Designing to Elevate the Public Realm: ENYA Launches the QueensWay Connection Design Competition

The AIANY Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee’s 2014 biennial design ideas competition, QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm, supports Friends of the QueensWay and the Trust for Public Land in their efforts to transform the QueensWay into a greenway. Abandoned since 1962, the QueensWay is a 3-1/2 mile elevated railway running between Rego Park and Ozone Park. ENYA’s competition program challenges young designers to program and design access points to the proposed linear park that extend street activity onto the railway above.

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Behind the Scenes on Governors Island

Attendees donned hard hats to peek behind the scenes at the new park and public spaces under development at the center of Governors Island before meandering through the FIGMENT “Head in the Clouds” pavilion. Jamie Maslyn Larson, principal-in-charge of West 8’s Governors Island Park and Public Space Project, discussed the multi-phase Governors Island Park Master Plan while guiding attendees through portions of the Liggett Terrace and Hammock Grove construction sites. The future four-acre Liggett Terrace public space is framed by the wings of Liggett Hall, a massive Neo-Georgian structure designed by McKim, Mead & White in the 1930s for military use. Liggett Terrace’s interactive water features will encourage kids to play, while the Hammock Grove’s seven-acre grove will offer a shady relaxation area. In homage to Governors Island’s former name of “Nooten Eylandt,” or “Nut Island,” the 55 species of Hammock Grove’s 300 new trees will feature nut-producing varieties.

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2013 AIA Convention Special: New Yorkers Shine as the AIA Honors Design Excellence and Public Service

At the 64th Annual Honors and Awards Celebration, the AIA bestowed honorary membership upon seven distinguished professionals and recognized the 2013 Young Architect Award and Associates Award winners. The Renzo Piano Building Workshop-designed Menil Collection was honored as the Twenty-five Year Award recipient, while Honor Awards winners in the areas of Architecture, Interior Architecture, Regional and Urban Design, and Collaborative and Professional Achievement were celebrated. AIANY members, of course, came up big. Continue reading “2013 AIA Convention Special: New Yorkers Shine as the AIA Honors Design Excellence and Public Service”

Intern Architects: Prepare for the ARE Blackout!

The Emerging New York Architects Committee’s (ENYA) annual Got License? event brought representatives from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and the New York State Office of the Professions to the Center for Architecture. Robert Lopez, executive secretary for the NYS Board of Architecture, explained the specific licensure requirements within New York State, highlighted statewide licensure trends, and presented various paths to licensure. Continue reading “Intern Architects: Prepare for the ARE Blackout!”

The House that Dimes Built Turns 100

Presented as part of “Woolworth Week,” a celebration of the Woolworth Building’s centennial, on 04.22.13 author Gail Fenske examined how architect Cass Gilbert and owner Frank W. Woolworth created the landmark masterpiece with a talk at the Center for Architecture. Fenske, a well-known Gilbert scholar and author of the book The Skyscraper and the City: The Woolworth Building and the Making of Modern New York, described how New York City established itself by 1900 as the nation’s center of commerce with its subway systems, tunnels, great train stations, bridges, and other engineering feats built at unprecedented speed. Rapid technological modernization and the advent of cheaper, colorful newspaper printing contributed to a new urban experience, that of a commercial culture in perpetual change. Continue reading “The House that Dimes Built Turns 100”

New Yorkers Earn National AIA Recognition at 2013 Grassroots

During the Leadership Celebration at Grassroots, the AIA honored two AIANY members for outstanding contributions to the profession at a young age. Susannah C. Drake, AIA, ASLA, was recognized as a 2013 AIA Young Architect Award winner, and Jessica Sheridan, AIA, LEED AP, was honored as a 2013 AIA Associates Award winner. Continue reading “New Yorkers Earn National AIA Recognition at 2013 Grassroots”

An Almost-Three-Hour Tour

The “Around Manhattan Official NYC Architectural Boat Tour” guides passengers aboard Classic Harbor Line’s 1920s-style yacht “Manhattan” around New York City’s unofficial sixth borough: its spectacular waterfront. The almost 3-hour cruise circumnavigates Manhattan as AIANY tour guides chronicle the city’s evolution from an industrial, working waterfront into one increasingly focusing on recreational and residential uses. Continue reading “An Almost-Three-Hour Tour”

