Category Archives: Featured Member

2100 Troll is Antarctica’s first megacity, its ringed megastructures each organized around a central green space. 2100: A Dystopian Utopia—The City After Climate Change, by Vanessa Keith/StudioTEKA (New York: Urban Research, 2017). Image: courtesy of Terreform.
Featured Member by • 08/11/17

Featured Member: Vanessa Keith, AIA

Vanessa Keith, AIA, is founder and principal of StudioTEKA, a New York-based interdisciplinary design practice whose work ranges from small-scale interiors to research on the impact of climate change on architecture and the environment. Trained in international relations as well as in architecture, she brings a broad vision to her professional practice, allowing her to investigate the environmental, social, economic and political impacts of architecture. StudioTEKA’s recent built projects include the renovation of marketing and plastic surgery offices in New York, and Caribbean Highlands, a community and eco-resort in Costa Rica, is in the works. Keith and StudioTEKA also recently published 2100: A Dystopian Utopia, which imagines a world transformed by climate change. In addition to her practice, she has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate studios at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, and the City University of New York. In this interview, she discusses the scales of her practice and why the AIA  is important in fostering the New York architecture community. Read More

Myrtle-Wickoff Station Complex. Dugan's role: Principal in Charge. Image: Vanni Archives.
Featured Member by • 08/09/17

Featured Member: Jeffrey Dugan, AIA

Jeffrey Dugan, AIA, is a principal at Dattner Architects who specializes in projects in the public realm. His interest in the everyday experiences of New Yorkers has resulted in projects ranging in scale from major infrastructure redesign to educational and housing projects. Notable recent projects include the Myrtle-Wickoff Station Complex, which reimagines a transit node as a community hub on the Brooklyn/Queens border. This pilot in the MTA’s Design for the Environment program exemplifies Dugan’s ability to bridge the gap between infrastructure and the communities it serves. Similarly to Myrtle-Wickoff, the firm’s New Settlement Community Campus uses a specific use—primary education—and expands the brief to open up certain school facilities to local residents, and to include a community center. Dugan combines his innovative architectural practice with music, and is the founder and owner of recording label GD Stereo. Here, he discusses how he sees New York developing and why he’s been playing more acoustic guitar lately. Read More

New York Public Library 53rd Street Branch by TEN Arquitectos. Steele's role: Principal in Charge/Project Architect. Photo: Michael Moran.
Featured Member by • 07/26/17

Featured Member: Andrea Steele, AIA

Andrea Steele, AIA, is a Partner in the New York office of TEN Arquitectos. A graduate of Lehigh University and Harvard Graduate School of Design, she was principal of Andrea Steele Architect before rejoining TEN Arquitectos, where she had previously worked, as a partner in 2006. She oversees TEN Arquitectos’s New York office, and leads most US projects, including a large number of public buildings. Much of her current work is in New York City, including a residential development on the East Harlem waterfront, a cultural center for Downtown Brooklyn, and a community center in Queens. Recently completed projects include the New York Public Library 53rd Street Branch, the civic role and place in her practice of which she describes here. Read More

111 West 57th Street, New York, NY, by SHoP Architects. Brainard's role: Enclosure Lead. Image: Hayes Davidson.
Featured Member by • 07/20/17

Featured Member: Gabrielle Brainard, AIA

Gabrielle Brainard, AIA, is interested in both the technical and cultural aspects of architecture. A facade consultant at Heintges and Associates, she was previously a senior associate at SHoP Architects, where her projects included 111 West 57th Street and South Street Seaport’s Pier 17. She has long combined her professional practice with teaching, and is currently a Visiting Associate Professor at Pratt Institute, teaching technical graduate courses. She has been published in publications including SQM: The Quantified House (2015), ARCH+, and CLOG. She co-edited Perspecta 41: Grand Tour (2008). Here, she tells us why we need stronger technical teaching and how she has been making the AIA her own.

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Apartment, New York. Photo: Michael Moran.
Featured Member by • 07/06/17

Featured Member: Leonard Kady, AIA

Leonard Kady, AIA, is a leader in the world of small firms. The principal of Leonard Kady Architecture + Design in New York, his practice bridges the disciplines of architecture and historic preservation in an international range of residential, commercial, and retail projects. Before establishing his own firm, Kady worked on larger projects at KPF and Beyer Blinder Belle in New York. Read More

Koray Duman, AIA, LEED AP, Founder, Büro Koray Duman. Photo: Nicholas Calcott/Surface Magazine.
Featured Member by • 06/28/17

Featured Member: Koray Duman, AIA, LEED AP

Architect Koray Duman, AIA, LEED AP, believes that “architecture should be functional and unexpected, engaged and poetic, experimental and affordable,” according to his firm’s website. Originally from Turkey, Duman continued his studies in Los Angeles, where he worked for a number of years, before moving to New York, where he started Sayigh+Duman Architects (now Büro Koray Duman) in 2009. Now boasting a team of eight architects, the Manhattan-based practice has built a name for itself as a conceptually and formally inventive firm addressing a broad range of issues through built work and research. This year, Büro Koray Duman received Architizer’s Emerging Firm of the Year Award. In addition to his practice, Duman teaches at the New School and is co-chair of AIA New York’s New Practices Committee. Read More

Waterproofing of the facade system and roof at 540 West 26th Street for Savanna. Design Architect: Morris Adjmi. Rendering: Morris Adjmi.
Featured Member by • 06/21/17

Featured Member: Howard Zimmerman Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

A respected leader and expert in the preservation and restoration of building façades, Howard Zimmerman, FAIA, Founder and President, Howard L. Zimmerman Architects, has raised the awareness and advanced the standards of this specialty, transforming the safety and aesthetics of the urban experience. For more than 35 years, Zimmerman has used his expertise—unique in breadth and depth—to inspect, evaluate, preserve, and restore thousands of façades of New York City, from 19th-century landmarks to 21st-century high-rises. Read More

Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Astoria, Queens, NY. Somvanshi’s role: Associate, Project Manager and On-site Supervisor. Firm: Ennead Architects (previously Polshek Partnership). Photo: Jeff Goldberg/Esto.
Featured Member by • 06/14/17

Featured Member: Kalavati Somvanshi Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

Kalavati Somvanshi, FAIA, RA, Principal, SOMVANSHI/2, is a leader who leverages foresight and experience to create learning opportunities for fellow architects, consultants and subcontractors. Her efforts enhance design excellence and technical expertise for teams facilitating the practice of architecture.  Read More

New York City Police Academy by Perkins + Will. Photo: Courtesy of Perkins + Will.
Featured Member by • 06/13/17

Featured Member: Michael Plottel Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

From the start of his career over 25 years ago, Michael Plottel, FAIA, has led a highly diverse set of socially relevant projects and building types, ranging from public safety, social housing, transportation, educational facilities to public parks and public art. As Director of Capital Project Management at Columbia University Facilities, Plottel has sought to balance the needs of citizens first and foremost, with those of policy-makers, designers, project managers and builders. He has dedicated his career to advancing the practice and theory of public architecture by focusing on the design and construction of socially relevant projects with the result of rebuilding cities, strengthening institutions, enhancing public spaces and ultimately serving the everyday needs of the citizen. Read More

Weill Hall at Cornell University, Ithica, NY. Photo: Scott Frances.
Featured Member by • 05/31/17

Featured Member: Renny Logan Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

As Associate Partner at Richard Meier & Partners Architects, Renny Logan’s stewardship of distinguished modern buildings is unique for its advancement of a rigorous architectural language that emphasizes transformation of setting, order and composition of program solutions, manipulation of natural light, meticulous material assembly, and integral environmental performance.  Read More