Category Archives: Editor’s Note

Editor's Note by • 01/19/17

Survey: Help Us Design Our New Website

AIA New York and the Center for Architecture are undergoing a major website redesign! We want to hear from the AIANY and CFA communities to get your feedback and input on how the new website can better serve its audience, improve its content offerings, and create a more engaging online experience for the greater architecture and design community. Your comments will help shape and enhance our new website and enable us to better serve AIANY members, architects, students, and the public. Please take a moment to answer a handful of questions in this short survey:

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Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA
Editor's Note by • 12/15/16

Last Letter from the Editor

After 13 years and almost 60 issues, I am stepping down as editor of Oculus. AIANY is bringing its publications program in-house, and now seems a good time to spread my wings and explore new horizons. Read More

Share Your Thoughts On Architectural Education

The Spring 2017 issue of Oculus will explore contemporary architectural education. We are gathering feedback from AIANY members about their expectations and experiences in hiring recent graduates. We would also like to hear from recent graduates about how they feel their education prepared them for practice. This survey will be used to inform the issue. No one will be quoted without permission.

To respond to the survey, please click here.

Archtober 2016 is coming!
Editor's Note by • 09/29/16

Archtober Fast Approaches

Archtober 2016 is almost here! The Center for Architecture and 66 partner organizations will be bringing you a jam-packed month of architecture and design activities. From weekend walking tours to lectures and symposia, children’s programs, and exhibitions, Archtober has something for everyone!

We invite you all to help us kick off the festival tomorrow with the opening of “Authenticity and Innovation,” an exhibition that explores preservation and adaptive reuse in New York City. While you’re here, don’t forget to head to the Archtober lounge, this year designed by Pentagram and SOFTlab, to pick up your favorite Building of the Day postcards. Read More

Tweet-for-Treat! We'll be at Samsung 837 on 98.29.16 giving away free ice cream!
Editor's Note by • 08/25/16

Archtober Tweet-for-Treat!

Fall is around the corner, but Monday will be a scorcher in New York City. Luckily, Archtober can help you beat the heat with free ice cream!

Join us this Monday, 08.29.16 from 1-2pm for the Archtober summer kick-off event at Samsung 837 (at 837 Washington Street in the Meatpacking District), this year’s first Building of the Day. We’ll be bidding farewell to the summer and celebrating New York City’s month-long architecture and design festival in New York City.

Free ice cream sandwiches from COOLHAUS, architecturally inspired desserts, for the first 100 people to follow us on social media.

Join us at the AIANY Annual Meeting!

Please join us Tuesday, 06.21.16 at 6:00 PM as we elect our 2017 leadership, honor those who contribute to NYC’s built environment, and celebrate the progress and direction of AIANY. From public advocacy to professional training, design awards to global dialogues, the Annual Meeting will highlight the challenges and successes from the past year. We will also share our goals for the remainder of 2016 and beyond.

Click here for the full 2016 Board Slate (for service beginning January 2017).

Remember that independent nominations may be submitted to the Secretary via the chapter ( in accordance with Chapter Bylaws. If an independent slate is submitted, a ballot election will be held at the Annual Meeting. If there is no independent slate, the Secretary is empowered to vote a single ballot for the Nominating Committee slate as presented.

AIA Convention, Philadelphia 05.19-21.16
Editor's Note by • 05/13/16

AIA Convention 2016

The AIA Convention is almost upon us! We look forward to seeing you all in Philadelphia from 05.19-21.16. The convention is one of the largest and most exciting annual gatherings of architects and design professionals in the U.S. This year’s keynote speakers include Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Day 1), Neri Oxman, head of MIT’s Mediated Matter research group (Day 2), and Rem Koolhaas of OMA joined by Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

In case you’re feeling overwhelmed by the jam-packed schedule, we’ve put together a detailed list of AIANY-member and NYC-based non-member speakers.


Exciting changes are coming to AIANY and the Center for Architecture. After reorganizing and launching the Center for Architecture as a 501(c)3 in 2015, and under the leadership of our new Executive Director Benjamin Prosky, the two organizations have embarked on an ambitious re-envisioning campaign. Some things have already changed; the Center for Architecture is now outfitted with bright-white terrazzo floors, but in the next year, we hope to address our digital and communications strategies, culminating in the launch a (much-needed) new and improved website.

As part of this process, we have thought long and hard about how we communicate information to our members and followers. In order bring more clarity to the identity of our quarterly print journal Oculus, we have decided to rename our biweekly newsletter. Formerly known as eOculus, our digital news will now simply be called the AIANY and Center for Architecture Newsletter.

Editor’s Note

CORRECTIONS: In Oculus Spring 2016, “A Win-Win for Rockefeller University” (pg. 24), the names of George Candler, Rockefeller University associate vice president for planning and construction, and Timothy O’Conner, chief-of-staff and vice president for university strategy and research operations, were misspelled. We apologize for the errors.

Also, “In Print” (pg. 40), the review of Slow Manifesto referred to “the late Kevin Roche.” We are delighted to report that Mr. Roche is alive and well – and regret the error.

AIANY 2016 Design Awards winners will be announced on 02.29.16
Editor's Note by • 02/24/16

AIANY 2016 Design Awards Winners’ Announcement

Join us Monday, 02.29.16, for the announcement of 2016 AIANY Design Awards winners. A panel of this year’s esteemed jurors will select projects in the categories of Architecture, Interiors, Urban Design, and Projects from the total 366 submissions.

AIA New York’s annual Design Awards Program recognizes outstanding architectural design by AIANY Chapter members, New York City-based architects in any location, and work in New York City by architects around the globe. The purpose of the awards program is to honor the architects, clients, and consultants who work together to achieve design excellence.

A discussion with this year’s jurors, moderated by Sean Anderson, Assistant Curator at the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, will follow.

The 2016 Design Awards Jury:
Elzabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, CEO, Richter Architects
Shane Coen, Founder and Principal, Coen+Partners
Julien De Smedt, Founder, JDS Architects
Mark Johnson, Co-founder, Civitas Inc.
Lorcan O’Herilhy, FAIA, Founder, Lorcan O’Herilhy Architects (LOHA)
Shih-Fu Peng, Co-founder, Henerghan Peng Architects
Michel Rojkind, Founder, Rojkind Arquitectos
Michael Speaks, Dean, Syracuse University School of Architecture