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EDITOR'S SOAPBOX: LA Emits. Will NY Conserve?


Out of Africa | Big Red Schoolhouse Lights the Way | Flight 587 Memorial | A Museum With a River View | Yeshiva University Builds New Study Center | SHCA Designs Mixed-Use for Moscow







Oculus 2007 Editorial Calendar | 2007 AIANY Chapter Design Awards | Architecture for Humanity Logo Competition | The Webbys | Sustainable Buildings Publication | Transbay Transit Center RFQ | AIA/CITE Top 10 Green Projects | Lumen Awards


At the Center for Architecture

Going Public 2: City Snapshot(s) and Case Studies of the Mayor's Design and Construction Excellence Initiative | Project Showcase: The New York Times Building | 5 Years Later... | arch schools-public view(ing)

About Town

Oblivion | Office Semaphore | "Abandoned" & "Panama Canal" Series | A City on Paper: Saul Steinberg's New York | Shrinking Cities | National Design Triennial: Design Life Now | The Second Coming


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Editor's Note: With 2007 around the corner, e-Oculus would like to welcome the 2007 Chapter Board of Directors to their offices. Highlights from the inaugural celebration are included in this issue.


Architecture Inside/Out Preview
By Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA, IIDA

The changing of the guard: Mark Strauss, FAIA, AICP, 2006 AIANY Chapter President (right) presents Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA, IIDA, 2007 AIANY Chapter President (left) with her customized "Architecture Inside/Out" cap at the inaugural celebration.
Kristen Richards

Event: AIA New York Chapter 2007 Inaugural — Beyond the Marketplace: Towards an Equitable Housing Program
Speakers: Keynote Speaker Mark Robbins — Dean, Syracuse University School of Architecture; Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA, IIDA — incoming 2007 AIA NY Chapter President
Organizers: AIA NY Chapter
Sponsors: Champion: Jack L. Gordon Architects; Supporters: InterfaceFLOR; Knoll; Manicini Duffy; Perkins & Will; Steelcase; STUDIOS Architecture; Contributors: Bentley Prince Street; Cooper Carry; FXFOWLE Architects; Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum; Herman Miller; Ruth Hirsch Associates; Stephan Jaklitsch Design; Stephen B. Jacobs Group; J.J. Pan and Partners, Architects and Planners; Meadows Office Furniture Company; Millikin & Company; Peter Pennoyer Architects; Barry Rice Architects; SLCE Architects; Hugo S. Subotovsky AIA Architects; Tsao & McKown Architects; Zumtobel
Location: Center for Architecture, 12.05.06

As an interior designer focusing on the workplace, for many years I did not participate in the programs and initiatives at the AIA, or in any discussions about how architects can help improve the public realm. As for many others, 9/11 changed that, bringing us into a public dialog transcending notions of practice or specialties, and uniting us in our belief in the power of design to improve communities and cities. It is this activist notion that has motivated my peers and myself at the Center for Architecture to challenge the boundaries of our passion and commitment.

As an architect who became an interior designer, I would like to channel that activism to address some of the issues and problems specifically relating to its practice. Interior architecture has evolved into a complex and nuanced profession, particularly in the area of workplace design. It is a profession much like urban planning in that it confronts the field, rather than the object, requiring the consensus of many stakeholders. Circulation patterns, use and adjacencies, sociologies of hierarchy and networks, and sustainability are thrown into the mix required for design excellence. And yet, for a large portion of our members, there is still a misconception of the field as "decoration."

This attitude translates into a lack of concern for interior design excellence at all levels. Every year close to 40 million square feet of interior office space is built in our city, compared to an average of a million or two of core and shell. Why are there no programs for interior design excellence? Why did our own 2006 Design Awards program award only one out of four Honor Awards to interiors, and almost none to workplace interiors? Why are many of the architects who practice interior design divorced from the activities and initiatives at the Center and within the Chapter?

Working with the 2007 Chapter Board of Directors and with the Center for Architecture Foundation over the next year, I hope to answer some of these questions, while firmly supporting the Chapter's mission of design excellence, advocacy, and professional practice.

To read the full script of Mark Strauss's speech at the inaugural, please click here.

Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA, IIDA, is the 2007 AIA NY Chapter President.

Design by Pentagram; composition from New York City land use data

The Public and Profession Carve PIE
By Bill Millard

Event: Visualizing the City Conference
Speakers: James Sanders #8212; founder, Center for Urban Experience; Robert Greenhood #8212; Friends of the High Line; Menaka Mohan — Sustainable South Bronx; Steven Romalewski — OASIS NY; Petra Todorovich — Regional Plan Association; Jake Barton — Local Projects; Michael Kwartler, FAIA — Environmental Simulation Center; Matthew Bannister — dbox; Jesse Shapins — Yellow Arrow/Counts Media; Meejin Yoon — HY Studio; Lisa Strausfeld — Pentagram; Ronald Shiffman, FAICP, Hon. AIA — Pratt Center for Community Development; Margarita Gutman — The New School For General Studies and Universidad de Buenos Aires; Rosten Woo — Center for Urban Pedagogy; Shane Berger — Grimshaw Architects; Ellen Ryan — NYC Department of City Planning; Susan Szenasy — Metropolis
Organizers: AIA New York Chapter; Center for Urban Experience; support from CUNY Gotham Center for NYC History's NY2050: futureWise project Sponsors: New York City Council; National Endowment for the Arts; Carnegie Corporation; The Graham Foundation; New York Community Trust; Center for Architecture Foundation
Location: Center for Architecture, 10.28.06

James Sanders set the stage for this half-day conference with an overview of how advances in visual representation have mediated the relations between architects and the public — from Hugh Ferriss's drawings of the 1916 Zoning Law's setback forms for the Times to the "Sims" avatars, VRML spaces, and interactive animations of the digital-imaging era. The serial unfoldings of Gordon Cullen's Townscapes, for example, allowed viewers to experience urban structures as contexts for life and movement, not dislocated abstractions; later cinematic renderings and animated walkthroughs added both a temporal dimension and an authoritative directorial viewpoint to physical models. Now that high-resolution digital renderings let users control perspective and are widely accessible via broadband, civic scrutiny of major projects can occur on unprecedented scales.

