Fellows’ Awards & Honors: Bell, Caples, Fisher, & Wilks

Friday, September 9th, 2011

The AIA Council of Architectural Component Executives named Rick Bell, director of the AIANY chapter and the Center for Architecture, as its Executive of the Year; Sara Caples’ Queens Theater-in-the-Park received two recent awards: one for Best Restoration from the Municipal Art Society’s MASterworks (for which Deborah Berke served on the jury), and another for Best Use of Color from Architectural Lighting magazine; the New York Observer included Ken Fisher (pictured at left) on their list of the Top Lawyers in NYC Commercial Real Estate Right Now; and Barbara Wilks (whose waterfront redevelopment in Troy is just getting underway) was named one of the Best Landscape Architects in New York by H&G Ideas.

Fellows in the News: Bernheimer, Cathcart, di Domenico, Dykers, Holl, Jones, Leventis, Manfredi, Orff, Safdie, & Scheerlinck

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Architecture for Humanity named Andy Bernheimer as a finalist in their competition to design a skate park under the Manhattan Bridge; Solar One was announced as the recipient of a $1.25MM city grant to build NYC’s first energy-positive building, designed by Colin Cathcart’s firm Kiss + Cathcart; John di Domenico’s Atlantic Terminal Pavilion was profiled in the Spring 2011 edition of Metals in Construction magazine; Craig Dykers’ Snøhetta was named as a finalist in a competition to re-design Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens; Patron Steven Holl spoke with Carla Leitao about his Cite de l’Ocean et du Surf in France, and was profiled in the latest issue of ICON; Mary Margaret Jones served on the jury for the 2011 SOM Prize; a team of Langan International engineers led by George Leventis is working on the design for the recently-proposed Kingdom Tower in Jeddah (pictured at left), which will be the world’s tallest building when completed; David Manfredi’s firm will serve as the architect for the expansion of the Green Bay Packers’ storied home at Lambeau Field; Michael Manfredi’s and Kate Orff’s respective firms have been selected to participate in an ideas generation project to re-think Pittsburgh’s Portal Bridge; ArtDaily reports that no fewer than four major buildings by Moshe Safdie will open this fall; and Kris Scheerlinck has written an essay on Barcelona’s Plaza de las Glories Catalanes in the latest issue of Quaderns.

Quoth the Fellows: Brown, Dixon, & Safdie

Monday, May 30th, 2011

In a post on bird-safe windows, Inhabitat dug up a great quote from Hillary Brown in a 2008 issue of Audubon magazine. Said Brown: “That’s really what good, sustainable, integrated design is–solving multiple problems with a single solution.” Contrasting showpiece City Beautiful-era public spaces like Indianapolis’ Monument Circle (pictured at left) with more dynamic contemporary spaces, David Dixon argued that “Public spaces have a new purpose, to bring a sense of shared community and destiny. The space needs to engage people rather than just offering somewhere to go.” And Moshe Safdie, speaking about his involvement in an ongoing design competition for a new terminal in Incheon, South Korean, said of airport design: “There is something beyond functionality and convenience. [An airport terminal] needs to give a sense that you are entering the great gate of the country.”

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.

By the City / For the City Public Ideas Phase Closes This Sunday

Friday, May 6th, 2011

The extended deadline for public ideas submissions to By the City / For the City is fast-approaching! New Yorkers (past, present, honorary, and otherwise!) will be able to submit their ideas for improving the city through midnight this Sunday, May 8th. After a one-week editing period, the IfUD will launch an international design competition in which designers will be invited to view New Yorkers’ suggestions and create proposals to address the sites and situations that interest them most. We’ve collected hundreds of ideas so far (sample area map pictured at left) but there’s still room for plenty more. If you have an idea for creating a more equitable/beautiful/sustainable/enjoyable/accessible city, don’t delay! Click this link to share your ideas today!

