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Who What When - 9/6/02: deadlines, of interest, on the boards, and people on the move

by ArchNewsNow
September 6, 2002



Fellowships for Women in Architecture


A few weeks ago, we ran a column by Elizabeth Farrelly, an urban consultant and writer for the Sydney Morning Herald titled “Anything but the kitchen sink.” She quotes “pathetic” statistics regarding women in the field of architecture. Even more disheartening, we recently received an advisory from the Boston Society of Architects/AIA that the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation offers Selected Professions Fellowships for women pursuing degrees in architecture, but applications for support for architecture degrees have declined over the last few years, and the fellowship is at risk of being discontinued – specifically for architecture programs. So, please pass this message on to ensure continued support for this program. The application deadline for 2003-04 fellowships is January 10, 2003; awards range from $5,000 to $12,000. Information is available on the AAUW Web site (click on link above).


A New UK Design Award


London’s Design Museum just announced the launch of a major new national award to celebrate the Designer of the Year, intended to match the stature of stature of the Stirling Prize in architecture or the Turner Prize in art. Covering every area of design – from cars and graphics, to furniture and technology – the £25,000 cash prize will be given annually to the UK-born or UK-based designer or design team that has made the biggest contribution to design in the preceding calendar year.


The first Designer of the Year prize will be given for 2002. The shortlist of four nominees will be chosen in early January 2003 by a jury of design experts: Paola Antonelli of the Museum of Modern Art New York; design historian Emily King; industrial designer Marc Newson; and fashion designer Sir Paul Smith; and chaired by Alice Rawsthorn, director of the Design Museum.


Those nominating a company or individual should send a cover letter, examples of the work, pictures, CD-Rom to support the nomination. The deadline is December 31, 2002. Nominations should be marked clearly DESIGNER OF THE YEAR and sent to Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD, UK.




American Craft Museum Announces Shortlist


Edward Durell Stone’s almost windowless, white marble (often called “white elephant”) on Manhattan’s Columbus Circle is sure to have a new look when it re-opens as the new home of the American Craft Museum. The museum recently announced the finalists in a competition to re-do the 1964 – and long vacant – behemoth. The shortlist includes: Allied Works Architecture, Portland, Oregon; Zaha Hadid, London; Toshiko Mori Architect; and Smith-Miller & Hawkinson Architects, New York City. The new location will give the museum just about triple the space it now occupies on West 53rd Street.


A (Contemporary) Landmark Grows in Brooklyn


In an unusual turn for typical historic neighborhood watchdog groups, the architectural custodians of the Brooklyn Heights Historic District have approved a decidedly contemporary design for a new five-story condominium building designed by Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects with Larsen Shein Ginsberg Snyder, Architect-of-Record. The Landmarks Preservation Commission, Brooklyn Heights Association, and the Municipal Arts Society gave the go-ahead for the building to rise on an empty lot at 322 Hicks Street. The red brick exterior, bay windows, and stainless-steel trellis canopy are in keeping with the neighborhood noted for it’s classic 19th century brownstones, but with a distinctly modern attitude. There will be one three-bedroom, loft like apartment per floor, each with a fireplace (and views of the harbor) from the second floor up, and two ground floor duplex apartments. Construction is expected to begin in October, and be completed in about a year.


HOK and the USDA


The St. Louis office of Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK) has been awarded contracts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to oversee initial projects of the Ames Modernization Program, a five-year, $430 million upgrade of the USDA animal disease research facilities on a 480-acre site in Ames, Iowa. The program, which will rebuild and centralize multiple laboratory and research centers, has been given the highest priority by the federal government to protect the nation’s food supply. Sustainability will be fundamental to the design approach for all facilities, using the LEED™ (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system as a guideline. The program will remodel and create new space to host three key USDA agencies: National Veterinary Services Laboratories (the lab was the first to isolate the West Nile Virus in the western hemisphere); Center of Veterinary Bioligics; and National Animal Disease Center.


