Fellows’ Events & Exhibits: February 16-29, 2012

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

An Architect Drawing, the first of two exhibits of Theo. David’s work to be staged at the Pratt Institute this spring, opens on 2/17; that same day, Lance Jay Brown will moderate, and David Dixon will participate in, the Center for Architecture panel Climate Change: Inevitable Challenges and Potential Opportunities; there are just a few days left to see Toronto’s STITCHES: Suzhou Fast Forward exhibit (pictured at left), curated by Larry Wayne Richards, before it closes on 2/18; the documentary John Portman: A Life of Building will be shown on 2/22 as part of the Palm Springs Modernism Week festival; Laurie Kerr will moderate the opening panel at the second annual Conference on Sustainable Real Estate, hosted by NYU’s Schack Institute, on 2/23; and also in New York on  the 23rd, Executive Director Anne Guiney will moderate a panel at Megacities and Meta-Cities, a day-long symposium at Studio-X organized by David Grahame Shane. Also, looking forward to two events in April: early-bird registration for the 2012 Banff Session in Alberta, featuring a keynote by Craig Dykers, ends tomorrow; and tickets for AIANY’s 2012 Honors & Awards Luncheon, which will take place at Cipriani Wall Street, have just gone on sale–Rick Bell and David Ziskind are both on the planning committee for this year’s ceremony.

Fellows’ Awards & Competitions: Gans, Griffin, Guiney, Mayne, Norten, Rogers, Wakeman, & Willis

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Deborah Gans‘ new rose window for the Museum at Eldridge Street, designed in collaboration with artist Kiki Smith (and pictured at left), received a 2011 Faith & Form award from the IFRAA Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture; the Land Art Generator Initiative design competition announced its kickoff, with Executive Director Anne Guiney on the jury (deadline: 7/1/12); recipients of the 2012 AIA Honor Awards were announced–among the winners are Rob Rogers and Board Members Toni Griffin, Thom Mayne, and Enrique Norten; Rosemary Wakeman was awarded a EURIAS Senior Fellowship, and will spend the next academic year at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies completing her book on the New Town Movement; Womens’ E-News will honor Beverly Willis as one of their 21 Leaders for the 21st Century at a gala reception this May.

Urban Design Week: That’s a Wrap!

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011


We’re pleased to report that the first-ever Urban Design Week festival was a huge success! More than 3,500 people attended almost 40 events over the course of six days–526 showed up for the opening party alone, where we launched the new publication By the City / For the City: An Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York. You can now purchase copies of the Atlas online.

Word about the festival traveled quickly around the world in early September thanks to early articles in Domus, ArchDaily, Time Out NY, New York Magazine, GOOD, and Abitare, as well as a radio spot on WNYC Culture and a small screen appearance on WNET’s MetroFocus. Urban Omnibus ran an in-depth interview with Executive Director Anne Guiney on the day before the UDW Launch Party. During the festival, reports from outlets like The Atlantic, Treehugger, and FastCo Design kept public interest high.

A hearty THANK YOU from all of us here at the Institute to everyone who participated: attendees, partners, sponsors, volunteers, city officials–the list goes on. We’re thrilled to have had you involved, and we look forward to seeing you next year!

I Want My IfUD-TV!

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Executive Director Anne Guiney was recently interviewed by Brian Lehrer about By the City / For the City design competition–don’t miss the clip (pictured at left). Meanwhile, LandmarksWest talked to Richard Dattner about adventure playgrounds, Ken Fisher interviewed NYC Comptroller John Liu, and Board Member Thom Mayne took an Architectural Record camera crew on a tour of his San Francisco Federal Building.

Fellows in the News: Dattner, Dubbeldam, Guiney, Hartmann, Ho, Holl, Norten, Rice, & Rogers

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Renderings of Ocean Dreams (pictured at left), a mixed-use complex of high-rises on the Coney Island Boardwalk designed by Richard Dattner’s firm, was unveiled; the April issue of Interior Design magazine features an eight-page spread on Board Member Winka Dubbeldam’s new Ports 1961 flagship in Shanghai; Executive Director Anne Guiney was interviewed about how changes in zoning and policy in New York are impacting the East Village; Alison Arieff called John Hartmann’s Bright Dawn Farm project “a glimmer of hope” for the future of suburbia in a New York Times Opinionator article on Droog’s recent Open House event in Levittown; the latest Architect magazine features a survey of national architecture policies by Board Member Cathy Lang Ho; construction is wrapping up on not one, but two new museums designed by Patron Steven Holl, in France and China; Board Member Enrique Norten’s zig-zagging Mercedes House tower opened in Manhattan; the New York Public Library kicked off construction on Lyn Rice’s Hamilton Grange Branch Teen Center; and Rob Rogers’ firm was named as one of five finalists in the competition to re-design DC’s Ellipse, in front of the White House.

Anne Guiney Appointed Executive Director

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

The Institute for Urban Design announced today that it has appointed Anne Guiney as new Executive Director of the Institute for Urban Design. Guiney, a veteran architecture and design editor and journalist, succeeds Olympia Kazi, who has held the post since 2007 and is departing to become the Executive Director of the Van Alen Institute.

Most recently, Guiney was the editor of the New York edition of The Architect’s Newspaper, and was part of the original team that launched the newspaper in 2003. Prior, she was an editor at Architecture magazine and Metropolis, and has written widely on architecture and design for other publications, including Architect, MARK, ID, and Details. She has also worked as a consultant organizing high-profile architecture competitions (working with Jones | Kroloff), including the commissions for the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Parrish Art Museum, and the Portland Aerial Tramway. (more…)