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Aug 3, 2011

The Center for Architecture in New York Expansion

The Center for Architecture is Expanding

Home of the AIA New York Chapter Leases Adjacent Storefront in Greenwich Village

The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) is pleased to announce today that the Center for Architecture is expanding. After almost eight years providing public programs and exhibitions about architecture and design, AIANY is expanding its award-winning facility into the adjacent storefront at 532 LaGuardia Place.

“This is an historic day for not only the American Institute of Architects, but also for all in New York City who are passionate about architecture and what architects do to create sustainable and livable communities,” said Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, President of AIA New York, and principal, Helpern Architects.

The Center for Architecture in New York, Greenwich Village:
Center for Architecture in New York
image from the Centre for Architecture, New York

Each year since 2003, the Center for Architecture has presented over a thousand public programs and twenty exhibitions on subjects ranging from energy use in buildings to how good design can help diminish chronic diseases such as obesity by promoting more physical activity.

“With a growing interest from the international community – two current Center exhibitions focus on new work in São Paulo and new visions for Amsterdam and New York – our wonderfully forward-looking Board felt that it was time to grow,” said Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director of AIANY.

At the heart of the expansion plan is the local design community and the New York-based architects that AIANY represents and serves. The new design will be done by Manhattan-based Rogers Marvel Architects. Marta Sanders, AIA, Associate at Rogers Marvel, said the firm is delighted to be working for a client consisting of almost 5,000 experts in its field: “The Center for Architecture is the place where the design community comes together – we are happy to help it reach even more people more effectively.”

Special events are planned for the new space, including the Smart Living exhibition opening in October – a month that AIANY has re-named Archtober, the month-long festival of architecture and design in New York City. Added meeting, gallery and work space allows the AIA New York Chapter to make it ever more clear that Design Matters!

11 Jul 2011

The Center for Architecture in New York Exhibition – New Practices São Paulo

NPSP Opening at The Center for Architecture in New York

Exhibition opens on Thursday, 14 Jul, 6-8pm at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY

14 Jul – 10 Sep 2011

New Practices São Paulo is the most recent juried portfolio competition and exhibition sponsored by the New Practices Committee of the AIA New York Chapter. It serves as a platform to recognize and promote innovative and emerging architecture and design firms in São Paulo that have utilized unique and commendable strategies – both in the projects they undertake and the practices they have established.

New Practices São Paulo
image from Vazio S/A

2011 New Practices São Paulo Winners

23 SUL
Metro Arquitetos Associados
Triptyque Arquitetura
Vazio S/A
Yuri Vital Architect

New Practices São Paulo is organized by the AIA New York Chapter and the Instituto de Arquitetos do Brasil Departamento de São Paulo. The distinguished jury included José Armenio de Brito Cruz, Whitaker Ferreira, Roberto Loeb, Carlos Motta, Ricard Itsuo Ohtake, João Sette, Nádia Somekh, Isay Winfeld.

Related program:

New Practices São Paolo: Brazil in New York Friday, July 15, 2011, 6-8pm Moderated by Toshiko Mori, FAIA – RSVP

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26 May 2011

The Center for Architecture in New York Events

The Center for Architecture in New York and Amsterdam’s ARCAM collaborate on sustainable cities exhibition

Architects and landscape architects imagine the future of two global cities and their waterfronts.

Glimpses of Practice: New York/Amsterdam
ARCAM at the Center for Architecture, NYC
Thursday, 9 Jun 2011, 6:30-8pm – RSVP
With Alex Van der Beldt, ONIX; Bjarne Mastenbroek, SeARCH; Eric Frijters, Fabrications; Susannah Drake, AIA, ASLA, dlandstudio; Matthew Bremer, AIA, Architecture in Formation; Renee Schoonbeek, Hudson Square Connection Business Improvement District