Heery and the GSA


Heery International has won one of the U.S. General Services Administration’s Comprehensive Workplace Solutions and Services contracts. The five-year indefinite quantity/indefinite delivery contract makes Heery’s full range of facilities planning, design, construction management, and relocation services available to the GSA’s National Capitol Region and its supported agencies. GSA issued nine different Workplace Solutions contracts, four of which were for small businesses exclusively. Cynthia McClendon-Stith will serve as Heery’s contract executive for the assignment. More than 60 percent of the firm’s work is in the public sector at the local, state, and national levels, including more than $4.5 billion in GSA projects since 1988. Current projects include more than 16 million square feet of GSA space nationwide.


TriBeCa Turn-around


As the first anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the outlook for small businesses in Lower Manhattan is still dire. There is no indication that things are "back-to-normal" (according to current statistics, business is off approximately 50 percent). The TriBeCa Organization, a non-profit group formed after the World Trade Center disaster, has just been awarded a grant of $200,000 by Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) to aid in the recovery of small businesses in the area. The grant was awarded in response to a proposal for a major branding and marketing campaign to stimulate and support the neighborhood's revitalization efforts, and to promote the community as a great destination spot for tourists and residents (a la the “I Love NY” and “Virginia is for Lovers” campaigns). The proposal was prepared by a “Branding Team” with members representing different facets of the downtown community: Creative Director Roland Gebhardt, principal, Roland Gebhardt Design; Chief Operations Officer Richard J. Corman, principal, RC Management Services, Inc., Secretary-Treasurer for the TriBeCa Organization, and Chair of the Membership and Development Committee; Marketing Director Gabrielle Bradford, co-founder, TriBeCa Organization Consulting Group (a post 9/11 volunteer effort helping reinvigorate 200+ small businesses downtown); and Director of Corporate Identity & Collateral Material Geoffrey D. Smyth, graphic designer Roland Gebhardt Design.


Gebhardt points out the urgent need for "matching funds" and/or pro bono services such as market research, publicity, event planning, and creative personnel. While the TriBeCa Organization is continuing to employ short-term tactics, the long-term effort is paramount. November 9-13 is “TriBeCa Week” that will include walking tours, exhibits, and special events. For more information, call 212-966-0063, or e-mail




Hillier Folk Honored and Published


J. Robert Hillier, FAIA, founder and chairman of Hillier International, is the recipient of the first annual Leonardo da Vinci Award for Leadership in Management Excellence from the Professional Management Services Association (PMSA). The Award is the highest award given by PMSA, a national organization of more than 500 owners of design and consulting firms. Hillier was honored for his leadership style that “fosters ingenuity and entrepreneurship,” and described as “a market-focused visionary whose management style is a benchmark for the industry.”


Jim Garrison, AIA, a senior associate with Hillier's Historic Preservation practice group, has been engaged by Acanthus Press of New York to author a monograph on the domestic architecture of John Russell Pope, whose 40-year practice included many notable city and country residences as well as the Jefferson Memorial, National Archives, and National Gallery of Art. The volume will be published in 2003. Garrison is also the winner of the Joel Spaeth Traveling Fellowship for 2002, a Hillier grant named for a principal of the firm, and will be in Oxford this month. Garrison was the lead designer on the award-winning Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia adaptive-reuse project, and a frequent lecturer on historic Main Line houses for the Lower Merion Conservancy.


First Interior Designer Appointed to Committee Setting Standards for Health Facility Design


Andrea V. Hyde, ASID, has been appointed to the Interdisciplinary Health Guidelines Revisions Committee (HGRC) of the Facility Guidelines Institute and the American Institute of Architects for the years 2003-2005. She is the first interior designer on the HGRC committee, which is made up health care architects, engineers, facility managers, infection control practitioners, physicians, administrators, and state and federal authorities. The committee meets three times every two years to review proposals to revise the “Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospital and Healthcare Facilities” to ensure the document keeps pace with new concepts in the delivery of health care. It is used by 42 states, the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and several federal agencies as the reference guide or code when licensing or accrediting facilities. Hyde is president of Hyde, Incorporated Interior Design, Towson, Maryland, and former president of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Maryland Chapter.


