Progressive Architecture: 54 Years Young

Event: P/A Awards Party
Location: Center for Architecture – 01.24.07
Organizers: ARCHITECT magazine
Sponsors: Hanley Wood Business Media

Darris James

Ned Cramer (second from left), editor-in-chief of ARCHITECT, poses with members of the University of Arkansas Community Design Center. The team won a Jury Citation for the Good Shepherd Ecumenical Retirement Community.

Darris James

Darris James

(l-r): Teran Evans; Jeremy Edmunds, Assoc. AIA, AIANY Director of Programs and Strategic Planning; Teman Evans; Ryan Clark, Assoc. AIA, 2006 AIANYS Associate Director. The Evans twins are managing partners of Dioscuri and contestants from the first season of HGTV’s “Design Star.”

Darris James

The 54th annual Progressive/Architecture, announced at the Center for Architecture January 24, honors architects and designers whose un-built work varies in scale, from Marc Boutin Architect’s Calgary Centre for Global Community, a 25,000-square-foot community center, to Michael Maltzan Architecture’s 2,500-square-foot Pittman Dowell Residence in La Crescenta, California. Although many of the winning projects have international settings – Aziza Chaouni won for her in-depth analysis and proposals for vacant sites in the old medina of Fez, Morocco, and Boston-based Office dA won for an expansion of the Kuwait Sports Shooting Club – many of the projects are community-oriented.

The University of Arkansas Community Design Center (UACDC) received a Jury Citation for its Good Shepherd Ecumenical Retirement Community in Little Rock, Arkansas. “The benefits of being recognized by the P/A awards include bringing to light a type of planning for an aging community and increased visibility to Arkansas’ struggle with urban planning in a disproportionate economic environment,” according to Aaron Gabriel, project director of the UACDC.

The awards ceremony itself was a modest affair. With the P/A Awards being inherited by ARCHITECT, there was a sense that this patriarch of design awards was a nascent event. Replacing the traditional exhibition that usually accompanies the ceremony, full descriptions of the projects were only available in the free copies of ARCHITECT offered at the event. Even though a slide show of the winners cycled throughout the evening, many attendees were disappointed by the omission of an accompanying exhibition. The ceremony itself was rushed and understated as winners were not invited on stage for recognition. In the end, the ceremony did not live up to the preeminence and prestige that a 54-year-old award program deserves.

IN THIS ISSUE:

• Boerum Hill Grows a Green Urban Show House
• New Spaces Round Out Music Conservatory
• Two Interactive Playgrounds Stretch Kids’ Minds, Muscles
• 30-Story Condo Slated for Brooklyn
• Piazza for SUNY Purchase
• Reopen Airport as Service Center
• NYC IDA Spurs New Office, Industrial Space in Brooklyn
• Survey Predicts Engineer Shortage

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Boerum Hill Grows a Green Urban Show House
Working with developers R & E Brooklyn and Studio A/WASA, Natural Home magazine is converting a circa 1920s Brooklyn brownstone that had been slated for demolition, into the city’s first American Lung Association Health House. Plans call for preserving the existing historic brick commercial façade, while creating two three-bedroom residences.

Designed to meet a high standard of environmental performance, solar panels will provide electricity, and an innovative hybrid solar-thermal and gas-fired system will provide heating and cooling. Eco-friendly materials will include cement made from fly ash, recycled glass countertops, bamboo flooring finished with low-VOC water-based poly, and sorghum stalk kitchen cabinets. In order to be a Health House, a project must meet stringent standards that address moisture and humidity control, energy efficiency, air filtration and ventilation, and materials emissions. In addition, the project will include site inspections during the construction phase and performance testing upon completion. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2007.

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New Spaces Round Out Music Conservatory

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners

The multi-functional Ades Performance Space at the Manhattan School of Music.

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners

The Manhattan School of Music gained two new performance spaces and a residence for the president, completing the school’s plan for a fully functional and centralized campus community on the Upper West Side. The $65 million project, designed by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, began with the construction of a 19-story multi-use building to house dorms, practice rooms, and a new music library.

Now the school’s campus has the Miller Recital Hall, designed for recitals by faculty and students it is an intimate 1,775-square-foot performance space that seats 151. The multi-functional, 2,080-square-foot Ades Performance Space accommodates 216 persons and allows for multiple configurations for staging informal performances including chamber music, jazz, opera, and musical theater, as well as rehearsal space for large ensembles. The residence, with a penthouse and wrap-around terrace, also serves as an extension of the president’s office and as entertaining space for the institution.

