In Memoriam: Paul Katz

Dear Friends,

With great sadness, we share the news of the loss of our friend and colleague, Paul Katz, FAIA, HKIA, who passed away suddenly on 11.20.14. Paul was a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a stalwart participant in the global dialogues on design and urbanism at the Center for Architecture.

His projects are located all over the world, transforming skylines and streetscapes. Some were featured last year at the Center in the “Practical Utopias” exhibition, now on view in Seoul.

At Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Paul had a major role in growing a practice that now numbers nearly 700 people in six offices around the world. As design thinker, mentor, and president of the firm, Paul was always there for all who needed advice, support, or a good word about work in progress. His design work transformed cities; his wit, good nature, and keen intellect changed all who were fortunate enough to be in his circle.

In lieu of flowers, Paul’s family has asked for donations to the KPF Foundation, which will be applied to a Scholarship or Fellowship promoting study in the fields of architecture and urbanism. Checks may be sent to: KPF Foundation, 11 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036.

On behalf of the Board and staff of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, we express our deepest sympathies to Paul’s family, friends, and colleagues.

With regards,

Lance Jay Brown, FAIA

Rick Bell, FAIA
Executive Director

Urban in Durban

The triennial congress of the International Union of Architects (UIA) took place this past week in Durban, South Africa. The official delegation of the American Institute of Architects was led by AIA President Helene Dreiling, FAIA, and included former President Kate Schwennsen, FAIA, dean of the Clemson University School of Architecture, and AIA 2016 President Russell Davidson, FAIA, of New York.  AIANY 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, and Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, were speakers in sessions on resiliency and active design, respectively. Brown also led a discussion on public space issues at a forum organized by the City of Durban. The congress was attended by more than 4,000 architects from around the world. Previous AIANY Presidents Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, and James McCullar, FAIA, have attended UIA meetings in Tokyo (2011) and Turin (2008), where the Chapter’s positions on energy policy and affordable housing were eloquently expressed. Given the extent of international practice, our Chapter has made active participation in the UIA a priority since shortly after the opening of the Center for Architecture.

Each day the Durban congress began and ended with significant keynote presentations. Among those speaking were Francis Kéré from Burkina Faso, who gave an extraordinary talk on the use of local materials; Professor Wang Shu from Hangzhou, the 2012 Pritzker Prize laureate, who spoke eloquently about cultural continuity; 2013 Prtizer Prize laureate Toyo Ito from Tokyo, who spoke twice, once on his post-Fukushima work and again on his inventive cultural facilities; AIANY member Susannah Drake, AIA, FASLA, principal of dlandstudio; and Cameron Sinclair, co-founder of Architecture for Humanity. In all, 10 keynote presentations were delivered, complimented by many panels and workshops, which made for a very rich three days. Continue reading “Urban in Durban”