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e-Oculus: Eye on New York Architecture and Calendar of Events

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Editor-in-Chief Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Contributing Editors Murrye Bernard, Assoc. AIA • Linda G. Miller
Online Support Ahmad Shairzay • Kevin Skoglund


Editor's Note


For this issue, we took advantage of August’s light event schedule to go to the museums and view the many architecture-related shows. Most of the exhibitions close at the end of the month, so be sure to check them out now.
- Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

Note: Unfortunately, in the last issue, one of the In the News items was misrepresented by its title. Please note that the title for item about the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has been changed to “Medical University Breaks Ground With IBC.” MUSC has been nationally recognized for patient service and provides support to all patients — even those uninsured. We regret any misunderstanding that the old title might have caused.

Reports from the Field

In this issue:
·How Many Scientists Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb? Read On
·David and Goliath: Two Projects Test Green Limits
·Up From Anonymity: the Rise of New York’s Infrastructure
·Stella’s Passion: from Abstract to Architecture
·Nevelson as Architect?
·Serra Seeks to Skew Perspective in MoMA Garden

Reports from the Field

How Many Scientists Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb? Read On

Event: Light and Health: Don’t Throw the Baby Out with the Bath Water!
Location: Center for Architecture, 08.16.07
Speaker: Joan E. Roberts, Ph.D. — Professor of Chemistry & Chair, Fordham University Natural Science Department
Organizer: Illuminating Engineering Society of New York

Light and Health

Nothing beats real sunlight.

Jessica Sheridan

Want to see the lighting community light up? Just mention the pending legislation to “ban the bulb.” An acknowledged energy hog, 5% of the electricity a light bulb uses goes to light the bulb while 95% is heat. If we follow in the footsteps of countries like Australia, which plans to phase out incandescent bulb use in favor of energy efficient Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) by 2010, the warm, reflected light we’ve become accustomed to since Thomas Edison might be a thing of the past here as well. But the concern of some scientists and lighting designers has more to do with health than just aesthetics. Researchers like Fordham University’s Joan E. Roberts, Ph.D., Chair of the Natural Science Department, and her colleagues have produced fresh data proving that new “green” energy efficient sources such as CFLs and LEDs do not give humans their required “dosage” of spectral requirements — particularly the spectrum provided by incandescent lights.

Roberts has studied the positive and negative effects of light on the human eye. Humans evolved being exposed to different spectrums of daylight in the morning and afternoon, and darkness in the evening, so it is important that artificial lighting mimics the natural spectrum. Ocular light serves two functions: vision, and control of circadian rhythm. The incorrect spectrum at the wrong time of day will affect sleep/wake cycles, blood pressure, stress, metabolism, and the immune system (think of jet lag or the afternoon headache you get from working under fluorescent lighting). If you happen to be reading this article in late afternoon or evening, Roberts suggests you get a screen for your computer to block out blue light. If that doesn’t help your headache, turn off your florescent light and bask in the red spectrum light your body needs from your trusty incandescent bulb.

“It’s not just about designing well-lit spaces,” says lighting designer Randy Sabedra, past president of the Illuminating Engineering Society of New York (IESNY) and the event’s moderator. “It’s about designing healthy spaces. And it’s not about banning one source of light for the sake of saving energy; it’s about insuring that the performance of all sources is improved for our health.”

Reports from the Field

David and Goliath: Two Projects Test Green Limits

Event: Green Building Case Studies
Location: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 08.15.07
Speakers: Tony Daniels, AIA, LEED AP — Director of Sustainable Design, Studio A/WASA; Sarah Beatty — Co-founder, Green Depot; Rolf Grimsted — Owner & Manager, R&E Brooklyn; Serge Appel, AIA, LEED AP — Associate Partner, Cook+Fox Architects
Moderator: Joe Franza — GreenHomeNYC
Organizers: GreenHomeNYC

One Bryant Park

One Bryant Park will “outgreen” its neighbors when complete.

© dBox for Cook+Fox Architects

The two-unit house at 93 Nevins/453 Pacific, Brooklyn, and the Bank of America tower at One Bryant Park, Manhattan, have little in common to the naked eye, but at opposite ends of the budget spectrum they both evince their developers’ and architects’ commitment to resource responsibility. When completed, One Bryant Park will be a midtown landmark, and the Nevins/Pacific building may be an eye-catcher only to its neighbors (and readers of Natural Home magazine, which has designated it a Show House), but both offer valuable messages to the evolving sustainable building movement.

A forum in GreenHomeNYC’s monthly series explored the challenges of sustainable urban construction under way at two radically different sites: a small residential adaptive-reuse project and a skyline-defining corporate tower.

The 1920s-vintage Nevins/Pacific building has spent most of its life as a commercial structure (successively a pharmacy, a laundromat, and a deli/grocery with second-floor residences). Decades of structural neglect and a 1980 fire did their worst, and neighbors came to view the building as a “very dangerous and toxic” blight on the community. But developers Rolf Grimsted and Emily Fisher of R&E Brooklyn saw it as reclaimable. “This is our engineer,” said Grimsted, introducing one photo of a gentleman surrounded with rubble, “telling us how crazy we’d been to buy this building.” The project is proving successful anyway, in large part because the partners assembled a like-minded team, including green materials marketing specialist Sarah Beatty, experienced green architect Tony Daniels, AIA, LEED AP, of StudioA/WASA (the trio’s chief technical presenter), contractor Robert Politzer of Green Street Construction, the Boerum Hill Association, and other local consultants. It takes a village — at least in a residential neighborhood — to give new life to a much abused building.

Daniels’ work began with the idea of preserving the brick façade. He designed a new structure that rises up within it, carved out a courtyard that optimizes natural lighting, and incorporated contemporary technologies, including rooftop solar collectors to heat water for radiant flooring. The more Con Edison power a photovoltaic system can replace, or a gas-fired absorption chiller system conserves, the lighter the burden on peak-time summer power consumption and the less fossil fuel is burned. Little of this is news among the green construction afficionados, but demonstrating both the feasibility and the aesthetic appeal of such a house to the community is beneficial, and the Nevins/Pacific house has a high public profile even before it’s complete. It’s the city’s first American Lung Association Health House (for exemplary air quality) and the first accredited under the LEED for Homes program. Whoever ultimately lives there will enjoy low utility bills, though they’ll need to brace themselves for tour group visits.

Cook+Fox Architects’ ice-shard-shaped Bank of America tower is already a well-established paragon of sustainability at the XXXL level. The goal of “outgreening” its neighbor has helped drive an all-systems-go approach to lightening its footprint: One Bryant Park’s power cogeneration, low-emission glass, ice-tank chilling system, recycled blast-furnace-slag concrete, underfloor air, individual thermal controls, waterless urinals, and other conservation strategies are projected to earn it LEED Platinum status. The data-intensive presentation of these features by Serge Appel, AIA, LEED AP, updates the portrait that his firm’s principals presented at the Skyscraper Museum’s Green Teams series last year (see “Biophilia Claims Bryant Park,” by Bill Millard, eOCULUS, 03.21.06 for an earlier view). If height competition is passé (or best left to organizations overseas), could green performance be a better outlet for American architects’ competitive impulses?

Reports from the Field

Up From Anonymity: the Rise of New York’s Infrastructure

Event: Tour of New York Rises: Photographs by Eugene de Salignac
Location: Museum of the City of New York (MCNY), 08.15.07
Organizers: AIANY Member Services Committee; AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA); Museum of the City of New York

Queensboro Bridge

Queensboro Bridge, exposures made for experiment, February 9, 1910.

Photo by Eugene de Salignac, courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York and the New York City Municipal Archives

The current exhibition on view at the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) helps celebrate an anonymous NYC by providing a glimpse into how the urban fabric and infrastructure we depend upon today was created. New York Rises: Photographs by Eugene de Salignac does portray known structures, but the workers and other folks gazing into the camera frequently steal the frame.

