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ArchNewsNow Editor Wears Two Hats: AIA New York Chapter Launches Recast OCULUS Magazine; Names Kristen Richards Editor

by ArchNewsNow
December 10, 2002

To mark the 64th anniversary of OCULUS, the official magazine of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, AIA New York Chapter is pleased to announce it will re-launch OCULUS in the spring of 2003 as a quarterly with a minimum of 36 editorial pages, many in color.


The Chapter’s Board of Directors has selected Kristen Richards as Editor of both the magazine and e-OCULUS, the twice-monthly electronic newsletter that goes via e-mail to more than 3,000 chapter members and architectural enthusiasts.


“The Board is delighted to have at the helm of OCULUS someone with Kristen’s design background, editorial experience, and familiarity with both printed and on-line media formats, “ said Stephen A. Kliment, FAIA, a member of the Chapter's board of directors.


Kristen has spent the last 15 years focusing on the architectural world in both print and electronic media. In addition to her new role at OCULUS, she will continue as Editor-in-Chief of (ANN), an international electronic journal and daily newsletter launched in March 2002. The site has already garnered several “Best Architectural Web Site” awards, and is averaging well over 150,000 page views per month.


“This will be a landmark year for both the City and the Chapter,” Kristen said. “With input from an involved membership, OCULUS and e-OCULUS will be a meaningful and timely voice in an industry that has much to offer in shaping the future of our city and surrounding communities.”


Kristen has been writing about the industry, the firms, and the personalities for years. Before launching, she spent two years as Editor-in-Chief of, and 10 years as News Editor/feature writer for Interiors magazine. She has also been a freelance writer and photographer for a number of international architecture and business publications.


In addition to Kristen's journalistic endeavors, her first book, “Retail and Restaurant Spaces: An International Portfolio,” was just re-issued in paperback by Rockport Publishers. She has presented her CEU course, Telling It Like It Is: The Do's & Don'ts of Getting Publicity, to AIA, IIDA, ASID, and IALD conferences and chapters around the country.


Kristen can now be reached at or 


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