Rising Water and the City: A New Design Challenge
at the Center for Architecture, NYC
Friday, 10 Jun 2011, 12-3pm – RSVP
Organized in partnership with ARCAM, Urban Progress, the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, and the AIA New York Design for Risk Committee. With Brian McGrath, Parsons / The New School; Mojdeh (Moji) Baratloo, Columbia University; Rogier van de Berg, Amsterdam Academy of Architecture; Paul Roncken, Wageningen University; Kevin Benham, Boston Architectural College; Chris van Langen, Rotterdam Academy of Architecture; Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, ACSA, The City College of New York; Aart Oxenaar, Amsterdam Academy of Architecture

Archiprix International – The Capital of Your World
at the Center for Architecture, NYC
Friday, 10 Jun 2011, 4:30-8pm – RSVP
Organized in partnership with ARCAM, Urban Progress, and Archiprix International. With Alexander D’Hooghe, MIT; Olympia Kazi, Van Alen Institute; Roland Lewis, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance; Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, AIA New York Chapter and Helpern Architects; Andrew Wiley-Schwartz, NYC Department of Transportation; Robert Yaro, Regional Plan Association

New York / Amsterdam 2040: Breathing, Eating, Making, Moving, Dwelling
at the Center for Architecture, NYC
Saturday, 11 Jun 2011, 11am-5pm – RSVP
Organized by ARCAM and the Center for Architecture in collaboration with Urban Progress. Presentations by all ten teams, with the following respondents: David Bragdon, NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability; Bonnie A. Harken, AIA & APA, Nautilus International Development Consulting, Inc; Howard Slatkin, NYC Department of City Planning; Margaret Newman, AIA, NYC Department of Transportation; Hillary Brown, FAIA, Professor of Architecture, CUNY and Principal, New Civic Works; Chris Beardsley, Forum for Urban Design and RUX Design; Luc Vrolijks, Urban Progress.

The Opening Reception is free. All other programs are $10 to the public; free to AIA members and students with valid ID.


The Center for Architecture in New York – Sustainable Cities Exhibition

NEW YORK, New York, April 4, 2011 – On the heels of the unveiling of New York City’s Vision 2020: New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, the Center for Architecture and ARCAM are thrilled to announce an international collaboration and exhibition: Glimpses of New York and Amsterdam in 2040. The exhibition challenges ten architecture, landscape architecture and design firms to imagine an urban future that includes new waterside cityscapes, neighborhoods, and transit systems. The exhibition will open in New York at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, on June 8, and remain on view until September 10. The show will also be installed in Amsterdam, on view at the Amsterdam Center for Architecture (ARCAM) June 17 until July 30.

Both New York and Amsterdam have extensive waterfronts, a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a long tradition of international collaboration and cultural diversity. The twenty-first century requires both cities to address new challenges: shifting demographics, changes in climate, energy transitions and evolving global economic patterns. With these changes, each city will have to consider the relationship between recreational and working waterfronts; the ecology, remediation and preservation of natural habitat; the control of rising water levels; the preservation and reuse of industrial infrastructure; and the role of transport in better connecting cities. These pressing questions are the foundation of the design exchange between the Amsterdam Center for Architecture (ARCAM) and the Center for Architecture in New York. This exhibition is the most recent in a long history of collaboration between Dutch and US partners in addressing urban water issues, and how we “live with water.” With a quarter of its landmass under sea level, the Netherlands has developed an internationally renowned strategy for water management, which they have shared with US communities from the Bay Area to the Louisiana Bayou.

Glimpses of the future can already be seen in our cities – in emerging green industries, in local networks for energy production and in innovative forms of transportation. By presenting glimpses of New York and Amsterdam’s sustainable future, the exhibition will provide a platform for dialogue concerning critical planning and will explore how energy initiatives, economic incentives and educational programs can provide the means for current activities to grow and impact the future of our city.

“As City Planning Chair Amanda Burden said a few weeks ago, the water is our city’s 6th borough,” explained AIANY President Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP. “I hope these glimpses of 2040, and the progress already being made, will inspire people to work incrementally towards a sustainable future for our city, and introduce innovative, scalable ideas that will work in other places, like Amsterdam, but also in all manner of waterfront cities around the globe. Change on our waterfronts and in our cities is inevitable – and imperative. Let good design lead the way.”