Architects: The Next Generation – Senior Practitioners Step Up to Mentor Emerging Professionals

At the Emerging New York Architects Committee’s (ENYA) Speed Mentoring event, mentees engaged seasoned professionals in conversation about resumés, portfolios, interviewing, leadership in the workplace, and licensure. The 12 established professionals included multiple AIA Fellows and licensed architects active with Architecture for Humanity, the National Organization for Minority Architects, the New York Coalition of Black Architects, and a business coach. Continue reading “Architects: The Next Generation – Senior Practitioners Step Up to Mentor Emerging Professionals”

Long Island Modernism 1930-1980: Caroline Rob Zaleski Uncovers the Modern Design Masters in Our Own Backyard

Caroline Rob Zaleski’s stunningly illustrated Long Island Modernism 1930-1980 chronicles the Modern masterpieces on Long Island by 25 architects and architectural firms. Her research began as a survey conducted for the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA), and grew to include hundreds of works throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties. While presenting her book at the Center for Architecture, Zaleski highlighted eight of the featured practitioners’ works, in addition to surveying academic structures of the Modern vernacular at SUNY Stony Brook, the SUNY College at Old Westbury, and Adelphi University. Continue reading “Long Island Modernism 1930-1980: Caroline Rob Zaleski Uncovers the Modern Design Masters in Our Own Backyard”

Future Now Summit Gives Young Architects a Seat at the Table

A lively networking breakfast kicked off the Future Now Summit.

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Keynote speaker futurist David Zach engages the audience in lively debate: how do we reinvent tomorrow when technology is allowing everything – from phones to toilets – to “talk?”

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2012 AIANY Chapter President Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, welcomes emerging professionals to what he hopes will be the first of many Future Now Summits.

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During the Fellows networking luncheon, Jonathan Marvel, FAIA, engages young architects in conversation.

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Guided by, among others, Illya Azaroff, AIA, Susan Chin, FAIA, David Fano, Nathan Miller, and Burt Roslyn, FAIA, young architects envision the “future” of architectural practice during the Future Now charrette.

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Marc Kushner, AIA, encourages attendees to learn from the tech industry by identifying and utilizing “disruptive” opportunities. (l-r) Yen Ha; Illya Azaroff, AIA; Marc Kushner, AIA; Molly Heintz; David Fano; Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA; Nathan Miller; Philipp von Dalwig, Assoc. AIA. Not pictured: Chris Leong, Assoc. AIA, Principal, Leong Leong

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Event: The Future Now Summit
Location: The Center for Architecture, 09.22.12
Opening Remarks: Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP BD+ C, 2012 AIA New York Chapter President; Susan Chin, FAIA, Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space
Keynote Presentation:
David Zach, futurist, AIA Public Director
Panel Moderators:
Philipp von Dalwig, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Manifold Architecture Studio, Co-Chair, New Practices Committee; Chris Leong, Assoc. AIA, Principal, Leong Leong
Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA, Principal, Selldorf Architects; Marc Kushner, AIA, Principal, HWKN,; Illya Azaroff, AIA, Director, +LAB architects; Molly Heintz, Contributing Editor, The Architect’s Newspaper; David Fano, Partner, CASE Inc.; Nathan Miller, Director, CASE Inc.; Yen Ha, Founder, Front Studio
Participants in the AIA Fellows Mentoring Luncheon:
Sylvia Smith, FAIA; Nathan Hoyt, FAIA; Burton Roslyn, FAIA; Mark Ginsberg, FAIA; Louise Braverman, FAIA; Stanley Stark, FAIA; Jill Lerner, FAIA; Joanna Pestka, FAIA; Carol Kurth, FAIA; Jonathan Marvel, FAIA
Participants in the Future Now Charrette:
Frank Mruk, AIA, RIBA, Associate Dean, NYIT; Dale Cohen, Assoc. AIA, Co-Chair, AIANY Interiors Committee; David Fano, Partner, CASE Inc.; Nathan Miller, Director, CASE Inc.; Susan Chin, FAIA, Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space; David Zach, Futurist, AIA Public Director; Charles McKinney, Assoc. AIA
Organizers: AIA New York Chapter Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA), and presented as part of Future Now, the AIA New York 2012 Presidential Theme.
ENYA Future Now Summit Committee: ENYA Co-chairs Brynnemarie Lanciotti, Assoc. AIA, and Amanda Rivera, Assoc. AIA; Alex Alaimo; Courtney Ferguson, Assoc. AIA; James Yankopoulos, Assoc. AIA; David Flecha, Assoc. AIA; Kunal Ghevaria, LEED AP BD+C; and Ehsanul Haque.
Special thanks to the Sponsors of The Future Now Summit:
Patron: New York Regional Representatives for the College of Fellows
Media Sponsor: Archinect | Bustler
Supporter: Roslyn Consultants, LLC

