Busting Myths: How Can Social Research Impact Design?

On 02.22.17 at the Center for Architecture, the AIANY Social Science and Architecture Committee held the first event in a series, titled Hesitations and Constraints, on how social research informs varying building typologies. The discussion sought to uncover, or at least clarify, the reasons behind the varying degrees of interest in social research from different typologies as well as the possible solutions for increasing the value of research. Continue reading “Busting Myths: How Can Social Research Impact Design?”

AIA New York Names 2017 Design Awards Winners

On Monday, 03.06.17, at the Center for Architecture, the Jury of the 2017 AIANY Design Awards named Honor and Merit winners spanning the categories of Architecture, Interiors, Projects, and Urban Design. In total, there were 35 winning projects (see above slideshow) including the much lauded Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University, designed by Diller Scofidio + RenfroGensler and SCAPE, which collectively took home Best in Show as well as an Architecture Honor Award. You can see details including submission PDFs for all Honor and Merit winners here.

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Designing for the Refugee Crisis Reveals Both Hard Truths and Hope

On 02.23.17, AIANY’s Global Dialogues Committee brought the roiling debate around refugees to the Center for Architecture for a night of hard truths and small glimmers of hope. The lecture, titled “Designing for the Refugee Crisis,” gathered a distinguished panel of political and design experts to discuss the complex concerns surrounding this global problem. Continue reading “Designing for the Refugee Crisis Reveals Both Hard Truths and Hope”

Oculus Book Review: When Ivory Towers Were Black by Sharon E. Sutton

Dr. Sharon Egrette Sutton’s recent book, When Ivory Towers Were Black, is a three-pronged exploration of the cultural, educational, and personal events surrounding the 1968 student insurgency on the Columbia University campus. Sutton describes her experience as a minority student after the insurrection and tells the tale of Columbia before and after. During her Oculus Book Talk lecture on 02.13.17 at the Center of Architecture, Sutton explained that, unlike today, when diversity aspiration ally seen as a way to balance and improve communities, in 1968, the fight against racism and efforts towards creating diverse academic communities were issues of national security. The summer of 1968 numbered 163 racial confrontations in the inner cities of the US. The Ivy League was about to become ground zero for change. Continue reading “Oculus Book Review: When Ivory Towers Were Black by Sharon E. Sutton”

Spotlight on the 2017 AIANY Design Awards Jury

Every year since the program’s inception, the AIANY Design Awards have celebrated outstanding architectural design by AIANY members and New York-based architects, as well as recognizing local work by architects from around the world. Awards are given in four categories—Architecture, Interiors, Projects, and Urban Design—as reviewed by the seven-person jury who establish criteria, evaluate excellence, and determine the awards given for Honor and Merit designations. This year, Oculus guest editor Alan Brake will serve as moderator when the jury convenes in the coming weeks.

Honor and Merit winners will be revealed at the Design Awards Jury Symposium on March 6, 2017, and further celebrated at the Honors and Awards Luncheon on April 21, 2017. Keep reading to learn more about each 2017 AIANY Design Awards juror: Continue reading “Spotlight on the 2017 AIANY Design Awards Jury”

Announcing the Winner of the 2016 Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant

The Center for Architecture and AIANY are pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant is Tya Winn, NOMA, LEED GA, SEED. The LeBrun is an annual grant whose purpose is to further the personal and professional development of an early or mid-career architect through travel. Continue reading “Announcing the Winner of the 2016 Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant”

Oculus Book Review: Manual of Section by Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David J. Lewis

On 01.09.17, the Center for Architecture hosted its first Oculus Book Talk of the year, featuring Paul Lewis, AIA; Marc Tsurumaki, AIA; and David J. Lewis, AIA, principals at LTL Architects, in a tag-team lecture on their new book, Manual of Section. Working in the realm of visual scholarship, this book demystifies the most abstract of architectural drawings—the section—by discussing it both technically and historically. The LTL trio walked the audience through most of the text’s finer points and emphasized the poetic history of section drawings. Continue reading “Oculus Book Review: Manual of Section by Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David J. Lewis”

Nominate AIA Architects for Fellowship!

Do you know an AIA architect who has made significant and measurable achievements in design, preservation, education, literature, or service?

Election to fellowship recognizes those achievements and also honors before the public and the profession the architect who has made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Please make a recommendation about who the AIA New York should nominate to fellowship from our chapter for the 2016/2017 cycle. Continue reading “Nominate AIA Architects for Fellowship!”

NYCHA Debuts Design Guidelines for Improving Public Housing

On 01.12.17, representatives from the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) debuted the authority’s new Design Guidelines for the Rehabilitation of NYCHA Residential Buildings to a packed room of architects, policy makers, urban designers, and concerned NYC residents. As part of  NYCHA’s 10-year strategic plan entitled NextGeneration NYCHA, which aims to dramatically improve residents’ quality of life through updated health, environmental, and social policies, the publication details new guidelines and procedures to improve the interiors and exteriors of the 2,550 buildings within NYCHA’s domain. Continue reading “NYCHA Debuts Design Guidelines for Improving Public Housing”

Survey: Help Us Design Our New Website

AIA New York and the Center for Architecture are undergoing a major website redesign! We want to hear from the AIANY and CFA communities to get your feedback and input on how the new website can better serve its audience, improve its content offerings, and create a more engaging online experience for the greater architecture and design community. Your comments will help shape and enhance our new website and enable us to better serve AIANY members, architects, students, and the public. Please take a moment to answer a handful of questions in this short survey:

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