Autonomous vehicle (AV) technology has the potential to create seismic shifts in not only how we transport people and goods, but the basic underpinnings of our society, culture, and economic structure. The combination of autonomous vehicles and connected technologies promises to make streets safer, reduce energy consumption, decrease congestion, and create dramatic changes in where people live, work, and play. Read More
Author Archives: Benjamin Prosky
Last Friday, AIA New York shared a set of position statements to guide us in responding to the policies of the new presidential administration. Following the election, AIANY’s Board of Directors issued a call to members for suggestions on how to best respond to the challenges facing the architectural profession. Overwhelmingly, responses advised the organization to look inward and create foundational tools to refer back to as critical issues arise. Read More
On 01.05.17, AIANY hosted its first-ever “Architects Assembled: AIA New York Community Forum.” The town hall-style event invited members and architects to the Center for Architecture to share their views on the AIA and their hopes for our chapter. I was pleased to co-host the event with 2017 AIA New York President, David Piscuskas, FAIA and was honored to share the evening with the close to 100 members of our extended community who contributed their responses and thoughtful suggestions. Read More
At this time when the country is notably divided and exploring many paths forward, AIA New York / Center for Architecture remains dedicated to our core values, which include promoting architecture and cities that are equitable, diverse, resilient, and committed to improving the quality of life in our communities.
Updated 11.15.16: Please note this statement was revised on 11.15.16. Please see AIANY’s current message here
As we continue to prioritize how to enhance our communications channels, we have started to think strategically about Oculus magazine. From its birth as a one-page AIANY membership newsletter in 1938, Oculus has evolved into a quarterly magazine exploring issues relevant to architecture practitioners, circulated to more than 8,000 subscribers. Today, we look forward to this continued evolution as we explore the magazine’s redesign. Read More
AIANY and Center for Architecture Executive Director, Benjamin Prosky, Assoc. AIA, discusses his picks for Archtober 2016. See more Archtober itineraries by NYC design voices here.
We’re already half way through the month, but there’s still so much more Archtober to experience! This weekend, Archtober partner Open House New York invites New Yorkers into sites around the five boroughs, many of which are often inaccessible. On Saturday, the Center for Architecture will host a drop-in Family Day, where families will build a model city together. I look forward to visiting Lite Brite Neon in the Old American Can Factory, a project on view in our exhibition, Authenticity and Innovation. I also recommend checking out the New York Botanical Garden and the Andrew Freedman Home in The Bronx. This is also a great opportunity to stop by Arthur Avenue and pick up some authentic Italian cannoli. Read More
If you have been inside the Center for Architecture recently, you may have noticed that some renovations are in progress. In preparation for the fall season, we are enhancing a few of our spaces to better accommodate our programs and to respond to member requests. Read More
At this time, just after the midpoint of summer, I realize I have now been Executive Director for just over half a year. With the buzz of our summer camps during the day and events in the evening, it feels like time moves very quickly at the Center for Architecture. I want to take this opportunity to share an update of some of the projects that are moving forward. Read More
Engaging younger architects in activities at the Center for Architecture and recruiting younger members to join the AIA is one of my priorities.
The median age of our membership is over 50 years old. Fewer people are pursuing licensure. Taking these factors into account, we realize that it is critical to demonstrate to emerging professionals that an AIA membership can be incredibly valuable to young practitioners and new firms. Read More
Scores of AIA New York Chapter members joined me at my first AIA National Convention in Philadelphia. We were well represented by our speakers, board members, committee chairs, and many other members who participated in networking, information exchange, high-level workshops, and upwards of 35 daily tours. AIANY was especially proud to see 18 members inducted to the AIA College of Fellows at the annual Investiture Ceremony at the University of Pennsylvania’s Irvine Auditorium. Read More