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Reports from the Field

In this issue:
· 9/11, Nine Years Later
· ARCHIPELAGOS: Living the Non-American Dream
· Aviation Goes to the Mall
· Iran’s Architecture: Beyond Mystiques, Monuments, and Mullahs

Reports from the Field

9/11, Nine Years Later


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ARCHIPELAGOS: Living the Non-American Dream

Event: New Practices New York 2010 Winner Presentation: ARCHIPELAGOS
Location: Center for Architecture, 09.02.10
Speaker: Jonus Ademovic — Director, ARCHIPELAGOS
Sponsors: Lead Sponsors:Dornbracht, MG & Company; Valiant Technology; Sponsors: Espasso; Hafele; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Media Sponsor: The Architect’s Newspaper


Academy of Performing Arts, Sarajevo, Bosnia.


While studying architecture in his native Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jonus Ademovic’s independent spirit prompted a professor to suggest he work in America. He balked at the idea, but was soon forced to flee his country during the Bosnian war and become a refugee in NYC. Though he considers it home now, Ademovic views the city like a “foster parent” because acceptance hasn’t come easy. His immigration caseworker laughed at his desire to practice architecture, but after tending bar and working odd jobs, he was admitted to the master’s program at The Cooper Union, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture.

In 2006, Ademovic achieved his dream — and perhaps the ultimate American dream — of starting his own practice, which is one of this year’s New Practices New York award recipients. The name ARCHIPELAGOS hints at the collaborative nature of the small firm, which was bolstered by connections within the local community of Astoria, Queens. Most work came by word-of-mouth in the neighborhood, including renovations of many restaurant, bars, and gyms.

Since then, ARCHIPELAGOS has moved to Manhattan and won larger commissions both throughout the city and internationally. The firm recently won a competition to design the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo, Bosnia, where the film industry is booming. Lower-level glazing and a meandering ramp system draw passersby into the building, which features stages and TV studios along with requisite classrooms.

Ademovic’s connections to his native region still run strong. In addition to competitions, he is working on a book about projects in post-war Slovenia. Despite the initial roadblocks encountered, he seemed hesitant when asked if he’ll ever leave NYC.

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Reports from the Field

Aviation Goes to the Mall

Event: Transportation Retail: Planning, Design and Construction
Location: Center for Architecture, 09.10.10
Speakers: Kate Coburn — Principal, AECOM; Carrol Bennett — General Manager, Real Estate Development, Port Authority of NY & NJ; Stephen L. Dwoskin, AIA — Design Principal, Callison Architecture; Ellery Plowman — Vice President, Business Development & Leasing, Westfield Concession Management; Steve Dumas — Senior Vice President, Retail Design & Tenant Coordination, Westfield Concession Management; Andy Frankl — President, IBEX Construction
Introduction: Robert Eisenstat, AIA, LEED AP — Assistant Chief Architect, Design Division, Engineering Department, Port Authority of NY & NJ
Moderator: Bill Fife — Principal, The Fife Group & Aviation Council Chair, Transportation & Development Institute, ASCE
Organizers: AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee


JFK’s JetBlue terminal, designed by Gensler.

Photo by Prakash Patel

Air travel has changed drastically over recent decades, and not generally for the better. Rather than glamour, excitement, and optimism, flying today means delays and difficulties. Retailers and developers are adjusting to these conditions by turning airport concourses and similar spaces into multifunction malls where the traveler can find diversion and information as well as all manner of merchandise.

Rising fuel costs and other economic trends have driven airlines to cut back on once-routine amenities. “Aviation retail is just a small piece of it,” said moderator Bill Fife, an aviation consultant. But “it’s what’s keeping many airports alive.” This field has evolved beyond the days of “high-priced hot dogs [and] rip-off retail,” Fife noted. The sector is now huge — $4.8 billion in 2009 at airports alone, according to AECOM’s Kate Coburn — and involves global brands, diverse food options, and specialty services. Development, design, and operations need to take these scales and trends into account, along with post-9/11 security concerns. Since Transportation Security Administration procedures have changed passengers’ behavior, contemporary airport design places more retail on the air side of the security checkpoint; since no one lingers in the pre-security zone any more, and increasing flight delays mean passengers have more time on their hands once they’re between the scanners and the gate.

