Check out two new website resources for the architecture and planning community:

Launched by the Skyscraper Museum, this is the second in a series of Web projects that present the museum’s archival holdings with an interactive interface. The Visual Index to the Virtual Archive 2 (VIVA2) provides access to more than 1,000 photographs of the construction of the Empire State Building, including workers, machinery, ceremonies, and city scenes. All images can be enlarged, e-mailed, or printed. This spring, the World Trade Center towers will be made available as well.

Created to be a general user-contributed encyclopedia, glossary, reference and resource guide, directory, and compendium of best practices, PlanningWiki is intended to be more than just an encyclopedia-like reference guide. The new Wiki will provide a resource for specialized and localized planning knowledge that would otherwise be considered too narrow in scope for encyclopedia-type sites such as Wikipedia and Digital Universe. Anyone can contribute, so spread the word and consider adding an entry or two!

The AIA New York Chapter released its list of 2007 Design Award recipients; 31 winners were selected from over 400 submissions. Architecture Honor Award winners include: Weiss/Manfredi (Olympic Sculpture Park); Diller Scofidio + Renfro (The Institute of Contemporary Art); Steven Holl Architects (Pratt Institute, Higgins Hall Center Wing, and New Residence at the Swiss Embassy); Steven Harris Architects (92 Jane Street); and Foster + Partners (Hearst Tower). Interior Architecture Honor Award winners are Dean/ Wolf Architects (Operable Boundary Townhouse/ Garden) and Della Valle Bernheimer (23 Beekman Place). Project Honor Awards were awarded to Thomas Phifer and Partners (North Carolina Museum of Art) and nARCHITECTS (Windshape).

Michael Kwartler, FAIA, and Carmi Bee, FAIA, will receive the John Hejduk Award from the Cooper Union Alumni Association in April at the Cooper Union Founder’s Day Dinner…Civitas, the citizens’ group dedicated to improving neighborhood quality of life in Manhattan’s Upper East Side and East Harlem, has chosen Metropolis magazine publisher Horace Havemeyer III and editor-in-chief Susan Szenasy as the 2007 recipients of its August Heckscher Award for Community Service and Excellence… The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is the recipient of a grant of $10 million from The Starr Foundation…

Balcony Media, Inc., publishers of art and architecture books and LA Architect magazine, announced that it will launch a new national trade publication, FORM: pioneering design, in June 2007…The Architect’s Newspaper launched a California edition on 02.21.07 with Sam Lubell as the chief editor…

Raymond C. Bordwell, AIA, LEED AP, has joined the Perkins Eastman as a New York City-based principal… Meltzer/Mandl Architects has promoted David G. Carpenter to Associate Principal and Director of Development… David Kriegel, AIA, has been named Managing Principal at Gran Kriegel Associates, a newly named full-service architecture and planning firm originally founded in 1965 as Gran Associates…

Adam Melis

Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director discusses “Grassroots” issues with Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, of New York’s 12th Congressional District, at Grassroots, the AIA’s annual legislative and leadership conference.

Adam Melis

Courtesy New York Public Library

The NYPL Bronx Library Center celebrated receiving LEED certification 01.11.07. (l-r): Michael Alvarez, Bronx Library Center Chief Librarian; Ariella Rosenberg, NYC Mayor’s Office of Operations; Daniel Heuberger, AIA, LEED AP, Datter Architects; Paul LeClerc, Bronx Library Center President; Joyce Lee, AIA, Chief Architect at the City of New York Office of Management and Budget; Richard Fedrizzi, President, CEO, and founding chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Courtesy New York Public Library

Neelesh Jethwa

02.12.07: The 2007 AIANY Design Awards jury discussed the 31 winning entries at a sympoisum at the Center for Architecture (l-r): Benjamin Gianni, School of Architecture, Carleton University, Ottawa (Interiors); Frank Harmon, Frank Harmon Architect, Raleigh (Projects); Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects, Chicago (Projects); Piero Sartogo, Sartogo Architetti Associati, Rome (Interiors); Peter Waldman, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (Projects); Massimiliano Fuksas, Massimiliano Fuksas architetto, Rome (Architecture); Dan Hanganu, Dan S. Hanganu Architects, Montreal (Architecture); and Matthias Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton, Berlin (Architecture); not present: Debra Lehman-Smith, Lehman Smith McLeish, Washington, DC. 2007 Design Awards Chairman William M. Singer, AIA at the podium.