The Center for Architecture's new Public Information Exchange (PIE), which will incorporate methods and values discussed here, is appearing in what Susan Szenasy called "the age of the facilitator," making it imperative for the design/planning community to interpret the new forms of information and ensure that they serve public values, not just developers' and politicians' interests. PIE will consist of an interactive technological installation at the Center for Architecture that is linked to a centralized, remotely accessible Web-based database. The prototype is set to launch in April 2007.

Electronic communication is now the indispensable catalyst for community-organizing work, says Robert Greenhood, who doubted the High Line project would have succeeded if his group had used pre-Internet methods. Conversely, changing public standards for visualization can crystallize opposition to some projects, as Petra Todorovich pointed out in reference to the backlash against the initial WTC plans, disseminated as boxy volumetric renderings. The design community now needs to tailor visual communication for a public that has raised its expectations. Advances in visual technology make it both harder and more urgent to clarify the border between substantive and superficial forms of public input.

Projects on parade here — the impressively detailed zoom functions of interpretive maps by Matthew Bannister's firm dbox, the mobile-phone-based narrative systems of Yellow Arrow's "Massively Authored Art Projects" in multiple cities, and the Blade Runner-like data-theater of 3-D installations by Pentagram — evoked both "wow" responses and edgy caveats. The technology of visual communication within and about urban space can be many things: an imaginative realm, a marketing fantasy, a tool for surveillance and propaganda, and a mechanism for education.

Bill Millard is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in Oculus, Icon, Content, and other publications.

Pedestrians and Parks Pave Way for Urban Planning
By Craig Morton, Assoc. AIA

Providing space for pedestrians and parkland is a human rights issue, according to Peñalosa.
Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

Event: 2006 L'Enfant Lecture on City Planning and Design
Speakers: Enrique Peñalosa — former Mayor of Bogotá, Columbia
Organizers: American Planning Association (APA); National Building Museum; in cooperation with New York Building Congress; AP's New York Metro Chapter; The Cooper Union Office of Continuing Education and Public Programs
Location: The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, 11.16.06

With a little foresight and the right priorities, planners in the developing world can vastly improve upon the first-world models of urbanism that are often blindly emulated by developing nations. To Enrique Peñalosa, former Mayor of Bogotá, 2006 L'Enfant Lecturer on City Planning and Design at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, the "magic wand" of planning is time.

Like the great cathedrals that took hundreds of years to complete, great cities can develop with long-term foresight, even with modest budgets. One example of such thinking is to preserve open spaces for parks at a city's periphery, anticipating that future growth will one day reach those areas. While necessities like sewage treatment plants can be built any time, there is only one chance to stake claim on valuable public spaces before the private real estate market develops them.

"A city should be planned from its pedestrian spaces outwards," Peñalosa stated. Take the automobile; the developing world is often asked to build roads and highways in order to encourage automobile use. However, cities like London and New York actively discourage and restrict automobile use. Therefore, Peñalosa argues, why not simply start with fewer cars? His projects for Bogotá include proposals to develop public space instead of highways (El Porvenir Promenade and the Juan Amarillo Greenway, for example). He even instituted an annual Car-Free Day throughout the city. Treating transportation as a human rights issue, Peñalosa believes "those without a motor vehicle also have a right to mobility without the risk of being killed."

Craig Morton, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, is a freelance writer and an architectural designer with FXFOWLE Architects.

A Mythic Quest
By Scott Jardine

The Shrine to the Thin Places at Doonamoe in County Mayo, Ireland was designed and built by Travis Price, AIA, with his students at Catholic University.
Courtesy Travis L. Price III, AIA

Event: "The Archeology of Tomorrow: Architecture and the Spirit of Place"
Speakers: Travis L. Price III, AIA — architect, author, teacher, philosopher, Principal, Travis Price Architects
Organizer: The Explorers Club
Location: The Explorers Club, 10.30.06

Having been involved with green design for most of his career — his projects include the world's largest solar building for the Tennessee Valley Authority at one million square feet — Travis L. Price III, AIA, is just beginning to hit his stride in the quest for the "Mythic Modern." He attempts to synthesize sustainability with a poetic, sacred sense of site.

The driving force behind his projects is what he calls his "Three Lenses": temples (stillness), highways (movement), and sunshine (nature). For the last 14 years, Price has led students from The Catholic University of America on working expeditions called "Spirit of Place/Spirit of Design." These 10-day educational outreaches immerse students in remote, sometimes mythic, foreign cultures with real clients to complete built projects. Each project has a defined program and must stay within budget, schedule, and use local materials. Students have built a gateway monument at Doonamoe in Ireland, where waves shoot up through a natural blowhole 100 feet high; they have also built a shrine in Nepal, and a floating house in the Amazon.

In celebration of the publication that highlights Price's architectural, educational, and philosophical work, Archeology of Tomorrow: Architecture and the Spirit of Place aims to counteract the trend toward global homogenization that he calls "sprawl, mall, and tall."

Cullman Completes MoMA's Campus
By Bill Millard

The new Cullman Building at MoMA references the sculpture garden while supporting scholars' needs. Kristen Richards

Event: Opening of Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
Building Information: Yoshio Taniguchi, Hon. FAIA — architect, Taniguchi and Associates; Kohn Pederson Fox (executive architect); Samuel Anderson Architects (library and archives architect)
Organizers: Glenn Lowry — Director, Museum of Modern Art;
Sponsors: Museum of Modern Art
Location: Museum of Modern Art, 11.28.06

Whatever one's response to MoMA's 2004 renovation of the galleries and public halls may be — delighted with its understated grace or under-whelmed by its circumspection (your correspondent leans toward the former) — the criteria for successful research and teaching spaces are different. Emphasizing scholars' convenience, the new eight-story, 63,000-square-foot Cullman Building improves dramatically on MoMA's ability to support research and staff functions while recognizing that in this component of the complex, drama is a secondary consideration.

