A Seat at the Deans’ Table

Every year, the Deans’ Roundtable is an opportunity to engage with the thought leadership behind our region’s best schools. For those who are passionate about the education of our next generation of architects and designers, it is not to be missed. Since it is held at the AIA New York Chapter, it is also a key moment to explore and debate the relationship between academic and professional worlds. Continue reading “A Seat at the Deans’ Table”

Ask Better Questions, Get Better Results

It is hard to believe that better business could be as simple as asking better questions. In her presentation featured as the third of five lectures in the AIANY Professional Practice Committee’s Transforming Architectural Practice series, Marilee Adams, PhD, blended psychology, business practice, and personal history into a simple approach. She provided both the logic and motivation to rethink the way that we use questions in our business and personal lives. Continue reading “Ask Better Questions, Get Better Results”

Doing Good is Good Business

The Professional Practice series “Transforming Architectural Practice” presented the second of five lectures on 03.31.14, addressing the topics of transparency, engagement and sustainability through a discussion of B Corps. Put simply, “B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk,” or, in architecture, what Living Building Challenge certification is to the built world. B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Continue reading “Doing Good is Good Business”

On Your Mark, Get Tech, Go! Ten Trends Reveal New Opportunities in Architecture Practice

Some came to hear about the future, some came to complain about the past, everyone was excited to listen as Campbell Hyers, CEO of Control Group, presented a range of technologies, implications, processes, and opportunities at the first of five conversations that comprise this year’s “Transforming Architectural Practice” series. Hyers’ thoughtful conversation during “Emerging Technologies, Transforming Environments,” combined facts, anecdotes, product highlights, media, and movie excerpts to tell a tale of rapidly evolving products, opportunities, and expectations. Continue reading “On Your Mark, Get Tech, Go! Ten Trends Reveal New Opportunities in Architecture Practice”

Automatic Architecture: Oxymoron, Wave of the Future, or Both?

On 02.11.14, Zach Downey, RA, LEED AP BD+C, co-founder and partner at the NYC-based architectural technology firm Parabox, presented “Automation in Architecture, Design, and IT for Fun and Profit.” The “fun” part could be descriptive of both his sense of humor and gleeful obsession with technology for architecture. Downey focuses on exploiting new technologies for the AEC industry, representing both an emerging set of practitioners who are redefining architecture services and the kind of hybrid design and technology companies expanding in the New York area. Continue reading “Automatic Architecture: Oxymoron, Wave of the Future, or Both?”

A Tale of Two Futures

“A Tale of Two Futures: The Living Building Challenge” was explored through the Willow School in Bedminster, NJ, designed by Michael Farewell, FAIA, LEED AP, principal, Farewell Architects, and Viridian Future, an Upper West Side townhouse renovation by design and building contracting collaborators Abel B’Hahn, the owner, and Robert Politzer, LEED AP, president and founder of GreenStreet, Inc. Continue reading “A Tale of Two Futures”

Saturday Night Deans

So what did you do on Saturday night? Perhaps not your usual weekend evening activity, on 11.16.13, a formidable group of academics, administrators, and education enthusiasts assembled at the Center for Architecture to discuss, debate, and possibly provoke the state of architectural education at this moment in time.

Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, AIANY 2014 President, set the stage by welcoming attendees to the 9th annual Deans’ Roundtable. He took the time to set a backdrop of local and world events that have transpired in the last decade. He recalled the first of these roundtables when, in 2004, architecture was “brightly illuminated by post-9/11” issues: we were preparing for the new Bloomberg Administration; developments like Via Verde in the Bronx and Hudson Yards were only distant dreams; and the full impact of climate change and its potential for our profession had not yet been exposed – as it now has, post-Sandy. Finally, at that time the world was not yet 50% urbanized, an observation which precipitated the opportunity to announce his upcoming AIANY 2014 Presidential Theme: Civic Spirit, Civic Vision. Continue reading “Saturday Night Deans”

Digital Spaces in the Public World or Public Spaces in the Digital World

On Monday 09.16.13, the AIANY Marketing & Communications Committee, in its penultimate event of the year, took on the topic of our converging digital and built worlds from a uniquely marketing-oriented perspective – namely, a focus on the ability of public space to play a role in communications – both political and advertising in nature. The panelists, introduced by Signe Nielsen, FASLA, principal, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, and president of the Public Design Commission of the City of New York, explored a range of topics through each of their own works and practices. The conversation included technological entertainment installations in public space, digital signage for safety and way-finding, next-generation philanthropic sources, and leveraging of marketing dollars for public media. Continue reading “Digital Spaces in the Public World or Public Spaces in the Digital World”

Triple Bottom Line Design

On 06.06.14, the AIANY Professional Practice Committee convened the penultimate session of the “Leading Architecture in a Changing World” series. A nascent theme of this session was that although architects focus on the sustainability – primarily energy consumption – of the buildings we design, we may not be as attentive to sustainable business practices for ourselves and our clients. To focus our attention on this matter, each panelist brought a fresh perspective to the topics at the intersection of sustainable buildings and sustainable business practice. An expert from the building industry was joined by an expert from the emerging “digital” building world and a leader in sustainable business evaluation. Continue reading “Triple Bottom Line Design”

The New Normal

Thought leader and lifelong contributor to the business interests and intersections of architects and their practices, Rena M. Klein, FAIA, gave a talk called “Small Firm Practice in the New Normal: Learning from Chaos Theory” on 05.06.13. In the latest iteration of the Leading Architecture in a Changing World Series, organized by the AIANY Professional Practice Committee, Klein addressed a wide range of topics, from productivity and profitability in small practices, and national demographic trends and their impact on the architecture talent pool, to new business models for delivering architecture in a new economy. Continue reading “The New Normal”