To fill that time and stimulate commerce, airports are including short-lease popup stores, sponsored entertainment, and locally specific attractions (fresh cheese and an airport library in Amsterdam; chic restaurants at JFK’s JetBlue terminal, where, as IBEX’s Andy Frankl said, “The idea was to change the need to go to the airport to [a] want to go to the airport.”). Cities and transit authorities increasingly rely on public-private partnership models to focus expertise. Facilities must balance commercial imperatives with practical concerns: wayfinding, neighborhood demographics, travel patterns. Some floor plans “create a meander” to maximize revenue, as Westfield’s Steve Dumas described in reference to O’Hare’s revamped Terminal 5. Callison’s Steve Dwoskin described “transportation-oriented food [as] a better mousetrap to be invented;” as inflight dining for most passengers is becoming extinct, London restaurateur Gordon Ramsay’s “plane food” in sturdy reusable carry-on pouches represents a match of opportunity and invention.

Perhaps the best news for the New York region is the Port Authority’s plan to upgrade both the midtown and George Washington Bridge bus terminals. For the former, said General Manager of Real Estate Development Carrol Bennett, the authority is close to signing a lease with Vornado Realty Trust for a north-wing expansion. For the latter, an interior renovation is now in the design stage, bringing much-needed improvements in lighting, signage, bus-traffic efficiency, and local employment. She expects this project to reach completion around 2013.

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Reports from the Field

Iran’s Architecture: Beyond Mystiques, Monuments, and Mullahs

Event: Iran Old and New — Architecture from Cyrus the Great to the Present
Location: Center for Architecture, 09.01.10
Speakers: James McCullar, FAIA — Principal, James McCullar & Associates Architects; Ali Akbar Saremi — Architect & Professor, Tehran University; Mahvash Mehr Afshar — Head of Board of Directors, Tavon Consulting Engineering, Tehran; Noushin Ehsan, AIA — Chair, AIANY Global Dialogues Committee;
Introduction: Theodore Liebman, FAIA — Principal, Perkins Eastman
Organizers: AIANY Global Dialogues Committee


Sheikh Lotfallah Mosque, Isfahan, Iran.

Nicolas Hadjisavvas

Since the 1979 Iranian revolution replaced the secular Pahlavi dynasty with a Shi’ite regime, Iran’s government has been frequently in the news, but the nation’s culture, history, and architecture have been largely invisible to Westerners. Contrary to some expectations, creative design is alive and well in Iran; the national heritage inspires a loyalty that runs much deeper than politics.

Iran and AIANY have strong ties; James McCullar, FAIA, past president of AIANY, has traveled there extensively. McCullar’s slides from Persepolis and Isfahan provided a historical background through the Islamic conquest and the rule of Safavid emperor Shah Abbas, who moved the capital to Isfahan in 1598 and began an extensive building program. Noted for its four-gated Naghsh-e Jahan Square, several mosques (particularly the Shah Mosque and the Friday Mosque, probably a 14th-century building), the Grand Bazaar, a well-preserved synagogue, and other features built during and after the city’s ascendancy under Shah Abbas, Isfahan offers timeless lessons in urban planning and sustainable construction appropriate to a demanding arid environment.

Ali Akbar Saremi, architect and professor at Tehran University, continued the chronology through the 19th century, when Iranians traveled to France and England to study military engineering during a war with Russia, expanding intercultural exchanges and bringing eclectic effects into Iranian architecture that would last into the next century. European and Persian influences mingled, Saremi noted, affecting Iranian ornamentation, housing, and furniture.

Tehran arose under Reza Shah Pahlavi to become a world-class city by the 1940s, with modern railroad and government buildings and a new university. Saremi came to appreciate abstraction and the International Style, going on to doctoral work with Louis Kahn at the University of Pennsylvania. Pointing out features of contemporary Iranian buildings, he expressed the view that there is no such thing as Islamic architecture, despite contentions with authorities over whether a certain building or façade is “Islamic enough.” Islam is a religious and ideological system, Saremi said, not a structural vocabulary. The regime may change, but Iranian design practice cannot be reduced to essentialism.

Mahvash Mehr Afshar, the head of the board of directors at Tavon Consulting Engineering, speaking largely in Farsi (translated by Noushin Ehsan, AIA), devoted attention to the condition of women in Iran and distinguished their social challenges from the professional climate. Gender prejudice may keep her from being a judge or singing in public, she observed, but it has not prevented her from heading a major architecture firm. “Persian women don’t go with the flow,” she said; “they create the flow.” She and other Iranians are involved in a long fight for freedom; as Saremi observed, architects anywhere must deal with demands imposed by the powerful. Yet one suspects, or trusts, that the living legacy of a culture that has sustained itself since the days of Zoroaster will ultimately persevere.

