IN THE NEWS
AROUND THE AIA + THE CENTER
At the Center for Architecture
Editor's Note: With Jane Jacobs's passing, we are working on a special issue of e-Oculus in her memory. We welcome all of your memories, anecdotes, and photographs to be included in this issue. Please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 9.
REPORTS FROM THE FIELD
How China is Adjusting to Exponential Growth
Organic growth in China
Courtesy Dynamic City Foundation
Event: 3x3: A Perspective on China—The Future Fast Forward
China's dramatic transformation since the Cultural Revolution is a result of growing up in the public eye, according to Bert de Muynck. Presenting the "future fast forward" development of China 2020—planning 400 cities for 400 million people—Neville Mars, architect and chairman of the Dynamic City Foundation in Beijing (DCF), addressed the daunting task to understand China's rapidly changing social, political, and economic urban context. DCF's new book, The Chinese Dream, illustrates the explosive organic growth in Shanghai and Beijing driven by market forces, migration, utopian models, and planned growth. With this growth, society will change the way it communicates, lives, works, and thinks affecting issues of density, building typologies, and a stratified society. New Chinese cities—many less than 750,000 people—will map patterns of urbanization ranging from sprawl and diminished farmland to megacities and megaurban regions.
Yan Meng and Hui Wang, principals of Urbanus Architecture Office in Shenzhen and Beijing, believe cities are collages filled with contradictions. They describe their projects as "urban infill" and "urban refill," stressing how architects serve as a progressive force in society by filling urban spaces with vital activities. Diwang Park A in Shenzhen, an urban infill project, added buildings and follies to a green space. CCTV Media Park in Beijing will unify structure with gridded planting, interactive media wall, performing stage, and production studios. Proposed "urban refill" projects will convert industrial and old residential areas to theme parks or museums creating the appearance of architecture developed over time. Urbanus Architecture Office's unique solution for Dafen—a typical city where development expanded over fields and enveloped a village—preserved the village industry by building over the village, thus protecting the existing urban fabric and maintaining cheap rents.
Alternatives Impede Impending Collapse
Courtesy Bill McKibben
Event: "Deep Sustainability: Building Communities that Actually Work"
Presenter: Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature (1989), Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age (2003)
"I wrote a book called The End of Nature," McKibben says. "Optimism isn't my stock in trade." In his analysis of systems reaching breaking points, he sees developed economies caught in a vise between the peak-oil phenomenon (occurring no later than 2015–2020) and the even graver problem of climate change. Because of global warming, ice caps are already melting and feedback loops are approaching tipping points.
Fossil fuels are exceptional forms of energy storage: compact, portable, and rich in BTUs. McKibben imagines a future where humanity grieves over how casually it has squandered such convenient resources—and where we cannot view the beauty of, say, Frank Gehry's roofs without also noting the huge amounts of energy embedded in titanium. "Architects are the first line of defense against energy waste," he stated, while specifying that responsible solar and wind technologies alone cannot create a society that could be as profligate with such energy as the West has been with fossil-fuel power.
McKibben finds energy-sparing building design just as essential as fire codes. He praises efforts like Curitiba Mayor Jaime Lerner's transportation revolution in Brazil, reflecting political willpower favoring the public realm over private privilege; he finds European-style centripetal cities outperforming the centrifugal American model in human satisfaction as well as ecological variables. He distinguishes between an orientation toward belonging, which might inspire a longer-range view of resource use, and the dysfunctional orientation toward belongings. Perhaps this kind of rhetorical formulation goes down a bit easily, particularly when he's speaking to the converted (few oil or auto executives were in this audience).
Bill Millard is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in Oculus, Icon, Content, and other publications.
On the Town with Marshall Berman
The thrill and spectacle of Times Square
Marshall Berman: "Every book is a building and every building is a book."
Event: This Will Kill That? A Reading Forum with Marshall Berman
Times Square has been a backdrop for the acting out of primal scenes—both symbolic and real—in modern American history, according to Marshall Berman. Through references to Theodore Dreiser's movie, "Sister Carrie," and Alfred Eisenstaedt's famous photograph "VJ Day, The Kiss," Berman's On the Town highlights the symbolic versatility of Times Square as a space where the drama of life, love, and human striving play out in the public arena. Situated in a democratic and pluralistic society, Times Square is also a place where the intermingling of ethnicity, race, and gender allows the modern individual (see Al Jolson in "The Jazz Singer") to discover his or her true identity as a subjective individual.