Eugene de Salignac, a civil servant who remained largely anonymous himself until a decade ago, is the eye behind the photographs in the exhibition. Beginning in 1903, de Salignac worked for the NYC Department of Bridges/Plant Structures for three decades, capturing thousands of ordinary and extraordinary views of the city. While his photos are overarching (construction shots of the Municipal Building construction in 1912 are archived alongside views of a Depression-era shelter), they are also detailed and poignant. Exhibition curator Tom Mellins stressed that the photographs were organized to impress de Salignac’s unique skills upon visitors, while the accompanying book (also New York Rises) pushes NYC’s massive infrastructure improvements to the forefront.

Mellins’ guided tour and special viewing of the exhibition marked the MCNY’s new reciprocal membership program for AIA members. Available through December, AIA members will receive a 30% discount when they join the MCNY.
AIANY Secretary Abby Suckle, FAIA, LEED AP, said that this event was the second in a “series of partnerships with museums and other cultural organizations that is a combination of joint programming and membership swaps.”

Reports from the Field

Stella’s Passion: from Abstract to Architecture

Event: Frank Stella: Painting into Architecture; Frank Stella on the Roof
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 05.01-07.29.07 and 05.01-10.28.07
Curator: Gary Tinterow — Engelhard Curator in Charge, and Anne L. Strauss — Associate Curator, Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Frank Stella

Highlighting the urban environment, adjoeman (2004), and Chinese Pavilion (2007) are two of Frank Stella’s sculptures on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Jessica Sheridan

Painting into Architecture is the second in a series at the Metropolitan to investigate contemporary artists working in the architectural realm. Here, Stella’s paintings are the backdrop to his architecture. Form-driven and pictorial in nature, the models range from his earliest plywood The Broken Jug band shell proposal (1998), to this year’s nylon and acrylic Guest House and Remembering Henry [Geldzahler] mausoleum. Although models display a progression of work, the development is limited to form. You cannot tell whether construction details have been explored and the reality of internal systems has been advanced.

“[Frank] Stella hopes to invigorate architecture with some of the freedom that he has learned to enjoy,” states the description of Frank Stella: Painting into Architecture. Two recent exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art highlight different aspects of Stella’s work — from paintings, wall-reliefs, and full-scale mock-ups to monumental sculpture — each exhibiting the artist’s passion for architecture. In fact, Gary Tinterow, Engelhard Curator in Charge, seems to imply that it is inevitable that Stella’s lifelong work has gradually grown in every direction to culminate in a yet-to-be-realized building.

The link between Painting into Architecture and Frank Stella on the Roof is in the former’s The Ship (2007) , and the latter’s Chinese Pavilion (2007). A proposal in 1989 for an addition to the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands, The Ship is still being developed even though it is no longer intended for the museum. Inspired by the veins in leaves, a full-size model made of fiberglass and carbon fiber is installed in the gallery. The carbon epoxy composite Chinese Pavilion, on the roof of the Metropolitan, is a very similar form to The Ship. Not claiming to be anything other than sculpture, the structure is more complete in an exterior setting where it can frame views and reflect the urban environment.

Frank Stella on the Roof consists of three recent monumental works in stainless steel and carbon fiber. Each sculpture takes advantage of its siting, featuring a different aspect of Stella’s admiration for architecture. While the sculptures are massive, they take a back seat to the museum, Upper East Side, and Central Park. As with Chinese Pavilion, adjoeman (2004) and memantra (2005) profit from their surroundings by framing views of the city and reflecting the surrounding architecture.

“Now I find I can’t stop thinking about architecture. I can only blame the pursuit of abstraction,” Stella is quoted in the exhibition. Although none of his building proposals have been constructed, these two exhibitions put forth the argument that the number of years Stella has pursued architecture, and the scale of the sculptures he creates, give him knowledge and expertise in the architecture field. Although Painting into Architecture has closed, a 40-page, illustrated publication with an essay by Paul Goldberger is available at the museum’s bookshops. Frank Stella on the Roof is on view, weather permitting, through October 28.

Reports from the Field

Nevelson as Architect?

Event: The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend
Location: The Jewish Museum, through 09.16.07
Curator: Brooke Kamin Rapaport — Exhibition Curator, The Jewish Museum

Sky Cathedral Presence

Louise Nevelson’s Sky Cathedral Presence (1951-64).

Courtesy The Jewish Museum

Louise Nevelson (1899-1988), best known for her large monochromatic relief-like sculptures composed of found scraps of wood, was in her heyday considered the “grande dame of contemporary sculpture.” Always ill at ease with the category of sculpture, however, Nevelson claimed, “I don’t want to make sculpture and I don’t want to make paintings; I’m not looking to make anything… It’s almost like you are an architect that’s building through shadow and light and dark.” Restricting herself to the arrangement of found objects, Nevelson avoids “‘making’ in a strict sense, and focuses on the construction of relationships in light, shadow, and above all — meaning.”

In pieces such as Sky Cathedral Presence (1951-64) and Dawn’s Wedding Feast (1959), wood fragments are arranged within an irregular grid of box-like frames and painted to highlight an abstract definition of space through light and form. The meaning of the original found objects is thus subsumed into an abstract topography and open to interpretation. This sublimation is never absolute, however, as traces of narrative rumble below the surface in an elusive and subliminal fashion. For example, in her self-portrait, Silent Music IV (1964), and her Holocaust Memorial, Homage to 6,000,000 (1964), a regular grid structure serves to contain and mediate a series of fragmentary compositions, each of which recede into shadowy spaces. The traces of meaning found within each compartment evoke a collection of memories: the stories of a community, or the multiple aspects of a singular persona.

Through her obsessive endeavors to collect and reassemble fragments, Nevelson strikes a dynamic equilibrium between the tensions of form and content, rational and irrational. Beyond her use of light and shadow to define abstract form, Nevelson’s intuitive sense for structuring and facilitating relationships further aligns her work to that of the architect — but on an the ethical and poetic level, by constructing the frames through which human existence can express meaning.

Reports from the Field

Serra Seeks to Skew Perspective in MoMA Garden

Event: Richard Serra Sculpture: Forty Years
Location: Museum of Modern Art, through 09.10.07
Curators: Kynaston McShine — Chief Curator at Large, Museum of Modern Art; Lynne Cooke — Curator, Dia Art Foundation


Sequence (2006) by Richard Serra.

Photo by Lorenz Kienzle, courtesy Museum of Modern Art

Richard Serra’s massive sculptures, curved plates of rusted Cor-ten steel, appear velvety and tactile. Serra’s installations actively engage the viewer, inviting him or her to walk around the sculptures and experience the spaces created within. I resisted the urge to lean against the torqued surfaces (a similar grouping of Serra-created CorTen giants in the newly opened Seattle Sculpture Park by Weiss Manfredi Architects bears the mysterious and dire warning on an adjacent sign on no account to touch the rusty surface for fear of spoiling the alleged impact of those sculptures, according to a Chapter member newly returned from Seattle), but I recommend lying down on the floor in the middle of a sculpture to fully appreciate the undulating outline it creates.

In Richard Serra Sculpture: Forty Years, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) presents the artist’s 40-year career, from his early experiments with materials such as rubber, neon, and lead, to monumental late-career pieces, including Intersection II (1992) and Torqued Ellipse IV (1999), along with three new works that have never been exhibited before. Serra’s work is often site-specific, and intimately integrated with the landscape, according to some critics and observers. Even though this effect could not be achieved at MoMA, viewing two of the pieces outdoors in The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, offers a new perspective. Serra’s other large-scale pieces are on view in the Contemporary Galleries, an expansive, stark space that exaggerates the size of the work.

Sequence, a particularly engaging sculpture, is shaped like a double figure eight. Viewers wander through as if in a maze, unsure exactly where they will emerge. This is literally an exhibition you can get lost in — be sure to bring your cell phone in case you get separated from others in your party.