Three curatorial study centers (Architecture and Design, Painting and Sculpture, and Film and Media) have moved into the Cullman, along with the library and museum archives. Facilities include the 121-seat Celeste Bartos Theater, two screening rooms, and three classrooms with workshop space. The specialized collection is publicly accessible; any scholar or journalist interested in the museum holdings can use the collections by appointment.

MoMA Director Glenn Lowry, leading a press tour several weeks before the opening, emphasized the gifts possessed by Yoshio Taniguchi, Hon. FAIA, at blending functionality with visual vigor. The multipurpose atrium extends below grade, bringing natural light deep into the building ensuring that even the classrooms tucked under the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden never feel oppressive. The atrium sports a teardrop-shaped Ferrari Formula One race car hung vertically on one wall (sans heavy drive train) and Elizabeth Murray's Painters Progress Spring (1981) on another; the main staircase to the second floor passes a wall of Andy Warhol Cow wallpaper, electric pink on yellow. Taking courses or doing scholarly work here is unlikely ever to seem like drudgery.

Amenities for staff and visiting researchers include full-building Wi-Fi coverage, e-mail-capable photocopiers, and bright, open study areas with views of St. Thomas Episcopal Church next door. In negotiations for the building permit, MoMA agreed to remove a notch from the north face to accommodate the church's 54th Street visibility — a compromise in the original design that Lowry finds advantageous, since the truncated volume not only brings more light to the complex, but gives the Painting and Sculpture department its own terrace.

"What I love," comments Lowry, "is how this building constantly references the garden." The sixth-floor library includes a terrace overlooking the garden and mirroring the café in the main gallery building. Identical floorplates let uniform study centers face the garden, with open offices behind them and curatorial offices along the perimeter, since Tanaguchi wanted onlookers to be able to see researchers at work. The small library in the previous Philip Johnson-designed building "did not enable research," Lowry adds, "and this was something Yoshio really cared about: that the scholarship behind the institution needed spaces worthy of the quality of the research itself."

Bill Millard is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in Oculus, Icon, Content, and other publications.

By Murrye Bernard, Assoc. AIA

Event: New Practices New York: Six Young Firms Set Themselves Apart
Speakers: Gordon Kipping, AIA — principal, G TECTS Associates; Willliam Armstrong — Willliam Armstrong Lighting Design
Organizers: IAIA New York Chapter, in association with The Architect's Newspaper and Häfele America
Sponsors: Häfele America
Location: Häfele New York Showroom, 11.09.06

Just as drafting and rendering technology is constantly evolving, Gordon Kipping, AIA, uses technology to engage users and perhaps inspire them to rethink their personal choices. The second presenter in the New Practices Showcase series, Kipping, principal of G TECTS, discussed the influence of electronic information technology on his designs. Originally from Toronto, he completed a degree in mechanical engineering before studying architecture at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). After working at several New York-based firms, he started G TECTS in 2000.

Kipping's background in mechanical engineering is evident in his analytical approach to design and integration of technology. For example, his master's thesis at SCI-Arc explored how daytime television affects people: "You are what you consume." The resultant design for a living space as a glass box transforms a traditionally private space into a very public one. This theme continues in a recent public housing project proposal that incorporates video screens attached in front of windows on the façade. Organic LED technology displays on the exterior what the occupants of the unit are watching on television inside, yet the plastic film between two layers of glass provides transparency for inhabitants to be able to see out of their windows. The intention behind this, Kipping explained, is to weaken our dependence on mass media sources — or perhaps at least become more self-conscious and rethink what we consume.

Other current G TECTS projects include Harlem Mediatech, a prototype for a library branch that incorporates touch screens for patrons to access library information; and a new building for Baruch College that places classrooms under surveillance and projects the feed on a big screen that passersby can view through lobby, thus restoring the notion of free education (the building is on the site of the city's first "free college"). As Kipping explained, the built work supports the firm's conceptual mission — to push the boundaries of technology and surveillance.

Murrye Bernard, Assoc. AIA, is a freelance writer and Editor of AssociateNews, the national monthly newsletter of the AIA National Associates Committee.

Urban Planning Aids Health, Money, and Education
By By Aileen Iverson, RA

The coordination between public policy and urban planning can make or break a project in NYC.
Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

Event: Conversation with Andrew Winters
Speakers: Andrew Winters — Director, Office of Capital Project Development, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding, NYC Organizers: AIA NY Committee on Public Architecture
Location: Center for Architecture, 11.28.06

Public policy is a struggle to achieve societal goals in a process that relies on the caprice of government, according to Andrew Winters, Director of the NYC Office of Capital Project Development (OCPD). Mayor Bloomberg's goals feature healthcare, economic development, and education. Through urban planning objectives, such as opening the waterfront to public use, developing cultural districts, creating low-income housing, water and land remediation, and increasing infrastructure, these aims become manifest.

The OCPD's scope exists between project approval and project implementation only. Each OCPD project involves negotiations with agencies of overlapping jurisdictions often involving city, state, and federal government, as well as private interests. As part of a larger vision of the future of the city, public policy projects are implemented in stages.

The challenge is to keep the continuity in vision between administrations. One way of achieving this is by creating offices that facilitate and speed implementation (like the OCPD). Another is to rely on broad public support, but perhaps this is more difficult, considering the audience attending this event comprised mostly of denizens of the urban planning community

Aileen Iverson, RA, is an architect practicing in New York.

Homes Mirror Lifestyles
By Onur Ekmekci

Anja, Hoek van Holland, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2004 (building architect: J.J.P. Oud, 1926)
Courtesy Mark Robbins

Event: Households: Reconfigured Interiors of Iconic Modern Residences in Amsterdam and Rotterdam
Speakers: Mark Robbins — Dean, Syracuse University School of Architecture; Anthony Vidler — Dean & professor, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art School of Architecture
Organizers: Mark Robbins — Dean, Syracuse University School of Architecture; Anthony Vidler — Dean & professor, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art School of Architecture
Location: Center for Architecture, 11.16.06

Individuals care about how their homes represent themselves. Households, by Mark Robbins, is a collection of photographic collages that display cultural, political, and social forces that shape residential environments, mostly in Rotterdam and Amsterdam. All of the people included are real and diverse: a gay couple, an elderly couple, a graduate student, Robbins's own uncle and aunt.