Neelesh Jethwa

More than 200 art enthusiasts and designers were “wowed” Tuesday night with the official launch of the Art Production Fund’s (APF) new Works on Whatever (WOW) series at the Madeline Weinrib Atelier, ABC Carpet & Home.

Courtesy Art Production Fund

(l-r): Doreen Remen – Co-Founder, Art Production Fund; Diane Hachtman – Northeast Regional Vice President, Durkan Hospitality; Yvonne Force Villareal – Co-Founder, Art Production Fund; Susan Halpern – Northeast Regional Sales Representative, Durkan Hospitality.

Courtesy Art Production Fund

Oculus 2007 Editorial Calendar
if you have ideas, projects, opinions – or perhaps a burning desire to write about a topic below – we’d like to hear from you! Deadlines for submitting suggestions are indicated; projects/topics may be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. Send suggestions to Kristen Richards.
06.01.07 Fall 2007: Collaboration
09.07.07 Winter 2007-08: Power & Patronage

02.23.07 Submission: The Future of Architecture
The Small Project Practitioners Journal is seeking articles, practice tips, and case studies on architecture of engagement and lessons learned for SPP Journal #40: Leaders or Followers: The Future of the Architecture Profession. The issue will address such questions as what it means to be a community leader and define architecture of engagement. Contact Diane Trevarrow Evans for more information.

02.23.07 Submission: On the Water
As part of the AIA 150 celebration, AIA Seattle seeks examples of innovative waterfront design projects, both built and imagined, from the U.S. and beyond. The designs will hopefully inspire and generate dialogue as part of a community-level campaign focused on the Alaskan Way Viaduct and other waterfront design issues in the region.

03.01.07 Registration: NYCSCA Grants
The New York State Council on the Arts is awarding grants, valued up to $10,000, for projects that relate to architecture, architectural history, landscape architecture, urban and rural planning, urban design, historic preservation, graphic design, and industrial design. The program is particularly interested in innovative ideas being explored outside of traditional practice. Only New York State residents are eligible to apply.

03.02.07 Nomination: Jane Jacobs Medal
The Rockefeller Foundation will award the first annual Jane Jacobs Medal to two individuals whose contributions have significantly shaped the urban environment of New York City. Prizes will total $200,000.

03.15.07 Submission: 2007 AIA St. Louis Architectural Photography Competition
AIA St. Louis has announced the call the call for entries for its annual Photography Competition. The 14 winning images will be exhibited at the 2007 convention and cash prizes will be awarded to the top four prizes. Fifty-two of the images will be used in the 2009 Rizzoli Architectural Engagement Calendar. The competition is open to any/all actively registered architects in the US, Associate AIA members, and student members of AIAS.

03.30.07 Submission: 2007 AIA NYS Convention: Call for Presentation Proposals
Inspired by the 150th Anniversary of the AIA, the theme of the 2007 AIA New York State Convention (10.04.07 – 10.06.07) will be “The Past as Prologue.” Proposals are being accepted for seminar topics that address this theme – or better yet, take it to the next level: to educate design professionals.

04.06.07 Submission: Smart Environments Awards
Metropolis magazine and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) invite architects and interior design professionals to submit interiors projects that achieve design excellence while promoting human well-being and sustainability. Winning projects will be considered for publication in Metropolis.

04.06.07 Submission: SMPS 2007 Marketing Communications Awards
Open to both members and non-members of the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), this competition recognizes excellence in 18 different categories of marketing communications by design and building industry firms.

04.15.07 Submission: Lifecycle Building Challenge
Building materials from construction and demolition account for one-third of the total waste produced in the United States each year. This national competition invites students and professionals to submit designs and ideas that provide possible solutions for the disassembly of entire buildings, building components, and/or tools and strategies.

05.04.07 Submission: HPD RFP
The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) announced an RFP for a mixed-use development comprised of affordable housing, performing arts space, and retail that will be located in the Brooklyn Academy of Music Cultural District. A pre-submission conference will be held on 02.23.07 at 11:30 A.M at HPD, and responses to the RFP are due by hand on 05.04.07 no later than 4 P.M.