In Response

In the Winter 2005/06 issue of OCULUS magazine, the AIANY quarterly print magazine and sister publication to e-OCULUS, an article called “Epitaph for a Critic” by Sheri Olson, FAIA, described a dispute arising from a critical essay published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The National AIA Ethics Committee has issued a response in an effort to clarify the ethics debate begun by the original article. Click National Ethics Committee to OCULUS to download the AIA’s letter. To read the original article, “On Architecture: Mediocre apartment-retail building misses an opportunity to be a star,” 04/12/04, click the article’s title.

Editor's Soapbox

An Answer to Summertime Blues

Water Taxi Beach

The Water Taxi Beach.

Jessica Sheridan

I have just returned from vacation, so I thought I’d stay in my eased frame of mind and recommend a great location to retreat from the city without leaving it completely. The Water Taxi Beach is located in Long Island City across from midtown Manhattan. A short ferry ride from 34th Street, the beach offers sand, cocktails, picnic benches, beach volleyball court, and, most importantly, amazing views of the east side of Manhattan.

When I visited last week, I was surprised to find the beach relatively empty — something that is rare for a NYC beach in August. The sun was setting, music was playing, the neon palm tree was glowing… I could see Manhattan (a place where I find that if I don’t leave occasionally I get swallowed up by the hustle-and-bustle), yet the relaxed atmosphere allowed me to feel removed from the noise. Even so, I could still enjoy the beauty of the skyline as the sun went down and the lights turned on.

The Water Taxi Beach, operated by New York Waterways and Hunters Point Ferry Terminal, is open through Columbus Day, so there is still plenty of time to enjoy. If you choose not to take the water taxi, the beach can also be reached by subway, LIRR, bike, walking, or by car. Check the website for days and hours of operation.

In The News

In this issue:
·Next Stop: 125th and Harlem Park
·L Train Reaches Crescendo in Brooklyn
·Movement Shapes Bilbao
·Mammoth Chills in Permafrost Museum
·Crocker Triples, and Quadruples too
·Brown’s 1868 Green House is Moved to Make Way for “The Walk”
·A Rose by Another Name

Next Stop: 125th and Harlem Park

Harlem Park

Harlem Park.

Swanke Hayden Connell Architects

Swanke Hayden Connell Architects (SHCA) is designing the first major office project in Harlem in 30 years for Vornado Realty Trust. Harlem Park, a 600,000-square-foot, 21-story office tower at 125th Street and Park Avenue, will be comprised of stacked box forms, the top box to be illuminated at night. Set on an 85-foot podium, the 18-story main shaft of the tower features a unitized aluminum and glass curtainwall system with integrated vertical terra cotta color fins that create an enclosure echoing the predominant masonry construction of surrounding buildings. Adjacent to the Metro North stop, the building will contain approximately 82,000 square feet of retail space fronting both Park Avenue and 125th Street.

L Train Reaches a Crescendo in Brooklyn


Crescendo on the L Train.

Photo by Peter Peirce, courtesy Michael Ingui, AIA

In conjunction with a massive rehabilitation program launched in the 1980s, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Arts for Transit program was created to oversee a selection of artists and the installation of permanent artworks throughout subway and commuter rail stations. One of the latest projects to be realized is by artist and architect Michael Ingui, AIA. Crescendo, a site-specific glass installation for the East 105 Street subway station on the L line in Brooklyn. Three flattened two-dimensional panels depict intricate forms, gestures, and colors that capture the three-dimensional characteristics of the subway system. When viewed through one another, the panels accentuate the way commuters and subway trains interact. The panels are composed of two sheets of pigmented, etched, and laminated float glass.

Movement Shapes Bilbao

Campa de los Inglese

Aerial view of Campa de los Inglese park.

Balmori Associates

Bilbao Ria 2000 has awarded Balmori Associates and RTN Architects first prize in an open international competition to design the 6.2 acre Campa de los Inglese park in Abandoibarra. Symbolizing Bilbao’s contemporary urban development and architecture, it is also considered an open air, architectonic museum with buildings designed by Gehry Partners, Cesar Pelli & Associates, Robert A.M. Stern, Arata Isozaki & Associates, among others. The park, situated next to the Guggenheim Bilbao, completes the master plan for Abandoibarra designed by Balmori Associates in collaboration with Pelli Clark Pelli Architects and Aguinaga & Associates Architects.

Movement defines the design for the Campa de los Inglese park with undulating paths and curved terraces. The terraces, ramps, stairs, and walls flow into one another to sculpt a park that is integrated with the surrounding buildings and the water’s edge. Program is inserted in the terrace walls. Elliptical forms follow the terrace splits and act as the metaphoric “eyes” of the park defining activity nodes including a tapas bar, news café, and public restrooms. The park is expected to be complete in 2010.

Mammoth Chills in Permafrost Museum

World Mammoth and Permafrost Museum

World Mammoth and Permafrost Museum.

Leeser Architecture

The world’s second largest producer and exporter of diamonds will soon be home to the World Mammoth and Permafrost Museum designed by NY-based Leeser Architecture. The firm won the international competition for its low-impact, highly insulated design that responds to the extreme climate in Yakutsk, the capital of the Siberian Republic of Sakha-Yakutia. Rising 20 feet off the ground on structural supports, a minimal surface area in contact with the thermally sensitive permafrost enables as little heat transfer as possible. The museum’s translucent skin is patterned by the geometries of the permafrost, and its envelope is constructed of a super-insulated, double-glazed façade with an Aerogel lattice network between the glazing layers that traps gas in its silica pores slowing down heat energy transfer.

Inverted legs on the roof act as light collectors, capturing sunlight from the south and west. Light monitors, positioned to disrupt wind patterning and minimize snow drifting on the roof, regulate shades to prevent heat loss. Wind turbines and solar photovoltaic cells produce electricity reducing the building’s grid dependency. Ultimately, it is a perfect place to house the 18,000-year-old frozen mammoth, recently discovered in the area.

Crocker Triples, and Quadruples too

Crocker Art Museum

The Crocker Art Museum.

Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects

The Crocker Art Museum broke ground on an addition and renovation program that will triple its size to 170,000 square feet and quadruple the size of temporary exhibition space, luring “blockbuster” exhibitions to Sacramento, CA. In the 1980s, Edward Larrabee Barnes, FAIA, revamped the interior of the original Victorian Italianate mansion to create a modern exhibition space by introducing a pavilion link between the mansion and a circa 1969 Brutalist-style building. The Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects design sets off this ensemble with a three-story addition. The addition will introduce a two-story main entrance, museum store, café, and reception area opening onto a courtyard between the old and new structures. Also included are a 300-seat auditorium, public meeting rooms, education galleries and classrooms, art storage space, and offices for administrative, curatorial, and education staff. The grand opening is scheduled for 2010.

Brown’s 1868 Green House is Moved to Make Way for “The Walk”

Brown University Campus

Brown University’s “The Walk.”

R.M. Kliment & Frances Halsband Architects

Brown University’s historic Peter Green House, constructed in 1868, has been relocated 450 feet to make room for “The Walk,” part of a campus master plan designed by R.M. Kliment & Frances Halsband Architects. In collaboration with Todd Rader + Amy Crews, Architecture Landscape Architecture, The Walk transforms several blocks of parking lots, building support services, and mixed-use facilities into a series of linked green spaces joining the Brown University and Pembroke College campuses. The design approach grew out of an analysis of the existing campus, which is an example of classic American campus planning with buildings organized around open spaces. An extension of the historic campus core links the campuses while staying true to the original master plan. These open greens also are a setting for three proposed new academic buildings and several renovated buildings.

A Rose by Another Name

9-11 logo

Courtesy National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center

The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation has changed its name to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center — and has a new logo to prove it. The change is intended to more fully reflect 9/11 as a national tragedy that changed the course U.S. history. The Memorial & Museum will honor those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in NYC, PA, and at the Pentagon, as well as those killed in the World Trade Center bombing on February 26, 1993, and will continue to emphasize the site-specific nature of building a tribute at the World Trade Center site. The new logo, created by multidisciplinary design studio Number Seventeen, and the organization’s new website have been designed to raise awareness and funds for the creation of the memorial and museum.