It is evident that most people care about the interior look of their homes; the exterior is seen as a part of the public realm. As daily activities occur mainly in living rooms, they receive more attention than bedrooms. Gender roles and marital status are important factors as well. For example, Robbins's uncle's room is filled with pictures of baseball stars and vintage sports items, whereas his aunt's space is less crowded with objects emphasizing color and light.

In all of the collages, inhabitants expose details about their personal image as well as their house. There is a correlation between body image and home decoration, revealing a tension between "space and actor." One person poses nude with his dog in his garden, revealing the details of his body but not much about the interior of his house. A gay couple is photographed naked in their very organized living room revealing both their bodies and their home.

From poverty to crime, housing in Holland faces many problems. The government, rather than private developers, is responsible for helping provide housing for everyone. Maybe civic officials could benefit from Households as they make decisions on the future of housing.

Note: Mark Robbins was the keynote speaker at the AIA New York Chapter 2007 Inaugural 12.05.06.

Onur Ekmekci is an architecture student at City College of New York.


EDITOR'S SOAPBOX: LA Emits. Will NY Conserve?

With Steiner Studios at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Silvercup Studios to be developed in Long Island City, New York City is set to become the East Coast center of the Film and Television Industry (FTI). Los Angeles has been home to the industry for a while, and it has developed detrimental habits to the environment, as evidenced in the UCLA Institute of the Environment 2006 Southern California Environmental Report Card. The FTI needs to improve its environmental awareness. NYC has an opportunity to implement cutting-edge systems that promote sustainability in the designs for these new studios. The city's largest green roof is one initiative planned for Silvercup Studios, designed by Diana Balmori, ASLA (See e-Oculus 10.17.05). I hope other opportunities are not overlooked.

Some sustainability best practices have been established in the entertainment industry; however, these are exceptions not the baseline. The Day After Tomorrow paid to offset carbon dioxide emissions by planting $200,000 worth of trees with Future Forests. Syriana and An Inconvenient Truth worked with NativeEnergy to become carbon neutral as well. The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions worked with The ReUse People to recycle 97.5% of all set material, equaling to over 11,000 tons of material (or 10% of the total annual solid waste stream for Alameda, the town in which the movies were filmed). Thirty-seven truckloads of lumber were reused for low-income housing in Mexico.

According to the study, a major challenge is that work is controlled by short-lived production companies rather than by long-lived firms in stable supply chains. By developing large studios in NYC, the initiative should be taken to coordinate relations among the many organizations that facilitate sustainable practices. Storage of materials can be designed into the program for these large studios. Relationships with local companies that reuse, recycle, and donate materials can be established during the design phase. One does not need to look as far as Mexico to find construction needs for low-income housing (or any other type of construction for that matter). If the FTI is not taking the initiative, we as design professionals can have a significant impact in the field.



Out of Africa

The Kalahari
Courtesy L&M

With a façade resembling the texture and vibrancy of Kinte cloth, the Kalahari, a mixed-use residential building on 115th-116th Street in Central Harlem offers luxury living in an affordable and sustainable environment. A project of Full Spectrum NY, in partnership with L&M, the Kalahari has been designed to meet LEED high performance standards. Wind-generated energy and on-site solar panels supply more than 25% of the building's energy; a fresh-filtered air delivery system will purify air quality at a constant rate; and Energy Star appliances and other features are expected to reduce energy consumption by 30% below the New York State Department of State Building Energy Code. Design architect Frederic Schwartz, FAIA, cultural design consultant Jack Travis, FAIA, and executive architect David Gross, AIA, of GF55 Partners compose the architecture and design team. The complex will be ready for occupancy in 2007.

Big Red Schoolhouse Lights the Way for New Students

A new charter school enlightens the Bronx.
Courtesy Gran Associates
Gran Associates has designed the gut renovation and full build-out of an existing 15,000-square-foot, two-story former parking garage, and the addition of 28,000 square feet of new space for the new Bronx Lighthouse Charter School in the Longwood section of the Bronx. The $15 million project for Civic Builders, an organization that provides turnkey real estate solutions for charter schools, features a play space on the roof of the former garage that is accessed from a multipurpose room that serves as dining and assembly space. The irregular site is unified by a diagonal "Main Street," which ties together the existing and new buildings. Ultimately, 520 students in grades K-12 will attend the school.

Flight 587 Memorial

The new Flight 587 Memorial provides windows to view the ocean and leave flowers for loved ones.
Courtesy Situ Studio
Etched in vermillion-colored granite are the names of 265 people who perished on Flight 587 that crashed in Queens on November 12, 2001. Adjacent to each name are "windows" of different shapes and sizes cut out of 190 irregularly shaped stone blocks that look out to the Atlantic Ocean and provide space for flowers. The memorial, designed by artist Freddy Rodriguez, with Situ Studio serving as consultant, was a multi-agency collaboration that included the Office of the Mayor, the Art Commission of the City of New York, the Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program, the NYC Department of Design and Construction, and the NYC Department of Transportation — in addition to private architects and landscape architects. The project includes the reconstruction of two comfort stations, new construction of an ADA comfort station, and upgrading an existing lifeguard station and associated infrastructure, as well as tree and flower plantings adorning the memorial. Sited on beachfront property at the end of 116th Street in Rockaway Park, the memorial is a short walk to Tribute Park, a memorial to residents of Rockaway who died on 9/11, on the bayside of the street.

