The beginning of September means back to school for many New Yorkers and in this environment, it is hard not to look at ways to shape the future. There are two important opportunities to impact the profession through AIA that we would like to highlight. Read More
With heavy hearts, AIA New York learned that Percy Griffin, AIA, passed away in August. Griffin was the owner of his own firm and was also a professor at NYIT. Prior to starting his own practice, he also worked in the office of Philip Johnson. In 2012, Griffin shared his story and perspectives on the profession with Design Venturer. For a more personal take, we invite you to read the thoughtful words of Jack Travis who kindly shared his reflections on Griffin with the Chapter. Read More
As we learn more about Hurricane Harvey’s devastating effects on Houston and beyond, AIANY members and our extended community may wonder what they can do to help.
Throughout the storm and in the aftermath, we were in touch with our colleagues at AIA Houston. Sadly, we found out that Hurricane Harvey delivered more than four feet of water and almost total devastation to the Architecture Center Houston, a new space under construction in the historic B.A. Riesner Building in the city’s downtown. The project, led by Houston-based practice Murphy Mears Architects, was just three weeks from completion when the storm hit. Unfortunately, flood mitigation systems had not yet been fully installed. Read More
Last month, the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) proposed a new rule that would introduce additional fees for processing variations, pre-determinations, and appeals. According to the DOB, these fees would “cover the administrative costs incurred by the Department in reviewing these requests and appeals.” The proposed additional fees include $1,000 for a variation or pre-determination request and $2,500 for an appeal. Continue to read the full proposed rule.
A coalition of industry organizations, including the New York State, Bronx, Brooklyn, New York, Queens, and Staten Island chapters of the American Institute of Architects, the Society of American Registered Architects – New York Council (SARA|NY), Architects Council of New York (ACNY), American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York), and New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) have joined together to voice concern over these proposed fees. Read More
Over the course of her 40-year career, Mary Burke, FAIA, has led projects in architecture, interior design, and historic preservation on multiple continents and for a range of firms. She is currently the principal of her New York-based firm, Burke Design, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Pratt Institute. She previously served as Director of Interiors at both CetraRuddy and Gruzen Samton, and for five years directed a previous incarnation of Burke Design in Singapore. She has held senior roles with other firms including HOK, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, and Tihany Design. In addition to her professional and academic positions, Burke previously served as Vice President for Public Advocacy at AIA New York State, and has held various other roles in the local, regional and national AIA. Here, she reflects on her winding path through the world of architecture.
CLP Development Session II: Facilitating Inclusive and Productive Engagement—Strategies and Struggles
“Engagement” is a term thrown around frequently by architects, but what does it really mean? Who are you engaging? For what purpose? How and when do you do this? How do you build consensus among a community, engaging all stakeholders in a collaborative way that allows them to express their feelings, goals, and values? How do you persuade others to listen? “Safe space” is a term that is rarely used by architects. What does safe space look like in different contexts? For whom is it important and why? How do architects create a safe space that is inclusive of all community members in order to productively engage? Read More
Since the election of President Trump, New York and cities across the country have been host to a rising groundswell of protests in streets, parks, plazas, and other public spaces at levels unseen since the 1960s. Data collected by New Yorkers for Parks show at least 189 confirmed actions citywide between January and May, totaling over half a million attendees. This renewed focus on the public realm calls into question how planners and designers can respond and engage with issues related to the civic commons. Read More
AIA New York State’s annual Design Awards winners included NYC-based St. Ann’s Warehouse by Marvel Architects; the National September 11 Memorial Museum by Davis Brody Bond; Bergdorf Goodman by MNA; Dior Seoul, Southampton House, and Hublot Fifth Avenue by Peter Marino Architect; the Novartis Oncology Building and Kent State Center for Architecture and Environmental Design by WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism; Baccarat Hotel & Residences, FBI Biometric Technology Center, and the Center for Character and Leadership Development by Skidmore, Owings & Merril; Cummins Indy Distribution Headquarters by Deborah Berke Partners; the Arizona State University Beus Center for Law and Society and Vassar College Bridge for Laboratory Sciences by Ennead Architects; Perry World House by 1100 Architect; Duke West Union District Bridge/Pavilion by Architecture Operations D.P.C; Josai i-House Dormitory by Studio SUMO; the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics by Studio Libeskind; VIA 57 West by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group; Michigan Lake House by Desai Chia Architecture; Bar House by Audrey Matlock Architect; De Maria Pavilion by Gluckman Tang; Maker Park by STUDIO V Architecture; and Southwest Brooklyn plan by AECOM. Read More
At the Center for Architecture
“Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonia”
“This Future Has a Past”
In this issue:
- Right On Track and Ahead of Schedule: Cuomo announces construction of SOM-designed Moynihan Train Hall
- Believe it. This Project is in New York City: CetraRuddy creates beachfront community in the Rockaways
- Rezoning for Residential: Ground broken for MAP’s Martin Luther King Plaza
- Aggressively Going Passive: Handel Architects and DLANDstudio team up on country’s largest passive house project
- Spanish Colonial Arches Reinterpreted as 21st-Century Airport Gateways: CAZA Architects designs Cartagena airport
- Is it a Work of Public Art, a Pavilion, or an Amphitheater?: MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY designs Chrysalis Amphiteater Read More