Throughout his life, Berman observed the way different generations come to the square and learn from each other about the possibilities of the world. Despite the corporate control prevalent in Times Square today Berman is hopeful that new generations will find ways to take ownership of the Square and return it to its role as a crucible for modern identity.
Gregory Haley, AIA, AICP, is an architect and urban designer at Grimshaw Architects PC, and has taught architectural design studios at NYIT School of Architecture. Haley also coordinates the ENYA Reads program.
Light + Architecture = Unified Design
Lighting emphasizes surface, volume, and texture
Event: Light and Space: 18 Works
In the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, designed by Steven Holl Architects, Hervé Descottes designed lighting to highlight "poetry, expanse, and texture of the space." Light emphasizes the texture and dimension of the curvilinear surfaces, and gives dramatic height to the gallery volumes throughout the day. At night, the museum becomes a dramatic beacon of light, glowing outward from the frosted glass.
Ranging from ancient Roman aqueducts to contemporary museums, Hervé Descottes' diverse work explores how light can establish a design hierarchy, emphasize volume and texture, highlight functionality, heighten drama and human emotion, and foster collaboration. Descottes' projects emphasize the significance of the relationship between surface, volume, and light; to which he notes: "Lighting does not exist if there is nothing to catch it."
Daniel Hui is a recent Dartmouth College graduate, and will begin work towards a MArch1 at Harvard Graduate School of Design in the fall.
When Five-and-Dime Grows a Skyscraper
Cass Gilbert clutches his Woolworth Building
Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA
Frank Woolworth counts his nickels and dimes
Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA
Event: "The Skyscraper and the City: The Woolworth Building and the Making of Modern New York"; Downtown Third Thursdays
Frank Woolworth honed his skills marketing five-and-dime stores across the country, and used many ideas that foreshadowed the architecture-as-advertisement design trends of today. The site for his 1913 building was chosen due in part to its proximity to pedestrian and commuter traffic, with its location overlooking City Hall Park intended to frame the building as a "giant sign board." At 55 stories and 750 feet tall, the Woolworth Building was the tallest building on the Manhattan skyline through much of the 1920's, but was built for primarily speculative tenants; Woolworth's desire to build a monument to brand his company outweighed his need for only several floors of office space in New York. Soon after completion, the building's outline was integrated into the company's logo, with the tower's form becoming synonymous with the Woolworth identity.
The building's frothy exterior and "technically audacious steel construction" was fueled by Woolworth's "irrational desire" to build the tallest building in the world, augmented by architect Cass Gilbert's wild ambition to construct the largest commercial office building in New York, revealed Gail Fenske. Incidentally, the pair is immortalized in several less than flattering gargoyles in the lobby. The building's continued architectural notoriety is testament to this shared vision, proving that Woolworth's translation of his stores' retail window dressing into an architectural concept has sustained currency today.
Green: Learning from the Past
Ground Zero: a site for potential sustainability
dbox for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Event: "Green Ground Zero: Guidelines for Downtown and Beyond"; Green Teams series
The 15 buildings included in the Green Teams series represent extraordinary progress, Randolph Croxton, FAIA, acknowledged, but "if sustainability is a postgraduate degree, we're clearly in kindergarten." Older buildings often optimized natural light, cool air, and other resources before the Modern world of sealed, air-conditioned buildings full of appliances, fluorescent lighting, and asbestos took over. The 19th century Audubon House is among the city's most energy-efficient buildings offering measured optimism.
Global energy-use trends relate to social formations and economic development, according to Mahadev Raman. Energy use rises linearly and sharply with industrialization but levels off as nations develop service economies; as India and China continue to industrialize, for example, energy demand will exhaust fossil-fuel supplies. Renewables are the only realistic long-term solution, and conservation in the building sector requires technology adoption beyond what current economics encourages. While emphasizing forms of community organization that increase efficiency in ways no single skyscraper can accomplish, Daniel Nall, P.E., FAIA, detailed glass, lighting, HVAC, insulation, cogeneration, and water-use technologies. Waste heat and non-potable water, in particular, represent huge missed opportunities; better coordination on communal scales, with a recognition that one system's sink can be another system's source.