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Rhetorically Speaking

Ward’s Words


Christopher O. Ward.

Rick Bell

Christopher O. Ward, executive director of the Port Authority of NY and NJ, spoke about New York, Lower Manhattan, and the World Trade Center site at a breakfast of the Association for a Better New York (ABNY) on 09.08.10. After an introduction by ABNY Chairman Bill Rudin, who noted that, “Lower Manhattan’s commercial base has been expanding outside of its traditional financial service focus,” Ward complimented ABNY saying that “a better New York is a clarion call, simple and elegant.”

With the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the minds of the more than 500 people attending at Cipriani Wall Street, Ward spoke of the importance of infrastructure, prior politicization of the design process, and current progress at the site. Anecdotes about stumbling blocks and the “fantastic” collaboration between the Port Authority and Silverstein Properties enlivened Ward’s presentation. He described the memorial by Michael Arad, AIA, (”a memorial of incredible emotional and engineering complexity”) to be open by the 10th anniversary next year, and equally detailed the Memorial Pavilion by Snøhetta, the Memorial Museum by Davis Brody Bond Aedas, the transit hub by Santiago Calatrava, FAIA, and the rising office towers by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Fumihiko Maki, Hon. FAIA. “We have turned those renderings into a construction site,” Ward declared, “defined by 2,000 workers, memorial waterfalls clad in black granite, the first of the trees being planted, by underground infrastructure, and the arches of the transit hub.”

BIM modeling allowed for both the integration of concurrent project components and anticipated potential coordination problems. “At the end of the day,” Ward stated, “this is a construction project, and has to be thought of this way.” The effort to depoliticize the discourse was aided by changing the name of the site’s tallest building from Freedom Tower to One World Trade Center, attempting to lose “the monumentalism and rancor that marked the early days after 9/11 — New Yorkers needed a new downtown, not a political message.”

Concluding his remarks, Ward stated, “Our work is far from over. But our vision for downtown is finally about something else, about renewing our conversation with downtown. It will be what we make of it, not a political agenda about a new structure a few blocks away. It will be quite simply about all of us being New Yorkers — that will be downtown.”

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In The News

In this issue:
· Emery Roth Gets Luxury Makeover at Columbus Circle
· Re:Construction Continues to Brighten Lower Manhattan
· Brooklyn Romanesque Is Revived
· Cleveland State University Responds to Urban Context
· Gilman Hall Opens Interior to the Light
· Out With the Old Farmhouse, and in With the New Modern Manor

Emery Roth Gets Luxury Makeover at Columbus Circle


The Sheffield.

Photo by Bill Taylor (left); courtesy of The Sheffield (right)

The Sheffield, designed by Emery Roth & Sons and built in 1978, has undergone a condo conversion with a new lobby, renovated floor plans, and interiors designed by Cetra/Ruddy. Located just off Columbus circle, the building contains 297 luxury units ranging from studios to four-bedrooms, and six Cetra/Ruddy-designed model homes. The Sky Club on the 57th and 58th floors features an indoor pool with a sundeck, a health club with a fitness center, a yoga studio, his-and-her spa, and a children’s playroom. The building also includes a landscaped sculpture garden designed by Moed de Armas & Shannon.

Re:Construction Continues to Brighten Lower Manhattan


“Restore the View,” by Richard Pasquarelli.

Jeff Simmons

The Alliance for Downtown New York is installing three new pieces of art by NY-based artist Richard Pasquarelli as part of its Re:Construction public art program. Located at construction sites, the first of the three, “Restore the View,” has been installed outside of CUNY’s Fiterman Hall at Barclay Street, between West Broadway and Greenwich Street. “Secret Gardens” will be installed at the Chambers Street road construction project from West Street to West Broadway, and “Hours of the Day” will be installed on the piazza at the W Hotel at 123 Washington Street and Albany Street. Both will remain on view until the construction projects are completed. The program began in 2007 to help mitigate the impact of Lower Manhattan’s numerous construction projects by recasting the sites as canvases for innovative public art and architecture. The Downtown Alliance works closely with public and private developers to produce each installation and, with a $1.5 million grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the initiative has created 16 pieces, seven of which are currently up for viewing.

