Partnership through Design Education: CFAF & Urban Assembly School for Design and Construction

On 01.16.13, the Urban Assembly School for Design and Construction (UASDC) on West 50th Street welcomed a number of design professionals and recent UASDC graduates to serve as jurors for the architecture program’s midterm reviews. The student designers in grades 9-12 presented their drawings and models of houses and museums to the assembled juries as the culminating piece of their semester-long architecture class led by the Center for Architecture Foundation’s design educator Yves Roger. Continue reading “Partnership through Design Education: CFAF & Urban Assembly School for Design and Construction”

CFAF Announces Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant Recipient

The Center for Architecture Foundation is pleased to announce the winner of the 2012 Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant. Margaret Arbanas is a New York-based designer specializing in developing innovative concepts in architecture, urbanism, and culture. She started her own practice after working for Rem Koolhaas’s Office for Metropolitan Architecture for more than six years. Continue reading “CFAF Announces Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant Recipient”

Principals and Architects Collaborate on School Design

Rescheduled due to Superstorm Sandy, a diverse audience of educators, city officials, and architects convened at the Center for Architecture on 01.07.13 to listen to three pairings of school principals and architects discuss the collaborative design process. These recently constructed New York City schools – Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Stephen Gaynor School, and The School of Civic Leadership – all featured in the Center’s current exhibition, “The Edgeless School: Design for Learning,” are regarded as local examples of this concept.
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CFAF Grows in 2012, Announces New Adult Programs in 2013

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2012 was major year of growth for the Center for Architecture Foundation (CFAF), which kicked off the year with its 20th Anniversary Celebration. The Foundation grew to add Alice Stryker as Development and Operations Coordinator; she was instrumental in launching the organization’s first annual drawing competition and benefit, Guess-A-Sketch. The architecture-themed Pictionary-style tournament featured Hugh Hardy, FAIA, Charles Renfro, AIA, Ronnette Riley, FAIA, and Robert Rogers, FAIA, as honoree sketchers, and Walter A. Hunt, Jr., FAIA, as emcee. Continue reading “CFAF Grows in 2012, Announces New Adult Programs in 2013”

CFAF Kicks Off Building Connections 2012 with Education Open House

Young designers featured in the this year’s “Building Connections” exhibition excitedly point out their models to families and friends.

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CFAF Board Member Judith Hunt takes a look at the exhibition.

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CFAF Executive Director Jaime Endreny recognizes the Foundation’s many students, educators, staff, and supporters.

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Jill Ayers and Rachel Einsidler from Design360 Inc, exhibition designers and lead sponsor for “Building Connections 2012.”

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The Center for Architecture Foundation (CFAF) kicked off the launch of its 16th annual exhibition of K-12 student design work, “Building Connections 2012,” on 11.30.12 with an Architecture Education Open House. The exhibition, which runs through 01.19.13, highlights the achievements of students and classrooms who participated in CFAF’s built environment education programs during the 2011-12 school year. Featured among the 12 projects are model bridges from CFAF’s in-school residencies, digital design animations from after-school studios, and sketchbooks from CFAF’s Summer@theCenter Architectural Drawing program.

The Open House was held to coincide with the first day of the exhibition and to introduce teachers, parents, and architecture enthusiasts to the Foundation’s school and family programs. Guests were able to learn more about CFAF’s teaching methodology developed over more than 20 years of built environment education experience. The Foundation works with thousands of young people each year, using the interdisciplinary study of architecture to enrich student learning across the K-12 curricula to strengthen problem-solving and creative thinking skills.

The Foundation also took the opportunity to publicly recognize its generous sponsors, AIANY and its exhibitions staff, and Design360 Inc., the exhibition designer. CFAF also thanked its dedicated Board of Directors, talented Design Educators, and the numerous volunteers and interns who help to make all of its education programs possible.

On 01.07.13, CFAF will offer two exhibition-related programs as part of the Foundation’s expanded 2013 programs for the general adult public.  From 12:00 – 1:00 pm, CFAF Design Educators will lead a Guided Exhibition Tour of “The Edgeless School: Design for Learning and Building Connections 2012. From 6:00 – 8:00 pm, the Foundation will host a panel discussion entitled Making a School: Principals and Architects in Conversation. For more information and to register, please visit

CFAF Celebrates Archtober with Free Family Days at the Center

Hundreds turned out for the openhousenewyork/OHNY Weekend Family Festival at the Center to take part in a number of architecture and design activities.

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Children and parents alike enjoy working on the free hands-on activities provided by participating organizations.

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A child proudly displays her colorful rendering of Eldridge Street Synagogue.

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In partnership with the Center for Architecture’s 2nd annual Archtober – architecture and design month in New York City – the Center for Architecture Foundation welcomed new architecture enthusiasts of all ages by offering three free family days. More than 500 people stopped by the Center for Architecture on 10.6-7.12 for the openhousenewyork Weekend Family Festival, as part of the 10th annual OHNY Weekend. CFAF, in partnership with OHNY, hosted several local organizations, including Eldridge Street Synagogue, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, Noble Maritime Collection, No Longer Empty, and Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92. Children and their families were provided with free interactive and engaging activities, creating stained glass windows, decorating architectural masks, and designing the ship of their dreams.

At FamilyDay@theCenter on 10.20.12, dozens more participants explored the role of light in design and built architectural lanterns; a variety of translucent and colorful models dazzled as they were illuminated from within. Their work will be proudly displayed at Heritage Ball, the Center for Architecture’s annual fundraising event 10.25.12.

CFAF would like to extend a special thanks to all the volunteers who made these Family Days possible, particularly from the Community Service Center at the New York Institute of Technology.

The Foundation offers Family Days at the Center for Architecture monthly on Saturdays. The next FamilyDay@theCenter – Design a School of the Future – will take place on 11.3.12, focusing on the Center’s exhibition, “The Edgeless School: Design for Learning.” CFAF will also be hosting a panel in conjunction with “The Edgeless School” and Archtober on 10.30.12, entitled Making a School: Principals and Architects in Conversation. For more information about the Center for Architecture Foundation’s upcoming family, K-12, adult, and exhibition programs, visit