A Museum With a River View

The "Gateway" to the Hudson River Museum
Courtesy Archimuse
The Hudson River Museum in Yonkers recently celebrated the dedication of its new entrance plaza with a signature "Gateway" and a 2,000-square-foot glass-walled lobby, designed by Benjamin Kracauer, AIA, of Archimuse. The event marked the completion of phase one of a four-stage modernization and expansion master plan. The museum, which contains an extensive collection of works from the Hudson River School, overlooks the river and the Palisades. The new entrance provides a threshold between Glenview, a National Register of Historic Places Victorian mansion built in 1876, and a Neo-Brutalist wing designed by Richard Kaeyer, FAIA, in 1969. The renovation also includes a redesigned front plaza and steps, an access ramp that meets ADA guidelines, new accessible restrooms, a coatroom, a new museum, and additional gallery space. The next phase, scheduled to begin in the summer of 2007, includes connecting Glenview, which will house the museum's permanent collection galleries, directly to the new lobby making its galleries accessible by elevator. By the end of the decade the museum's expanded facilities will be interconnected and fully accessible for all for the first time.

Yeshiva University Builds New Study Center

A mix of program and materials will make up the new Glueck Center.
Courtesy Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum
Ground was broken on the Jacob & Driezel Glueck Center for Jewish Study at Yeshiva University in upper Manhattan. Aligning with the existing street wall, the 59,000-square-foot, six-story study center, designed by the New York office of Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK) will include classrooms, offices, study rooms, and conference facilities. A combination of materials will be used including textured stone, pre-cast concrete, brick, and metal. The curtainwall on the ground and second floor will be translucent and fritted for privacy. In addition, a new 700-square-foot entrance to the existing Gottesman Library will use the same curtainwall system as the Glueck Center to create a continuous design flow. Completion is scheduled for fall of 2008.

SHCA Designs Mixed-Use for Moscow

SLAVA is one of two projects designed by the recently-created Moscow office of Swanke Hayden Connell Architects.
Courtesy Swanke Hayden Connell Architects
Swanke Hayden Connell Architects (SHCA) has opened an office in Moscow and is designing two projects for the city — a 70-story mixed-use tower in central Moscow near the Kremlin, and a 480,000-square-meter mixed-use complex in downtown Moscow called SLAVA. Located on a major artery linking Red Square to the outskirts of the city, SLAVA is being built on a three-city block site and will contain six A+ class office buildings varying in height from nine to 22 stories with 167,000 square meters of office space, 76,000 square meters of retail space, and a 4,000-car four-level underground parking facility. The tallest building of the complex, with its four-story media wall, an enclosed Winter Garden with an ice skating rink, and penthouse Sky Lounge restaurant, is expected to be the signature piece of the complex.


New AIA Covenant Adopted
The AIA has released a new document describing the goals of the organization and how architects can participate in their realization. Click the link to read A Covenant Between The American Institute of Architects and Its Members.


Submit your response for the latest poll:
The debate between Columbia University and West Harlem has been recently rekindled with Columbia-hired inspectors working to determine if the area should be considered blighted and therefore worthy of university development. The new campus would be built over 25 years on a strip of land from 125th Street to 133rd Street. What do you think of the potential Columbia University expansion plan?

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For more information about each product, how it is categorized as "green," and for which LEED Credits it qualifies go to the BuildingGreen website.



The AIA New York Scholarship Committee announced the recipients of this year's Arnold W. Brunner Grant, awarded for advanced study in any area of architectural investigation that will contribute to knowledge, teaching, or practice of the art and science of architecture: Samuel D. Gruber, from Syracuse, NY, for the project Arnold W. Brunner: Architect and Planner; and Diane Lewis, from NYC, for the project, NY 150+: A Time Line, Ideas — Civic Institutions — Futures...

Architects/ Designers/ Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), an organization that links design with issues of peace and social justice, has announced the winners of their 2006 Lewis Mumford Awards: Common Ground Collective, Global Green USA, and September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows...

Steven Holl Architects has been recognized with a European Hotel Design Award for the Loisium Wine and Spa Resort in Langenlois, Austria. Steven Holl, AIA, has also received an honorary degree at the Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design in Budapest, Hungary...



AIA150 Champion Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, and 2007 Alternate Director for Public Outreach, Ernest Hutton, Assoc. AIA, AICP.
Sam Lahoz

AIA NY Chapter Treasurer Anthony Schirripa, AIA, and 2006 AIA NY Chapter Secretary Beth Greenberg, AIA.
Sam Lahoz

Highlands' Garden Village Corner Park — one of the locations highlighted at the GreenBuild 2006 for its pedestrian-friendly, green focus.
Jeremy Edmunds, P.E., Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

Highlands' Garden Village tour guide and Perry Rose partner, Charles Perry, speaking of the eco-friendly stormwater treatment system.
Jeremy Edmunds, P.E., Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

Stapleton, a multifamily housing on the former Denver airfield.
Jeremy Edmunds, P.E., Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

The Denver Art Museum Frederic C. Hamilton Building, designed by Daniel Libeskind.
Jeremy Edmunds, P.E., Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

The entrance to the Denver Art Museum Frederic C. Hamilton Building.
Jeremy Edmunds, P.E., Assoc. AIA, LEED AP



Oculus 2007 Editorial Calendar
Don't be shy... if you have ideas, projects, opinions — or perhaps a burning desire to write about a topic below — we'd like to hear from you! Your input is most welcome and appreciated; deadlines for submitting suggestions are indicated (projects/topics may be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based). Please send suggestions to: Kristen Richards

Spring 2007: Architecture Inside/Out
The interiors of buildings, the design of the spaces that people work, live, and play in have profound influences on our relationships, productivity, well-being, health, and spirit. This issue will focus on the design of spaces where we spend the majority of our lives. This is AIANY Chapter's 2007 theme issue, and will be distributed at the 2007 AIA National Convention in May.
Submit ideas by 12.20.06

Summer 2007: AIANY 2007 Design Awards
The year's outstanding buildings by New York's design community, as judged by a panel of top jurors. Contact Amanda Jones for details. Registration deadline: 01.26.07; submissions due 02.09.07

Fall 2007: Collaboration
Successful architecture is the outcome of solid teamwork. The issue will spotlight collaborations of architects with a wide range of engineering consultants, designer professionals in other fields, technical experts, artists, IT gurus, contractors, and include in depth pointers on how to make collaborations work and avoid missteps. Submit ideas by 06.01.07

Winter 2007-08: Power & Patronage
Eventually, it's the patrons through their patronage of public and private work who determine the shape, amenities, and environmental merit of what is built in New York, through their funding, taste, and choice of architects. Features will include case studies of successful patronage. Submit ideas by 09.07.07

