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Who What When - 06/12/02

A little bit of everything: deadlines, upcoming events, honors, firm news, on the boards, and people on the move

by ArchNewsNow
June 12, 2002



July 8: 55 Water Street Plaza Competition


Sponsored by: The Municipal Art Society; New Water Street Corporation; Manhattan Community Board 1; and the Alliance for Downtown New York. Goal: transform the plaza into an attractive public amenity for use by Lower Manhattan’s daytime and resident populations.


Architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design professionals are encouraged to submit responses to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Detailed instructions for the RFQ and further information are available online at Six finalists will be selected by the Competition Sponsors and provided a $10,000 stipend to develop designs for the plaza. The winning design, to be announced the week of September 23rd, will be implemented by the New Water Street Corporation in the spring of 2003. The proposals of all six finalists will be displayed at the Municipal Art Society’s Urban Center from October 21st through November 29th.


September 11: Pentagon Memorial Design Competition


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers just launched an open, two-stage design competition to select a design for the Congressionally authorized outdoor memorial on the grounds of the Pentagon to honor the victims of the September 11 attack on the building.


Any individual or team may enter. To receive a design competition program, call 866-782-4383, or visit the Pentagon Memorial project Web site:




Through June 30: A solo exhibition of the work of Terence Main is on view at 143 West 26th Street, in affiliation with the Carlo Alessi Gallery. The exhibition features recent and past objects of the cast metal sculptural furniture Main is known for, as well as wood patterns and drawings that are being shown for the first time. For over 20 years, Terence Main has been challenging the borders between art and design. Considered art before furniture, his objects are sculptures in a form that accommodates the human body, but distinctly declare form before function. A graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art masters program, Main’s art was a staple of New York’s avant-garde Art et Industrie gallery and has recently been exhibited at the Cranbrook Art Museum, and the Marsh Art Gallery in Virginia. Currently his work is being exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Yassine Art Gallery, Dakar, Senegal.


June 19: Charter High School for Architecture + Design, Philadelphia, will hold the commencement ceremony for its second graduating class in the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, June 19th. The 50 graduating members chose the Kimmel Center for the occasion, believing that the most dazzling example of design in Philadelphia best represented the challenging and innovative education presented to them while enrolled at CHAD. During its first two years, CHAD students participated in an independent study of the design and construction of the Center, which included interviewing project designers and construction managers, touring the inner workings of New York’s Lincoln Center for a comparative view, and speaking with and touring the New York studio of Kimmel Center architect Rafael Vinoly.


The CHAD 2002 Designing Futures Awards will be presented at the “Reaching for the Sky” fundraiser and champagne breakfast at the Kimmel Center’s Hamilton Rooftop Garden. Recipients include: Lily Yeh of the Village of Arts and Humanities, a non-profit organization dedicated to building community through the arts, and the design firm Ewing Cole Cherry Brott. The CHAD Special Founding Visionary Award will be given to original founding board president Donald R. Matzkin of Friday Architects. Tickets to the Champagne Breakfast are $50 each and are available by contacting Barbara Chandler Allen at or 215-351-2900 x 2245. (Ticket holders are also invited to attend the commencement ceremony that follows at 10:00 am.)


June 18: The National Building Museum, Washington, DC, will host a lecture by author Andrea Oppenheimer Dean and Rural Studio professors, Andrew Freear and Steve Hoffman on the Rural Studio and the legacy of the late Samuel Mockbee, who passed away in December. For 10 years, Mockbee and Auburn University’s Rural Studio students designed and constructed buildings from recycled and salvaged materials for the impoverished residents of Hale County, Alabama. Mockbee received a MacArthur Fellows award in 2000 for his work combining the teaching of architecture with a commitment to public service. Following their presentation, Ms. Dean will sign copies of her book, “Rural Studio: Samuel Mockbee and an Architecture of Decency” (with photography by Timothy Hursley).


June 24: Also at the National Building Museum, Malcolm Holzman, FAIA, holds forth as part of the Museum's continuing Spotlight on Design lecture series. Holzman will discuss his use of stone for residential and institutional commissions throughout his 30-year career. He will also consider how stone can be used to create structures that are environmentally sound and economically feasible. After his presentation, he will sign copies of his recently released book Stone Work: Designing with Stone.




Salvadori Center Honors Hugh Hardy, David Macaulay, and Cherrie Nanninga for Inspiring New York City’s Middle School Children


The Salvadori Center, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to motivating New York City youngsters to learn math and science, the humanities and arts, recognized three outstanding leaders in business, design, and education with awards at its Annual Benefit Celebration on May 7. Keeping with tradition, Salvadori Center honored those whose vision and professionalism inspire both their peers and the children they are dedicated to teaching: architect Hugh Hardy, FAIA, Founding Partner of Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates; author David Macaulay, whose works include the PBS series “Building Big,” and the books “The Way Things Work” and “Cathedral;” and Cherrie Nanninga, Director of Real Estate for The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. The event, which drew more than 300 attendees, raised funds to support the Salvadori Center’s programs in NYC’s public middle schools and its national expansion.