Tiffany & Co. Honors Those Who Make a Mark


Tiffany & Co. announced the names of outstanding individuals the company will salute as part of an international introduction of a new watch, the Tiffany Mark. Those selected, designers and master builders, artists, and athletes, have set the “mark” in their chosen fields and in giving generously of their time and talents to charitable and community organizations. Yesterday, at a ceremony in Grand Central Station, designer and author Edwin Schlossberg, founder of ESI Design, was honored (along with Bette Midler, Candace Bushnell, Marcia Gay Harden, and Dan Marino). ESI Design is known for innovative design solutions that offer the public a variety of ways to communicate and experience information across an integrated spectrum of physical exhibits, interactives, media, and Internet based applications. Examples in New York include: the exterior signage for the Reuters Building in Times Square which communicates complex information in an accessible, engaging way; The American Family Immigration History Center at Ellis Island and its on-line website, which encourages all people to honor and share their family's history; and Sony Wonder, an immersive, interactive journey through technology applications at Sony Corporate headquarters. Tiffany will make a donation of $20,000 in Schlossberg's name to the New York City Outward Bound Center (he is a member of the Board of Directors).


Frank Gehry will be honored, along with Esa-Pekka Solanen, conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, at a reception at Tiffany & Co. Beverly Hills on November 18.


BBG-BBGM Signs on Director of Business Development


Robert D. Greenberg has joined the New York City office of Brennan Beer Gorman/Architects and Brennan Beer Gorman Monk/Interiors as Director of Business Development, New York Region. Before joining BBG-BBGM, Greenberg spent three years as Vice President, Director of Business Development for The Hillier Group, and has more than 20 years of business development and architecture experience. He is a certified Professional Planner as well as a member of IFMA, CoreNet Global, and The Rebuilding Alliance.




Spotlight on Design – One Year Later


In the year since the tragedies of September 11, 2001, the National Building Museum has presented a series of exhibitions and public programs titled “Building in the Aftermath.” The museum is hosting two special lectures during the month of September. On Thursday, September 12, the Spotlight on Design lecture series will focus on architect Thom Mayne, founding principal of Morphosis, who will discuss publicly for the first time his urban design proposal for the WTC site. In addition, he will present some of his recent and current projects, including the award-winning Diamond Ranch High School in Pomona, California and the General Services Administration’s new Satellite and Operations Facility for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce in Suitland, Maryland.


The second lecture, entitled, "Let's Roll: Rebuilding the Pentagon" will be held on Monday, September 30. Allyn E. Kilscheimer, PE, president of KCE Structural Engineers, PC, the firm that is heading up the reconstruction known as the Phoenix Project, will explain the logistics of rebuilding the Pentagon. Following his presentations, he will join a panel discussion with the project’s architects, as well as mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineers: Peter Murr, Project Manager, RTKL Associates; Bob Patsel, Vice President, EDG; Mary Oehrlein, Principal/President, Oehrlein & Associates; Sam Brunetto, Vice President, Syska & Hennessy Group; and Cris Fromboluti, Partner-in-Charge, HOK Architects.


Envisioning L.A.’s Future


From September 26 to December 1, the A+D Architecture and Design Museum > Los Angeles is presenting “L.A. Now: Shaping a New Vision for Downtown Los Angeles.” Conceived and directed by Richard Koshalek, President, and Dana Hutt of Art Center College of Design, “L.A. Now” brings together the work of architecture students from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), as well as graphic design students from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and environmental design, photography, and film students from Art Center, and others all of whom participated in an extensive research, documentation, and design initiative. Organized by Anne Marie Burke, with the assistance of Michael Sy, the show provides the first general public presentation and in-depth overview of both the research and resulting urban proposals of “L.A. Now.”