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Two Interactive Playgrounds Stretch Kids’ Minds, Muscles

Ellen Honigstock Architect

The deli component of apple seeds playground.

Ellen Honigstock Architect

Rockwell Group

Burling Slip playground aims to encourage imagination.

Rockwell Group

Imagination Playground, a private/public partnership between the Rockwell Group and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation got a thumbs-up from Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) after receiving necessary approval from the local community board. Billed as a place “where kids will exercise their minds as well as their muscles,” the Rockwell Group’s model, initiated as a pro bono project, adds a rich environment of diverse materials encouraging unstructured “free play” in addition to traditional fixed equipment for physical activity.

The playground, located at Burling Slip adjacent to South Street Seaport, incorporates elements such as climbing ropes, a lookout ramp with telescopes, amphitheater seating, and a multi-level “crow’s nest” that has a double function as storage for loose parts. The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) provided a grant for the construction of the Playground and the architect and the city are seeking to raise an additional $2 million for an endowment. Construction is slated to begin late 2007.

On West 25th Street near Madison Square Park, two friends, both moms of twins, decided they needed an indoor place for kids and their parents to hang out in the neighborhood. Designed by Ellen Honigstock Architect, apple seeds is a 15,000-square-foot play space, café, and boutique with classrooms where students can learn music, art, cooking, and yoga. The main attraction of apple seeds is its 2,500-square-foot NYC-themed interactive playground created by children’s museum designer, Roto Studios. The playground is divided into three zones – “the neighborhood,” ‘the park,” and “the city,” coinciding with early childhood development.

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30-Story Condo Slated for Brooklyn

Courtesy Clarett Group

Purchase College Student Services Building

Courtesy Clarett Group

Forté, a 30-story residential condo designed by FXFOWLE Architects, will be constructed in the new BAM Cultural District. Containing 108 residences, from studios to three-bedroom apartments, the streamlined glass ribbon façade will house four homes per floor and include gourmet kitchens and luxury amenities.

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Piazza for SUNY Purchase

Kevin Hom + Andrew Goldman Architects

Purchase College Student Services Building

Kevin Hom + Andrew Goldman Architects

Kevin Hom + Andrew Goldman Architects has recently completed a new, $12.6 million student services building for Purchase College. The project is part of a campus master plan conducted by the firm, designed to create a new center for academic and outdoor functions. The 57,000-square-foot glass and brick building has a two-story atrium with a one-stop-shop for student services and a multi-media conference center. The center is located at the end of the newly created Central Campus Mall, a plaza extension consisting of an overpass infill that bridges over an existing roadway, creating a new quad area know as the “Piazza.”

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Reopen Airport as Service Center

Margulies Hoelzli Architecture

The Avitat Westchester

Margulies Hoelzli Architecture

After a 15-month, $9 million renovation that converted its pre-jet age airplane hangar, Avitat Westchester reopened as a modern airport service center at Westchester County Airport. The 21,000-square-foot, two-story lean-to terminal, designed by Margulies Hoelzli Architecture, contains multi-tenant offices, crew facilities, maintenance shops, and storage facilities. Hoping to make the trip from to the aircrafts interesting, the facility has a glass canopy, an atrium, custom stainless steel staircases, aquariums filled with tropical fish, a baby grand piano, and its own Starbuck’s with freshly brewed coffee for pilots and passengers.

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NYC IDA Spurs New Office, Industrial Space in Brooklyn
New York City Industrial Development Agency (IDA), administered by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), approved financial assistance for the office component of The Center at Albee Square, a mixed-use development in Downtown Brooklyn that will serve as the city’s first major commercial project constructed in the area since a 2004 rezoning. The $60.4 million project is expected to create more than 470 construction jobs over three years and provide office space for about 500 permanent jobs. The IDA Board also approved financing assistance to four industrial companies, an auto parts manufacturer, commercial printer, importer/distributor of groceries, an apparel manufacturer, and a not-for-profit religious school.

