Fellows’ New Projects

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Matt Blesso’s Blesso Properties is breaking ground on the Pavilion nightclub on Fire Island after it was destroyed in a November 2011 fire; only his second project in the UK, Patron Steven Holl will design a hospital for Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre; David Manfredi unveiled plans to redesign the Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, adding a casino and resort; former New York Knick Clyde Frazier opened a restaurant in West Midtown designed by Board Member Thom Mayne’s Morphosis Architects (pictured at left); the nonprofit arm of John Palmieri’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority will put on a video and light show to attract visitors to Atlantic City; Robert A.M. Stern will design the American Revolution Center in Philadelphia; Donna Walcavage served as the landscape architect for the newly open Polo Grounds Community Center in West Harlem.

Fellows’ Events and Exhibits

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Last Friday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Achva Stein gave a tour of the new Moroccan Court, followed by cocktails on the roof; also on 6/15, Rick Bell’s Center for Architecture hosted the AIA New York Chapter’s 145th Annual Meeting, where Lance Jay Brown is the 2013 First Vice President/2014 President-Elect; last Saturday in Shanghai, Board Member Thom Mayne spoke at the XXL Supertall Buildings conference co-hosted by Tonji University and USC; while 6/16 in the South Bronx, Kaja Kuhl hosted a workshop about her phytoremediation project; Laurie Kerr was at the Center for Architecture on 6/18 for a talk about “NYC’s Net Zero School”; Architecture for Humanity is having an online auction, running from 6/19 through 6/29, featuring work by Patron Steven Holl, Daniel Libeskind, and Moshe Safdie; Jack Nyman’s Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute is hosting the day-long Advanced Energy Performance: Real Estate’s New Energy Asset Management Paradigm conference (pictured above) on 6/21, where both he and Laurie Kerr will speak.

Fellows’ Honors and Awards

Monday, June 11th, 2012

At the AIA National Convention, Susan Chin was elected to the national AIA Vice Presidency, Patron Steven Holl won the AIA Gold Medal, and the firms of Board Member Thom Mayne and Robert Rogers won Honor Awards; the New York chapter of ASLA announced their Design Awards, with Thomas Balsley’s firm taking home four awards, and the firms of Michael Manfredi, Barbara Wilks, and Henry White each receiving one; the Graham Foundation announced their 2012 Grants to Individuals, with Nina Rappaport and June Williamson both receiving awards to support their respective publications about photographer Ezra Stoller and designing suburban futures; Phil Enquist will be honored with Openlands’ 2012 Conservation Leadership Award at a luncheon in October; Matthew Berman’s workshop/apd won a Building Brooklyn award for their BLDG 92 at the Navy Yard (pictured at left); the Society for Marketing Professional Services awarded Board Member Claire Weisz’s studio with an Industry Award for their Battery SeaGlass Carousel.

Fellows’ Events and Exhibits

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Tonight in Los Angeles, Board Member Thom Mayne will be at the Hammer Museum to discuss Culture Now, a new research organization designed to connect academic work to real-world practice; in New York, Mary Miss urges everyone to attend a Hunter College panel discussion with art critics about her Broadway: 1000 Steps project (pictured at left); in Bern, Matthias Sauerbruch will give a lecture at the Architektur Forum; on Wednesday, OHNY hosts their 10th Annual Benefit at Claremont Stables, with Stephan Jaklitsch serving as event co-chair; Susan Chin will discuss women in leadership at the Center for Architecture on 6/8; Meta Brunzema will serve as featured guide as the AIA NY “Around Manhattan” architectural boat tour series continues on 6/10; the Fine Arts Federation of New York, for which Olympia Kazi serves on the Board, holds their Annual Meeting at Van Alen on 6/12 with Carol Coletta as a featured speaker; on 6/13, the AIA NY will hold their 145th Annual Meeting, where Lance Jay Brown is slated as 2013 First Vice President/2014 President-Elect.

Fellows’ New Projects

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

James Crispino’s firm, Francis Cauffman, has completed extensive renovations on the new Wilmington offices of Delaware law firm Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor; David Manfredi’s firm, Elkus Manfredi, will design The Galleria at Sowwah Square, a new luxury retail destination in Abu Dhabi; Michael Manfredi’s new Visitor Center opens this week at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (pictured above); along with Robert Rogers and Peter Walker, Weiss/Manfredi was also selected to redesign sites along the National Mall in Washington, DC (in a competition overseen by Don Stastny); Board Member Thom Mayne will design the first academic building for Cornell’s engineering campus on Roosevelt Island, as covered in the New York Times and New York; the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation named Barbara Wilks to draw up redevelopment plans for an island on the Bow River.