Hillary Brown, AIA, recommends that Lower Manhattan, Jamaica, and Hudson Yards join Chicago, Seattle, and other national bellwether areas for infrastructural best practices. Critical to the Ground Zero property—the world's most closely scrutinized 16 acres—is its visibility, focusing worldwide attention on the inherent efficiencies of multi-use natural urban systems.
Bill Millard is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in Oculus, Icon, Content, and other publications.
NYIT Students Dig Graves and Eisenman
Eisenman and Graves preach originality and caution against dazzle
Event: A Conversation Among Friends: Architects Michael Graves and Peter Eisenman
Responding to a comment about the increasing influence of computers in architecture, Peter Eisenman, FAIA, proposed banning Photoshop as a way to lessen the "dazzle" in students' portfolios. Michael Graves, FAIA, concurred and explained that there's more to a building than what can be created on screen. "Just like a novel, a building has to have stories and sounds," said Graves. Originality is most important, according to both architects.
Serving as a crash course in their work, Eisenman and Graves discussed the development of the New York Five, their favorite ways to lecture, and recent work at Princeton. It was the audience Q&A at the NYIT event, however, that brought out the architects' personalities with questions ranging from how to deal with blob architecture to the best way to teach theory.
The media's role in architectural criticism also drew the speakers' ire. Critics are capable of comparing lesser-known architects to the celebrities but have lost the ability to tell "a good Rem from a bad Rem," according to Eisenman. When asked about sustainability, Eisenman left little doubt of his view on the topic: "Sustainability is like motherhood. I love it but am totally incapable of it."
300SF is All You Need
Event: Urban Center Books Program: Tiny Houses: Lecture by author Lester Walker
After discovering a tiny gable-roofed house in the middle of the woods in Maine built by an elderly woman, Lester Walker decided that everyone should own a small, secluded retreat. Acting the part of anti-architect enabling people to build their own ideal sanctuaries, Walker traveled searching, researching, and recording tiny houses across America to be compiled in Tiny Houses: or How to Get Away From It All.
From the first tiny houses built by English settlers in the 1620's, to Henry Thoreau's 1845 Cabin on Walden Pond, to George Bernard Shaw's Writing Hut built to swivel around a steel pole, tiny houses have historically significant, pragmatic, and sometimes flippant applications. For example, in the 1850s, a Methodist congregation in Ocean Grove, NJ, constructed clusters of tiny houses with shared public worshiping, dining, and bathing facilities. Half of each house was built with wood and the other half with canvas. In the winter, the canvas half was stored for a more compact living environment, and in the summer the canvas was unfurled to take advantage of the warm weather. When slaves were freed in Barbados, they had to rent the land they inhabited, but were permitted to own their houses. They constructed "chattel" houses that could be easily moved to new locations as needed. In locations where ice fishing is popular, clusters of 30-square-foot shanties are built and pushed onto ice ponds creating temporary weekend villages. Each shanty fits two fishermen with two benches/beds and a center aisle.
Pointing out that today houses are growing to average more than 2,000 square feet, Walker declared that his average Tiny House is just 300 square feet. Proving that so much space is unnecessary, he attempted to design the smallest house possible. He transformed his truck into a portable home—complete with a bed in the rear, a workshop on one side, a foldout kitchen on the other, and a camper toilet. He now travels fully equipped with the bare essentials.
CONVERSATION: Jeremy Edmunds, Assoc. AIA—Advocate
Jeremy Edmunds, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, sits on the AIA Advocacy Committee representing interns and unlicensed AIA members. e-Oculus joined Jeremy to discuss some issues currently affecting architects.
e-O: What is your role as a member of the national AIA Advocacy Committee?
JE: My role as a voting member of the Advocacy Committee is to represent the interests of interns and other unlicensed members of the AIA (associates) as they relate to government regulations and the public image of the profession.
e-O: What are some of the policies that AIA national is addressing?
JE: Policies range from reducing dependency on fossil fuels to fighting to increase the diversity of the profession and make it more accessible to those historically marginalized.
One position statement to move forward involves ARE timing. Graduates should be able to sit for the exam when they feel best prepared. This will benefit the profession and public in the long run by increasing access to a broader range of qualified individuals. To transform this belief into reality, we have developed education tools for use in lobbying each state currently prohibiting interns from taking the exam before completing internship. This national push is well underway and we expect significant progress to be realized in the next year or so.