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Survey Predicts Engineer Shortage
In time for National Engineers Week 2007, a survey of 175 member firms conducted by the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACECNY), reveals the direction, trends, and challenges the consulting engineering industry expects to face over the next five years. Critical issues include finding and retaining qualified personnel. Currently, 42% of those surveyed said they have enough engineers to meet their needs, and they anticipate this problem to grow. Personnel shortages in civil engineering, including transportation, highway, and bridge engineers, followed by mechanical and electrical engineers, fire safety, structural, and environmental engineers appeared to be of greatest concern to respondents. Topping the list of factors important to retaining professional engineers are higher salaries, more visibility and recognition, mentoring, and job security.

IN THIS ISSUE:

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

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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

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

Check out two new website resources for the architecture and planning community:

VIVA2
Launched by the Skyscraper Museum, this is the second in a series of Web projects that present the museum’s archival holdings with an interactive interface. The Visual Index to the Virtual Archive 2 (VIVA2) provides access to more than 1,000 photographs of the construction of the Empire State Building, including workers, machinery, ceremonies, and city scenes. All images can be enlarged, e-mailed, or printed. This spring, the World Trade Center towers will be made available as well.

PlanningWiki
Created to be a general user-contributed encyclopedia, glossary, reference and resource guide, directory, and compendium of best practices, PlanningWiki is intended to be more than just an encyclopedia-like reference guide. The new Wiki will provide a resource for specialized and localized planning knowledge that would otherwise be considered too narrow in scope for encyclopedia-type sites such as Wikipedia and Digital Universe. Anyone can contribute, so spread the word and consider adding an entry or two!

The AIA New York Chapter released its list of 2007 Design Award recipients; 31 winners were selected from over 400 submissions. Architecture Honor Award winners include: Weiss/Manfredi (Olympic Sculpture Park); Diller Scofidio + Renfro (The Institute of Contemporary Art); Steven Holl Architects (Pratt Institute, Higgins Hall Center Wing, and New Residence at the Swiss Embassy); Steven Harris Architects (92 Jane Street); and Foster + Partners (Hearst Tower). Interior Architecture Honor Award winners are Dean/ Wolf Architects (Operable Boundary Townhouse/ Garden) and Della Valle Bernheimer (23 Beekman Place). Project Honor Awards were awarded to Thomas Phifer and Partners (North Carolina Museum of Art) and nARCHITECTS (Windshape).

Michael Kwartler, FAIA, and Carmi Bee, FAIA, will receive the John Hejduk Award from the Cooper Union Alumni Association in April at the Cooper Union Founder’s Day Dinner…Civitas, the citizens’ group dedicated to improving neighborhood quality of life in Manhattan’s Upper East Side and East Harlem, has chosen Metropolis magazine publisher Horace Havemeyer III and editor-in-chief Susan Szenasy as the 2007 recipients of its August Heckscher Award for Community Service and Excellence… The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is the recipient of a grant of $10 million from The Starr Foundation…

Balcony Media, Inc., publishers of art and architecture books and LA Architect magazine, announced that it will launch a new national trade publication, FORM: pioneering design, in June 2007…The Architect’s Newspaper launched a California edition on 02.21.07 with Sam Lubell as the chief editor…

Raymond C. Bordwell, AIA, LEED AP, has joined the Perkins Eastman as a New York City-based principal… Meltzer/Mandl Architects has promoted David G. Carpenter to Associate Principal and Director of Development… David Kriegel, AIA, has been named Managing Principal at Gran Kriegel Associates, a newly named full-service architecture and planning firm originally founded in 1965 as Gran Associates…

Adam Melis

Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director discusses “Grassroots” issues with Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, of New York’s 12th Congressional District, at Grassroots, the AIA’s annual legislative and leadership conference.

Adam Melis

Courtesy New York Public Library

The NYPL Bronx Library Center celebrated receiving LEED certification 01.11.07. (l-r): Michael Alvarez, Bronx Library Center Chief Librarian; Ariella Rosenberg, NYC Mayor’s Office of Operations; Daniel Heuberger, AIA, LEED AP, Datter Architects; Paul LeClerc, Bronx Library Center President; Joyce Lee, AIA, Chief Architect at the City of New York Office of Management and Budget; Richard Fedrizzi, President, CEO, and founding chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Courtesy New York Public Library