2007 AIA New York Chapter Design Awards
The AIA New York Chapter Design Awards program seeks to recognize and promote design excellence in three categories: Interiors, Architecture, and Projects. Contact Amanda Jones for more information. Please note the new submission dates for 2007:
01.26.07 Entry Forms and Fees Due
02.09.07 Submissions Due
02.12.07 Symposium: Juror’s Announcement of Award Recipients
04.11.07 Design Awards Luncheon for Award Recipients and their clients
04.12.07 Design Awards Exhibition Opening at the Center for Architecture

Architecture for Humanity is looking for a new logo to be used internationally across all media types. The top ten designs will be awarded signed first editions of Design Like You give A Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises. The winning designer will also receive $1,000 which may be donated to an Architecture for Humanity project of their choice.
Submission: The Webbys
Presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, this program recognizes excellence on the Internet. Called "the Online Oscars" by TIME Magazine, awards will be given in over 65 categories on online impact and innovation.
In conjunction with a forthcoming McGraw-Hill publication, Keith Moskow, AIA, asks architects to submit examples of sustainable buildings developed for environmental groups. Initial inquiries, including a project description and low-resolution images, should be addressed to
The Transbay Joint Powers Authority calls for teams to submit their qualifications for development and design of a multi-nodal transit center and tower in San Francisco. Teams selected for the second phase of judging will be asked to participate in a design competition.
The AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) is accepting submissions of projects that demonstrate high-performance sustainable design. Submissions must address, in both narrative and metric form, how each project responds to ten measures of sustainable design.
Submisison: Lumen Awards
To publicly recognize excellence, professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design, the New York Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society calls for submissions for their 2007 Lumen Awards. Any architectural lighting design project or specialty lighting design is eligible for submission.



At the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place:

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

Bjorn Wallander

Related Events

October 10, 6:00–8:00pm
Exhibition Opening

October 11, 6:00–8:00pm
Going Public Roundtable


October 6–December 30, 2006

Going Public 2: City Snapshot(s) and Case Studies of the Mayor's Design and Construction Excellence Initiative

Galleries: Judith and Walter Hunt Gallery, Mezzanine Gallery, Edgar A. Tafel Hall

Two-part exhibition celebrating public projects in New York City. City Snapshot(s) is the second installation of the Center for Architecture's inaugural exhibition showcasing recent and newly proposed public architecture, art, engineering and landscape projects submitted by open call. Highlighting the efforts of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to enhance the city's built environment, Case Studies of the Mayor's Design and Construction Excellence Initiative will focus on seven projects and look at how the NYC Department of Design and Construction is redefining what public architecture can be in the twenty-first century. Together, the two installations document the scope, quality, and diversity of public work in New York City.

Curator: Thomas Mellins
Exhibition and Graphic Design: TRUCK product architecture

Organized by: AIA New York Chapter

Bovis Lend Lease; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson; FXFOWLE Architects; KPF
Bovis Lend Lease   Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver &
Jacobson   FXFOWLE   KPF

Forest City Ratner Companies; National Reprographics, Inc.; Rose Brand; W Architecture and Landscape Architects

The LiRO Group

Special thanks to:
Office of the Mayor, City of New York; New York City Department of Design and Construction; Center for Architecture Foundation; The Thornton-Tomasetti Group

Bjorn Wallander


September 26–February 17, 2007

Project Showcase: The New York Times Building

Galleries: Street Gallery, Public Resource Center

The Center for Architecture presents a preview of the new 52-story New York Times Building currently being constructed on Eighth Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets. Models, drawings, and material samples describe the innovation and design process, with photography by Annie Leibovitz documenting the urban context of this spectacular new skyscraper. Special emphasis is placed on the sustainable features and technique in creating this remarkable new tower for Times Square. Find out why architect Renzo Piano calls the design—a collaboration with FXFOWLE Architects—"An Expression of Love" for New York City.

Organized by: AIA New York Chapter in partnership with Renzo Piano Building Workshop and FXFOWLE Architects
Exhibition Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Graphic Design: Pentagram

MechoShade Systems
Mechoshades Systems

Flack + Kurtz; Duggal; FJ Sciame Construction
Flack + Kurtz   Duggal   Sciame

Clarett Group; Gardiner + Theobald; The Thornton Tomasetti Group; Zumtobel Lighting

Special thanks to: The New York Times Company; Forest City Ratner Companies; Annie Leibovitz

Bjorn Wallander


September 11–December 16, 2006

5 Years Later…

Gallery: Gerald D. Hines Gallery

Five years have passed since the destruction of the World Trade Center changed New York City and the perception that our iconic buildings are permanent. To mark this anniversary, the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and New York New Visions present a photographic and multi-media installation that explores the complexity of remembrance and reconstruction.

Photographs by Joel Meyerowitz taken right after the dust had cleared depict Ground Zero with power and poignancy. Current footage from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation's live webcam show the site as it is now, and the construction activity relating to projects underway. Also on display is an enlarged photograph of the slurry wall, the last remaining piece of the original World Trade Center structure.

Accompanying these photographs is a random mosaic of news clippings documenting the rebuilding process. Collectively, the published accounts represent the broad range of opinions and reflect the depth of emotion about the reconstruction process.

