Author Archives: Suzanne Mecs, Hon. AIA NYS

Nominate AIA Architects for Fellowship!

Do you know an AIA architect who has made significant and measurable achievements in design, preservation, education, literature, or service?

Election to fellowship recognizes those achievements and also honors before the public and the profession the architect who has made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Please make a recommendation about who the AIA New York should nominate to fellowship from our chapter for the 2016/2017 cycle. Read More

The AIANYS board enjoys an architect-led tour of the Algonquin Building, originally designed by S. Gifford Slocum, during the 2016 AIA New York State Saratoga Design Conference.
Reports from the Field by • 10/14/16

In Architecture, Collaboration is Key

All architects know that this industry is a team sport – the questions are more often about who is on your team, who is on the other team, and how apparently adversarial relationships and goals might be managed to create joint missions and effective collaborations instead.

The 2016 AIA New York State Saratoga Design Conference (09.29-10.01.16) provided an important array of programming that highlighted the importance of collaboration. Educational sessions included technical presentations in the “Spec Academy” and a host of projects from around the world. General sessions focused on how firms can collaborate to reach their goals. These featured Kai-Uwe Bergmann, AIA, of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group; Darko Hrelajanovic, AIA, of STV; Craig Metro of Ford Motor Company; Kashyap Bhimjiani, Assoc. AIA, of Gensler; and Paulo Faria of Grimshaw.  Read More

John Belle, FAIA (1932-2016)
In Memoriam by • 09/15/16

In Memoriam: John Belle, FAIA (1932-2016)

This month, the New York architectural community lost an inspirational architect who elevated New York City’s pride and place through the reclamation its architectural heritage. John Belle, FAIA, was founding principal of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners. He directed the planning, reuse, and restoration of landmarks including the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, Grand Central Terminal, and the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden, as well as other significant buildings in the US and abroad. Read More

A Call for Fellows

Do you know an AIA architect who has significant and measurable achievements in design, preservation, education, literature, or service?

Election to AIA fellowship recognizes those achievements, and honors before the public and the profession the architect who has made a significant contribution to architecture and society at a national level.

Please make a recommendation of who the AIA New York Chapter should nominate to fellowship for the 2016/2017 cycle by 02.19.16.

Eligibility and procedures for recommendations are outlined in the 2016 Call for Fellows Recommendations.  Click here for more information.

Harold Fredenburgh, FAIA (1934 – 2016)
In Memoriam by • 01/27/16

In Memoriam: Harold Fredenburgh, FAIA (1934 – 2016)

On 01.21.16, the AIA New York Chapter and the architectural community lost a long-time member and an excellent designer when Harold Fredenburgh, FAIA, died. Read More

A Call for Fellows

Do you know an AIA architect who has significant and measurable achievements in design, preservation, education, literature, or service?

Election to AIA fellowship recognizes those achievements, and honors before the public and the profession the architect who has made a significant contribution to architecture and society at a national level.

Please make a recommendation of who the AIA New York Chapter should nominate to fellowship for the 2016/2017 cycle by 02.19.16.

Eligibility and procedures for recommendations are outlined in the 2016 Call for Fellows Recommendations.  Click here for more information.

AIANY Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates for Board and Elective Positions

In accordance with AIANY Chapter Bylaws, the Nominating Committee is responsible for filling vacancies on the Chapter’s Board of Directors and selecting new members for five elective committees (Design Awards, Fellows, Finance, Honors, Oculus). All terms of service for these appointees will begin January 2016. The selections of the Nominating Committee will be announced at the Chapter’s 2015 Annual Meeting to be held in June.

We are pleased to announce that Susannah C. Drake, AIA, FASLA, Terrence O’Neal, FAIA, Ann Rolland, AIA, LEED AP, and Barbara Wilks, FAIA, FASLA, were elected by the membership to serve, along with 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DPACSA, as the 2015 Nominating Committee. They are beginning their work on the 2015 Slate.

Any Chapter member who is interested in serving on the Chapter Board or on one of the elective committees should contact Jesse Lazar at jlazar@aiany.org and 212-358-6108 for further information. Information about materials to submit for consideration is available here.

Join AIANY now for special 2014 benefits!

If you are not currently an AIA member there are many great reasons to join, and particularly to be part of the AIA New York Chapter. With a growing number of programs and exhibitions at the Center for Architecture and partnerships with cultural institutions throughout the city, members have access to a rich discussion of the built environment, and the opportunity to build a professional network from almost 5,000 AIANY members and firm representatives. Read More

AIANY representatives at the 2013 AIANYS Design Awards Dinner. (back row, l-r) Kirsten A. Sibilia, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP; Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA; AIANY 2013 President Jill N. Lerner, FAIA; (front row, l-r) Frank Green, FAIA; Abby P. Suckle, FAIA
Reports from the Field by • 10/09/13

Rebuild Renew Re-Create: A New York State Convention Report

Arriving late can be unsettling; arriving late to the opening keynote presentation of the 2013 AIA New York State Convention by Roman Mars, host of99% Invisible,” felt a bit like landing on the Red Planet instead of in the home of the “Syracuse Orange.”

Mars’ radio show about architecture, design, and all the thought that goes into the things that most people don’t even think about, provided a wide-ranging, follow-my-lead-but-keep-thinking tone that prepared one for the broad array of programming, awards, and interactions that followed over the next three days. Throughout the presentation, snippets of image, voice, interview, story-telling, and rock music were integrated like the many elements to building, street, and community that AIA members leverage for their projects. This method of holding together threads that are not always thought of at the same time continued throughout the convention as programs explored the theme “Rebuild, Renew, Re-Create.Read More

"A Building Manual for the YWCA" by Iris S. Alex, FAIA
In Memoriam by • 08/14/13

“Architalker” Iris Alex passes

AIANY recently learned of the passing of Iris S. Alex, FAIA. Though she was not able to be active in the profession in the last few years, Alex had a career that was oriented to the public good through long-term work with the YWCA and other social welfare organizations. She served on many Chapter and National committees, was Secretary of the AIANY Board in 1979, and was one of the weekly volunteer “Architalkers”  – docents who teach visitors about the Center for Architecture’s mission, design, and exhibitions – when the Center for Architecture first opened in 2003. Read More