The exhibition will be divided into five “glimpses,” based on necessities of 21st century urban life. The role of recreation (a section dubbed “Breathing”), food production (“Eating”), economic production (“Making”), transportation (“Moving”), and living spaces (“Dwelling”) will be explored in the context of both New York and Amsterdam. Within New York, firms will focus their attention on recreation on the Hudson River, expanding the food network of Bedford Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, commerce and development at the Bush Terminal in Brooklyn, Long Island City and Hunters Point, and the residential development of Newark, NJ. In Amsterdam, designers will focus on the development of the northern and southern IJ-waterfronts, examples of local food production in Amsterdam, the Public Library as a centre for knowledge developing into a ‘public domain work space’, South Axis Business District as a mobility hub with the first electric cars, and the Andreas ensemble as a high density housing estate within the city.

The exhibition will include the work of New York studios dlandstudio, Interboro Partners, Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO-IL), W Architecture & Landscape Architecture and WORKac.

Dutch firms Barcode Architects, Delva Landscape Architects, Fabrications, Space & Matter and van Bergen Kolpa will complete visions for Amsterdam’s future.

A commonality between all the teams is that they are emerging firms that are already leaving a mark on their communities. Dlandstudio, a six-year old interdisciplinary landscape/architecture studio, has won AIANY, AIANYS and AIA National awards. Interboro Partners has won AIANY’s New Practices competition (2006) and was selected to participate in this year’s MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program. In 2010 Fabrications was a finalist for the Prix de Rome. In both Amsterdam and New York, the design firms will be working with students, engaging architecture and landscape studios at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Princeton University, the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, and others.

Maarten Kloos, director of ARCAM, said “As designers, the most relevant form of reality is not what we see around us, but what is floating above and behind this image of today: plans, projects and visions for the future. We live with one foot in the future, and when we have the chance, such as with this great collaboration, we should study, and explore, the future of the future. I cannot wait to see what the participants in Glimpses produce.”

Curatorial team: Marlies Buurman, ARCAM; Rosamond Fletcher, Center for Architecture; Maarten Kloos, ARCAM; Luc Vrolijks, UrbanProgress

Dutch Architecture – Selection
Theatre Agora Holland
Theater Lelystad, 2005 : image © Christian Richters

Architectuur Centrum Amsterdam
photograph © Luuk Kramer

Center for Architecture Exhibition 2011

2011 AIA New York Chapter Design Awards Exhibition, Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, NYC, USA
14 Apr – 25 Jun 2011
The Standard New York
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Center for Architecture Exhibition 2011

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11 Jun 2010

Center for Architecture Exhibition 2010

Our Cities, Ourselves Exhibition Envisions a Sustainable Urban Future for 2030
24 Jun – 11 Sep 2010

New Cityscapes Address Urban Population Explosion
With Solutions Both Visionary and Practical

“Our Cities, Ourselves: The Future of Transportation in Urban Life” will be on view at the Center for Architecture Jun 24 – Sep 11, 2010. Visit for more information.

NEW YORK, New York – Ten of the world’s leading architects show how the integration of urban planning and transport can enable cities to thrive through population growth in a new exhibition at the Center for Architecture (536 LaGuardia Place, NYC). Our Cities, Ourselves kicks off its worldwide tour in New York on June 24th, showcasing the potential of transportation systems in ten major cities. It illustrates how the dream of a sustainable, equitable and livable urban future can be realized, when transport is put center-stage.

2030 vision of urban transport in Ahmedabad, India by Bimal Patel and HCP Design and Project Management:
Ahmedabad Architecture
image from the Centre for Architecture, New York

Organized by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), Our Cities, Ourselves challenges the car-dependent model of sprawl development prevalent in cities around the world, instead advocating for an urban landscape that prioritizes walking, cycling, and public transit. Each of ten visions is uniquely shaped to fit a distinct urban culture: Ahmedabad, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Dar es Salaam, Guangzhou, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Mexico City, New York City, and Rio de Janeiro. What lessons can be learned by studying ten cities on six continents? Some cities in the developing world are leapfrogging over the mistakes of developed cities, while older cities are creatively responding to their existing infrastructure. The exhibition shows how every city can benefit if it puts sustainable transportation at the heart of its planning.

