Category Archives: AIA News You Can Use

World Trade Center Transportation Hub Oculus Interior, New York, NY. Credit: Peter Aaron.
AIA News You Can Use by • 03/27/17

Featured Member: Thomas Grassi Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

Thomas Grassi, FAIA, PMP, Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure and Transportation Architecture Architecture Department, HNTB Corporation, has devoted his career to being a manager for transformative regional transportation projects, a leader rebuilding Lower Manhattan and World Trade Center transportation infrastructure, and an ambassador sharing the story of architecture’s healing power. Grassi helped to lead Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ)’s Downtown Restoration Program following the events of 9/11, and went on to manage and coordinate the design and construction of of the iconic WTC Transportation Hub. In recognition, Grassi was a recipient of AIA’s “Architects of Healing” Presidential Citation. Read More

Allie Mae Public Library, View of Story Hour Corner, New Orleans, LA. Photo: Courtesy of MDA Designgroup.
AIA News You Can Use by • 03/22/17

Featured Member: Elisabeth Martin Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

Elisabeth Martin’s leadership and advocacy for public libraries is a catalyst for transformative change. As a principal at MDA designgroup architects & planners, Martin’s passion has fueled discourse, inspired solutions, influenced national models and demonstrated the power of design in the public realm. As a proven leader with national recognition for over 3 decades of work with public libraries, her specialty practice combines the tools of advocacy, vision, planning and design to create beacons of life-enriching activity and resources within the communities they serve. Read More

Categories: Best in Show; Architecture Honor Award. Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Executive Architect: Gensler. Landscape Architect: SCAPE. Project: The Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center, Columbia University. Location: New York, NY. Photo: Iwan Baan.
AIA News You Can Use by • 03/09/17

AIA New York Names 2017 Design Awards Winners

On Monday, 03.06.17, at the Center for Architecture, the Jury of the 2017 AIANY Design Awards named Honor and Merit winners spanning the categories of Architecture, Interiors, Projects, and Urban Design. In total, there were 35 winning projects (see above slideshow) including the much lauded Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University, designed by Diller Scofidio + RenfroGensler and SCAPE, which collectively took home Best in Show as well as an Architecture Honor Award. You can see details including submission PDFs for all Honor and Merit winners here.

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John Cetra, FAIA, co-founder, CetraRuddy Architecture. Credit: Evan Sung.
AIA News You Can Use by • 03/09/17

Featured Member: John Cetra Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

Over his 35-year career, John Cetra has assembled and led a design practice dedicated to the transformation of urban multifamily housing and residential architecture. Since co-founding his firm, CetraRuddy, with his wife and partner, Nancy Ruddy, in 1987 Cetra’s work has been rooted in a rigorous, ongoing study of urban contextual fabrics and patterns of habitation and has resulted in buildings that reinforce community and neighborhood. Read More

Belfer Research Building, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY. Photo: Jeff Goldberg/Esto.
AIA News You Can Use by • 03/08/17

Featured Member: William Cunningham Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

William Cunningham, as Weill Cornell Medicine‘s first Campus Architect, has used design excellence to transform the campus of one of the country’s premier medical institutions into the embodiment of the highest standards of medical education, research, and practice with national and global influence. Cunningham has led the transformation of WCM’s aging and outmoded 2.9-million-square-foot campus, planning new innovative facilities—all designed to a level of LEED Silver or higher—for supporting medical education, ambulatory care, and cutting-edge biomedical research. Read More

Ann Marie Baranowski, FAIA. Credit: Paulette Pascarella.
AIA News You Can Use by • 02/24/17

Featured Member: Ann Marie Baranowski Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

Ann Marie Baranowski, FAIA, LEED AP, senior associate at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, strategically integrates art and architecture into original built works of enduring value and advocates for culture as vital to the public realm. The 2017 Jury of Fellows of the AIA elevated Baranowski to its prestigious College of Fellows in the second category of fellowship, which recognizes architects who have “Advanced the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training or practice.” Now among the AIA membership’s three percent distinguished with fellowship and honorary fellowship, Baranowski will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 in Orlando as well as at the New Fellows Reception hosted by AIA New York on March 13.

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AIA News You Can Use by • 02/24/17

Spotlight on the 2017 AIANY Design Awards Jury

Every year since the program’s inception, the AIANY Design Awards have celebrated outstanding architectural design by AIANY members and New York-based architects, as well as recognizing local work by architects from around the world. Awards are given in four categories—Architecture, Interiors, Projects, and Urban Design—as reviewed by the seven-person jury who establish criteria, evaluate excellence, and determine the awards given for Honor and Merit designations. This year, Oculus guest editor Alan Brake will serve as moderator when the jury convenes in the coming weeks.

Honor and Merit winners will be revealed at the Design Awards Jury Symposium on March 6, 2017, and further celebrated at the Honors and Awards Luncheon on April 21, 2017. Keep reading to learn more about each 2017 AIANY Design Awards juror: Read More

Patrick J. Burke, FAIA, Assistant VP, Capital Management, Columbia University Medical Center. Credit: Edmund M. Kramer Photographers, Inc.
AIA News You Can Use by • 02/22/17

Featured Member: Patrick J. Burke III Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

The 2017 Jury of Fellows of the AIA has elevated Patrick J. Burke III, FAIA, Assistant VP, Capital Project Management, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), to its College of Fellows in the fourth category of fellowship, which recognizes architects who have “Advanced the living standards of people through an improved environment.” Burke is widely celebrated for having masterfully transformed CUMC’s built environment with great sensitivity to design excellence, thereby inspiring thousands of faculty, researchers, students, and clinicians to pursue the highest levels of knowledge and healing. Burke has spent decades overseeing the planning, design, and construction of large-scale, technically complex biomedical research facilities and other high-technology buildings, leading to more than 2,000 CUMC projects with gross project budgets in excess of $900 million.

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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

AIA Board Adopts Equity Recommendations

In late December 2016, the AIA National Board of Directors adopted the recommendations of the Equity in Architecture Commission, who identified root causes to the lack of diversity in the profession and offered suggestions on how to address these issues, as well as a timeline for implementation. The commission, which included architects, educators, and diversity experts, was launched in November 2015 with the goal of forging action plans for achieving equitable practices through measurable goals. Read More