The American Institute of Architects College of Fellows has awarded its 2007 Latrobe Prize of $100,000 for the proposal, “On the Water, A Model for the Future: A Study of New York and New Jersey Upper Bay,” which was presented to principal investigator Guy Nordenson, professor, structural engineering, Princeton University School of Architecture and founder of Guy Nordenson and Associates, NY… Other recipients of the Latrobe Prize, and participants in the project, include Stan Allen, AIA, Catherine Seavitt, AIA, and James Smith, Princeton University; Michael Tantala, Tantala Associates; and Adam Yarinsky, FAIA, and Stephen Cassell, AIA, Architecture Research Office…

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America announced the winners of the 2007 Arthur Ross Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition. NYC-area winners are: The Rambusch Company (Artisanship); Acanthus Press LLC (Publishing); and World Monuments Fund (Stewardship). In addition, Robert A.M. Stern, FAIA, was given special recognition by the Board of Directors, prompted by the recent publication of New York 2000: Architecture and Urbanism Between the Bicentennial and the Millennium as the final volume in his five-part series…

James R. Martin, AIA, has joined the firm of daSILVA Architects, as a principal… Julia Nelson, AIA, and Todd Poisson, AIA, have been promoted to Associate Partners at BKSK Architects… Spacesmith named John Coburn, AIA, Director of Operations… Thomas J. Scialo has joined SBLM Architects as Director of Construction Administration… Stephen E. Gottlieb, AIA, has joined SUPERSTRUCTURES Engineers + Architects as Senior Preservation Architect…

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

Submission: Open Architecture Prize
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) and Cameron Sinclair, winner of last year’s TED Prize and founder of Architecture for Humanity, announced the first ever Open Architecture Prize at the annual TED Conference. The $250,000 Open Architecture Prize is the largest prize in the field of architecture and is designed to be an international multi-year program. Each year, a winning design will be chosen from a field of low-cost, sustainable design projects to be built in a selected community. The first project for the Open Architecture Prize will be an “e-community center,” a centralized building equipped to enable an entire community to access the Internet. The winning designs will be built as part of the prize and in alignment with the 50×15 Initiative, a program founded by AMD to connect 50 percent of the world’s population to the Internet by 2015.

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 will be accepted for seminar topics that address this theme — or better yet, take it to the next level — to educate design professionals.

04.06.07 Call for Papers: Sixth International Conference on Courthouse Design
The AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice seeks contributions to a discussion among world leaders in the justice field regarding innovation in planning, design, technology, and research for courthouses. This year’s theme is Sustainable Excellence, and the conference, which will take place at the Marriot Brooklyn Bridge 09.26-09.28.07, will explore ideas surrounding sustainable communities, design excellence, green design, among others. For more information click the link; for inquiries, address all questions to Katherine Gupman, AIA project manager via e-mail or call 202-626-8051.

04.10.07 Request for Proposals: Futbol Club Barcelona Stadium Remodeling
FC Barcelona is calling for architects from around the world to remodel Camp Nou (FC Barcelona stadium) into a modern stadium. The stadium will celebrate its 50th anniversary on 09.24.07. The selection process is through an international tender that is supported by the Association of Architects of Catalunya, which will contribute the necessary expertise for selecting the architect, or team of architects, who will be commissioned for the project.

04.13.07 Call for Papers: Worship Facilities Conference
The Worship Facilities Conference & Expo (WFX) is seeking qualified presenters for the educational sessions to be offered at WFX 2007, October 24-26 in Atlanta, GA. This event, now in its third year, is designed to help decision makers in houses of worship pull together their strategies for facilities design, financing, building management, and audio-visual and IT technologies.

05.09.07 Submission: Van Alen Institute New York Prize Fellowship
The annual New York Prize Fellowship brings emerging practitioners and scholars to the Van Alen Institute headquarters in NYC and supports early- to mid-career architects, designers, planners, and individuals from other disciplines across the arts, humanities, and sciences. Fellows pursue advanced independent study to generate projects — such as exhibitions, installations, and symposia — on the most significant issues shaping the design and use of public space. The Institute seeks projects that approach architecture as a cultural practice with public consequence and that engage public audiences. The Council will select up to five Fellows for periods of three months each in 2007- 2008. Fellowships include a stipend, project support, individual office/studio space at the Institute with publishing opportunities.

05.29.07 Submission: Columbus Re-wired: Visions for Intersections
AIA Columbus, in partnership with AIA National, is sponsoring three community charrettes which will culminate in an international competition focusing on the current and future state of public transportation in Columbus, OH. Generating dialogue about public transportation, special emphasis is on illustrating how multiple transportation modes can work together to provide a complete network connecting citizens with their community and sparking economic development.