Exhibition Announcement

Note: In the 01.09.07 issue of e-OCULUS, a description of the exhibition, Floodwall, was included. This exhibition is being accused of Copyright Infringement for plagiarizing Resurrection II, by artist Sook Jin Jo. Click on the “issues” link to read more about it on Jo’s website.

Christian Holm, courtesy P.S.1

Emergency Room is open to the public.

Christian Holm, courtesy P.S.1.

Through 03.19.07
Emergency Room

Emergency Room is a constantly evolving collaborative exhibition conceived and led by artist Thierry Geoffroy, a.k.a. Colonel. Geoffroy has invited over 30 local and international artists to create and install new works in a range of media, all generated daily in response to current events. On each day of the exhibition, artists will install new work in response to the events of the last 24 hours, an arrangement that recalls daily news cycles. The artworks stay on view until the next morning when some are moved to an adjacent archive space and replaced by new work. Click here to see daily updates of the exhibition.

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center 22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue
Long Island City, NY

Courtesy Exit Art

Courtesy Exit Art

Through 03.31.07
The Building Show

In homage to buildings as vertical symbols, Exit Art presents an exhibition featuring 26 conceptual, realistic, personal, intimate, and analytical artworks that are defined by artists’ personal relationships to existing structures.

Exit Art 475 10th Avenue

Courtesy Whitney at Altria

Courtesy Whitney at Altria

Through 09.15.07
Burgeoning Geometries

Simple, reductive forms draw attention to the minutiae of the material environment in this group exhibition. Artists Diana Cooper, Tara Donovan, Charles Goldman, Jason Rogenes, Jane South, and Phoebe Washburn used materials from everyday life including cut paper, felt, discarded paint, straight pins, scrap wood, left-over Styrofoam, fluorescent lights, and cardboard.

Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria 120 Park Avenue at 42nd Street


Pardon the long report! It is wonderful to see the chapter growing in this 150th Anniversary year of the American Institute of Architects. We welcome each new member and encourage participation by all those who take a deep interest in the design community in New York and beyond; click here to learn more about our member categories and benefits.

On March 15, 2007 we’ll be having a special welcome reception for new members starting at 5:30 pm; we hope you’ll come and meet committee chairs, board members, staff and others who can help to make your membership create a lasting difference.

Reminder to those who have not yet renewed: All 2007 dues should be paid or in process. Unrenewed individuals will miss membership benefits after March 31, 2007. Email Suzanne Mecs if you need a replacement renewal notice or special assistance with your renewal.

New Architect Members: Geoffrey Ronald Aiken, AIA, Perkins + Will | Amy Wai Ching Cheung, AIA, DGBK Architects | Pablo De Miguel, AIA, Tsao & McKown Architects | Pengzhan Du, AIA, FXFOWLE Architects | Irina Gorelik, AIA, SBLM Architects | Robert Gross, AIA, Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design | William E. Hoisington, LEED, AIA, Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum, P.C. | Stanley Jones, Peter Marino Architect, PLLC | Steven Keith, RA, Perkins Eastman & Partners | Leonid Kravchenko, AIA, FXFOWLE Architects | Chi Kwong Lau, AIA, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners | David Marini, AIA, S. Russell Groves Architect | Edward Michael Mayer, AIA, Gruzen Samton LLP | Willliam C. McCallion, AIA, Merritt & Harris, Inc. | Nicholas Melone, AIA | Kenichiro Mito, AIA, Polshek Partnership Architects LLP | Matthew Howard Mueller, AIA, Platt Byard Dovell White Architects | Julie Elizabeth Nymann, AIA, Robert A.M. Stern Architects | Nancy A. Rankin, AIA, John G. Waite Associates, Architects, PLLC | Satyen B. Rawal, AIA, GF55 Architects, LLP | Charles Renfro, AIA, Diller Scofidio + Renfro | Jason D. Smith, AIA, Michael Graves and Associates | Esther Sperber, AIA, Studio St Architects, PC | Tran Vinh, AIA, Specialty Brands Group | Todd Walbourn, AIA, Polshek Partnership Architects LLP | Feng Xu, AIA, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, P.C. | Chia-Ling Yin, AIA, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, P.C.

Individuals recently upgraded to Architect Membership: Colin Davis, AIA, Polshek Partnership Architects LLP | Min-Chang Lee, AIA, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners | German Ortiz, Polshek Partnership Architects LLP | Kevin Seymour, AIA, Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, Inc.

