 AIANY President Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, with Susan and Raymond Brochstein, FAIA, at the Brochstein Pavilion, Rice University. The Raymond and Susan Brochstein Pavilion was designed by Thomas Phifer & Partners.

Rick Bell, FAIA

10.02.12: The SoHo showroom of Poltrona Frau hosted a reception to celebrate the start of Archtober and the Architecture and Design Film Festival.

Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director, with Peter Marino, FAIA.

Center for Architecture

10.03.12: The annual desigNYC exhibition opening party introduced Recharging Communities, an exhibition of 15 collaborations between nonprofits and designers improving lives of New Yorkers.

(l-r) Anne Rieselbach; Andy Bernheimer; Granger Moorhead; Evan Bennett; and Steve Hoffman

Gabriele Gordon

10.10.12: Richard Meier, FAIA, was congratulated by Alexander Gorlin, FAIA, for receiving Decoration and Design Building’s Stars of Design Lifetime Achievement award at a grand fete at the D&D Building.

Kristen Richards

10.9.12: The Center for Architecture Foundation hosted a launch event at The Jimmy for its architectural guide of the NYC skyline in partnership with the James Hotel.

(l-r) CFAF Lead Design Educator Tim Hayduk, CFAF President-Elect Joe Tortorella, PE, CFAF Development and Operations Coordinator Alice Stryker, CFAF Board member Susan Appel, CFAF Program and Marketing Manager Eveline Chang, CFAF Board member John Simoni.

Center for Architecture Foundation

(l-r) David Roccosalva, Director of New Business at Buro Happold and CFAF Board member Tom Krizmanic, AIA.

Center for Architecture Foundation

10.17.12: The annual Arthur M. Rosenblatt Memorial Lecture was delivered by Craig Dykers, AIA, Senior Partner Snohetta, on the topic of “Being Alone Together: Managing the Museum as Mausoleum Syndrome.”

Dykers ponders the chicken/egg conundrum.

Kristen Richards

(l-r) Rick Bell FAIA, Paul Rosenblatt AIA, Elaine Molinar, Barbara Spandorf, AIA, Stan Ries, Craig Dykers AIA, and Ann Marie Baranowski, AIA.

Kristen Richards

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) announced the winner of the “NYC Best for Business Infographic Competition 2012” by Sara Matiz, principal at MAD Studio / Matiz Architecture & Design.

Sara Matiz/MAD Studio

A note from Oculus: The digital edition of Oculus Fall 2012 – “Learning Curve” – is now online! Click here to learn about collaborations between New York architects and educators, and see the impact design has on both teachers and students.

The Oculus 2013 Editorial Calendar has been set. If you are an architect by training, or see yourself as an astute observer of New York’s architectural and planning scene, Oculus wants to hear from you! Projects/topics may be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. Please submit story ideas by the deadlines indicated in the calendar to Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA:

Note: 2013 marks the 75th Anniversary of Oculus (launched 1938!), and 10th Anniversary of the magazine’s current iteration.