03.09.16: NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora and Chief Architect Margaret Castillo unveiled the agency’s Design and Construction Excellence 2.0 Guiding Principles at the Center for Architecture. (l-r) Feniosky Peña-Mora, Commissioner, NYC Department of Design and Construction; Margaret Castillo, FAIA, LEED AP, Chief Architect, NYC Department of Design and Construction; Carol Loewenson, FAIA, 2016 President, AIANY; and Benjamin Prosky, Executive Director, Center for Architecture/AIANY. Continue reading “Sighted”


02.23.16: AIANY Social Science and Architecture Committee inaugural panel explored what is meant by the word “program” when building and designing social spaces. (l-r): Melissa Marsh, Assoc. AIA, Founder and CEO, PLASTARC, Co-chair, AIANY Social Science and Architecture Committee; Anastasia Brown, Community Manager, NYC Coworking Facilityl; Meg Barnette, Chief of Staff, Planned Parenthood of New York City; Mike Lydon, Principal, Street Plans; and Stephen Yablon, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Stephen Yablon Architect. Continue reading “Sighted”

Lessons from COP21: Building Towards 2050

At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21) in December 2015, 195 countries committed to capping global temperature increase to under 2 degrees Celsius, with the goal of maxing at 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2050, in the first, legally-binding global climate deal. While the historic agreement was signed by nations, it is cities, the contributors of an estimated 75 percent of global greenhouse emissions, that are really the sites of carbon reduction. From Queens to Jakarta, cities are also well aware that climate change is already in effect, that we are already at risk of extreme weather. Continue reading “Lessons from COP21: Building Towards 2050”


12.07.15: Winners of the 2015 AIANY COTE Awards presented a range of innovative and sustainable architecture designs, elected for their achievement in confronting critical issues facing our communities brought on by climate change.  Representatives from the three winning firms and four honorable mentions presented their designs: Platt Byard Dovell White Architects, Paul Castrucci Architect, FETE Nature Archtiecture, Fernando Villa, Magnusson Architecture & Planning, Caples Jefferson, FXFOWLE, Grimshaw Architects and Dattner Architect. Continue reading “Sighted”

Leaning Out III: Back to School

At the third annual Leaning Out program, organized by AIANY Global Dialogues and AIANY Women in Architecture, comments from the audience ranged from laments over workplace conditions to excited clamor over the number of women enrolled in architecture programs. At 43%, the percentage of women in architecture schools is nearly equal to men, yet the proportion of women who go on to achieve licensure, top management positions, and national recognition wanes after graduation. Focused on women, architecture, and education, the panel of four women drew on their experiences as architects, students, and educators to relate issues of gender in the field. Continue reading “Leaning Out III: Back to School”

Designing Affordability: Quicker, Smarter, More Efficient Housing Now

Building development and operating costs are leading obstacles to building affordable housing. In New York City, expenses such as land, materials, utilities, and labor drive the cost to an average of $350,000 per 1,000-square-foot unit built. The high price of building obstructs public and private housing development for all levels of income. Currently on view at the Center for Architecture, “Designing Affordability” presents 23 global and local case studies of housing projects – some built or in process, others speculative – that approach affordability broadly and through adaptable, resourceful, and technological means. Continue reading “Designing Affordability: Quicker, Smarter, More Efficient Housing Now”

Come On Down to the Seaport Culture District!

On the evening of Thursday, 09.17.15, over 2,000 people flooded the streets of the South Street Seaport to celebrate the inauguration of the Seaport Culture District.

From August to December 2015, the Seaport Culture District, sponsored by The Howard Hughes Corporation and directed by James Sanders, AIA, is transforming the historic upland blocks of the Seaport. By hosting an array of art and design exhibitions, installations, and public programs organized by eight premier cultural institutions, the district will revitalize previously empty storefronts, many of which were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Continue reading “Come On Down to the Seaport Culture District!”

Don’t Be a Hack: Avoiding Cyberattacks

On 09.10.15, the AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee organized a panel on cybersecurity, providing guidelines for how to continually protect firms of all sizes from digital risk. Essential to resiliency and business continuity, cybersecurity includes practices such as securing financial accounts and critical data from hackers, and protecting a company’s reputation and brand on the Internet. Continue reading “Don’t Be a Hack: Avoiding Cyberattacks”