New Associate Members: Daniel Y. Cheng, Assoc. AIA, CUNY City University of New York Graduate Center | Dunam Choi, Assoc. AIA, Seoul National University Department of Architecture | Vera Coren, Assoc. AIA, City College Architecture Department, CUNY | Kathryn Crepeau, Assoc. AIA, Narofsky Architecture & Design | Tina Marie Duhon, Assoc. AIA, Parsons | Jin S Hwang, Assoc. AIA, SIAPLAN & Associates, INC. | Jong Youne Kim, Assoc. AIA, Butler Rogers Baskett Architects P.C. | Lindsey Ann Kosinski, Assoc. AIA, Rafael Vinoly Architects P.C. | Amanda B. Langweil, Assoc. AIA, Goshow Architects | Samuel Martinez, Assoc. AIA, City University of New York | Ann Charmaine Chua Ong, Assoc. AIA, David Hunter Architects | Frank Perez, Assoc. AIA, Metamorphix Global, Inc. | Peter Christopher Poruczynski, Assoc. AIA, SBLM Architects | Ruangpong (Ron) Rodpracha, Assoc. AIA, EDI Architecture, Inc. | Steven R. Schutt, Assoc. AIA, Steve Schutt Modern | Lorna Torres-Jones, Assoc. AIA, CUNY Department of Design, Construction and Management | James A. Underwood, V, Assoc. AIA, U:Lighting, Inc. | Jo Ellen Walker, Assoc. AIA, Jo Walker Design Consulting

New Titanium Corporate Member Representatives: DMJM Harris – Gary Morris, PE | Enterprise Lighting Sales – Jonathan Barnett | Severud Associates Consulting Engineers PC – John A. Baranello, Jr.; Dominic Cullen; Edward DePaola; Brian Falconer; Cawsie Jijina; Yury Marinyansky; Andrew Mueller-Lust; Steven J. Najarian; Louis A. Occhicone; Richard Savignano

New Steel Corporate Member Representatives: AMEC Construction – Pat Muldoon | National Reprographics, Inc. – Leah Kaplan; Justin Levitz; Dougals Magid; Ira Packer; Griff Roberts | WSP Cantor Seinuk – Ahmad Rahimian, S.E.P.E.; Viadimir Seijas; Jeffrey Smilow, PE

New Aluminum Corporate Member Representatives: Abbey Hart Brick & Stone – Doug Wetzel | Won-Door Corporation – William Saraceni

New Center for Architecture Student Members: Juan Caicedo, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Vincent Castelli, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Giovanna Danna, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Zinaida Eskina, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Anne Feldman, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Iris Giboyeaux, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Stella Rose Grillo, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Ashley Henschel, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Angie Huh, Columbia University Ctr. for Urban Research & Policy | Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture | Ryan Knippenberg, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Joseph Kremar, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Karen L. Kubey, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation | Birute Kubiliute, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Kin Hei Lam, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Natalie Langone, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Adam Levin, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Anthony Malacarne, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture | Thomas McDermott, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Milan Michail, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Nathanael Morejon, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Ross Padluck, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Christopher Petrone, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Michael Pryor, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Ruben Ramales, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | James Reynolds, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Mihir Shah, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Colin Simmer, Syracuse University School of Architecture | Jared Smith, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Igor Tolkach, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | David Turturo, Syracuse University School of Architecture | Mei Fung Wong, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | James Yankopoulos, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Wei Tzu Yu, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Paul Zajac, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan

New Center for Architecture Professional Members: Chuck Bailey, Halfen Anchoring Systems | Dave Bueche, Hoover Treated Wood Products, Inc. | David deBear, CUSTOM BUILDING PRODUCTS | Bob Dehne, Owens Corning | Lawrence Barry Goldberg, Esq., Lawrence B. Goldberg, Esq. | Steven R. Goldstein, Esq., Shaub, Ahmuty, Citrin & Spratt, LLP | Karen Lewis, Microsol Resources Corporation | Roger McGuire, Dunbarton | Rob Morrison, Venco Sales | Dave Pedreira, ASSA ABLOY | Kenneth R. Raikowski, ASSA ABLOY | Jay Tribich, DGA Security Systems | Attila Uysal, SBLD Studio | Youngoh Yoon, Yoon & Y Design, Inc.