Neelesh Jethwa

02.12.07: The 2007 AIANY Design Awards jury discussed the 31 winning entries at a sympoisum at the Center for Architecture (l-r): Benjamin Gianni, School of Architecture, Carleton University, Ottawa (Interiors); Frank Harmon, Frank Harmon Architect, Raleigh (Projects); Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects, Chicago (Projects); Piero Sartogo, Sartogo Architetti Associati, Rome (Interiors); Peter Waldman, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (Projects); Massimiliano Fuksas, Massimiliano Fuksas architetto, Rome (Architecture); Dan Hanganu, Dan S. Hanganu Architects, Montreal (Architecture); and Matthias Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton, Berlin (Architecture); not present: Debra Lehman-Smith, Lehman Smith McLeish, Washington, DC. 2007 Design Awards Chairman William M. Singer, AIA at the podium.

Neelesh Jethwa

More than 200 art enthusiasts and designers were “wowed” Tuesday night with the official launch of the Art Production Fund’s (APF) new Works on Whatever (WOW) series at the Madeline Weinrib Atelier, ABC Carpet & Home.

Courtesy Art Production Fund

(l-r): Doreen Remen – Co-Founder, Art Production Fund; Diane Hachtman – Northeast Regional Vice President, Durkan Hospitality; Yvonne Force Villareal – Co-Founder, Art Production Fund; Susan Halpern – Northeast Regional Sales Representative, Durkan Hospitality.

Courtesy Art Production Fund

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

02.23.07 Submission: The Future of Architecture
The Small Project Practitioners Journal is seeking articles, practice tips, and case studies on architecture of engagement and lessons learned for SPP Journal #40: Leaders or Followers: The Future of the Architecture Profession. The issue will address such questions as what it means to be a community leader and define architecture of engagement. Contact Diane Trevarrow Evans for more information.

02.23.07 Submission: On the Water
As part of the AIA 150 celebration, AIA Seattle seeks examples of innovative waterfront design projects, both built and imagined, from the U.S. and beyond. The designs will hopefully inspire and generate dialogue as part of a community-level campaign focused on the Alaskan Way Viaduct and other waterfront design issues in the region.

03.01.07 Registration: NYCSCA Grants
The New York State Council on the Arts is awarding grants, valued up to $10,000, for projects that relate to architecture, architectural history, landscape architecture, urban and rural planning, urban design, historic preservation, graphic design, and industrial design. The program is particularly interested in innovative ideas being explored outside of traditional practice. Only New York State residents are eligible to apply.

03.02.07 Nomination: Jane Jacobs Medal
The Rockefeller Foundation will award the first annual Jane Jacobs Medal to two individuals whose contributions have significantly shaped the urban environment of New York City. Prizes will total $200,000.

03.15.07 Submission: 2007 AIA St. Louis Architectural Photography Competition
AIA St. Louis has announced the call the call for entries for its annual Photography Competition. The 14 winning images will be exhibited at the 2007 convention and cash prizes will be awarded to the top four prizes. Fifty-two of the images will be used in the 2009 Rizzoli Architectural Engagement Calendar. The competition is open to any/all actively registered architects in the US, Associate AIA members, and student members of AIAS.

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 are being accepted for seminar topics that address this theme – or better yet, take it to the next level: to educate design professionals.

04.06.07 Submission: Smart Environments Awards
Metropolis magazine and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) invite architects and interior design professionals to submit interiors projects that achieve design excellence while promoting human well-being and sustainability. Winning projects will be considered for publication in Metropolis.

04.06.07 Submission: SMPS 2007 Marketing Communications Awards
Open to both members and non-members of the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), this competition recognizes excellence in 18 different categories of marketing communications by design and building industry firms.

04.15.07 Submission: Lifecycle Building Challenge
Building materials from construction and demolition account for one-third of the total waste produced in the United States each year. This national competition invites students and professionals to submit designs and ideas that provide possible solutions for the disassembly of entire buildings, building components, and/or tools and strategies.

05.04.07 Submission: HPD RFP
The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) announced an RFP for a mixed-use development comprised of affordable housing, performing arts space, and retail that will be located in the Brooklyn Academy of Music Cultural District. A pre-submission conference will be held on 02.23.07 at 11:30 A.M at HPD, and responses to the RFP are due by hand on 05.04.07 no later than 4 P.M.