Voorsanger, Smith-Miller, and Hawkinson


This year, the National Academy of Design 177th Annual exhibition included architects who were among the first to also receive a National Academy of Design Annual prize. At the May 1st ceremony, Bartholomew Voorsanger of Voorsanger and Associates Architects was awarded with the Henry Legrand Cannon Prize for his renovation of the Asia Society in New York City. Voorsanger shares the award with Henry Smith-Miller + Laurie Hawkinson, Smith-Miller & Hawkinson Architects, for their New York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan Branch addition. Neil M. Denari received the Richard H. Recchia Memorial Prize for architecture that, this year, was combined with the Samuel F. B. Morse Gold Medal. The Award Committee for Architecture included Bruce Fowle and Giorgio Cavaglieri. (Sorry to say, but the exhibition closed last week.)


John Chipman Sr. Named MSU Landscape Architecture Alumnus of the Year


Michigan State University recently bestowed Landscape Forms founder John Chipman, Sr. with the Landscape Architecture Alumnus of the Year award. Each year MSU selects an alumnus from the landscape architecture program that has made a significant contribution to the landscape architecture profession, the environment, or to the university and its landscape architecture students. The John Chipman Scholarship Endowment for Overseas Study provides opportunities for students in the landscape architecture program to expand their horizons through study abroad programs. Headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Landscape Forms, Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of outdoor commercial furnishings.




Mancini Duffy and Richard Pollack & Associates form alliance


Mancini Duffy, a leading interior architecture, planning, and design firm headquartered in New York City, recently announced a strategic alliance with Richard Pollack & Associates (RPA), a San Francisco-based interior architectural firm. The alliance allows both firms to expand their service and commitment to clients on both coasts and internationally.


Mancini Duffy has additional offices in New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington, DC, and London. Established in 1985, Richard Pollack & Associates was listed as one of the 150 fastest growing private companies in the San Francisco Bay area by the San Francisco Business Times. Both firms rank among the “Giants of Interior Design” by Interior Design Magazine.


Three Award-Winning Architects Create TEK Architects


Charles Thanhauser and Jack Esterson, co-founders of New York City-based Thanhauser + Esterson, have joined forces with Martin Kapell, co-founder of Kapell and Kostow Architects, to form a new firm: TEK Architects (Thanhauser Esterson Kapell Architects). TEK will build on the award-winning work of each of its three principals, who have received numerous design awards, been widely published in the national and international design media, and were featured in the Light Construction Exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art.


TEK is currently designing the Manhattan flagship store for Maurice Villency, theaters and facilities for visual and performing arts for the Women’s Interart Center, a new H&M store in Manhattan, and offices for video game developers Take Two Interactives.


The founders’ combined client list includes major corporations, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, performing arts venues, and healthcare facilities. These include the Rockefeller Foundation, the Martha Graham Dance Company, the American Cancer Society, NASDAQ, The Bar Association of the City of New York, Bozell Worldwide, Brooklyn College, Coalition for the Homeless, St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, The National Organization for Women, GMHC, Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High School, M&C Saatchi, Hunter College,, and Insight Communications.


Campagna & Easton Architects, LLP: A new preservation partnership


Award-winning architect Barbara Campagna, AIA, has teamed with Lisa Easton, AIA, to form an architectural firm specializing in historic preservation, planning, and adaptive reuse. The New York City-based partnership is engaged in a diversified group of projects including churches, city and regional historic buildings, universities, and museums.


Current Campagna & Easton Architects projects include the exterior restoration of Our Lady of the Rosary, the historic Catholic Church complex in lower Manhattan (which includes a 1793 Federal Style townhouse and a shrine to Elizabeth Seton, the first American Saint); the development of a restoration master plan for the United Methodist Church of Bay Ridge, also on the National Register of Historic Places; and the landmark Woodrow Wilson Hall at Monmouth University; the exterior restoration of the St. Guilhem Gallery at the Cloisters Museum (part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art); and the restoration of the 1913 Marie Zimmerman Farm in Dingman’s Ferry, Pennsylvania and a redevelopment plan for the 1200-acre site in the Delaware Water Gap. Contact:




Gensler part of feasibility study team for Moscow airport


An international team has been established to study the feasibility of renovating and expanding Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport to meet increased demand for international business travel to and from Russia. The team includes Gensler (architecture), Parsons Brinckerhoff (engineering); Simat Helliesen & Eichner (aviation consultant), Squire, Sanders & Dempsey (international law), and Ernst & Young (accounting). The study, which will be conducted this summer, is being funded by a $325,000 grant from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA), which uses grants to promote American private-sector participation in developing and middle-income countries.