The Future Now Summit brought together more than 120 emerging and established practitioners at the Center for Architecture to consider the future of the architecture profession. Presented as the signature program event of Future Now, 2012 AIANY President Joseph J. Aliotta’s, AIA, LEED AP, presidential theme, the Summit considered the evolving roles of marketing/branding, social technologies, diverse business models, and civic leadership within the architectural industry. Considering the Summit’s success, Aliotta hopes “this summit will become an annual program at the Center for Architecture to continue this vital dialogue.”

Architects are futurists, keynote speaker futurist David Zach asserted, as we “deal with products and services that live beyond us and our time on this earth.” We must, however, not neglect the present, but instead “always show up being prepared to be no place else.” As boundaries and technological barriers shift and fall, we must consider what architects provide that cannot be automated lest “there’s an app for that” turn into “there’s an app for you.” Our most valuable resource, Zach declared, is our attention; we must therefore be cautious that multitasking not erode our ability to focus and accomplish quality work. Architects can and should be designing beautiful and useful things. Great architecture can inspire awe, as only a magical thing can. We must not apologize for being architects, but instead engage in the conversation and battle over the question: “what is architecture?”

As the panelists and presenters debated about the architectural industry and an architect’s value, it became clear, as Susan Chin, FAIA, succinctly stated, “There is no one way to practice architecture.” Nathan Miller and David Fano of CASE Inc. showcased how architects can harness automation as a tool to work through design criteria and streamline the movement of information. To keep pace with these technological and industry developments, educational and professional organizations need to adapt faster, Yen Ha of Front Studio asserted. Mark Kushner, AIA, of HWKN and, roundly challenged architects to find new ways of communicating to the greater public the value of what they do. Architecture reflects the culture of our time, Illya Azaroff, AIA, believes, and it is the responsibility of architects to create culture where it does not already exist. The process, he acknowledged, can be difficult: at his office the trashcan is routinely considered the most important item.

A mentoring luncheon, sponsored by the New York Regional Representatives of the AIA College of Fellows, paired 10 of these established leaders with emerging professionals. The informal networking session segued into a rousing afternoon charrette where participants designed an ideal “new” architecture practice. Whether it was Pop Up Pods’ proposed 12-by-12-foot flexible, modular, mobile pod, Regen City’s proposal to revitalize aging industrial landscapes by targeting urban blight, Temp Relief’s customizable, region-specific temporary disaster relief structures, or Jump Start’s proposal to provide design services to local communities in a mobile truck, these young professionals proved there are new and exciting frontiers for architectural practice.

Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA, explained that we never have – and never should have – a completely unified architecture profession. By lobbying for and representing all the profession‘s disparate voices, however, the American Institute of Architects seeks to give architects “a seat at the table.” As the AIA repositions itself and the architectural industry within the public realm, we must ask our community how we as thought leaders will contribute not only to the profession, but to the greater good.

To accomplish this, we must, Mark Kushner, AIA, exuberantly declared, “shamelessly self-promote” and “get work!” Find what excites you as a professional and pursue it as much as you can, urged David Fano: “Don’t wait. Do it.”

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