06.01.07 Submission: World Habitat Awards 2007
The Building and Social Housing Foundation seeks entries for the World Habitat Awards 2007 competition, initiated in 1985 to identify practical, innovative, and sustainable solutions to current housing issues capable of being transferred or adapted for use elsewhere. The competition is open to all individuals and organizations, including central and local governments, NGOs, community-based groups, research organizations, and the private sector. Two winners will receive £10,000, presented at the annual United Nations global celebration of World Habitat Day.

Exhibition Announcements

Mercedes Benz Museum

Courtesy Yale University

Through 05.04.07
UN Studio: Evolution of Space

This exhibition showcases the revolutionary approach to construction and design developed by the Amsterdam-based firm UNStudio. Originating in the Deutsches Architektur Museum (German Architecture Museum), the show focuses on five projects that exemplify the firm’s prototype “design models,” or planning strategies, derived from digital technology. Included is a redevelopment project on Manhattan’s West Side representing their holistic “Deep Planning” approach; and the double-helix shape of the new Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart typifying a “Mathematical Model.” Ben van Berkel, director and co-founder with Caroline Bos of UNStudio, will deliver a public lecture at the School of Architecture on April 12.

Yale School of Architecture, Art & Architecture building, 180 York Street, New Haven, CT

Barcelona and Modernity: Gaudi to Dali

Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art

Through 06.03.07
Barcelona and Modernity: Gaudí to Dalí

The first comprehensive survey of its type ever mounted in America, this exhibition explores the diverse and innovative work of Barcelona’s artists, architects, and designers in the years between the Barcelona Universal Exposition of 1888 and the imposition of the Fascist regime of Francisco Franco in 1939. The exhibition, featuring some 300 works including decorative objects, furniture, architectural models, and designs, offers new insights into the art movements that advanced the city’s quest for modernity and confirmed it as the primary center of radical intellectual, political, and cultural activities in Spain.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Special Exhibition Galleries, The Tisch Galleries, 2nd floor, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

Color Shift: Terraswarm

Courtesy GSAPP, Columbia University

03.19.07 through 04.30.07
Color Shift: Terraswarm

The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University has been working with Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch of Terraswarm to produce Color Shift. With the collaboration of Fresh Direct, owners of the largest video billboard in the U.S., Terraswarm has written an algorithm to generate a color field sequence replacing the billboard’s regular advertising feed. On a series of evenings in February and March 2007, the billboard was illuminated, transforming the urban area around it and the Queen’s grocery facility. The exhibition includes a set of videos and photography of the project.

Columbia University GSAPP, Avery Hall lower level, 2960 Broadway at 116th Street

Julia Mennone, The Sweet Spot – A Music Factory (atrium).

Julia Mennone, The Sweet Spot – A Music Factory (atrium).

Courtesy SVA Interior Design

03.27.07 through 04.04.07
Thesis 2007: SVA Interior Design

This group exhibition at The National Arts Club features functional designs for residential, corporate, and commercial spaces by 15 students graduating from the BFA Interior Design Department at the School of Visual Arts. Among the thesis projects on display: a sugar factory building transformed into a recording studio; a summer camp for kids that makes spending time indoors appealing any time of year; the re-design of a luxury cruise ship, and a hotel spa off Staten Island. Neville Lewis, National Arts Club Gold Medalist and Interior Design Hall of Fame member, and Anthony Lee, Design Director of Gary Lee Partners, curated the exhibition.

The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

The AIA New York Chapter released its list of 2007 Design Award recipients; 31 winners were selected from over 400 submissions. To see the full list of winners, click the link. Honor Awards were announced in the previous issue of e-OCULUS. Architecture Merit Award winners include: Peter L. Gluck and Partners (Affordable Housing); Steven Holl Architects (School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa); noroof architects (Slot House); and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters).

Interior Architecture Merit Award Winners include: STUDIOS Architecture (Bloomberg LP Expansion Floors 17-20); Christoff:Finio Architecture (The Heckscher Foundation for Children); and Asymptote: Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture (Alessi Flagship Store New York).