New Center for Architecture Corresponding Members: John J. Hoffmann, FAIA, Hoffmann Architects | Martin Millman, Colgate Development LLC | Cass Calder Smith, AIA, CCS Architecture

New Center for Architecture Public Members: Miles Aiken

Congratulations to Sheldon Wander, FAIA, who has upgraded to Emeritus Status

Reinstating Members: Cleveland Adams, AIA | Joseph C. Carrillo, AIA, The Ford Foundation | Ashoke K. Chakraborty, AIA, New York City School Construction Authority | Jong Kwon Cho, AIA, KLC Architects | John J. Ciardullo, Jr., AIA, John Ciardullo Associates | Lise Anne Couture, AIA, Asymptote Architecture | Laurian J. Dixon, Assoc. AIA | Carol Dufresne-Trent, AIA | Harry Elson, AIA, Harry Elson Architect | Jan A. Gorlach, AIA, FXFOWLE Architects | Gary Todd Griggs, AIA, American Development Group (ADG) | Joseph A. Hand, AIA, DMJM H & N | Douglas J. Hassebroek, AIA, Douglas Hassebroek Architect | Apichat Marquardt Leungchaikul, AIA, Polshek Partnership Architects LLP | Daniel Libeskind, AIA, Studio Daniel Libeskind | Nadia Mojib Shirazi, AIA, Beyer Blinder Belle: Architects & Planners | Leslie Neblett, AIA, Office for Global Architecture | George Restivo, AIA, Cannon Design | John Soraci, AIA, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP | Douglas R. Wasama, AIA, Wank Adams Slavin Associates | Anton Wong, AIA | Bashir Zivari, AIA, Jeffrey Berman Architect | Members who transferred in to the AIA New York Chapter:, | Catherine G. Alberte, AIA, NBBJ | Asma Jalees Bajwa, Assoc. AIA, Ted Moudis Associates | Murrye E. Bernard, Assoc. AIA | Michael E. Hardy, AIA, Granary Associates | Anne Gatling Haynes, AIA, City of New York, Office of the Mayor Capital Project Development | John J. Hill, AIA | Jean Kim, AIA, H Associates, Inc. | Ying Li, AIA, CCDI USA | Marica McKeel, Assoc. AIA, Parsons The New School for Design | Yetunde O. Olaiya, Assoc. AIA, Rafael Vinoly Architects P.C. | Steven J. Piguet, AIA | Maria Tarczynska, AIA, DMJM + Harris, Inc. | Jennifer Thayer, AIA, B. Thayer Associates | Vera Tse, Assoc. AIA, STUDIOS Architecture | Elizabeth A. Uncles, Assoc. AIA, Surber Barber Choate & Hertlein Arch., PC | Michael S. Wildman, LEED AP, AIA, Berzak Associates Architects, PC | Leonard R. Woods, AIA, Leonard Woods Architect

Members who have transferred to another AIA Chapter: Good luck in your new locale: Fabiola Anzola, Int’l Assoc. AIA, Gensler | Peter Glenford Bachmann, AIA, BL Companies | Frank Bonura, AIA, Frank Bonura | Robert Boyers, AIA | Sanki Choe, AIA, Kyu Sung Woo Architects | Anthony Cucich, AIA, Anthony Cucich-R.A. | Daniel J. Fenyn, AIA, The S/L/A/M Collaborative | Robert C. Halverson, AIA, John Portman | Scott B. Hunter, AIA, NBBJ (Los Angeles) | Anthony Law, AIA, Anthony Law Architect | John Ming-Yee Lee, FAIA | Emma Macari, FAIA | Sarah Markovitz, AIA, NBBJ | Amber Mazzucca, AIA, Kean Williams Giambertone | Paulom Mistry, AIA, Di Domenico and Partners, LLP | Saverio Anthony Quaranta, AIA | Edward O. Rice, AIA, Ann Beha Associates, Inc. | Martin P. Riese, AIA, Gehry Technologies | Terence Riley, AIA, Miami Art Museum | Zachary Rosenfield, AIA, Zachary Rosenfield, Architect | Edward T. Shiffer, AIA, Edward T. Shiffer Architect P.C. | Michael Silverman, AIA, WPG Architect Group | Niall Washburn, AIA