Fellows in the News

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Weighing in on the Loci Architecture blog about the contentious debate regarding NYU’s expansion in Greenwich Village, David Briggs questions if new buildings could strike a balance with the existing community; in the latest issue of The Architect’s Newspaper, Jeff Byles profiles Meta Brunzema’s “Building Exhibition Hudson Valley/Erie Canal” project; Susan Chin wrote an op-ed for the New York Observer about the Design Trust for Public Space’s collaboration on the “Taxi of Tomorrow”; also in Design Trust news, the organization’s “Made in Midtown” project is featured in the newly released book, Designing for Social Change; an HOK team led by Ken Drucker is a finalist to design the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at SUNY-Buffalo; work done for Marc Jacobs by Mark Gardner and Stephan Jaklitsch’s firm is profiled in Interior Design (pictured above); Laurie Kerr discussed cutting building energy use for an article by the Urban Land Institute; Lebbeus Woods published an extensive transcript of his conversation with Board Member Thom Mayne; Mercedes House, a new residential building by Board Member Enrique Norten, was profiled in The Real Deal; Grahame Shane wrote an article in Bauwelt magazine about restoring the urban dream through affordable housing; Don Stastny oversaw a competition to redesign Austin’s downtown Waller Creek, with Robert Rogers’ firm coming in as a finalist.

Fellows’ Events and Exhibits

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

During the month of April, Larry Wayne Richards was a Visiting Professor at the National Cheng Kung University Department of Architecture in Tainan (Taiwan), where he also presented a lecture, “Is Everything the Same Now?”; Patron Denise Scott Brown will be at the Center for Architecture on Friday (5/4) for a conversation about the National Mosque of Baghdad competition; the final tours of David van der Leer’s stillspotting nyc exhibit will take place on 5/5 and 5/6 in Jackson Heights, Queens; Board Member Saskia Sassen will be at the Frieze Art Fair on 5/6 for a panel about land occupation; on 5/8, Rick Bell will introduce a moderated discussion about “Practice in the Middle East” at his Center for Architecture; the next day in D.C., Lance Jay Brown will be at the National Building Museum to present on public space in the nation’s capital; Sassen will also be at the Megaprojects symposium hosted by Columbia’s GSAPP and CURE on 5/11, and will then participate in the New Cities Summit in Paris (5/14-16), along with Daniel Libeskind; an exhibit of Patron Steven Holl’s work is now on view at the Meulensteen Gallery through 6/2; also on now through 7/29 is an exhibit about Buckminster Fuller at SFMoMA (image from exhibit pictured at right) that includes work by Board Member Thom Mayne.

Fellows’ New Projects

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

In Sandy Springs, GA, David Dixon’s firm, Goody Clancy, will develop a downtown master plan focused on improving commuting conditions; last week, a team from SOM lead by Phil Enquist presented new details about their Lakeside development project of a former US Steel plant on the South Side of Chicago; Eric Galipo was on the team from H3 whose campus master plan was recently approved by the Board of Trustees at Adelphi University; John Palmieri’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority has released a new master plan for Atlantic City designed by Jon Jerde’s Jerde Partnership; Mary Margaret Jones and her firm, Hargreaves Associates, presented their design concepts for Destination Bayfront to a 250-person audience in Corpus Christi, TX; Emerson College broke ground on their new L.A. campus building designed by Board Member Thom Mayne; last Thursday, Gregg Pasquarelli presented SHoP’s vision for Pier 17 in Lower Manhattan’s South Street Seaport to Community Board 1 (pictured at left).

Fellows in the News

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

The State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Building Operations shortlisted Craig Dykers’ Snøhetta and Board Member Thom Mayne’s Morphosis to design the New Embassy Compound in Mexico City; RPA Fellow Alex Marshall reviewed Institute Founder Ann Ferebee and Jeff Byles’ recent book, A History of Design from the Victorian Era to the Present; Anthony Flint reported on the annual TED conference and Prize winner, ‘The City 2.0′; Board Chair Michael Sorkin’s New York City Steady State plan (pictured at left) was profiled on the green design blog, inhabitat; and for the blog of the BMW Guggenheim Lab, June Williamson wrote about ‘Retrofitting for Fecundity’ and her speculative retrofit of a big-box center in L.A.

Fellows’ Events & Exhibits: March 1-15, 2012

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Meta Brunzema will discuss her contribution to the new book “Feminist Practices” at Van Alen Books tonight (3/1) and at Bluestockings Bookstore tomorrow (3/2); also this evening, Tom Angotti will give a lecture at Parsons, as part of the new “In the Urban Crisis” series; Theo David will lecture at Pratt tonight, in advance of the opening of his exhibit, “Built Ideas: A Life of Teaching, Learning, and Action,” at the Hazel and Robert H. Siegel Gallery in Brooklyn; Olympia Kazi’s Van Alen Institute will hold its next Open House Brunch and Design Speed Dating event on 3/3; on the same day, “Los Límites de la Forma”, a new exhibit of work by Board Member Enrique Norten, will open at the Museo Amparo in Puebla, Mexico; on 3/8, Board Member Claire Weisz will be at the National Building Museum in D.C. to participate in a panel entitled “Architecture and the Great Recession” organized by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (lead by Wanda Bubriski); the next day on 3/9, Weisz will be at The Cooper Union in New York to introduce the latest “Emerging Voices” lecture; an exhibit of work by Craig Dykers‘ Snøhetta is currently on display at the Reykjavík Art Museum and will close on 4/3; and back at the National Building Museum, the exhibit “Unbuilt Washington” features work by Board Member Thom Mayne (picture at left) and is on view through 5/28.