Flad on campus


Flad & Associates, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, has been selected by Indiana University to design a new multidisciplinary science facility for the campus in Bloomington, Indiana. Currently in the early stages of programming, the space will be designed to support the full spectrum of sciences including biology, chemistry, cognitive science, physics and biochemistry.


Flad is also leading a team selected to create a master plan for the development of the University of Connecticut’s (UConn) Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut. Other project team members include Affiliated Engineers, Inc. (mechanical, electrical, and piping engineering), of Madison, Wisconsin.




Heidi Blau joins Fox & Fowle Architects


Heidi Blau has joined Fox & Fowle Architects, New York City, as Studio Director of the firm's award winning Public Architecture Studio. Blau will concentrate on cross-discipline design ranging from educational and cultural projects to urban planning and transportation-related work. Her new role will include project management, programming and planning as well as overseeing design, production and construction administration. She will work closely with Sudhir Jambhekar, Principal-in-Charge of the Public Architecture Studio, as well as the studio staff of 12. Her projects will include the 50,000-square-foot Shelter Rock Library in Albertson, Long Island, a new multi-media center for CUNY/Lehman College, and an office building for a private developer in Forest Hills.


Prior to joining Fox & Fowle, Blau spent 16 years at architecture firm Buttrick White & Burtis, starting as a junior designer and working her way up to partner in 1999. Her projects include the renovation and expansion of the Brooklyn College Library, the new lower school facility for the Spence School, M&T Bank's renovation of the M&T center and the re-planning of M&T Plaza in Buffalo, New York, Battery Park City Authority's corporate offices, and several Tower Records/Video/Books stores.


Randy Fahey joins Swanke Hayden Connell


Randy Fahey has joined Swanke Hayden Connell Architects (SHCA) as a senior interior designer. Fahey brings more than two decades of design experience to his new role as Design Team Leader. His corporate interiors expertise includes long working relationships with clients such as Goldman Sachs, UBS Warburg, First Union, and JP Morgan Chase.


Dodge, Knight, and Reehil join SmithGroup


Edward Dodge, Sandra Knight, and Kathleen Reehil have joined SmithGroup Inc., the nation’s 6th largest architectural, engineering, and planning firm, will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2003.


Kathleen Reehil, AIA, joins as Director of Interior Design for the firm’s Detroit office. She previously served as Director of Interior Design at Gensler, Detroit. She also previously served as Architecture and Design Manager for Knoll, Inc., Troy, Michigan. During her career, Reehil has played key roles on many numerous award-winning projects, including General Motors’ new global headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit; the DaimlerChrysler Technology Center in Auburn Hills, MI; the Defense Intelligence Agency Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; and Domino Farms in Ann Arbor, MI, the world headquarters for Dominos Pizza.


Edward Dodge, who joins as Vice President and Director of Human Resources, comes to SmithGroup from Arcadis Giffels, Southfield, Michigan, where he served as vice president of administration/Director of Human Resources for 15 years. In his role, Dodge has overall responsibility for the 1,000-person firm’s human resources activities.


Sandra Knight, APR, joins the firm as Director of Public Relations. She was formerly manager of corporate communications at Albert Kahn Associates in Detroit. An 18-year veteran of communications, Knight’s public relations programs have won competitions sponsored by the Public Relations Society (PRSA) of America and the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), and most received a national 2001 SMPS Marketing Communications Award.


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Terence Main exhibition: Function follows form with Rhizoma, a cast bronze chair.

Salvadori Center Honors (l-r): Benefit Chairman Mitchell Arkin of Cushman & Wakefield; honorees David Macaulay, Hugh Hardy, FAIA, and Cherrie Nanninga; and Salvadori Board President Charles Thornton of Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers.

Voorsanger and Associates Architects exhibit at the National Academy of Design.

John Chipman, Sr., founder of Landscape Forms, is Michigan State University's Landscape Architecture Alumnus of the Year.

TEK Architects: new venture established by Charles Thanhauser, Jack Esterson, and Martin Kapell

Campagna & Easton Architects: restoring the landmark Woodrow Wilson Hall at Monmouth University in New Jersey

Fox & Fowle: new Studio Director Heidi Blau with Sudhir Jambhekar, Principal-in-Charge of the Public Architecture Studio

Swanke Hayden Connell: Randy Fahey, senior interior designer

SmithGroup: Kathleen Reehil, AIA, Director of Interior Design in Detroit office

SmithGroup: Edward Dodge, Vice President and Director of Human Resources

SmithGroup: Sandra Knight, APR, Director of Public Relations

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