Brooklyn Romanesque Is Revived


166 Montague Street.

RKT&B Architects

RKT&B Architects has completed the restoration and adaptive reuse of 166 Montague Street, the Franklin Trust Bank, in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District. The Romanesque Revival style office building, designed by George Morse and built in 1891, was one of the borough’s first skyscrapers. After a gut renovation, floors were repositioned, new vertical circulation systems were inserted, and new west-facing windows, balconies, and a rooftop terrace were introduced to take advantage of views of New York Harbor. The firm also designed the building’s 25 apartments, which range from one to three bedrooms, including several duplexes and penthouses, and the building’s public areas, including the lobby. A slender, one-story glass addition off Clinton Street was designed to access the commercial component of the building. All the work affecting the building’s exterior received approval by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Cleveland State University Responds to Urban Context


Cleveland State University student center.

Gwathmey Siegel & Associates

Cleveland State University’s new three-story, 138,000-square-foot student center, designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, is now open. The first level provides street-level access to an atrium, bookstore, lounge, and a circulation ramp that leads to a redesigned outdoor plaza. The food court, convenience store, and student office are on the second level, which also provides direct access to the campus-wide interior walkway system. The third level houses a conference center, pre-function spaces, and the student life administration and office suite that includes interconnected lounge and conference rooms. The materials were selected to respond to the building’s urban context. The connection from street to campus is articulated in granite, and the flanking walls and windows are clad in brick and aluminum. The building’s opening coincides with the completion of the Euclid Corridor Transportation Project, which places a rail stop in front of the entry plaza.

Gilman Hall Opens Interior to the Light


Gilman Hall.

Will Kirk/ Homewoodphoto.jhu.edu

Kliment Halsband Architects has completed the renovation of the 146,000-square-foot Gilman Hall at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The 95-year-old building is concentrically organized around a central atrium, and the new design moves from historic on the exterior to modern on the interior. The glass-roofed atrium is enclosed with a tension-grid skylight from which diaphanous vessel-shaped sculptures by VA-based artist Kendall Buster are suspended. The atrium floor consists of marble salvaged from the building’s original structure, which was removed during the renovation, and the new walls are clad in terra cotta tile. An exhibition and study area for the archaeology collection is ringed with glass vitrines allowing views of the collection from the atrium into the study area. New departmental spaces include faculty offices, seminar rooms, and graduate student workspaces. The roof was raised to create an additional floor of office space. The exterior remains virtually unchanged and new ramps, concealed by marble walls and plantings, provide full accessibility. The building is expected to earn LEED Silver and will be the university’s first LEED-certified building.

Out With the Old Farmhouse, and in With the New Modern Manor


Rowan Atkinson residence.

Richard Meier & Partners Architects

Richard Meier & Partners Architects (RMP) has received the green light to build a new home for British actor Rowan Atkinson. Sited in the Chilterns, which is designated by the British government as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is located northwest of London. Commissioned by Atkinson two-and-a-half years ago, plans call for the removal of a derelict farmhouse and adjacent buildings to be replaced by a five-bedroom contemporary take on a manor house, complete with a guesthouse and tennis court. This is the firm’s first project to be realized in the UK.

Around the AIA + Center for Architecture

In this issue:
· Architecture Week Preview
· Passing: Robert A. Olmsted
· eCalendar

Architecture Week Preview
There are only a couple weeks left until Architecture Week 2010, which will take place 10.02-10.10!

The main event is Heritage Ball and the Party@theCenter afterparty on 10.07.10. The evening starts at 6pm at Chelsea Piers, where AIANY and the Center for Architecture Foundation will celebrate the achievements of Vicki Match Suna, AIA, the senior vice president and vice dean for real estate development and facilities at New York University’s Langone Medical Center; the 200 West Street Project Team, Henry N. Cobb, FAIA, a founding partner of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects; and the Clinton Climate Initiative, a program of the William J. Clinton Foundation. After cocktails and networking, guests will enjoy a three-course meal and awards ceremony. The Center for Architecture is accepting reservations through 09.24.10. Visit aiany.org/heritageball for more details.

The second shift starts at 9pm at the Center for Architecture, with Party@theCenter. Dance the night away with two mainstays of New York nightlife, DJ Stylus and DJ Shaky, and a live performance by Boston-based Mystery Roar. Tickets can be purchased online for $25 in advance, $40 at the door.