As part of the awareness and fund raising efforts, a tribute that tells the story of 9/11 from the perspective of families, responders, survivors, volunteers, will next travel across the country. At each locale, the public will be invited to sign steel beams to be used in the construction of the memorial and museum. The first exhibition opens in Columbia, SC, on September 10, 2007.

Around the AIA + Center for Architecture

In this issue:
·Timeline Preserves American Women of Architecture
·Foundation Teaches Teachers How to Look at Architecture
·Passing: David Mandl, AIA
·NYC Housing Authority Lights Way in Brooklyn
·DOB Recruits Team to Monitor Construction
·OHNY Weekend 2007 Needs You
·Book Draws Line Between Computers and Pencils
·DVDs Highlight Trends in Senior Housing

Timeline Preserves American Women of Architecture
The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation has launched the American Women of Architecture — Timeline and interactive archive. The foundation’s mission is to expand knowledge and recognition of women’s contributions to architecture broadly defined to include landscape design, interior design, and urban design. The timeline is the first stage of an overall attempt to celebrate the names, biographies, and work of women who have contributed to the development of American architecture in the 20th century.

This is an open, collaborative effort. Once users register, they are able to add or edit data about a particular individual, or submit entries to a general bibliography on women in architecture. To participate click the link.

Foundation Teaches Teachers How to Look at Architecture

LIC Summer Session

A participant investigates an historic map of SoHo.

Tim Hayduk

The Center for Architecture Foundation was host to Lincoln Center Institute’s (LCI) Summer Session workshop, Architecture: Faces of Urban Change. On July 19, 10 teachers gathered at the Center for Architecture to learn about using architecture as a way of exploring Aesthetic Education methodology.

Maggie Reilly, the LCI Education Partner helped develop a workshop using University Village (Silver Towers), designed by I.M. Pei, FAIA (1996), as the focus of the day-long study. Through the introduction to the concept of figure/ground, participants were asked to sculpt building massings out of modeling clay. From this, they were able to explore how the nearly identical towers were grouped to maximize views, and how they relate to Bleecker Street and La Guardia Place while intentionally turning their back to West Houston Street. With the close inspection of Pei’s refined use of concrete and attention to detail, participants also discovered the careful site planning that maintains the street grid through pedestrian rights of way, a complex procession from the public realm to private space. Many had walked by the buildings “thousands of times” without realizing the merits of the complex’s design.

The investigation led to inquiries about why the buildings of University Village were built at their particular location. Participants researched the historical context of the site by analyzing maps, photographs, and books. A walking tour of the South Village helped answer many questions relating to the growth and decline of the neighborhood, the impact of urban renewal, and the role Robert Moses had in shaping this diverse urban landscape.

Passing: David Mandl, AIA
It is with deep sorrow that Meltzer/Mandl Architects shares the loss of David Mandl, AIA. After a near two-year fight with pancreatic cancer, Mandl passed away on August 4. As a skilled negotiator, he challenged colleagues to dig deeper and to fortify the substance of their designs, arguments, and reasoning. Those who knew him observed that Mandl had a unique sense of humor, razor-sharp intellect, close attention to detail, and the ability to command a room with his knowledge. Above all, Mandl had the special ability to encourage and inspire as a mentor.

Mandl was a pioneer in the field of adaptive re-use. Through his hard work, historic and other types of buildings that had been neglected or misused received new life and were given a new role in the fabric of the city. Mandl was versed in the complex matrix of NYC Department of Buildings’ (DOB) regulatory processes. At 45 Wall Street, Mandl and partner Marvin Meltzer, AIA, were the first architects to convert a downtown office building to a residence employing “Professional Certification,” a flagship DOB design review process. As a member of the NYC Model Building Code Program, Mandl’s knowledge was used to assess the impact of integrating higher standards of safety for residential buildings throughout the city.

A memorial service will be held in early October. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his honor to: The Pratt Institute — School of Architecture (210 Willoughby St., Suite 219, Brooklyn, NY 11205) where a future scholarship will be established in his name.

NYC Housing Authority Lights Way in Brooklyn
Saving money and electricity while reducing the amount of carbon dioxide released into the air is as easy as substituting one light bulb for another. The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is doing just that with a new pilot program recently launched at Boulevard and Linden Houses in the New Lots section of Brooklyn. As part of the Con Edison Electricity Demand Reduction Program, 12,000 standard light bulbs in the developments’ apartments, stairwells, and stairways are being replaced with Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs). The new bulbs will cost NYCHA almost nothing — Con Ed is subsidizing the program. More to the point, they will reduce the demand for electricity during the hottest summer months, when the need for electricity is greatest.

Eventually, the program will expand to cover 75 developments in the borough. When that happens, NYCHA will be responsible for reducing the amount of electricity used by an estimated 15,700,000 kilowatt-hours per year, according to Public Energy Solutions Vice-President Jay Roemer. The Linden/Boulevard project alone will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 366,000 pounds a year.

Note: The program may seem progressive, but read or re-read Linda G. Miller’s article, “How Many Scientists Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb? Read On” in this issue.

DOB Recruits Team to Monitor Construction
NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) Commissioner Patricia J. Lancaster, FAIA, plans to recruit 67 new employees to serve on special operations teams and supplement existing units charged with raising the bar for construction safety standards citywide. Using multi-disciplinary enforcement tactics to stop repeat offenders and abuses of construction site regulations, the new special operations teams and staff expand the DOB’s enforcement presence in the field, enhance the quality of its services, and crack down on builders who flout the law. The DOB is now accepting applications from those interested in joining the agency as an architect, engineer, inspector, lawyer, analyst, or investigator, and working to carry out the DOB’s Special Enforcement Plan. To learn more about the positions, log onto the DOB website and follow the link to “Career Opportunities.”

OHNY Weekend 2007 Needs You
This year marks the fifth annual openhousenewyork (OHNY) weekend, presented by Target, an event that opens doors city-wide to buildings, memorials, and landmarks. Volunteers are needed to assist site and program coordinators and help facilitate the weekend. They must be at least 18-years-old and attend one two-hour training session. For more information about OHNY, visit the website. Contact Audrey to volunteer. If you are interested in opening a site to the public for the weekend, which will take place October 6 and 7, contact Jessica to be included in the online program guide.

Book Draws Line Between Computers and Pencils
Cinemetrics: Architecture Drawing Today, by Brian McGrath, associate professor, and Jean Gardner, senior faculty, Parsons The New School for Design, is the first guidebook for computer-generated architectural drawing based on understanding how digital drawing fundamentally differs from mechanical drawing.

Cinemetrics assumes digital imaging technologies are the everyday experience of today’s media-saturated public. Architectural drawing is reconceived as a multi-dimensional informational system. The book is a basic text for multiple disciplines, including digital drawing courses at all levels; architectural, interior, landscape and urban design studios; architectural history and theory classes; foundation courses in art, design, and architecture; and film and media studies. For more information on Cinemetrics click the link.

DVDs Highlight Trends in Senior Housing
A series of educational DVDs on new trends in nursing homes/retirement villages aimed at architects, designers, investors, industry executives, town planers, and government officials is now available. The series highlights the best designs and buildings from more than 20 countries in the following categories: Nursing Homes; Design for Assisted Living, World’s Best Practice; Dementia/Memory Support; Continuous Care Retirement Communities; Retirement Villages; Active Adult Communities; and Rental/Serviced Apartments for Seniors. For more information or to order, please click here.

The Measure

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The Staten Island Ferry will be transformed into a floating radio station for eight days in September by the artist duo neuroTransmitter. A public art project, live on-air activity will include experimental sound performances and lectures by experts in the fields of marine biology, geography, radio, and sound art. NYC listeners will be able to pick up the air waves on WSIA 88.9FM, and international audiences can tune in via the FM Ferry website. Programs will be transmitted September 14-15, 20-22, and 27-29. How’s that for energizing the waterways?