Exhibition Announcement

Note: In the 01.09.07 issue of e-OCULUS, a description of the exhibition, Floodwall, was included. This exhibition is being accused of Copyright Infringement for plagiarizing Resurrection II, by artist Sook Jin Jo. Click on the “issues” link to read more about it on Jo’s website.

Christian Holm, courtesy P.S.1

Emergency Room is open to the public.

Christian Holm, courtesy P.S.1.

Through 03.19.07
Emergency Room

Emergency Room is a constantly evolving collaborative exhibition conceived and led by artist Thierry Geoffroy, a.k.a. Colonel. Geoffroy has invited over 30 local and international artists to create and install new works in a range of media, all generated daily in response to current events. On each day of the exhibition, artists will install new work in response to the events of the last 24 hours, an arrangement that recalls daily news cycles. The artworks stay on view until the next morning when some are moved to an adjacent archive space and replaced by new work. Click here to see daily updates of the exhibition.

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center 22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue
Long Island City, NY

Courtesy Exit Art

Courtesy Exit Art

Through 03.31.07
The Building Show

In homage to buildings as vertical symbols, Exit Art presents an exhibition featuring 26 conceptual, realistic, personal, intimate, and analytical artworks that are defined by artists’ personal relationships to existing structures.

Exit Art 475 10th Avenue

Courtesy Whitney at Altria

Courtesy Whitney at Altria

Through 09.15.07
Burgeoning Geometries

Simple, reductive forms draw attention to the minutiae of the material environment in this group exhibition. Artists Diana Cooper, Tara Donovan, Charles Goldman, Jason Rogenes, Jane South, and Phoebe Washburn used materials from everyday life including cut paper, felt, discarded paint, straight pins, scrap wood, left-over Styrofoam, fluorescent lights, and cardboard.

Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria 120 Park Avenue at 42nd Street

01.07-02.07

Pardon the long report! It is wonderful to see the chapter growing in this 150th Anniversary year of the American Institute of Architects. We welcome each new member and encourage participation by all those who take a deep interest in the design community in New York and beyond; click here to learn more about our member categories and benefits.

On March 15, 2007 we’ll be having a special welcome reception for new members starting at 5:30 pm; we hope you’ll come and meet committee chairs, board members, staff and others who can help to make your membership create a lasting difference.

Reminder to those who have not yet renewed: All 2007 dues should be paid or in process. Unrenewed individuals will miss membership benefits after March 31, 2007. Email Suzanne Mecs if you need a replacement renewal notice or special assistance with your renewal.

New Architect Members: Geoffrey Ronald Aiken, AIA, Perkins + Will | Amy Wai Ching Cheung, AIA, DGBK Architects | Pablo De Miguel, AIA, Tsao & McKown Architects | Pengzhan Du, AIA, FXFOWLE Architects | Irina Gorelik, AIA, SBLM Architects | Robert Gross, AIA, Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design | William E. Hoisington, LEED, AIA, Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum, P.C. | Stanley Jones, Peter Marino Architect, PLLC | Steven Keith, RA, Perkins Eastman & Partners | Leonid Kravchenko, AIA, FXFOWLE Architects | Chi Kwong Lau, AIA, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners | David Marini, AIA, S. Russell Groves Architect | Edward Michael Mayer, AIA, Gruzen Samton LLP | Willliam C. McCallion, AIA, Merritt & Harris, Inc. | Nicholas Melone, AIA | Kenichiro Mito, AIA, Polshek Partnership Architects LLP | Matthew Howard Mueller, AIA, Platt Byard Dovell White Architects | Julie Elizabeth Nymann, AIA, Robert A.M. Stern Architects | Nancy A. Rankin, AIA, John G. Waite Associates, Architects, PLLC | Satyen B. Rawal, AIA, GF55 Architects, LLP | Charles Renfro, AIA, Diller Scofidio + Renfro | Jason D. Smith, AIA, Michael Graves and Associates | Esther Sperber, AIA, Studio St Architects, PC | Tran Vinh, AIA, Specialty Brands Group | Todd Walbourn, AIA, Polshek Partnership Architects LLP | Feng Xu, AIA, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, P.C. | Chia-Ling Yin, AIA, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, P.C.

Individuals recently upgraded to Architect Membership: Colin Davis, AIA, Polshek Partnership Architects LLP | Min-Chang Lee, AIA, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners | German Ortiz, Polshek Partnership Architects LLP | Kevin Seymour, AIA, Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, Inc.