Exhibition organized by: AIA New York Chapter and New York New Visions
Staff: Rick Bell, Annie Kurtin, Rosamond Fletcher, Sophie Pache, Pamela Puchalski

Special thanks to: Joel Meyerowitz, Guy Nordenson, Erica Goetz, Margaret Helfand, Duggal

Bjorn Wallander

Related Events

September 15
FAQ: Scholarship, Internship, Leadership

September 20, 5:00–7:00pm
The Deans Roundtable and Exhibition Opening

October 12–13, 9:00pm–2:00am
Party@ theCenter (part of Architecture Week)


September 5–December 16, 2006

arch schools-public view(ing)

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

After the tremendous success of the inaugural architecture schools exhibition, the AIA New York Chapter is proud to continue the tradition of showcasing emerging talents from the metropolitan area architecture schools. Thirteen schools are participating in the exhibition:
The City College of New York
Columbia University
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Cornell University
New Jersey Institute of Technology
New York Institute of Technology
Parsons The New School for Design
Pratt Institute
Princeton University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Syracuse University
University at Buffalo (SUNY), and
Yale University

Exhibition organized by AIA New York Chapter

Exhibition Design: Gia Mainiero/Edwin Rodriguez
Graphic Design: Gia Mainiero

Lead Sponsors:
Peter Schubert/Hillier; KPF; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Hillier Architecture   KPF   Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Additional sponsorship provided by:
Arquitectonica; Audrey Matlock Architect; Bentel & Bentel Architects/Planninners; Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners; Butler Rogers Baskett Architects; Deborah Berke & Partners Architects; Gabellini Sheppard Associates; HOK; Paul Segal Associates Architects; Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie Architects; Rafael Viñoly Architects; Robert A.M. Stern Architects; Terrence O'Neal Architect; Thomas Phifer and Partners; Tsao & McKown Architects

Special thanks to:
Heather Philip-O'Neal, AIA, Director, Educational Affairs; Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, former Director, Educational Affairs and Peter Schubert, AIA, Director, Programs and Strategic Planning

Press release


About Town: Exhibition Announcements

Photography by David Maisel, courtesy Von Lintel Gallery

Through 01.06.07

The newest chapter of the Black Maps series from photographer David Maisel, this exhibition uses aerial photography to record the environmentally impacted areas around Los Angeles using negative prints of black-and-white film.

Von Lintel Gallery; 555 W. 25th Street

Nina Katchadourian, courtesy Public Art Fund

Through 01.14.07
Office Semaphore

An urban adaptation of traditional marine flag signaling, artist Nina Katchadourian has installed a system in which an office worker relays messages to people outside on street level. A different message is visible for decoding everyday, through a telescope installed on the northeastern corner of One Chase Manhattan Plaza.

One Chase Manhattan Plaza; Pine, Liberty, Nassau and William Streets

Bronx Borough Courthouse (Oscar J. Bluemmer/Michael J. Garvin, 1914)
Elliott Kaufman

Through 02.15.07
"Abandoned" and "Panama Canal" Series

Large archival pigment prints by architectural photographer Elliott Kaufman chronicle derelict buildings and interiors in and around New York seldom seen by outsiders, and aspects of the Panama Canal from sweeping aerial views to details of the original 18-foot culverts.

B. Thayer Associates; 19 W. 44 St., 18th floor

A City on Paper: Saul Steinberg's New York; "Utopia," 1974
Collection of the Saul Steinberg Foundation; ©The Saul Steinberg Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image courtesy The Museum of the City of New York.

Through 03.25.07
A City on Paper: Saul Steinberg's New York

More than 40 drawings by artist Saul Steinberg are on display, showing the range and originality of his vision of New York City. Trained in architecture and a satirist by nature, the work on displays shows the city — its skyline, its people, its monuments and myths — in an original light.

The Museum of the City of New York; 1220 Fifth Avenue

Image courtesy Van Alen Institute

12.08.06 - 01.21.07 and 02.17.07
Shrinking Cities

A two-part exhibition, Shrinking Cities, culminates a four-year project investigating the worldwide phenomenon of urban "shrinkage." Van Alen Institute is hosting part one of the exhibition, Shrinking Cities: International Research, which examines the phenomenon of urban decline in four focus cities. Pratt Manhattan Gallery is hosting part two, Shrinking Cities: Interventions, which presents strategies for action.

Van Alen Institute; 30 W. 22nd St., 6th floor
Pratt Manhattan Gallery; 144 W. 14th Street, 2nd floor

The Newspaper Café, Jindong New District Architecture Park, Jinhua City, China, 2004-06. Designer: Toshiko Mori Architect
Courtesy Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

12.08.06 - 07.29.07
National Design Triennial: Design Life Now

Highlighting the work of 87 designers and firms, this exhibition presents the most innovative American designs from the prior three years in a variety of fields including architecture, product design, and fashion.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; 2 East 91st St.

"First Christmas, 2006" by Peter Caine
Courtesy Exit Art

12.16.06 - 01.27.07
The Second Coming

Transforming found objects into quirky and kinetic sculptures, Peter Caine has produced this animatronic work, displayed as a window installation full of subversive sociopolitical underpinnings. Caine's "winter wonderland" is on view 24 hours a day.

Exit Art; 10th Avenue and 36th Street windows


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Consulting for ArchitectsArchitects Wanted
CFA is a referral registry for architects, seeks resumes from qualified individuals for project or full-time placement.

Our clients, NYC's most desired architectural practices, have requests at all levels for design and production:

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Adamson Associates Architects
is looking to expand their New York office, currently involved as Architect of Record in the redevelopment and reconstruction of the World Trade Center Site, working in association with "World Class" architects Foster and Partners, Richard Rogers Partership, and Maki and Associates who are the designers. Adamson has the task of assisting with the technical resolution of the architectural designs and coordinating teh requirements of each building with the requirements of a number of stakeholders.

We are looking for motivated and experienced individuals, from interns to project architects, who have excellent communication, computer, and problem solving skills as well as appreciation and sensitivity to architectural design intent. Candidates will need to posses strengths in the area of detailing, contract documents, and coordination of complex building program requirements. Proficiency in the latest AutoCAD software is required and experience with Revit is a big bonus.

Salary will be commesurate with experience.

Resumes can be sent by e-mail to

The NYC Region of the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation seeks a well rounded NYS licensed architect or professional engineer. Contract management, field inspections, design and NYS building code experience desired. Provisional appointment to Civil Service position (must pass exam when offered). Starting salary $62,019.

Send resume to Charles Place, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, 163 West 125th Street, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10027 (fax: 212 866 3186) by November 30, 2006.

design manager

Experienced design managers needed. Responsibilities include: Managing architectural design process, ensuring compliance with codes and securing permits and building approvals. Will also monitor design modifications and monitor production of construction documents. Requirements: Architecture or Interior Design degree, five years experience with a specialty retailer as an in-house designer or experience working for architectural/design firm designing retail/restaurant spaces. Experience managing outside architectural, MEP and other desired.