Names in the News

The Preservation League of New York State announced the 2007 Excellence in Historic Preservation Award Recipients: Tsao & McKown’s River Lofts condominium project (Excellence in Historic Preservation); Robert A.M. Stern’s Excellence Charter School (Project Excellence); and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (organizational excellence)…

The fifth annual ARCHI-TECH AV Award winners include the Hearst Tower (architect: Foster + Partners, architect-of-record: Adamson Associates, interior architecture: Gensler) for Best Project Over $1 Million; and the New York City Office of Emergency Management (architect: Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, multimedia, telecommunications, acoustics, data consultant: Shen Milsom & Wilke)… The League of Historic American Theatres presented its 2007 Outstanding Individual Contribution Award to Craig Morrison, AIA

The Landmarks Preservation Commission announced that the City Council approved the appointment of Roberta Washington, FAIA, as a new Commissioner, and the reappointment of Chair Robert B. Tierney to a second term… Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning, will become dean of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University…

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners announced that Elizabeth R. Leber, AIA, has been promoted to Partner…WB Engineers | Consultants has appointed Constantine Siversky as a business development associate… Jenine Lepera Izzi has joined Kenneth Park Architects as the Director of Business Development for Corporate Architecture & Interiors… Sarah Natkins has joined Material ConneXion Inc. and Culture and Commerce Inc. as Director of Marketing and Communications…

New Deadlines

9.14.07 Submission: OUTRAGE!
NYC streets are littered with poorly maintained and decrepit newsracks. The Municipal Art Society invites you to submit photographs of the dirtiest, most unkempt, most repulsive newsracks in the city to help persuade elected officials to commit to repairing and maintaining them. Multiple photograph entries are welcome (amusing caption optional). Newsracks that are also illegally placed (within 15 feet of a fire-hydrant, in a bus-stop, within 5 feet of a corner area, etc.) will be given special consideration. The winner will be rewarded with a $100 gift certificate for Urban Center Books.

9.14.07 Submission: P/A Awards
The P/A Awards recognizes unbuilt projects demonstrating overall design excellence and innovation. All entries must be commissioned by paying clients for execution. Judging will take place in October 2007. Winners will be notified in November 2007, honored at a celebration in NY in January 2008, and published in the January 2008 issue of ARCHITECT. Architects and other design professionals practicing in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico may enter one or more submissions. Proposals may be for any location, but work must have been directed — and substantially executed — in offices in any one of those three countries.

9.15.07 Submission: Richard Blinder Award
The Richard Blinder Award, an award to honor the life and work of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners founding partner Richard Blinder, FAIA, will be presented bi-annually by the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation. The award will go to the best proposal exploring the preservation of an existing structure, complex of buildings, or genre of building type through addition, renovation, or other means for use for a cultural purpose. The subject of the submission may be a real project or a polemical exercise. The proposal must demonstrate that it fosters architectural preservation in the U.S. The award will not exceed $15,000. It will be granted to an architect holding a professional degree or a valid license to practice architecture. Grants are awarded only to individuals, not organizations or university-sponsored research projects.

9.25.07 Call for Nominations: 2008 YAF Advisory Committee
The National AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF) Advisory Committee (AdCom) is seeking to fill five positions for 2008. The committee provides multiple opportunities for leadership development, networking, funded travel, not to mention a vehicle for supporting and encouraging young architects nationwide. Nominees must be young architects (licensed within the last 10 years) for at least the first year of their term. The committee will make the selection for vice-chair, communications adviser, events adviser, public relations adviser, and regional liaison adviser in early October.

9.30.07 Call for Papers: Preserving New York — Then and Now
The New York Preservation Archive Project is calling for papers for a one-day symposium, titled Preserving New York — Then and Now, to be held on Saturday, February 16, 2008, at the Museum of the City of New York. The symposium will focus on issues that have inspired and shaped the preservation movement in NYC for nearly 100 years. Papers will be presented in panels, followed by a question and answer period. Proposals are encouraged that examine a range of topics, including, but not limited to: the role of the civic sector, individual preservationists, professionalism in preservation, the role of the media, aesthetic regulation vs. historical commemoration, and preservation advocacy and outreach efforts.

11.01.07 Call for Proposals: Milka Bliznakov Prize
Virginia Tech’s International Archive for Women in Architecture (IAWA), a departmental research and outreach center in the School of Architecture + Design, College of Architecture and Urban Studies, invites architects, scholars, and researchers to honor IAWA founder Milka Bliznakov through their research on women in architecture and related design fields. This annual prize of $1,000 is awarded following a two-stage process. The prize will be awarded to the completed project that best demonstrates an important advancement to the recognition of women’s contributions to architecture and the related design fields while encouraging the use and growth of the IAWA.

11.09.07 Competition: 2008 Pillars of the Industry Awards
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Multifamily is now accepting entries for the 2008 Pillars of the Industry Awards for multifamily housing. The annual awards honor recipients in more than 30 categories representing all facets of the multifamily housing industry. Since 1990 the awards have honored superior achievement in apartment and condominium design, development, marketing, and management. Winners will be recognized at an awards gala held in conjunction with NAHB’s Pillars of the Industry Conference, held on April 2, 2008, at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 9; entry binders are due Dec. 7.

On View

Gallery Hours
Monday–Friday: 9:00am–8:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am–5:00pm, Sunday: CLOSED

Join an Architalker for a Hosted Tour of Center for Architecture

Join us for free Architalker-hosted tours of the Center for Architecture exhibitions Fridays at 4:00pm. To join one of these tours, meet in the Public Resource Area on the ground floor of the Center for Architecture.

The Center for Architecture will be hosting FringeNYC 2007 from Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 26. Exhibitions located in the Mezzanine, Judith and Walter Hunt, KPF, HLW, South Galleries and Tafel Hall will have limited viewing hours. The exhibitions will be open for viewing during the following times:

8/21, 9am to 12pm
8/22, 9am to 12pm
8/23, 9am to 8pm
8/24, 9am to 12pm
8/25, 11am to 12pm

For more information on FringeNYC, please visit www.fringenyc.org


August 23 — October 27, 2007

New Practices London

Galleries: Judith and Walter Hunt Gallery, Mezzanine Gallery

The Future of the Architecture Profession in London. The exhibition features young firms whose work shows invention and promise. New Practices London is organized by the AIA New York Chapter’s Center for Architecture in collaboration with The Architecture Foundation in London.

6a Architects
Carmody Groarke
Ullmayer Sylvester Architects
Witherford Watson Mann Architects

Exhibition Design:
Gage/Clemenceau Architects

Organized by:
AIA New York Chapter in collaboration with The Architecture Foundation in London.

Related Programming Organized by:
Center for Architecture in collaboration with the AIA New York Chapter’s New Practices Committee and the AIA New York Chapter’s International Committee and the Center for Architecture Foundation

Media Partners: The Architect’s Newspaper

Related Events

Wednesday, August 22, 2007
New Practices London and New York: Milieus and Methods

Thursday, August 23, 2007, 6:00 — 9:00pm
Exhibition Opening Party

Saturday, September 15, 2007, 1:00 — 4:00pm

FamilyDay@TheCenter: Design Your Own Exhibition
Organized by the Center for Architecture Foundation

Tuesday, October 16, 2007, 6:00 — 9:00pm
New Practices London Symposium

Super-Model Lecture Series
AIA New York Chapter’s New Practices Roundtable presents an exploration of innovative models of architectural and design practice.