New Associate Members: Daniel Y. Cheng, Assoc. AIA, CUNY City University of New York Graduate Center | Dunam Choi, Assoc. AIA, Seoul National University Department of Architecture | Vera Coren, Assoc. AIA, City College Architecture Department, CUNY | Kathryn Crepeau, Assoc. AIA, Narofsky Architecture & Design | Tina Marie Duhon, Assoc. AIA, Parsons | Jin S Hwang, Assoc. AIA, SIAPLAN & Associates, INC. | Jong Youne Kim, Assoc. AIA, Butler Rogers Baskett Architects P.C. | Lindsey Ann Kosinski, Assoc. AIA, Rafael Vinoly Architects P.C. | Amanda B. Langweil, Assoc. AIA, Goshow Architects | Samuel Martinez, Assoc. AIA, City University of New York | Ann Charmaine Chua Ong, Assoc. AIA, David Hunter Architects | Frank Perez, Assoc. AIA, Metamorphix Global, Inc. | Peter Christopher Poruczynski, Assoc. AIA, SBLM Architects | Ruangpong (Ron) Rodpracha, Assoc. AIA, EDI Architecture, Inc. | Steven R. Schutt, Assoc. AIA, Steve Schutt Modern | Lorna Torres-Jones, Assoc. AIA, CUNY Department of Design, Construction and Management | James A. Underwood, V, Assoc. AIA, U:Lighting, Inc. | Jo Ellen Walker, Assoc. AIA, Jo Walker Design Consulting

New Titanium Corporate Member Representatives: DMJM Harris – Gary Morris, PE | Enterprise Lighting Sales – Jonathan Barnett | Severud Associates Consulting Engineers PC – John A. Baranello, Jr.; Dominic Cullen; Edward DePaola; Brian Falconer; Cawsie Jijina; Yury Marinyansky; Andrew Mueller-Lust; Steven J. Najarian; Louis A. Occhicone; Richard Savignano

New Steel Corporate Member Representatives: AMEC Construction – Pat Muldoon | National Reprographics, Inc. – Leah Kaplan; Justin Levitz; Dougals Magid; Ira Packer; Griff Roberts | WSP Cantor Seinuk – Ahmad Rahimian, S.E.P.E.; Viadimir Seijas; Jeffrey Smilow, PE

New Aluminum Corporate Member Representatives: Abbey Hart Brick & Stone – Doug Wetzel | Won-Door Corporation – William Saraceni

New Center for Architecture Student Members: Juan Caicedo, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Vincent Castelli, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Giovanna Danna, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Zinaida Eskina, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Anne Feldman, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Iris Giboyeaux, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Stella Rose Grillo, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Ashley Henschel, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Angie Huh, Columbia University Ctr. for Urban Research & Policy | Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture | Ryan Knippenberg, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Joseph Kremar, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Karen L. Kubey, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation | Birute Kubiliute, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Kin Hei Lam, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Natalie Langone, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Adam Levin, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Anthony Malacarne, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture | Thomas McDermott, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Milan Michail, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Nathanael Morejon, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Ross Padluck, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Christopher Petrone, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Michael Pryor, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Ruben Ramales, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | James Reynolds, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Mihir Shah, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Colin Simmer, Syracuse University School of Architecture | Jared Smith, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Igor Tolkach, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | David Turturo, Syracuse University School of Architecture | Mei Fung Wong, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | James Yankopoulos, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Wei Tzu Yu, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Paul Zajac, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan

New Center for Architecture Professional Members: Chuck Bailey, Halfen Anchoring Systems | Dave Bueche, Hoover Treated Wood Products, Inc. | David deBear, CUSTOM BUILDING PRODUCTS | Bob Dehne, Owens Corning | Lawrence Barry Goldberg, Esq., Lawrence B. Goldberg, Esq. | Steven R. Goldstein, Esq., Shaub, Ahmuty, Citrin & Spratt, LLP | Karen Lewis, Microsol Resources Corporation | Roger McGuire, Dunbarton | Rob Morrison, Venco Sales | Dave Pedreira, ASSA ABLOY | Kenneth R. Raikowski, ASSA ABLOY | Jay Tribich, DGA Security Systems | Attila Uysal, SBLD Studio | Youngoh Yoon, Yoon & Y Design, Inc.