Another issue addresses how architects can transform the way we live by developing healthy (non-toxic, walkable, and safe), environmentally low impact neighborhoods. This involves rigorous research, passionate communications, active consensus building, and especially education of our members, elected leaders, and the public.
Note: This letter is in response to last issue's Editor's Soapbox about the Louis Kahn Roosevelt Memorial and the Emerging NY Architect committee's Southpoint: from Ruin to Rejuvenation competition. See On View for information about the exhibition at the Center for Architecture.
We submitted the amphibious city entry (to the ENYA Southpoint: from Ruin to Rejuvenation competition) inspired by FDR's New Deal, which pumped money into projects such as the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Astoria Pool, LaGuardia Airport, the Triborough Bridge—all on the East River (add to that the United Nations + FDR Drive). As for the Kahn Roosevelt memorial, our proposal preserved the earthworks that currently exist on the site, which were intended to serve as the base for the proposed memorial, so we did incorporate the memorial into our proposal. It was our intention to permit the river to run its course, gradually transforming this area into a waterfowl refuge, in the spirit of another Roosevelt—Teddy—and something quite different from a naturalistic park.
Describing Kahn's memorial design as concrete paving lined with trees does it some disservice. Stone was the material proposed for the site, and the design involved a dramatic choice of sequences as well as a number of spaces that would have made for great fireworks viewing.
What is really surprising to us however is the fact that there is no memorial considering the impact of the Roosevelt family on just this city (never mind the nation and world). They deserve more than a stretch of highway, which is why we proposed renaming the East River for the Roosevelts.
Thanks to ENYA for the competition. It opened our eyes to things we had missed.
David Cunningham, RA, LEED
When I heard that Jane Jacobs had passed away last week, I scanned my memory of the books, interviews, and lectures that continue to inspire me. I remember hearing her speak at City College, May 6, 2004 ("The Past, Present and Future of the Office Skyscraper," the First Annual Lewis Mumford Lecture on Urbanism). I was impressed not only by her age and the length of her speech—she just kept going!—but by the quality and innovation of her ideas.
Jacobs spoke of how social values have changed in America. A rapid increase in large corporations moving their headquarters to suburbia is contributing to the condemnation of New York City. She called for agricultural development in the city in order to prevent urban obsolescence. By incorporating and introducing plant life to vacant spaces, in infill spaces and across the vast landscape of roofs, New York will be able to thrive economically and culturally.
Jacobs's progressive ideas are practical, simple as well as complex. Her genius lay in her ability to observe, listen, and react to changes in society as they occurred. The best way to honor her legacy is by doing the same with the goal of bettering life for communities, the environment, and the world.
In Jacobs's memory, e-Oculus invites everyone to submit memories, contacts, photos, recollections, and anecdotes to be collected and compiled in a special issue of e-Oculus. Please email to email@example.com no later than Tuesday, May 9.
IN THE NEWS
Residential Tower to Act Neighborly
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L'Enfant's Vision Revived
Monroe Brings New Life to Main Street
Middle School Joins Community
State to Help Fund City School Construction
AROUND THE AIA + THE CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE
Roosevelt Island Tour Leaves Participants Dumbstruck
Tour gathers at the Renwick Smallpox Hospital ruin, site of the Southpoint competition
Darris James, Assoc. AIA
What would you do with Southpoint Park?
Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA
From a place where the Dutch raised hogs, to a destination of exile and illness, Roosevelt Island has endured a sordid past. With the help of Judith Berdy, president of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, a tour of Southpoint began at the foot of the (temporarily?) defunct Tram Station. In conjunction with the exhibition for the Southpoint: from Ruin to Rejuvenation competition, hosted by the Emerging NY Architects (ENYA) committee, AIA NY Chapter, the tour (04.29.06) offered historic background along with local opinion about Roosevelt Island's future.
Roosevelt Island is currently developing luxury housing complexes and eliminating government subsidized housing, threatening the diversity and equilibrium that makes Roosevelt Island unique, according to Berdy. $12 million was awarded for Southpoint Park's development. Because NY State has a 99-year lease on the island (since 1969), yet holds the island responsible for its own undertakings as a "self-sufficient" entity, much debate leaves the future of the southern tip in question. Ending the tour with the question about whether or not Louis Kahn's FDR Memorial should be built, Berdy left participants—many opinionated New Yorkers—without solutions.