Please send cover letter and resume to


job captain

Experienced job captains needed. Responsibilities include: Solving design questions and issues, coordinating project planning and reviewing/analyzes site surveys, developing preliminary drawings, tracking project timelines and producing architectural drawings. Requirements: Architecture of Interior Design degree, three plus years producing construction documents using a CAD software and must be proficient in communicating, both orally and in writing, and have demonstrated team work.

Please send cover letter and resume


ARCHITECT - Eastern Long Island, New York firm with a flourishing practice in residential architecture seeks architect with minimum 5 years experience as project architect for high-end projects.

Flexible work location and schedule.,

Brooklyn College wants to hire an architect as an independent consultant to be the liaison between the academic staff and the design architects for a science facility and a performing arts center. The ideal candidate would have a minimum of 10 yrs experience and have worked with educational or governmental agencies. It is anticipated that the weekly work load will be around 20 to 25 hours weekly. Fax resumes to 718-951-4642 or email to

Marketing Professional

Bermello Ajamil & Partners seeks dynamic Sr. Marketing Pro for our SOHO office. Includes strategic plannign, brand management, rfp / proposal preparation, market research, PR and maintenance, up-keep of the regional office CRM. Architectural/Engineering experience required.


Designers-Project Managers

Designers-Project Managers NBBJ is a multi-national design firm and is among the world's most prominent architecture firms. There are tremendous growth opportunities for individuals looking to join a highly collaborative team environment. Our New York Studio is seeking SR Designers, Project Architects and JR Designers to contribute to award winning project work both domestically and internationally. For more information please visit our website: or submit resumes to< /p>


Small firm seeks motivated hardworking, selfstarter individual with a strong knoweledge in Zoning, Building Code, M.D.L., City Agencies filling processes, etc. for part/full time position. Midtown great office work environment.

Fax resume and salary requirements (212) 725-1419

Project Architect

(NY,NY) hanrahanMeyers architects ( ) is seeking a full-time Project Architect to work on variously scaled projects, freestanding and interior. Good benefits. Pay commensurate with applicant's abilities.

Please submit resume (hardcopy preferred) to :

Ms. Victoria Meyers and Mr. Thomas Hanrahan
hanrahanMeyers architects
135 West 20th Street
Suite 300
New York, NY 10011

please include :

  • samples of student work, professional renderings and contract document working drawings
  • names and telephone numbers for three references, preferably at least one prior employer

or you may email to:

Rapidly expanding, award winning NYC firm spec- ializing in boutique hotels and large-scale residential projects throughout North America has openings at all levels of experience.


We are looking for exceptional, talented indivi- duals at all levels of experience with strong de- lineation skills and knowledge of software inclu- ding Form Z and 3D Studio Viz.


Intermediate and Senior Project Managers/Job Captains for large and medium scale projects. Autocad proficiency, experience with client contact, consultant coordination a must.


Architects of all levels with strong Autocad skills, detailing and shop drawing experience for both residential and hotel building types.

Excellent benefits, salary commensurate with experience. Email resume to H. Weber:


We employ the very best, do you qualify?
Architectural intern, minimum 4 years experience. National and international firm. Autodesk ADT 2007, Revit 9.1 a plus. DeWolff Partnership, Fochester, NY. Michael Holvey at 585-454-5860.


We employ the very best, do you qualify?
Openings for several licensed Architects, minimum 10 years experience in Health Care & Cancer Hosipitals, Justice/Prisons, Recreation/Community Centers, DeWolff Partnership, Rochester, NY a National and international firm.

Intermediate Architect

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP New York is seeking intermediate level architects for involvement in both large and small scale projects. Applicants should have interest in a full range of project responsibilities.

Applicants must hold a 5 year professional degree or Master's degree in Architecture and have 3 to 8 years of professional experience. Knowledge of AutoCAD, Photoshop and 3d Studio Max and/or Rhino is required.

Please send a cover letter, resume and 1-2 work samples to:

Human Resources
14 Wall Street, 24th Floor
New York, NY 10005
ATTN: 061215 Intermediate Posting
Or you may email all files to (PDF or JPEG only please)
No phone calls please. Work samples will not be returned.

Junior Architect

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP New York is seeking intermediate level architects for involvement in both large and small scale projects. Applicants should have interest in a full range of project responsibilities.

Applicants must hold a 5 year professional degree or Master's degree in Architecture. Knowledge of AutoCAD, Photoshop and 3d Studio Max and/or Rhino is required.

Please send a cover letter, resume and 1-2 work samples to:

Human Resources
14 Wall Street, 24th Floor
New York, NY 10005
ATTN: 061215 Junior Posting
Or you may email all files to (PDF or JPEG only please)
No phone calls please. Work samples will not be returned.

The AIA Contract Documents program
provides proven, consistent, and effective standard form contracts to the building design and construction industry. The program directs its efforts toward improving existing documents and developing new ones. In late 2005 the AIA introduced six new contract documents. These included two new agreements and four new scopes of service documents for use with owner-architect agreements.

Paper Documents
The AIA New York Chapter is a full-service distributor of AIA Contract Documents, which are the most widely used standard form contracts in the building industry. These comprehensive contracts have been prepared by the AIA with the input of contractors, attorneys, architects, and engineers. Typically, industry professionals and home/property owners use these documents to support agreements relating to design and construction services. Anyone may purchase and use the AIA Contract Documents. AIA Members receive a 10% discount. For a full list and order form, see list.pdf or call 212.358.6113 with your fax number.

Electronic Format Documents
The new AIA Contract Documents software is completely redesigned, based on Microsoft Word, and is easier to use than Word itself. Enter project and document information once and reuse it automatically. E-mail documents as Word or PDF attachments. Print "clean copy" final documents with all changes captured in a special report. Go to docssoftwaretraining for Contract Documents Software Training and to download the AIA Contract Documents software.

If you already have the software, Version 2.0.5: Software Update is now available.

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