Fellows’ Awards & Competitions: Bell, Crispino, Holl, Enquist, Jahn, Norten, Portman, Sassen, & Steiner

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

The AIA’s New York chapter, led by Rick Bell, has just put out the call for entries for the 2012 AIANY Design Awards (deadline: 2/3/12); Francis Cauffman, led by James Crispino, has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing A/E/C industry firms on ZweigWhite’s annual Hot Firms List; Patron Steven Holl was named as the winner of the prestigious 2012 AIA Gold Medal; SOM’s Chicago Office, where Philip Enquist is the Partner in Charge of Urban Design and Planning, received AIA Chicago’s Firm of the Year award; Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin included the opening of Helmut Jahn’s Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago (pictured at left) in his round-up of the best architecture of 2011; Board Member Enrique Norten will serve as a juror for this year’s Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award, which will focus on Cape Town, South Africa (deadline: 2/24/12); AmericasMart founder John Portman will receive a special honor, the “Legend for Life” award, in recognition of his five decades of entrepreneurship and service to the home decor industry; Board Member Saskia Sassen made Foreign Policy magazine’s list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers for her “passionate advocacy of an urban-based society”; and the undergraduate program at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture, led by Frederick Steiner, was ranked second in the nation by DesignIntelligence.

Quoth the Fellows: Jahn & Mayne

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

In a discussing his office space (pictured at left) with Chicago Tribune critic Blair Kamin, Helmut Jahn contrasted it with other firms: “You don’t see drawings anymore. You don’t see any models. That’s the problem. Sometimes I go to other people’s offices, I think I would die.” Board Member Thom Mayne expressed his own concerns about the effects of technology on the profession during a keynote address at last month’s International Architectural Education Summit in Spain, noting that “in the age of globalization, student portfolios are becoming more and more similar.”

Fellows’ Awards & Honors: Jahn, Sauerbruch, & Sorkin.

Monday, July 11th, 2011

The colorful KfW Westarkade tower in Frankfurt (pictured at left), designed by Matthias Sauerbruch, was named the Best Tall Building in Europe for 2011 by the CTBUH (Sauerbruch’s Oval Offices in Cologne were also featured in Architectural Record & Surface); the World Architecture Festival announced that they have named IfUD Board Chair Michael Sorkin the head of its ‘Super-Jury’ for 2011; the opening of Helmut Jahn’s Mansuetto Library was cited as one of the most important design events during the first half of 2011 by Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin.

Fellows in the News: Angotti, Baldwin, Berman, Fisher, Flint, Greenberg, Jahn, Kelley, Libeskind, & Stepner

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Civic watchdog Tom Angotti reviews the latest changes to the Bloomberg administration’s PlaNYC 2030 in the Gotham Gazette; Greg Baldwin sat on the jury for the Urban Land Institute’s 2011 Amanda Burden Urban Open Space Award; DesignShuffle visited a “whimsical” Nantucket home designed by Matt Berman; you can watch Ken Fisher interview Junior Achievement of New York director Joseph Peri on the latest episode of CUNY-TV’s Citywide; Anthony Flint argued for a re-write of Massachusetts’ state zoning law on Boston.com; the initial reviews of Ken Greenberg’s book Walking Home could generally be described as “glowing,” with the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, and Treehugger all sounding off; the Tribune’s Blair Kamin reviews Helmut Jahn’s just-opened Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago (pictured at left); NYC’s Village Alliance, led by Fellow William Kelley, is undertaking a detailed survey of local residents and merchants to revive West 8th Street; Daniel Libeskind just finished an addition to  his first completed project, the Felix Nussbaum Haus in Osnabrück, Austria; and Michael Stepner spoke to the Voice of San Diego about the streamlining of that city’s charter.

Fellows in the News: Durst, Holl, Jahn, Manfredi, Orff, Pasquarelli, Sassen, & Weisz

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Developer Douglas Durst revealed the hotly-anticipated renderings of his W57 development (pictured at left), which is being designed by Danish rising star Bjarke Ingels; Nicolai Ouroussoff wrote a rave review in the Times for Patron Steven Holl’s design for a new Long Island City library; Chicago Tribune critic Blair Kamin spoke with Helmut Jahn about the unique pleasures and perils of airport terminal design; the University of Pennsylvania recently broke ground on the Michael Manfredi-designed Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology; Kate Orff’s “oyster-tecture” project has been popping up everywhere recently: in Grist, the Guardian, Metropolis, the PSFK blog, and on TED.com; Gregg Pasquarelli’s SHoP Architects was named as the architect of the first residential tower at Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards megadevelopment; Board Member Saskia Sassen made a splash with the cheekily-titled (and highly-enjoyable) article “Talking back to your intelligent city”; and the Architect’s Newspaper took a virtual walk through Claire Weisz’s plans for the revamp of NYC’s Cooper Square/Astor Place, while the Times announced Weisz as the architect for an expansion of Soho’s Drawing Center.