Category Archives: Reports from the Field

Representatives from at least 10 different architectural and urbanist groups joined the Women's March on Washington.
Reports from the Field by • 01/26/17

Architects Build Hope at Women’s March

Among the more than half a million protesters at the Women’s March on Washington were representatives from at least 10 different architectural and urbanist groups. These marchers, many in pink hard hats, came together from New York, Washington, Detroit, California, and other locations across the country. The group, made up of architects, designers, urbanists, community organizers, housing advocates and everyone else working to make the built environment more equitable for all citizens, marched in support of a statement from the Women’s March itself: “We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families, recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.” Read More

Congratulations to our 2016 Heritage Ball honorees! The Rudin Family, Alice Tisch, and Thomas Phifer, FAIA (not shown: Senator Charles E. Schumer).
Reports from the Field by • 11/11/16

Design Matters: 2016 Heritage Ball

On 10.27.16, 1,100 professionals from the architecture, engineering, construction, and real estate industries gathered at Chelsea Piers Pier 60 to celebrate AIANY and the Center for Architecture’s Heritage Ball. While all enjoyed the black-tie networking, the real focus of the evening was to honor leaders who champion design excellence in New York City: Thomas Phifer, FAIA, Founder, Thomas Phifer and Partners; The Rudin Family; Senator Charles E. Schumer; and Alice Tisch. Each of our honorees demonstrates the leadership, vision, and proven commitment to projects that contribute to New York City’s status as a dynamic and energetic global capital. Read More

Juror Favorite: "Lean on Me" by Dattner Architects
Reports from the Field by • 11/11/16

Canstruction NYC

On 11.14.16, New Yorkers gathered at Brookfield Place for the opening of the 2016 Canstruction exhibition of the annual food charity and design competition to benefit City Harvest. Twenty-five teams creatively stacked 100,000 unopened cans of food to create life-size sculptures that will be donated to City Harvest when the exhibition closes on 11.16.16. Read More

STUDIOS Architecture's winning cake: Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan.
Reports from the Field by • 10/14/16

High-Calorie High Rises: The Great Architectural Bake-Off

On 10.11.16, WATG and Wimberly Interiors hosted seven architecture and design firms at Gallery 151 for the first annual Great Architectural Bake-Off New York, presented as part of Archtober. Firms showcased their design and baking abilities to create delectable replicas of renowned international architecture, using cake as their primary building material. 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

2016 New York Architects’ Regatta Challenge
Reports from the Field by • 09/29/16

2016 New York Architects’ Regatta Challenge: More Wind, Please

It was a splendid September day for the 15th annual Architects’ Regatta that set sail from its new mooring at Hudson River Community Sailing on Pier 66 in Hudson River Park at 26th Street. There was a slight problem: strong tides and practically no wind. The 20 lovely sailboats looked so small just bobbing around in the middle of the great Hudson River. A light breeze finally kicked up, and things got (slowly) underway – and a good time was had by (almost) all!

This year, the New York Architects’ Regatta Foundation raised $125,000+ for five river-based charities: SoundWaters; Sailing Foundation of New York; Hudson River Community Sailing; Rocking the Boat; and Riverkeeper. Read More

Archtober kicked off at Samsung 837, Building of the Day #1.
Reports from the Field by • 09/15/16

Archtober’s Cool Kick-Off

On 08.29.16, Archtober 2016 kicked off in the Meatpacking District with a truckload of Coolhaus architecturally-inspired frozen treats. The Archtober team parked themselves in front of Samsung 837 and distributed ice cream sandwiches and Samsung gifts to followers of New York City’s month-long architecture and design festival. The interactive digital experience center, designed by Morris Adjmi Architects with interiors by Gensler, will open its doors to an architect-led tour of design enthusiasts on 10.01.16 as the first 2016 Building of the Day. Read More

“Tentolana” by Tom Krizmanic
Reports from the Field by • 08/10/16

Imagining Olana’s Summer House

AIANY has collaborated with The Olana Partnership and the American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter to present “Follies, Function & Form: Imagining Olana’s Summer House.” The exhibition of original concept sketches by 21 architects and landscape architects is co-curated by AIANY Vice President for Professional Development Jane Smith, AIA, IIDA, partner and founding principal of Spacesmith, and Mark Prezorski, Olana’s landscape curator. Read More

The Center for Architecture's annual Golf Classic took place at Winged Foot Golf Club.
Reports from the Field by • 08/10/16

Architects Teed Off at Winged Foot

Thanks to all who joined us on 08.01.16 at Winged Foot Golf Club to support the Center for Architecture’s Fifth Annual Golf Classic!

The day was a tremendous success, bringing out more than 150 golfers from the architecture, engineering, construction, and real estate industries for a beautiful day at a spectacular club. Together, we raised over $235,000 to support the Center for Architecture and its mission to educate the public about the importance of architecture and design. We thank you for being part of it! Congratulations to all the winners! Read More

15th Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia
Reports from the Field by • 06/23/16

More than a Building: The 15th Venice Architecture Biennale

With curious anticipation, the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale opened to the public on 05.28.16 with 66 national participants and hundreds of individual installations. More properly titled the “15th Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia,” it is held in alternating years from the Art Biennale. However, unlike the Art Biennale, where an artist’s final output is up for scrutiny, the Architecture Biennale has become more about the underlying motivations behind our architecture. Read More