April 25, 2012
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04.18.12: The AIA New York Chapter’s Honors & Awards Luncheon at Cipriani Wall Street fêted the recipients of the 2012 AIANY Design Awards, Medal of Honor, Award of Merit, and the Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award.


Award winners Paul Goldberger, Hon., AIA, and Alexander Garvin, Hon. AIANY, catch up at the Luncheon’s cocktail reception.

Sam Lahoz


The partners in Ennead Architects: (left to right) Thomas Wong, AIA; Timothy Hartung, FAIA; Joseph Fleischer, FAIA; Todd Schliemann, FAIA; Guy Maxwell, AIA; Susan Rodriguez, FAIA; Kevin McClurkan, AIA; Richard Olcott, FAIA; Don Weinreich, AIA; Duncan Hazard, AIA (not pictured: Tomas Rossant, AIA).

Sam Lahoz


Honors & Awards Luncheon Co-Chairs Michael Zetlin, Esq., and Marc Clemenceau Bailly, AIA, share the stage.

Sam Lahoz


AIANY President Joseph Aliotta, AIA, presents the Medal of Honor to Susan Rodriguez, FAIA, Founding Partner and Design Principal in Ennead Architects.

Sam Lahoz


Alexander Garvin, Hon. AIANY, looks on as Peter Samton, FAIA, and Jordan Gruzen, FAIA, receive a replacement Medal of Honor from AIANY President Joseph Aliotta, AIA. The firm Gruzen & Partners’ original Medal, which was conferred in 1974, was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.

Sam Lahoz


(left to right) Amanda M. Burden, Hon. AIANY, Chair, NYC Planning Commission and Director of the Department of City Planning; David J. Burney, FAIA, Commissioner, NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) and AIA New York Chapter Board Member; and Robert D. LiMandri, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Buildings.

Sam Lahoz


Design Award winner David Piscuskas, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal, 1100 Architect, with Paul Goldberger, Hon. AIA, recipient of the 2012 Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award.

Kristen Richards

04.19.12: The AIANY Design Awards 2012 Exhibition opened at the Center for Architecture.

(l-r) AIANY Chapter President Joe Aliotta, AIA; Susan Rodriguez, FAIA; Joseph Fleischer, FAIA.

Sam Lahoz

Sam Lahoz

Sam Lahoz

04.13.12: David Yassky, Commissioner, NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission, presented “Improving Taxi Service in New York City: Taxi of Tomorrow and the Five Borough Plan” at the Center for Architecture.


Jill Lerner, FAIA, AIANY First Vice President/President-Elect and Rick Bell, FAIA, discuss the future of New York City’s taxi service with David Yassky (center), Commissioner, NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission.

Daniel Fox


David Yassky and Rick Bell, FAIA, with the “Taxi of Today.”

Daniel Fox

04.15.12: CicLAvia, the semiannual car-free event in Los Angeles, makes streets safe for people to walk, skate, play, and ride a bike. In addition to organized activities, shop owners and restaurants along the route are encouraged to open their doors to participantsroute. Ciclovías started in Bogotá, Colombia, more than 30 years ago in response to the congestion and pollution of city streets. Now they happen throughout Latin America and the United States.


Rick Bell, FAIA, with Jaime de la Vega, former City of Los Angeles Deputy Mayor of Transportation and current General Manager of the Department of Transportation (LADOT), at CicLAvia.

Center for Architecture

04.21.12: The “Helsinki-New York Roundtable Discussion” involved pecha kucha-style presenttions of the work of emerging Finnish firms, NYC-based winners of the AIANY New Practices competition, and the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices. It was followed by an exhibition opening for “NEWLY DRAWN – Emerging Finnish Architects.”


(l-r) Martta Louekari, World Design Capital Helsinki 2012; Rick Bell, FAIA; Anu Puustinen, Avanto Architects; Janne Teräsvirta, ALA Architects.

Center for Architecture


Tuomas Toivonen, Now Office, performs “Urbanism in the House.”

Rick Bell

04.22.12: On Earth Day the AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR) hosted a discussion called “Trends in Response to Natural Disasters: Adaptation by Design.” Keynote speaker Dr. Arthur Lerner-Lam, Interim Director of the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, presented the risks and inevitabilities of natural disasters from an earth scientist’s perspective. He posited that we not only have to plan for earthquakes and other natural disasters, but we also have to plan for multi-hazard scenarios with cascading failures, as was the case in 2011 in Tohoku, Japan.

Even though NYC is at a relatively low risk for earthquakes statistically, because of the fragility of the structures built to older codes and the population density it ranks in the top five of riskiest cities. Lam said that architects play a key role in preparing for the future and helping clients and cities weigh the “future discount” by spending on preventative measures today. We need to become more dynamic and versatile to compensate for more variable and uncertain weather conditions.


“Geology is inevitable.” When and where a disaster will happen as it relates to “human time” is what is uncertain, said Dr. Arthur Lerner-Lam during his keynote.


Panelists discussed how architects need to think in multiple scales, from neighborhoods to larger networks of cities, to mitigate and adapt for future natural disasters. (L-R): Dr. Lerner-Lam; Rodney Leon, AIA, Principal of Rodney Leon Architects; Richard Gonzalez, RA, LEED AP, Teaching Fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Hillary Brown, FAIA, Professor of Architecture, CUNY, and Founding Principal of New Civic Works; Eric Macfarlane, PE, Deputy Commissioner for Infrastructure, NYC Department of Design and Construction; and Moderator Victor Body-Lawson, AIA, Principal of Body-Lawson Associates.

04.18.12: The SMPS-NY 2012 Industry Awards Gala was held at the Union Square Ballroom to celebrate the winners.


Dattner Architects Associate Adam Watson, AIA, LEED AP, and Chief Marketing Officer Kirsten Sibilia, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP.

Courtesy SMPS-NY

04.03.12/04.11.12: April was Publicolor’s month, taking home a Benjamin Moore HUE Award for Social Responsibility, and celebrating its annual fund-raising gala.


Publicolor Founder and President Ruth Lande Shuman, and Tom Krizmanic, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, STUDIOS Architecture and Publicolor Board member celebrating the HUE Awards on the 44th floor of Hearst Tower.

Kristen Richards


Publicolor’s Shuman with Jonathan Marvel, FAIA, Principal, Rogers Marvel Architects at Publicolor’s annual Stir, Splatter + Roll gala at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School.

Kristen Richards

: Artist Katharine Harvey has transformed recycled plastic into a chandelier above the World Financial Center Winter Garden’s marble staircase.


Water bottles, sandwich trays, muffin tins, salad boxes, and egg cartons comprise the 21-foot tall by 15-foot wide sculpture.

Jesse Untracht Oakner

: A team of New York Institute of Technology students, alumni, and faculty attended the Milan Furniture Fair to exhibit their work at the SaloneSatellite, a venue at the fair for new and emerging designers.


Interior design student Ashley Sarazen at NYIT’s Salone booth providing bicycle reflectors to fairgoers.

New York Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Design


“Essence,” a chair created by design student Barbara Schoenenberger, was exhibited at the NYIT booth.

New York Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Design


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