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007, 6:00 — 8:00pm
MEDI_20—100, Medium Size Firms Compare

Tuesday November 6, 2007, 6:00 — 8:00pm
MINI_1-20, small firms means & methods

Thursday, December 6, 2007, 6:00 — 8:00pm
Exfoliation- RE-GENERATION

Exhibition Underwriter:

*Opening presented as part of the SKYY90 Diamond Design Series


OS Fabrication & Design, The Conran Shop

Fountainhead Construction
MG & Company
Microsol Resources
Structural Enterprises

Barefoot Wines
Cosentini Associates
Delta Faucet Company
Perkins Eastman & Partners

July 23 — September 1, 2007

Art Commission Awards for Excellence in Design

Galleries: Street Gallery, Public Resource Center, Gerald D Hines Gallery

This exhibition showcases the winners of the Art Commission’s 25th annual Awards for Excellence in Design. The 10 award-winning projects were selected by the members of the Art Commission from the hundreds of public art, architecture and landscape architecture projects reviewed during 2006.

Established in 1898, the Art Commission is New York City ’s design review agency; it is composed of 11 members, including an architect, landscape architect, painter and sculptor as well as representatives of the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Public Library.

Organized by:
the AIA New York Chapter and the Art Commission of the City of New York

Design: Pentagram

Exhibition Patron:

Exhibition support provided in part by the George Lewis Fund

July 19 – October 19, 2007

arch schools: r(each)ing out

Galleries: Kohn Pedersen Fox Gallery, HLW Gallery, South Gallery

Last September, leading New York area architecture schools participated in an exhibition that set out to foster a closer connection between the schools, students, and the profession.

This summer will feature our third annual architecture schools exhibition, arch schools: r[each]ing out, devoted exclusively to the work of students. The AIA New York Chapter’s annual architecture schools exhibition demonstrates exemplary student work representing the 9 New York area architecture schools, whose deans sit on the Board of the AIA New York Chapter, and 8 invited schools, including the four interiors design programs in New York City. The schools are asked to submit work related to the 2007 New York Chapter’s presidential theme “Architecture Inside/Out”.

Participating Schools:

The City College of New York (CUNY)
Columbia University
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Cornell University
New Jersey Institute of Technology
New York Institute of Technology
New York School of Interior Design
Parsons the New School for Design
Pratt Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
School of Visual Arts
Syracuse University
University at Buffalo (SUNY)
University of Pennsylvania
Yale University

Exhibition and related programming organized by the AIA New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation


Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Beyer Binder Belle: Architects & Planners
Butler Rogers Baskett Architects
Francois de Menil Architect
Gabellini Sheppard Associates
Mancini Duffy
Terrence O’Neal Architect

Related Events

Friday, September 14, 2007, 7:00 –– 9:00pm
AIAS Event

Monday, September 24, 2007, 6:00 –– 9:00pm
Deans Roundtable and Reception

Monday, October 1, 2007, 6:00 – 8:00pm
2007 Dean’s Forum

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 9:00pm – 2:00am

May 31-August 25, 2007

The Park at the Center of the World: Five Visions for Governors Island

Galleries: Edgar A. Tafel Hall

Five Visions for Governors Island

The exhibition features five landscape architecture and architecture teams selected to present their design visions for the future open spaces on Governors Island, the 172 acre Island off the tip of Manhattan. Governors Island’s open space will include the two mile Great Promenade that provides outstanding views of Lower Manhattan and New York Harbor, a new park, and restoration of the landscape in the Island’s National Historic District. Showcasing conceptual and illustrative designs by the five teams for the open space of Governors Island, the exhibition provides a platform for public feedback before the jury will take place in late June 2007. A design team will be selected by mid summer.

Exhibition related programming organized by American Institute of Architects Planning & Urban Design Committee , American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter, Center for Architecture Foundation and Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC)

Exhibition Designer: Freecell
Exhibition Graphics: WSDIA | WeShouldDoItAll

For a list of the teams click here.

June 2nd – September 2nd on Governors Island
Governors Island is open for visitors every Saturday and Sunday. (For ferry schedule and other information log onto www.govisland.com)

Sponsored by: Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC)

Related Events

Panel discussion with winning team date tba

Saturday, August 11, 2007, 9:45 - 11:30 AM
Governors Island Walking Tour & Scavenger Hunt
To Register: 212.358.6133

On View

Exhibition Announcements

Choreographing Space

Choreographing Space installation.

e+i architecture

Choreographing Space

Architect/Choreographer Eva Perez de Vega Steele and architect Ian Gordon, who collaborate as e+i architecture, have been awarded a grant by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council to produce Choreographing Space, a site-specific installation that explores the intersection of architecture, dance, and the moving image. The project merges built form, dance performance, and films by emerging choreographers. By enveloping the gallery space with an interactive mesh capable of transformation, the project becomes both architectural space and performance event that engages performers and viewers, oscillating between static and dynamic states. Free performances occur every Saturday at 6:00pm, and the installation is on view Thursdays and Saturdays, 12:00-7:00pm, and Fridays 6:00-8:00pm.

145 Nassau Street
Between Spruce Street and Beekman Street, Manhattan, NYC


Isamu Kenmochi and Isamu Noguchi seated together on Basket Chair, 1950.

Photograph by Michio Noguchi, courtesy The Noguchi Museum

9.20.07 through 03.16.08
Design: Isamu Noguchi and Isamu Kenmochi

This exhibition looks closely at the friendship and collaboration between designer Isamu Kenmochi, who is credited with creating the “Japanese modern” style, and Isamu Noguchi, acclaimed sculptor and designer. Some 85 items borrowed from collections in the U.S. and Japan, as well as two specially created replicas of now-lost chairs, are on display. Together, the furniture, design objects, drawings, and photographs show how Kenmochi and Noguchi systematically pushed the boundaries that separated both tradition from modernism and hand crafting from mechanical production.

The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard) Long Island City, NYC


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AIANY Membership Report


The AIANY Chapter wants to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to all who renewed membership this year. The chapter’s growth and long-term health is in your hands and we appreciate your support!

Those who are not currently members, we encourage you to consider the benefits. In addition to architects, we welcome the public, students, and professionals in related industries. Visit our membership page online for further information.

The AIA New York Chapter Membership Benefits Task Force has been meeting regularly and working to extend the benefits that are being offered. New programs include a resource collection of Architecture Firm Portfolios in the library, partnerships for member discounts with the Museum of the City of New York and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and a purchasing discount program with Kaplan AEC. We hope that you will take advantage of these new opportunities; suggest other ideas for the Chapter to puruse, or join the committee to help implement new perks for the future. Please contact Suzanne Mecs, Director of Membership, with any questions.

New Architect Members: Michael Jonah Altschuler, AIA, Michael J. Altschuler, Architect | Matthias R. Altwicker, AIA, AB Architekten | Paul C. Bailey, AIA, Perkins Eastman & Partners | Jeffrey Burke, AIA, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP | Ivan Chabra, AIA, Parsons The New School of Design | Natalie S.-W. Cheng, AIA, Alta Architecture P.C. | Jill S. Edelman, AIA, FXFOWLE Architects | Michael Even, AIA, Em Design Group | Mark G. Fiedler, AIA, Fiedler Marciano | Eugene Flotteron, AIA, Swig Equities. LLC | Robert Scott Franks, AIA, Stonehill & Taylor Architects and Planners | Mark Gage, AIA, Mark Foster Gage-Architecture & Design | Sara A. Grant, AIA, Murphy Burnham & Buttrick, LLP | Terence D. Hairston, AIA, Terence Hairston Architect | Anne-Sophie Hall, AIA, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP | Jian Hei, AIA, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners | Stephan Jaklitsch, AIA, Stephan Jaklitsch Architects PC | Harry Junger, AIA, Junger Architects | Brian Kaminsky, AIA, SBLM Architects | Wade H. Laing, AIA, Gensler | Jinseuk Lee, AIA, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, P.C. | William K.Y. Leung, AIA, Array | Steven B. Levine, AIA, LBS Associates | Eric Lifton, AIA, MESH Architecture | Stephen Matkovits, AIA, Handel Architects LLP | Thomas McKay, AIA, McKay Architecture & Design | Amanda McNally, AIA, Beyer Blinder Belle: Architects & Planners | Rick Migliorelli, AIA, Ann Taylor Inc. | Richard A. Miller, AIA, Beyer Blinder Belle: Architects & Planners | Nancie N. Min, AIA, Blue Pentagram NYC, LLC | Josef M. Prini, AIA, Josef Prini Associates LLC | Erich Schoenenberger, AIA, su11 Architecture & Design PLLC | Stephen M Starensier, AIA, Hope Community Corporate | Neal-James Stufano, AIA, MacAndrews and Forbes, Inc. | Trent Tesch, AIA, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, P.C. | William Tims, AIA, Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group | Yung G. Wang, AIA, Y G Wang Architect | Lee J. Washesky, AIA, Rafael Vinoly Architects P.C. | Henry Weintraub, AIA, Howard B. Spivak Architect P.C. | Chia Hwei Yen, AIA, Robert A.M. Stern Architects | Kirsten Elaine Youngren, AIA, Tonetti Associates Architects, PC | Jinling Yu, AIA, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