New Center for Architecture Corresponding Members: John J. Hoffmann, FAIA, Hoffmann Architects | Martin Millman, Colgate Development LLC | Cass Calder Smith, AIA, CCS Architecture

New Center for Architecture Public Members: Miles Aiken

Congratulations to Sheldon Wander, FAIA, who has upgraded to Emeritus Status

Reinstating Members: Cleveland Adams, AIA | Joseph C. Carrillo, AIA, The Ford Foundation | Ashoke K. Chakraborty, AIA, New York City School Construction Authority | Jong Kwon Cho, AIA, KLC Architects | John J. Ciardullo, Jr., AIA, John Ciardullo Associates | Lise Anne Couture, AIA, Asymptote Architecture | Laurian J. Dixon, Assoc. AIA | Carol Dufresne-Trent, AIA | Harry Elson, AIA, Harry Elson Architect | Jan A. Gorlach, AIA, FXFOWLE Architects | Gary Todd Griggs, AIA, American Development Group (ADG) | Joseph A. Hand, AIA, DMJM H & N | Douglas J. Hassebroek, AIA, Douglas Hassebroek Architect | Apichat Marquardt Leungchaikul, AIA, Polshek Partnership Architects LLP | Daniel Libeskind, AIA, Studio Daniel Libeskind | Nadia Mojib Shirazi, AIA, Beyer Blinder Belle: Architects & Planners | Leslie Neblett, AIA, Office for Global Architecture | George Restivo, AIA, Cannon Design | John Soraci, AIA, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP | Douglas R. Wasama, AIA, Wank Adams Slavin Associates | Anton Wong, AIA | Bashir Zivari, AIA, Jeffrey Berman Architect | Members who transferred in to the AIA New York Chapter:, | Catherine G. Alberte, AIA, NBBJ | Asma Jalees Bajwa, Assoc. AIA, Ted Moudis Associates | Murrye E. Bernard, Assoc. AIA | Michael E. Hardy, AIA, Granary Associates | Anne Gatling Haynes, AIA, City of New York, Office of the Mayor Capital Project Development | John J. Hill, AIA | Jean Kim, AIA, H Associates, Inc. | Ying Li, AIA, CCDI USA | Marica McKeel, Assoc. AIA, Parsons The New School for Design | Yetunde O. Olaiya, Assoc. AIA, Rafael Vinoly Architects P.C. | Steven J. Piguet, AIA | Maria Tarczynska, AIA, DMJM + Harris, Inc. | Jennifer Thayer, AIA, B. Thayer Associates | Vera Tse, Assoc. AIA, STUDIOS Architecture | Elizabeth A. Uncles, Assoc. AIA, Surber Barber Choate & Hertlein Arch., PC | Michael S. Wildman, LEED AP, AIA, Berzak Associates Architects, PC | Leonard R. Woods, AIA, Leonard Woods Architect

Members who have transferred to another AIA Chapter: Good luck in your new locale: Fabiola Anzola, Int’l Assoc. AIA, Gensler | Peter Glenford Bachmann, AIA, BL Companies | Frank Bonura, AIA, Frank Bonura | Robert Boyers, AIA | Sanki Choe, AIA, Kyu Sung Woo Architects | Anthony Cucich, AIA, Anthony Cucich-R.A. | Daniel J. Fenyn, AIA, The S/L/A/M Collaborative | Robert C. Halverson, AIA, John Portman | Scott B. Hunter, AIA, NBBJ (Los Angeles) | Anthony Law, AIA, Anthony Law Architect | John Ming-Yee Lee, FAIA | Emma Macari, FAIA | Sarah Markovitz, AIA, NBBJ | Amber Mazzucca, AIA, Kean Williams Giambertone | Paulom Mistry, AIA, Di Domenico and Partners, LLP | Saverio Anthony Quaranta, AIA | Edward O. Rice, AIA, Ann Beha Associates, Inc. | Martin P. Riese, AIA, Gehry Technologies | Terence Riley, AIA, Miami Art Museum | Zachary Rosenfield, AIA, Zachary Rosenfield, Architect | Edward T. Shiffer, AIA, Edward T. Shiffer Architect P.C. | Michael Silverman, AIA, WPG Architect Group | Niall Washburn, AIA