From exhibition openings to tours of the Empire State Building, there are many other great programs during Architecture Week. The complete calendar of Architecture Week events is posted at aiany.org/architectureweek. Check in for updates and other announcements!

Passing: Robert A. Olmsted, PE, F.ASCE

Robert A. Olmsted, PE, F.ASCE, 85, passed away suddenly on 08.16.2010. A descendant of Frederic Law Olmsted, Robert was the former planning director of the MTA and one of New York’s leading transportation planners for more than 60 years.

To read “Robert A. Olmsted: An Appreciation,” by Jeffrey M. Zupan, senior fellow of transportation at the Regional Planning Association, published in the RPA Spotlight, Vol. 9, No. 16, 09.07.2010, click the link.

A memorial service for Olmsted will be held Saturday, 09.25.10, 4-7pm, at the home of Elizabeth Olmsted and Randall Kau, 131 Riverside Drive (between W. 85th & 86th Streets), Apt. 9A, NY, NY 10024. Friends, family, and admirers are invited. Please RSVP by 09.22.10 to BobOlmstedMemorial@gmail.com. For questions, call Alan Olmsted at (347) 418-1988.

eCalendar includes an interactive listing of architectural events around NYC. Click the link to go to to eCalendar on the Web.

At the Center for Architecture

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New Practices New York 2010

On view July 15 — October 23

Building the Living Pavilion

On view August 3 — October 2

Arch Schools 2010

On view September 9 — October 16

At the Center for Architecture Foundation

Center for Architecture Foundation Volunteers Share Their Stories


Center for Architecture Foundation volunteer Ted Mineau (left). Parents and children at a Family Day program.

Maggie Yolen

The Center for Architecture Foundation (CFAF) invites individuals to assist with architecture and design education programs, administration of scholarships and grants programs, and the annual exhibition. Glenda Reed, operations manager at the CFAF, talked to volunteers Lisa Davis and Ted Mineau about their experiences:

Glenda Reed: Why were you interested in volunteering with the CFAF and what did you do as a volunteer?
Lisa Davis: I wanted the opportunity to be in touch with the architectural community and share my knowledge with others. As a volunteer, I helped teach students in elementary through high school how to use various architectural tools, such as scale rulers. I also helped students with their projects, from designing their own Brooklyn Bridge to planning a lot in a city block.

GR: What was your time like with the Learning By Design:NY in-school residency program?
LD: Volunteering taught me a lot about the ability of young people to learn architecture and to care about its relevance in their individual communities. You could say my volunteering with the LBD in-school residency program was an exchange of encouragement. Some of the students needed one-on-one attention to both understand concepts of the assigned project and also to believe in themselves enough to accomplish the assignments. But each student that I worked with also gave back to me a confidence in my own architectural ability.

GR: Ted, can you tell me why you were initially interested in volunteering with the CFAF? How was volunteering at our Family Day programs?
Ted Mineau: I like architecture and I wanted to volunteer for an organization whose work I respect. Now I’ve participated in three events and the Family Day programs follow a great formula: introduction, education (slideshow, gallery tour, etc.), and then hands-on planning and construction. Just like real life! I especially like seeing the kids learning about architecture and then working on a family project to make something special. It’s great to watch parents and children spend quality time together.

If you are interested in volunteering with the CFAF, contact the Foundation at (212) 358-6133 or info@cfafoundation.org with your interest and availability. Each volunteer is asked to submit a résumé and meet with a CFAF staff person to best match his/her interests and experience with the programs.

Editor's Soapbox

Peace in the City


Looking north on Washington Street.

Jessica Sheridan

While protests heated up a couple of blocks away, the construction activity at the World Trade Center site was relatively quiet on the 9/11 anniversary. There were no groundbreaking announcements (literally and figuratively); no major setbacks; no new developments. Construction is underway and there is very little of the “hole in the ground” remaining. Perhaps it was the calm before the storm of events planned for the 10th anniversary next year, but I appreciated the solemnity and stillness this year.

I happened to walk by the site a couple of days before 9/11. As I turned off Rector Street and north onto Washington Street, I stopped in my tracks as I looked north toward Ground Zero. There, directly in line with the street, were the two steel “tridents” from the original World Trade Center towers. It was an incredible sight to see as the construction around them is literally enveloping them as they stand in place. It was poetic, a metaphor for the city with so much activity around a site meant for quiet contemplation. As I turned the corner again I felt hopeful that despite all of the controversies, the buildings being built seem to be respectful of the intention behind the master plan.