Information about the Southpoint: from Ruin to Rejuvenation competition is available on the ENYA Competitions website. The exhibition will be on view at the Center for Architecture through June 17 (see On View). Competition catalogs are available for $15 at the Center for Architecture and online. The competition was sponsored by AIA New York State, The Graham Foundation, Gensler, Electronics Design Group, Inc., Stephen Mosier, Propylaea Architecture Atelier, The Rubin Family Foundation, and Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation.
Council Votes 50-0 for New Historic District
On April 26, 2006, The New York City Council voted 50-0 for the creation of the Fieldston Historic District (L.U. 91 and Res 283) located in Riverdale, the Bronx. The AIA Bronx County Chapter was instrumental in initiating and organizing the support of the architectural community which included: the AIA New York Chapter, notably Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director; Jorge Bosch, AIA, President of the NY Society of Architects; the Brooklyn and Queens Chapters of the AIA; and the AIA New York State. It's amazing what a unified architectural voice can accomplish.
Martin Zelnik, AIA, is a member of the AIA Bronx County Chapter.
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NAMES IN THE NEWS
Croxton Collaborative Architects (with Cecil Baker Associates, Philadelphia) won an AIA Committee on the Environment Award for the design of Philadelphia Forensic Science Center… The American Society of Landscape Architects announced that five projects with New York-area ties have been granted 2006 Professional Awards, including: The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA (Sawyer/Berson Architecture & Landscape Architecture); Columbus Circle, New York, NY (Olin Partnership); The Elizabeth & Nona Evans Restorative Garden, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland, OH (Dirtworks); Brille Residence, East Hampton, NY (Edmund Hollander Landscape Architect Design); and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (Zion Breen & Richardson Associates, Site Planners/Landscape Architects, Cream Ridge, NJ)…
The Historic Districts Council, a citywide advocate for New York's historic neighborhoods, will confer this year's Grassroots Preservation Awards upon several groups and individuals at their annual awards ceremony and preservation party. The Coalition to Preserve the Austin, Nichols and Company Warehouse and The Tottenville Historical Society on Staten Island's South Shore will be honored as well as: Council Member Letitia James who will receive the "Friend in High Places" Award; Victoria Hofmo, resident and longtime advocate for Bay Ridge, Brooklyn; and Linda Eskenas, a citywide preservationist, who focuses on Staten Island. Cityland, a monthly publication of the Center for New York City Law, will receive the "Friend in the Media" Award.
Among American Academy in Rome 2006-2007 Rome Prize Winners are two New York area names: Lisa Marie Mignone, Department of Classics, Columbia University; and Thomas Tsang, Co-Founder, Architecture of Metropolitan Post and Adjunct Assistant Professor, New York Institute of Technology… The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation has named Jan Seidler Ramirez Chief Curator and Director of Collections for the Memorial Museum…
Morgan Library & Museum: Renzo Piano holding court with the press in the library's new "courtyard."
West 12 Street: Claire Weisz, AIA, "swimming" with a life-size model of a luminescent fish by artist Barbara Broughel for the Carousel at the Battery, designed by Weisz + Yoes Architecture.
Groups dispersed throughout the five boroughs to aesthetically improve public schools on the 12th Annual Hands On New York Day.
Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA
Grand Central celebrates Earth Day.
Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA
Paul Rodgers/9W Gallery: CIMA (Congress of International Modern Architecture) third annual exhibition and silent auction "Architects on Art 2006," Theoharis David, FAIA, Theo. David Architects, CIMA Acting President, and Executive Director Valerie Lucznikowska announce the winning bids for 20 artworks including work by David Norman Foster, Hon. FAIA, Richard Rogers, Hon. AIA, Ati Gropius Johansen, Richard Meier, FAIA, John Johansen, FAIA, and Rodney Leon, AIA (some real steals were had!).
Advance Registration: AIA 2006 National Convention
Save money and register for the AIA 2006 National Convention by May 3. The convention will take place June 8-10 in Los Angeles.
Submission: Special e-Oculus Issue—Jane Jacobs
In Jane Jacobs's memory, e-Oculus invites everyone to submit memories, contacts, photos, recollections, and anecdotes to be collected and compiled in a special issue of e-Oculus. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submission: Most Jane Jacobs Block
Curbed and Polis are accepting photos and videos for the "Most Jane Jacobs Block" in New York City. Submissions must keep in mind Jane Jacobs' neighborhood tenets, celebrating "the 'street ballet' of your favorite block" with a spin.
