Category Archives: At the Center for Architecture

From left: Signe Nielsen, RLA, FASLA; Cynthia Rosenzweig; Susanne Desroches; Jeffrey Raven, FAIA, LEED BD+C; and Jee Mee Kim, AICP. Photo: Center for Architecture.
At the Center for Architecture by • 06/21/17

Climate Change in NYC: Bridging Science and Practice

On 06.08.17, the Center for Architecture continued the environmental momentum from the previous night’s lecture with a panel discussion on the effects of climate change on New York City’s future urban design. While the previous lecture addressed what individual property owners could do to mitigate their environmental impact through retrofitting, “Climate Change in NYC: Bridging Science and Practice” focused on the imminent threat to New Yorkers of rising sea levels and increased average temperatures. Read More

From left: Peter Lampen, AIA; Luke Surowiec, LEED AP; Steven Winter, FAIA; John Lee, AIA. Photo: Center for Architecture.
At the Center for Architecture by • 06/20/17

A Closer Look at 80×50 Initiative’s NYC Retrofit Accelerator Program

On 06.07.17, the AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE) brought the conversation around New York City’s 80×50 initiative back to the Center for Architecture. The lecture, titled “NYC Retrofit Accelerator: An 80×50 Resource”, introduced a promising feature of the ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. A key aspect of Mayor De Blasio’s endeavor to make New York City a green city, the Retrofit Accelerator program focuses on making the city’s older buildings just as sustainable as new, cutting-edge construction. Read More

Upper East Side residence by Gabellini Sheppard, New York. Photo: Paul Warchol.
At the Center for Architecture by • 05/31/17

Michael Gabellini, FAIA, Delivers AIANY 2017 Gil Oberfield Lecture

Master minimalist Michael Gabellini, FAIA, delivered the 2017 Gil Oberfield Lecture at the Center for Architecture on 5.18.17, sharing anecdotes and philosophical imperatives he’s developed at his firm Gabellini Sheppard, along with a few hints about what’s on the boards. Read More

Speakers of "Hesitation and Constraints: Barriers to Social Research in Practice." Credit: Center for Architecture
At the Center for Architecture by • 05/17/17

Social Sciences, Good for Your Bottom Line and Society

When social science research is characterized as the antidote to contemporary life’s afflictions, architects are justifiably wary. The practitioners who shared their insights at a recent AIANY Social Science and Architecture Committee argued against compartmentalizing this field of study. Rather, their aim is to make the research more ubiquitous, a more substantive part of how we understand and shape the built environment. When we improve our understanding of society, the chances that social relationships will be “linked to place,” to quote moderator Margaret Newman of Arup, are also improved. “We are addressing a ‘better architecture’ topic,” said committee co-chair Melissa Marsh; social science is intrinsically connected to design excellence. Read More

Star Apartments, Los Angeles. Credit: Iwan Baan.
At the Center for Architecture by • 04/05/17

Michael Maltzan, FAIA, Says Public Housing Must Anticipate the Future

On 03.29.17, the conversation surrounding the future of public housing returned to the Center for Architecture. Housing by Los Angeles-based architect Michael Maltzan, FAIA, Design Principal, Michael Maltzan Architecture, has won numerous awards within the past year including the American Architecture Award, the AIA Los Angeles Gold Medal Honoree, and two Residential Architecture Design awards. Architect and AIANY Housing Committee co-chair Fernando Villa, AIA, LEED, AP BD+C, introduced Maltzan’s work, calling it “always inspiring, innovative and thoughtful.” He noted too how architecture can be “a bulwark” against a government that is increasingly unconcerned for people relying on public assistance. Read More

Michael Kimmelman, New York Times architecture critic, and Jeanne Gang, Founding Principal of Studio Gang. Credit: Center for Architecture.
At the Center for Architecture by • 04/05/17

Jeanne Gang and Michael Kimmelman Discuss Truth and Public Work in Architecture

On 03.24.17, two of the biggest names in architecture stopped by the Center for Architecture for a lively evening of illumination and calls to action. Once the crowd of 180 fans filed into Tafel hall and the mezzanine balcony, AIANY and Center for Architecture executive director Benjamin Prosky warmed up the crowd for the two giants who, as he noted, needed no introduction: Jeanne Gang, principal of Chicago-based Studio Gang, and Michael Kimmelman, New York Times architecture critic. Read More

Malcolm McLaren, founder of McLaren Engineering, receives proclamation from AIANY and Center for Architecture Executive Director Benjamin Prosky, Assoc. AIA.
At the Center for Architecture by • 04/05/17

AIANY Presents Proclamation to McLaren Engineering

On 03.28.17, AIA New York presented a proclamation to Malcolm McLaren and McLaren Engineering in celebration of the firm’s 40th anniversary. Read More

Alex O'Briant takes the mic. Credit: Center for Architecture.
At the Center for Architecture by • 03/22/17

Busting Myths: How Can Social Research Impact Design?

On 02.22.17 at the Center for Architecture, the AIANY Social Science and Architecture Committee held the first event in a series, titled Hesitations and Constraints, on how social research informs varying building typologies. The discussion sought to uncover, or at least clarify, the reasons behind the varying degrees of interest in social research from different typologies as well as the possible solutions for increasing the value of research. Read More

From left: Farzana Gandhi; T. Alexander Aleinkoff; Sean Anderson; Eliza Montgomery; Alfredo Brillembourg. Credit: Center for Architecture.
At the Center for Architecture by • 03/09/17

Designing for the Refugee Crisis Reveals Both Hard Truths and Hope

On 02.23.17, AIANY’s Global Dialogues Committee brought the roiling debate around refugees to the Center for Architecture for a night of hard truths and small glimmers of hope. The lecture, titled “Designing for the Refugee Crisis,” gathered a distinguished panel of political and design experts to discuss the complex concerns surrounding this global problem. Read More

New York Coalition of Black Architects (NYCOBA) Members, 1979. Credit: NYCOBA.
At the Center for Architecture by • 02/07/17

‘SAY IT LOUD’ Includes Timeline of Black Architects in New York

Opened in conjunction with Black History Month, SAY IT LOUD: Distinguished Black Designers of NYCOBA | NOMA puts the spotlight on architects and allied professionals of color, as well as their rarely recognized impacts on the architecture and design fields and the community at large. Among the 20 architects, designers and students honored with project photography, quotes, and video interviews, Roberta Washington, FAIA, NOMA, Principal, Roberta Washington Architects, has contributed a timeline of the history of black architects in New York, which we’ve reproduced below. Read More