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Names in the News

The 2011 Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) award winners include Honor Awards for SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture Addition for The Juilliard School for the Expansion and Renovation by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXFOWLE Architects, and The University of Michigan for The Museum of Art by Allied Works Architecture; a Merit Award for SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture for Duke University West Campus Plaza by Hargreaves Associates; and a Merit Award for SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building for The University of Iowa for the School of Art & Art History by Steven Holl Architects with Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck Architects

The ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition has selected five finalist teams including Balmori Associates and Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates with HNTB… The Kaohsiung Port Terminal Competition shortlist includes Reiser+Umemoto RUR Architecture and Asymptote Architecture

Steven Holl, AIA, has been awarded the 2010 Jencks Award: Visions Built at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)… Karen Van Lengen, FAIA, former dean of the University of Virginia School of Architecture, will receive the University’s Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Award…

Albert Zgolinski, AIA, has been named a Senior Supervising Architect in the NY office of Parsons Brinckerhoff…

New Deadlines

10.22.10 Call for Entries: 36th Annual Ken Robberts Memorial Delineation Competition


09.09.10: The annual Architect’s Regatta, organized by Gerry Dolezar, set sail from the home of the Manhattan Sailing Club in New York Harbor. After two races, Fuller & D’Angelo/Pei Partnership Architects pulled a bow ahead of the rest! The standings from First to Tenth place: Fuller & D’Angelo/Pei Partnership Architects; Allen-Kilcloyne Architects; Swanke Hayden Connell Architects; AIA New York Chapter; HOK; Robert A.M. Stern Architects (1); Ted Moudis Associates; Daniel Frisch Architecture; Robert A.M. Stern Architects (2); and Fairfax & Sammons Architects. This charity event, organized by Gerry Dolezar, raised money for Project City Kids, a free sailing program for city kids.


(L-R): Blake Middleton, FAIA, LEED AP, Partner, Handel Architects, Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, AIANY, and Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, Principal, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects await orders to cast off.

Kristen Richards


Team AIANY’s #13 held the lead — for awhile…

Kristen Richards


(L-R): Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, Principal, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects and 2004 AIANY President; Blake Middleton, FAIA, LEED AP, Partner, Handel Architects, and Wids DeLaCour, AIA, Principal, DeLaCour & Ferrara Architects on deck.

Rick Bell


A look at the playing field from the deck of AIANY’s boat.

Rick Bell


AIANY’s 2010 team celebrates their excellent showing (L-R): Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, AIANY; Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, Principal, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects and 2004 AIANY President; Wids DeLaCour, AIA, Principal, DeLaCour & Ferrara Architects (and Skipper of #13); and Blake Middleton, FAIA, LEED AP, Partner, Handel Architects.

Kristen Richards

New Yorkers at the 2010 Venice Biennale

Stephen Cassell, AIA (right), Principal, Architecture Research Office (ARO), discusses the “On the Water: Palisade Bay” project by Guy Nordenson and Associates, Catherine Seavitt Studio, and ARO, his team’s exhibit in “Workshopping: An American Model of Architectural Practice,” the U.S. Pavilion’s theme at this year’s Biennale, organized by the High Museum of Art and 306090.

Kristen Richards


Also featured at the U.S. Pavilion is Michael Sorkin/Terreform’s “New York City (Steady) State,” an ongoing research project that asks if NYC can become completely self-sufficient within its political boundaries.

Kristen Richards


“Let’s meet under the balloons” was a common refrain at the Biennale, referring to MOS’s “Instant Untitled,” which hovered above the U.S. Pavilion courtyard.

Kristen Richards


Architecture Research Office Principal Adam Yarinksy, FAIA, and Eva Franch, the new Director of the Storefront for Art and Architecture, celebrate the U.S. Pavilion at a fete at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection villa on the Grand Canal.

Kristen Richards


Arrivederci, Venezia: seen sharing a water taxi to the airport were (l-r): MOS’s Mat Staudt, Michael Meredith, AIA, and Hilary Sample, AIA; The Architect’s Newspaper Editor Bill Menking (who served as a consultant to the U.S. Pavilion organizers); and Staudt’s friend Majda Muhic.

Kristen Richards


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