“Our Cities, Ourselves is a partnership between ITDP and some of the world’s most innovative architects, to help us imagine our cities freed from the devastating effects of accommodating rapid motorization,” says Walter Hook, Executive Director of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP). “By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population, or 5 billion people, will live in cities, an increase of 2 billion residents. The world’s cities will require massive transformations to handle this influx of residents. Sustainable transportation systems are the glue that enables all elements of urban life—including housing, economic development, and public spaces—to meet both the needs of growing urban populations and to combat climate change.”

Participating architects, including David Adjaye, Michael Sorkin, Urbanus and Bimal Patel, share their bold visions in the exhibition’s oversized renderings, aerials, and panoramic views, highlighting the possibilities for improved sustainability and livability. These visions paint a picture of transportation as central to meeting the challenges of the urban future.

“Architects are interested in more than buildings,” explained Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director of the Center for Architecture and the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter. “As community, we are committed to making cities work, and toward that end, transportation design is integral to our future. From the Brooklyn Bridge to Buenos Aires, we are excited to see the solutions these talented teams develop, and thrilled to be involved in such an important global initiative.”

The New York exhibition launches a year of programming and advocacy designed to engage planners, architects, students, educators and city residents in an evolving conversation on designing a better urban future. The exhibition is accompanied by a website at, which features the My City blog, launching June 15, and a range of interactive activities for users.

The exhibition will be on view from June 24 to September 11, 2010 at the Center for Architecture in New York City before traveling to China, Brazil, Mexico, and beyond, to raise awareness and motivate action towards creating better cities for tomorrow.

2030 vision of urban transport in Guangzhou, China by Urbanus Architecture & Design:
Guangzhou Architecture
image from the Centre for Architecture, New York

Our Cities, Ourselves Exhibition Architects

Ahmedabad, India | Bimal Patel and HCP Design and Project Management
Budapest, Hungary | Teampannon
Buenos Aires, Argentina | PALO Arquitectura Urbana
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | Adjaye Associates
Guangzhou, China | Urbanus Architecture & Design
Jakarta, Indonesia | Budi Pradono Architects
Johannesburg, South Africa | Osmond Lange Architects and Ikemeleng Architects
Mexico City, Mexico | Arquitectura 911sc
New York City, United States | Michael Sorkin and Terreform
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | Campo Arquitetura Urbanismo Design and Fábrica Arquitetura

Curator: Maura Lout
Design: Pure + Applied

Our Cities, Ourselves Exhibition Organizers

Founded in 1985, the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy promotes environmentally sustainable and socially equitable transportation solutions in cities worldwide. Working in research, advocacy, and direct technical support, ITDP is at the forefront of efforts to reduce carbon emissions, protect the environment, and improve the quality of life. For more information, please visit

The Center for Architecture is a destination for all interested in the built environment. It is home to the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation, vibrant nonprofit organizations that provide resources to both the public and building industry professionals. Through exhibitions, programs, and special events, the Center aims to improve the quality and sustainability of the built environment, foster exchange between the design, construction, and real estate communities, and encourage collaborations across the city and globe. As the city’s leading cultural institution focusing on architecture, the Center drives positive change through the power of design. For more information, please visit

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About AIA New York Chapter
The AIA New York Chapter is the oldest and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects. We are dedicated to three goals: design excellence, public outreach, and professional development. The Chapter’s members include more than 4,000 practicing architects, allied professionals, students, and public members interested in architecture and design. To fulfill its mission, the Chapter sponsors an array of programs, usually held at the Center for Architecture, that explore the role of architects in housing, planning, historic preservation, and urban design among other topics, as well as our annual Design Awards Program for architecture, interior architecture and unrealized projects. In addition, the Chapter publishes a magazine, OCULUS, coordinates 24 committees and works with its charitable affiliate the Center for Architecture Foundation to provide scholarship and educational opportunities for students and the general public. For more information on the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, visit the website or contact Melina Gills at AIA New York, 212-683-0023 [email protected].

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