Fellows in the News: Balsley, Berman, Cathcart, Dubbeldam, Harwick, Holl, Kelley, Norten, Stastny, & Stepner

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Thomas Balsley will design the landscapes for the new Gotham West development in Hell’s Kitchen; Houzz visited a stunning Nantucket cottage designed by Matthew Berman; The Lee, a green supportive housing center designed by Colin Cathcart, opened on Manhattan’s Lower East Side; Elle Decor chatted with Board Member Winka Dubbeldam about her 12 “must-haves”; Ron Harwick’s JHP participated in the Edgewood/Candler Park MARTA charrette in Atlanta, re-imagining the area around a subway station in the southern metropolis as a Transit Oriented Development; Green Source featured a case study of Patron Steven Holl’s Vanke Center (aka the Horizontal Skyscraper) in Shenzhen; William Kelley introduced his agenda as the new Director of the Village Alliance BID in New York with an article in The Villager; Board Member Enrique Norten (whose Guggenheim Guadalajara—pictured at left—was recently called one of the best museums never built) unveiled designs for not one, but two sleek new buildings in DC’s West End; Donald Stastny was selected to lead a design competition re-imagining Waller Creek area in Austin; and Michael Stepner cheered the development of a long-term regional plan for San Diego in the Union-Tribune.

Two Fellows Honored in Academia

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Board Member Thom Mayne was elected to SCI-Arc’s Board of Trustees last week; up in Canada, Larry Wayne Richards (pictured at left), who recently served as a juror for the biannual 20 + Change architectural design competition, was awarded Professor Emeritus status at the University of Toronto. Congratulations to both!

Fellows in the News: Balfour, Balsley, Berman, Coen, Dykers, Fleming, Floyd, Flint, Libeskind, Schrag, & White

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture, led by Alan Balfour, recently completed the $9.5 million renovation of their new home, the Hinman Research Building, in Atlanta; Thomas Balsley and Shane Coen will both serve on the jury for ASLA’s 2011 Student Awards; Construction of the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s BNYC 92 facility, designed by Matthew Berman, is in full swing, and the building will open in November 2011; Craig Dykers’ Snøhetta has been shortlisted in the competition to design the Victoria & Albert’s Exhibition Road expansion; Newport’s lavish Bellevue Avenue has been enlivened by a series of Heritage Trail-esque markers by Ronald Lee Fleming’s Townscape Institute; Chad Floyd recently penned a paean to energy efficiency at Jetson Green; Anthony Flint joined the debate about a “new kind of Modernism” at ArchitectureBoston; The NY Observer interviewed Daniel Libeskind about his continued involvement in the reconstruction process at the World Trade Center; Jonathan Schrag spoke to Risk.net about the future of carbon trading in the US; and Henry M. White will design a new network of public spaces at a planned neighborhood in Chandigarh, India (pictured at left).

Fellows’ Events & Exhibitions: December 15-31, 2010

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Line of Fire, an exhibit of menorahs designed by Daniel Libeskind, opened recently at the Jewish Museum in New York, where it will remain on view through 1/30/11; the Architectural League of New York announced the jury for their competition It’s Different, which will include Michael Manfredi and Board Member Thom Mayne; speaking of Mr. Mayne, Thom is in the midst of a cross-continental lecture tour in Australia, speaking this evening (12/15/10) in Melbourne and tomorrow (12/16/10) in Perth; and finally, a reminder that Las Vegas Studio, an exhibit of photos from the archives of Patrons Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, is on view in Chicago through 2/19/11. If you’re considering going, don’t miss Sam Jacobs’ review of the show over at Strange Harvest.

Boddy Re-thinks Vancouver’s Suburbs

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Following up the ideas competition he co-convened earlier this year, Fellow Trevor Boddy is currently using TownShift: Suburb Into City submissions in a series of visually-driven public urban design workshops for the fast-growing Vancouver suburb of Surrey. Boddy’s critique of 2010 Winter Olympics architecture and urban design (“Vision Deficit” for Vancouver Review) is a finalist for “Best Social Issues” and “Gold Award, Best Article, All Categories” at the Western Magazine Awards.