AIA National is looking for individuals willing to share their expertise, particularly in all aspects of creating high-performance buildings using sustainable design principles, at the AIA 2007 National Convention in San Antonio.
Submission: Designing with Natural Stone Scholarship
Veronafiere is accepting letters of interest to attend its continuing education course "Designing with Natural Stone" in October 2006 in Verona, Italy. The scholarship will cover tuition, hotel, meals and local transportation. For more information email The Consultants International Group (email@example.com).
Submission: Shahneshin Foundation Shrinkage Worldwide Awards
This year's Shrinkage Worldwide Awards promotes design towards a sustainable future with evidence of productive cross- and inter-collaborative work between disciplines. The design is for a poster manifesto to promote deflating the bubble of expansion or "bigness."
Submission: upstateHOUSE Best in Green Building Competition
UpstateHOUSE Magazine is searching to award and publish sustainable, single-family homes constructed between January 2000 and December 2006. For more information on specific New York counties eligible, check the competition website.
Oculus 2006 Editorial Calendar
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In this exhibition, artist Terence Gower explores modernity in the context of cities and buildings by using clips from the film "Despedida de Casada" to shed light on both the constraints and liberties in which architecture structures the human experience.
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Responsibilities include: (1) Designing residential buildings and preparing drawings and specifications; (2) Reviewing private architects' plans, specifications and scopes of work; (3) Participating in the inspection of residential buildings to develop a scope of work for in-house designs; (4) Measuring residential buildings to develop plans and construction documents for in-house designs; (5) Completing inspection forms.
Qualification requirements: A valid New York State Registration as an Architect. Current New York State registration as an Architect must be maintained for the duration of your employment.
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Responsibilities include: As directed, designs residential buildings and assists architectural staff in the preparation of drawings and specifications; Reviewing private architects' plans, specifications and scopes of work; Participating in the inspection of residential buildings to develop scopes of work for in-house designs; Measuring residential buildings to develop plans and construction documents for in-house designs; Completing inspection forms.
Qualification requirements: A Bachelor or Master of Architecture that is the first professional degree in architecture from an accredited college; or a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture that is the first four years of a five year first professional degree program in Architecture from an accredited college and one year of full-time satisfactory experience in architectural work; or a valid New York State Registration as an Architect.
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To apply for consideration, please write: NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Division of Architecture Construction and Engineering (DACE), Attention: Mr. Ira Chinsky, 100 Gold Street, Room 7-A4, New York, NY 10038. Please indicate transmittal number 806-06-134 on your resume or cover letter when responding. While we appreciate every applicant's interest, only those under consideration will be contacted. HPD AND THE CITY OF NEW YORK ARE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYERS
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e-O: What role have you specifically played in the process?
JE: I try to focus on policies that I feel are most important to those I represent—from improving access to the profession for emerging professionals to our role in reducing the demand our buildings have on a finite set of resources. Most recently, I worked closely with the National Associates Committee to draft the education materials and strategy for advancing our ARE timing position.
My next project is helping to facilitate communication to members without overwhelming their inboxes. A recent study has shown that there is ample room for improvement in how, when, and what we communicate. I'm also collaborating with Jess Wendover, Assoc. AIA, another committee member, to establish a meaningful relationship with the National Endowment for the Arts.
e-O: If I have an issue that I believe the AIA should address, whom do I contact?
JE: If it's a national or New York State issue, contact the AIA State Government Network representative Michael Spinelli, AIA (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Regional Directors George Miller, FAIA (email@example.com), Peter J. Arsenault, AIA (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Leevi Kiil, FAIA (email@example.com). If it's a local issue, contact the New York Chapter Director of Legislative Affairs, LeAnn Shelton, Esq., AIA (firstname.lastname@example.org). If it is an issue related to emerging professionals, don't hesitate to contact me (email@example.com), and the National Associates Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Also, take the time to write letters, make phone calls, and contribute time and money to good campaigns. Start locally by introducing yourself as a concerned citizen and useful resource to your city council member (www.nyccouncil.info/constituent). Track state and national issues by reading the AIA's weekly government advocacy update newsletter, The Angle.
Finally, please take the time to contact your elected leaders when requested by the AIA!