The following individuals have recently upgraded to Architect Level membership: Nicholas P. Colello, AIA, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects | Anne Rachel Goulet, AIA, Stephen B. Jacobs Group, PC | Delia Nevola, AIA, Goshow Architects | Ruangpong (Ron) Rodpracha, AIA, EDI Architecture, Inc.

New Associate Members: Kanan Ajmera, Assoc. AIA, Cooper Robertson & Partners | Ebraheem N. Alforaih, Assoc. AIA, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP | Lori A. Apfel, Assoc. AIA, Costas Kondylis and Partners | Joseph A. Auld, Assoc. AIA, Volunteers Of America Greater New York | Craig L. Bacheller, II, Assoc. AIA, Assemblages | Jimmy Barnes, Assoc. AIA, Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum, P.C. | Matthew J. Beary, Assoc. AIA, Barbara Marks Architect | David E. Bench, Assoc. AIA, Richard Meier & Partners LLP | Marga Bergman, Assoc. AIA, A/R Architects LLP | Steven R. Butler, Assoc. AIA, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP | Breanna Alexia Carlson, Assoc. AIA, bStudio | Tsan Ming Simon Chan, Assoc. AIA, Ted Moudis Associates | Ting Chin, Assoc. AIA, TPG Architecture, LLP | Daeyoung Choi, Assoc. AIA, Cooper Robertson & Partners | Sergey Chudin, Assoc. AIA, Stantec | Naphtali Deutsch, Assoc. AIA | Xyrus John Nava Diego, Assoc. AIA | La’Quel Y. Edness, Assoc. AIA, Mancini Duffy | Bronwyn Hannah Evans, Assoc. AIA, New York City Transit Authority | Eric Fauerbach, Assoc. AIA, BLL, Inc. | Gudmunda Geirmundsdottir, Assoc. AIA, Platt Byard Dovell White Architects | Giovanni Gioia, Assoc. AIA, Ismael Leyva Architects, PC | Sally C. Greene, Assoc. AIA, Artemis Development | Shani Gurevich, Assoc. AIA, New York City Transit Authority | Daniel Hawes, Assoc. AIA, Mullman Seidman Architects | Kevin Patrick Homier, Assoc. AIA, SBLM Architects | Milenko Ivanovic, Assoc. AIA, Cannon Design | Mitchell W. Joachim, Assoc. AIA, Terreform | Kylie M. Kaiser, Assoc. AIA, Gensler | Adela Kalenja, Assoc. AIA, Rafael Vinoly Architects P.C. | Robyne S. Kassen, Assoc. AIA, Pedestrian Studio LLC | Kenneth M. Lake, Assoc. AIA, Andrew Bartle Architects, P.C. | Christopher Maurer, Assoc. AIA, StudioMDA | Wibowo Muljono, Assoc. AIA, Gensler | Alysa Nahmias, Assoc. AIA, RMJM Hillier | Buyachi Ndengu, Assoc. AIA, Hoffmann Architects | Cindy Ng, Assoc. AIA, BL Companies | Gregory Okshteyn, Assoc. AIA, Studios Go, Inc. | Vivian I. Okwuagwu, Assoc. AIA, The Louis Berger Group Inc. | Mikako Oshima, Assoc. AIA, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP | Albrecht Pichler, Assoc. AIA, Hart Howerton Architect | Ritu Saheb, Assoc. AIA | Monika Sarac, Assoc. AIA, FXFOWLE Architects | Michael F. Sargent, Assoc. AIA, Arquitectonica | Scott John Sassano, Assoc. AIA, SBLM Architects | Monica F. Schaffer, Assoc. AIA, Satellier | Hilary Kathryn Scruggs, Assoc. AIA, Atelier 1980 | Adam Semel, Assoc. AIA, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP | Natalie Marie Severson, Assoc. AIA, Ronnette Riley Architect | Marjorie Sobylak, Assoc. AIA, Mancini Duffy | Nina M. Stern, Assoc. AIA, Rockwell Group | Steven I. Super, Assoc. AIA, Steven I. Super, Counselor at Law | Shawn C. Walsh, Assoc. AIA, Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design

New International Associate Members: Olivio A. Capellan, Int’l Assoc. AIA, Gordon Kahn and Associates | Rosanne Dube, Int’l Assoc. AIA, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects | Stuart Jon Traynor, Int’l Assoc. AIA, Davis Brody Bond, LLP

Reinstated Members: Sara Agrest, AIA, FXFOWLE Architects | Anthony C. Baker, AIA, Anthony C. Baker, Architects & Planners, P.C. | Salvador Behar, AIA, Perkins Eastman & Partners | George Chin, AIA, Sydness Architects, P.C. | James Cockinos, AIA, Merritt & Harris, Inc. | Brian Joseph Connolly, AIA, Zivkovic Associates Architects | Craig G. Copeland, AIA, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects | Christopher David Ernst, AIA, Cooper Carry Architecture | Bahaar F. Faquih, Int’l Assoc. AIA, Faquih and Associates | Kaif F. Faquih, Int’l Assoc. AIA, Faquih and Associates | Brian A. Ferrier, AIA, Butler Rogers Baskett Architects P.C. | Michael M. Fieldman, FAIA, Michael Fieldman, Architect | Thomas Fraehmke, AIA, American Continental Properties | Max Gordon, AIA, Marcus and Millichap | Robert F. Herrmann, Menaker & Herrmann, LLP | Yong Huang, AIA, Kohnke Architects, P.C. | Raymond Irrera, AIA, Gonchor Karlsberger | Stephen Kagel, AIA, Haks Engineers and Land Surveyors | Robert Alan Klein, AIA, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects | Wade H. Laing, AIA, Gensler | Diane Lewis, AIA, Diane Lewis Architects | Joel Martin Napach, AIA, GKN Architects | Michael A. Rodriguez, AIA, Rodriguez Architectural Studio PC | Joel Sanders, AIA, Joel Sanders Architect | Klaus Schmitt, Assoc. AIA, Ehrenkrantz, Eckstut & Kuhn, Architects | Ranabir Sengupta, AIA, Urbahn Associates, Inc | Abbas A. Shah, AIA, Empiretech Consulting Associates, Inc. | Anthony Sieverding, AIA, Davis Brody Bond, LLP | James P Simon, AIA, Gensler | Burt Stern, AIA, Burt L. Stern, AIA Architect | Michael Thoma, AIA, Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum, P.C. | Charlotte Worthy, AIA, John B. Murray Architect, LLC | Svetislav Zivkovic, AIA, Zivkovic Associates Architects

Congratulations to these longtime members who have upgraded to Emeritus Status: Raymond Vasques Gomez, Jr., AIA, RGA Architects and Planners | J. Arvid Klein, FAIA | Kenneth H. Walker, FAIA, Walker Group Designs

New Steel Corporate Members: Architectural Grille: Anthony Giumenta, Jr., Stephen Giumenta | Bulthaup Corporation: Stephanie Badillo, Ute Mack | Microdesk: Luis Couto

New Aluminum Corporate Members: American Bluestone LLC: Deborah J. McDuffey, Robert M. McDuffey, Ryan McDuffey | Acme Architectural Walls: Marc Teich | Credit Suisse First Boston: Chantal Hintermann | Jerome S. Gillman Consulting: Larry Gillman | Swiss House for Advanced Research and Education — SHARE: Christoph A. von Arb | W. B. Engineering & Consulting PLLC: Julie Pampuch


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RAND Engineering & Architecture seeks architect to manage large, multifaceted projects (exterior/interior, M/E/P, structural) for residential and commercial buildings. Review plans, coordinate tasks/schedules, client interaction. Strong design, project planning, communication skills required. Resume, salary requirements: hr@randpc.com. www.randpc.com.


