Names in the News

AIANY President-elect Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, was on NBC News to discuss proposed New York State Good Samaritan legislation with Assemblyman Steven Englebright: “Lawsuit fears hinder volunteer work by architects.”

Architects from Perkins+Will, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), and Gensler have volunteered to serve on a technical advisory group for the Mayor’s Carbon Challenge to Commercial Offices.

Michael Sorkin has joined The Nation Books & Arts section as architecture columnist; his first piece “The Trials of Rafi Segal” parses the contentious controversy surrounding the National Library of Israel architectural competition.

Red Hook, Brooklyn-based non-profit PortSide NewYork has won a White House “Champions of Change” award for its post-Sandy recovery work.

LoriAnn Maas, IIDA, CID, LEED AP, has joined Swanke Hayden Connell as a Principal and Interior Design Director… Julie Geffke has been named Director of New Business Development for Alan Gaynor + Co.

Jenna McKnight has resigned as Editor-in-Chief of Architizer to take the newly-created position of Digital Editor for SOM’s global website and social media initiatives; she continues to serve on the AIANY Oculus Committee.

WSP Cantor Seinuk, WSP Flack + Kurtz, WSP Environment & Energy, and WSP SELLS are now operating as a fully integrated, multidisciplinary firm under the name WSP.