Project Merit Award Winners include: Cooper Robertson & Partners (Zuccotti Park); Thomas Phifer and Partners, Office for Visual Interaction, Werner Sobek Ingenieure (City Lights); Caples Jefferson Architects (Weeksville Heritage Center); Robert Siegel Architects (United States Land Port of Entry, Calais, Maine); Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects (405 West 53rd Street); Ogawa/ Depardon Architects (Red Hook Workspace); CR Studio (Pier 62 Carousel Shed); Lyn Rice Architects (Sheila C. Johnson Design Center); Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (Park Fifth); Rogers Marvel Architects (55 Water Street Plaza, The Elevated Acre, and Battery Park City Streetscapes); and Frederic Schwartz Architects (New Orleans Shotgun LOFT Affordable Housing)…

The 2007 AIA Jury of Fellows elevated 76 members to the AIA College of Fellows, including New York based architects: Mustafa Kemal Abadan, FAIA; Roger Duffy, FAIA; Frank J. Greene, FAIA; Paul Katz, FAIA; Blake Middleton, FAIA; Margaret Rietveld, FAIA; Henry Stolzman, FAIA; Calvin Tsao, FAIA; and Adam Yarinsky, FAIA…

Winners of the 2006-2007 BOMA/NY Pinnacle Awards include: The Lincoln Building (Historical Building); Ted Weiss Federal Office Building (Government Building and Earth Award); and Hearst Headquarters (New Construction)…

Ted Moudis Associates received the IFMA award for Excellence in Design/Construction of a New Facility for their office space at 79 Madison Avenue… School of Visual Arts appointed Jane Smith, AIA, founder and managing principal of Spacesmith, as the chair of the BFA Interior Design Department… Gensler recently announced the promotion of 21 new Principals of the firm, four of whom are New York-based: Lance Boge, Rocco Giannetti, AIA, Thomas Lanzelotti, AIA, and Keith Rosen, AIA, IIDA…

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

03.21.07 Submission: Teetonic’s Six Cities Design Festival T-shirt Design Competition
Six cities in Scotland – Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, and Stirling – will host the country’s first nationwide international design festival 05.17-06.03.07 to promote and celebrate Scottish design. Designers Wayne Hemingway, Stefan Sagmeister, Timorous Beasties, Zandra Rhodes, and D8 are designing t-shirts for the festival. The competition, hosted by Teetonic, seeks a sixth design encompassing the festival’s theme: Design is Everywhere. The public will vote for its favorite and the winner will receive a “goodie bag” containing, among other prizes, two tickets for the opening of the Scottish Show in May 2007 at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s national center for architecture and design.

03.30.07 Call for Presentations: 2007 AIA NYS Convention
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.

04.01.07 and 04.15.07 Submission: The Frederick P. Rose Architectural Fellowship
Administered by Enterprise Community Partners, a national affordable housing non-profit, and directed by former Rose Fellow Katie Swenson, the Rose Fellowship seeks to increase the quality and quantity of affordable housing and improve the quality of life within communities. Fellows live where they work forging community ties, developing leadership skills, and expanding the capacity of their local host organization helping local leaders plan, finance, design, and manage major construction projects. The 2007 Rose Fellowships will take place in Bronx, NY; New Orleans, LA; Woodburn, OR; and Southwestern Minnesota.

Exhibition Announcement

Grimshaw Architects, courtesy Queens Museum of Art

The interior of the Queens Museum of Art expansion.

Grimshaw Architects, courtesy Queens Museum of Art

03.11.07 through 05.27.07
Macro to Micro: Grimshaw in New York

This exhibition presents the body of projects completed by Grimshaw Architects in the past 25 years featuring the newest work being produced by Grimshaw’s New York office. Plans for the Queens Museum of Art expansion, the Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center in Troy, NY, and the Fulton Street Transit Center in Manhattan as well as an array of new street furniture for NYC – bus shelters, public restrooms and newsstands – are on display. The multi-media exploration incorporates building elements, drawings, video, photographs, models, and computer generated graphics.

Queens Museum of Art New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

03.14.07 through 03.16.07
Immersive Lightscapes: 2007 IESNY Student Competition and Exhibition

Highlighting the winners of the 2007 Illuminating Engineering Society, NY Section (IESNY) student design competition, this exhibition explores light as an artistic medium. The competition challenged college students to design a three-dimensional study of how light can create an immersive sensory experience. The exhibition’s opening will feature a cocktail reception, exhibition keynotes, and awards presentation.

Lotus Space, 122 West 26th Street

Courtesy LMCC

Fitting Room

Courtesy LMCC

03.17.07, 03.21-03.24.07, 03.29.07
Fitting Room

Berlin-based collective après-nous presents a performance and social sculpture, situated in a former clothing store in Lower Manhattan. From discarded cardboard gathered from the street, après-nous creates “urban furniture” as take-away objects for visitors.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Art Space, 125 Maiden Lane, 2nd Floor


• Communities Benefit from Blueprint
• AIA Presses Congress to Establish New Energy Standards
• NCARB Restructures
• Training Architects to Manage Liability
• Passing: Luisa Kreisberg

SAVE THE DATES: 2007 AIA New York Chapter Design Awards Celebrations

2007 AIA New York Chapter Design Awards Celebrations

04.11.07 Design Awards Luncheon for Award Recipients and their clients
04.12.07 Design Awards Exhibition Opening at the Center for Architecture


Communities Benefit from Blueprint

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) launched the nationwide community service initiative Blueprint for America to mark the organization’s 150th anniversary. In 156 communities across the country, AIA members are donating their time and expertise in collaborating with citizens to find and implement ways to enhance their communities.