RAND Engineering & Architecture, PC, a fast-growing 75-person Midtown firm, is seeking an architect to conduct building surveys for exterior and interior building systems and prepare reports for capital improvement planning. Knowledge of NYC Building Code, building design from various eras, and strong writing skills required. R.A. license a plus.

Rand offers a comprehensive benefits package that features health and dental coverage, a vision plan, a 401(k) retirement plan with company match, long-term disability, life insurance, and educational opportunities.

Applicants should send resumes and salary requirements to hr@randpc.com or by fax to (212) 691-7972. Please reference ad PCS-0708. www.randpc.com

Senior Landscape Designer for International Practice

The New York City office of one of the largest US-based planning/landscape practices seeks a leader for the landscape portion of their practice. The practice of eight professionals is embedded within a larger design firm that offers many other services. But the Planning/landscape practice is one of the most successful: it has several high profile clients and projects around the New York metro area as well as a few in other parts of the world. As part of a group of over 100 planning, landscape and urban design professionals, the New York office contributes to a portfolio where about 70% of the work is on standalone projects: the remainder are projects where planning, landscape architecture or urban design are integral to projects also requiring the other services of the parent. About half of the work of the group is built work. About half of the work is domestic and half international.

The practice is varied, so as a designer, you would need to be able to work at a variety of scales for a variety of client types from developers, to large corporations, to municipalities and colleges and universities. You should be able to demonstrate leadership ability, since half of the New York practice is comprised of landscape architects who are in search of a mentor. Your leadership abilities should extend beyond the management of the small team, to include a project and business development focus as well, though the latter would not be a large portion of your responsibilities.

By joining this team, you’d be part of a unified collection of experienced individuals who are enthusiastic and entrepreneurial. If you have a Masters in Landscape Architecture and would like to explore the possible directions this positions could take your career, as well as obtain more information, please send your resume in confidence to mary@breuerconsulting.com.

PM/Leader for significant design firm with a new office in New York City

One of the nation’s most respected design firms quietly opened a New York City office at the end of last year. Now with seven people, the office has multiple opportunities for new work… primarily with very prominent clients with complex programs. They are seeking an individual who can bring at least 10 years of predominantly New York experience to the mix in the office and potentially lead the practice within the next couple of years.

If you are a registered architect who is ready to display leadership within the context of one of the nation’s best design firms, this could be an excellent career move for you. Warning: this firm is understandably careful in selecting its team members. You should have worked for a firm with outstanding credentials… particularly in the institutional community (e.g. colleges and universities, museums, labs, healthcare) and your own background must be able to demonstrate an ability to organize complex projects and assume a leadership role quickly. If you would like to learn more, please send your resume in confidence to maryboltz@breuerconsutling.com

Callison: A World of Design Opportunity


Callison is an international architecture firm focused on excellence, in design and client service. The New York office, which services the Retail, Corporate Workplace and Mixed Use markets, is growing and seeks talented:

Project Managers
Project Architects
Interior Designers

We offer competitive salary, full medical and dental / vision, 401(k) / profit sharing, transit subsidies, and a great location! See how you can join us on our journey by visiting us at www.callison.com Email resume to employment@callison.com

We are an Affirmative Action/EEO Employer who values workplace diversity.


Rapidly expanding, award winning NYC firm specializing in boutique hotels and large-scale residential projects throughout North America has multiple openings for Intermediate and Senior Project Managers/Job Captains for large and medium scale projects. AutoCAD proficiency, experience with client contact, consultant coordination a must.

Excellent benefits, salary commensurate with experience. Email resume to H. Weber: contactus@SBJgroup.com

Design Office Coordinator
Pentagram Design seeks an energetic and motivated Office Coordinator for its New York studio. F/T position includes benefits and has growth potential. Salary based on experience. Available immediately. Please send PDF resume/cover letter to apply@pentagram.com.

Architecture–Project Manager
Nationally recognized health/science practice seeks Project Manager to join our NYC-based team. Masters or Bachelors Degree in Architecture a must. 8–10 years experience in research/hospital design required. Communications skills/computer design software proficiency required. E-mail resume: nyhr@karlsberger.com

Architecture–Junior Project Designer
Karlsberger seeks junior project designer to join our NYC-based health/science practice. Masters or Bachelors Degree in Architecture a must. 1-3 years experience in research/healthcare design preferred. Communications skills and computer design software proficiency required. E-mail resume: nyhr@karlsberger.com


The Pratt Center for Community Development works for a more just, equitable and sustainable city for all New Yorkers, by empowering communities to plan for and realize their futures. We seek an architect to provide architectural services to not-for-profit, community-based organizations in New York City.

For a detailed position description, requirements and application procedures, please visit our website at www.pratt.edu/jobs. For more information about Pratt Center, please visit www.prattcenter.net.

Pratt Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

Seeking Landscape Architect with strong graphic, design and technical skills for position in an established office with a diverse range of projects: parks, campuses, public art, waterfront, rooftops and cultural facilities.

Entry level to 3 years experience. Degree in Landscape Architecture required. Architecture graduates with landscape experience will be considered.

Proficiency in AutoCad, digital graphic programs, 3D modeling/computer rendering essential.

Email resume and images of design work, rendering, and AutoCad.

Andrew Moore
Quennell Rothschild and Partners


Urbahn Architects is seeking an architect with 7+ years experience, with skills in design, technical production and construction administration for a range of projects, with particular expertise in transportation facilities. Must be organized, self-starter, with writing abilities and computer skills. AutoCAD knowledge required.

Urbahn specializes in several building types, including school and university, justice, healthcare, research and transportation. The firm is renowned for excellent design and service to large institutions. Competitive salary and benefits offered, with opportunity for growth and development.

EEO-A/A. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Please send resume to:
Urbahn Architects
49 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018
Att: Alix Caffuzzi
Fax: 212.563.5621


hanrahanMeyers architects are interviewing qualified candidates for a full-time project architect position. Qualified candidates need a minimum 2 years of working drawing experience.

Candidates can either U.S. mail hard copies or e-mail following our REQUIRED PDF FORMAT:

Visit http://www.hanrahanMeyers.com and click on ‘work for hMa’ for detailed application instructions.

Do not call the hMa office or come in person without a scheduled interview.

hMa offers competitive pay packages and full benefits to their employees.

BFI Construction Corp.
Construction Managers – General Contractors

NYC commercial, retail, and high-end residential renovation and construction. From pre-construction to occupancy call or email so we many work with you on your next project.

Jon P. Mendelson VP New Business Development
212-929-3610 jon@bficc.com

Senior Architect/Project Manager

Minimum 15 years experience, license preferred.

Award-winning mid-size firm seeking talented and experienced architects for leadership on significant mixed-use urban projects. CAD proficiency, design and construction document experience required. Congenial, design-oriented office specializing in sustainable ‘Green’ design, housing, community development and schools. Good benefits + salary with growth opportunity.

Please email resume and salary requirements to Lrondon@maparchitects.com

NBBJ, a leading global architecture firm, has growth opportunities for qualified Intermediate and Senior level Architects, Project Managers, and Interior Designers to join teams working on Corp/Comm, Sci/Ed and Healthcare projects regionally and internationally. To apply, please visit http://www.nbbj.com/whoweare/careers/joblistings.htm.

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