Lobby from Albany; Learning from Piers

AIA New York State 2014 Albany Lobby Day took place on 04.29.14. With a series of important issues to press, an enthusiastic delegation from AIANY took to the Capitol.

All of our meetings were informative and productive, but our meeting with Assemblymember Deborah Glick was particularly significant because she is chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, the committee currently considering passage of the Good Samaritan Act. This legislation would provide protections for architects who volunteer necessary services to the public during disasters and emergencies, as determined by the governor. Following Superstorm Sandy, the need for this legislation was made very apparent when willing architects hesitated to respond without proper protections. This bill needs a final push to get it through the Assembly Higher Education Committee. Continue reading “Lobby from Albany; Learning from Piers”

In Memoriam: Sarelle Weisberg, FAIA

Many friends were startled to learn that Sarelle Weisberg, FAIA, passed away on 03.29.14. Her levels of energy and enthusiasm, and her very positive outlook on life and its possibilities, were legendary to all who knew her.

I met her in 1960, when we both entered architecture school at Columbia, in the evening program (which no longer exists). Sarelle was taking care of her family, husband Daniel and sons Andrew and Joel, of elementary school age. But that was not enough of a challenge for her.

She became a very stimulating classmate, encouraging others as well as persevering enthusiastically and thoughtfully in her own design work. She produced some excellent projects, and won a William Kinne Fellowship in 1965. Sarelle graduated in 1966 with a B.Arch. degree, which was later converted to an M.Arch. degree when Columbia reorganized its curriculum. Continue reading “In Memoriam: Sarelle Weisberg, FAIA”

Names in the News

The winners of the AIANYS Excelsior Awards for design excellence in publicly funded buildings include the East 180th Street Subway Station and Hampton Library by Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects; The Corbin Building by Page Ayres Cowley Architects; TWA Flight Center by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; the Arbor Hill Albany Public Library by Kevin Hom Architect; FDNY Marine Company 9 by Sage and Coombe Architects; New Settlement Community Campus by Edelman Sultan Knox Wood and Dattner Architects; and the Myrtle-Wyckoff Station Complex by Dattner Architects. The Henry Hobson Richardson Award was conferred on the Institute for Public Architecture founder Jonathan Kirschenfeld, AIA; and I. Donald Weston, FAIA, was honored with the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award…The Architectural League of New York awarded the 2014 President’s Medal, recognizing extraordinary excellence and innovation in architecture and the arts to artist Richard Serra…The winners of the Architectural League of New York’s 2014 Prize for Young Architects + Designers are Brooklyn-based Kutan Ayata and Michael Young of Young & Ayata and Thomas Kelley and Carrie Norman of Norman Kelley, along with Claus Benjamin Freyinger and Andrew Holder of The LADG, Ada Fure of SIFT Studio, Jenny E. Sabin of Jenny Sabin Studio, and Geoffrey von Oeyen of Geoffrey von Oeyen Design…The Society for Marketing Professional Services – New York will honor Stantec, HLB, WB Engineers+Consultants, SBLM, SOM, Perkins+Will, and Mircrodesk at this year’s Marketing Communications Awards on 06.05.14…Robert A.M. Stern Architects has announced Anna Antropova, a Master’s candidate at the McGill University School of Architecture, as the winner of the 2014 RAMSA Travel Fellowship…The winner of the third annual Architectural Record “Good Design is Good Business” Lifetime Achievement Architecture Award is STUDIOS ArchitectureContinue reading “Names in the News”