“Architecture cannot exist in a silo,” said David Downey, CAE, Assoc. AIA, Managing Director of the AIA Center for Communities by Design. “Communities thrive when the public is engaged and encouraged to share their vision for the future.”

Over the last six months, the AIA has donated $2 million to community grant projects led by AIA chapters and members. Grant recipients were notified in May and October of 2006. As the projects are completed over the course of this year, the AIA will compile case studies from individual Blueprint projects. The case studies, intended for local officials interested in implementing similar programs, will be accessible through the AIA’s website free of charge. The completed piece, titled “Blueprint for America Mosaic: A Gift to the Nation,” will be presented by the AIA in 2008.


AIA Presses Congress to Establish New Energy Standards

Following The American Institute of Architects annual Grassroots Legislative and Leadership Conference, 2007 AIA President RK Stewart, FAIA, testified before the Subcommittee on Energy of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on the issue of energy efficiency in buildings. He explained that buildings play a pivotal role in contributing to climate change, and recommended that Congress pass legislation committing the federal government to meeting aggressive energy efficiency requirements for federal buildings. It is the AIA’s recommendation that all new buildings and major renovations owned or leased by the federal government should immediately meet fossil fuel-generated energy consumption targets that represent a 50% reduction from that of similar federal buildings in 2003. In 2010, this target would increase to a 60% reduction. The targets would increase thereafter at five-year intervals until 2030, when new federal buildings and major renovations would be carbon neutral.

“Because the built environment produces nearly half of the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming, there is an overwhelming need to revolutionize the ways that buildings are designed,” said Stewart. “While state and local governments have taken the lead on encouraging energy-efficient building design, the federal government is in the best position to accelerate adoption of sustainable design principles through a combination of tax incentives, regulations and legislative requirements.”


NCARB Restructures

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) said it would restructure its staff leadership. It hopes the organization will bring a new focus on more integrated programs and improved operations over the next decade. At the core of the change is the establishment of two vice president-level positions that will report directly to Executive Vice President Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA. Long-term NCARB staff members, Mary S. de Sousa and Stephen Nutt, AIA, have been promoted to vice president of operations, and vice president of programs, respectively. Together with the Lucey, the two vice presidents will form the Office of the EVP. The leadership of the Council offered its strong support to this restructuring.


Training Architects to Manage Liability
By Carolyn Sponza, AIA

Speakers Michael S. Zetlin, Esq., and Lori Schwarz, Esq., helped the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) kick off its 2007 Architects in Training series with the talk Contracts, Liability and Construction Law. “When we talk about construction law, it’s not really the truth; it’s about the perception of the truth,” according to Zetlin. The goal of the lecture was to help architects navigate successfully through the contracting phase, drafting an agreement that could help mitigate liability throughout the entire project.

Zetlin outlined potential pitfalls that architects often succumb to when assembling contracts, such as not clearly listing phases of service with tasks, an effort that assures both architect and client have a fixed expectation of project scope. Identifying what comprises an “additional service” is also important, as is identifying a fixed project end date. Other traps to avoid in the contract include using language that implies extremes, such as phrases like “to the highest professional standards” or agreeing to “guarantee” the work. Inclusion of such phrases could ultimately void insurance coverage. Schwarz ended the discussion with an explanation of dispute resolution, saying that despite all of the legalese, “don’t ignore your common sense.”

Architects in Training is a series of six lectures aimed at addressing practical issues not often taught in the workplace. Three lectures still remain in this year’s series:

02.27.07 Zoning: Regulating the Good You Can’t Think Of
03.06.07 Architect’s Financial Management Is Not an Oxymoron
03.13.07 Marketing Panel Discussion

For more information about upcoming events click the link.


Passing: Luisa Kreisberg

Luisa Kreisberg, arts advocate and public relations advisor, has died at age 72 following a long struggle with cancer. She directed the communications office of the Museum of Modern Art during some of its most eventful years, and then went on to establish her own widely influential public relations firm, The Kreisberg Group, through which she advised a host of high-profile clients, from Lincoln Center, the J. Paul Getty Trust, and the Rockefeller Foundation, to the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the New York Times Company.