The show presents the results of the first in a series of “wall-less classrooms” at Art Center aimed at bringing new thinking to current issues in architecture, design, art, and culture outside of the classroom. Thom Mayne of Morphosis acted as “tutor” and design leader of the initiative that began in Summer 2000 with a review of comprehensive documentation and radical representation of contemporary Los Angeles by Morphosis. The yearlong initiative generated a number of tangible results benefiting professionals and students in the field of architecture and design, civic leaders, developers, and the general public. The project included the creation of the first complete 3-D computer model of the contemporary downtown core. In addition, a two-volume illustrated catalogue published in 2001 and 2002, “L.A. Now: Volume One” and “L. A. Now, Volume Two: Shaping a New Vision for Downtown Los Angeles: Seven Proposals,” presents research, film, photography, and architectural proposals.


Mounted in conjunction with the A+D Museum's exhibition and special programs, “The Photographers of L.A. Now” features selected works from the archives of many of the 43 Los Angeles-based photographers who contributed to the L.A. Now initiative. Work by Erik Hillard, Jane Kung, Theo Morrison, Mark Lipson, Gala Narezo, Allen Scott, and others will be on display. (Click on link above for details.)


Deconstructing Detroit


“Stalking Detroit,” an exhibition at the Graham Foundation in Chicago, on view October 2 – November 14, chronicles a unique urban evolution. According to curators Jason Young, Charles Waldheim, and Georgia Daskalakis, the city continues to prosecute the most extensive, publicly funded program of demolition of abandoned buildings in U.S. history. Photographs, diagrams, drawings, and texts illustrate these unique conditions for architecture and urbanism. The documentation is bolstered with architectural and urban design projects distilled from Detroit’s material and social culture in the 1990s, when demolition replaced construction as the city’s primary architectural activity.


The exhibition opens with a lecture by co-curator Charles Waldheim, Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Architecture, College of Architecture and the Arts, at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where his teaching and research focus on landscape and its relationship to contemporary urbanism.


“NEXT” in Venice


We’ll undoubtedly be hearing – and seeing – quite a lot from the Biennale di Venezia (too bad we all can’t be there!). This year, the 8th International Architecture Exhibition, is themed “NEXT: the future of world architecture,” curated by Deyan Sudjic. As a teaser (and because it showed up in our mailbox), Coop Himmelb(l)au will be presenting its designs for the BMW Welt in Munich (pictured at right) and the JVC New Urban Entertainment Center in Guadalajara. The firm’s proposal for a new World Trade Center will be exhibited at the American Pavilion.


NEA Book Series: Design in the Public Realm


Since the late 1990’s, the design program at the National Endowment for the Arts has been promoting design excellence through an ambitious series of symposia, best-case design studies, and prototype projects. The results have been documented in a series of five books, available this month, focusing on design in the public realm and the potential for innovation in landscape architecture, architecture, and planning in communities across the country. The series is published by Princeton Architectural Press, and edited by Mark Robbins, National Endowment for the Arts.


The publications include:


The Mayor’s Institute: Excellence in City Design; Editor: James S. Russell


Inspired by the 15-year history of the NEA’s Mayors Institute on City Design (MICD)--a program that brings talented designers together with elected officials, the book frames the various disciplines by using heavily illustrated essays from prominent academics and practitioners including projects by Hargreaves and Associates, Polshek and Partners, and Machado Silvetti. The benefits of the unique MICD process are conveyed through short mayor-designer dialogues.


Sprawl and Public Space: Redressing the Mall; Editor: David Smiley


This book is based on a conference sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts with the Woodrow Wilson Center concerning strategies for the reuse of dead malls in America’s first-ring suburbs. It includes essays by Robert Fishman, Benjamin Barber, and Margaret Crawford, and innovative projects for the strip and mixed-use developments by such architects as RoTo, Lewis, Tsurumaki, Lewis, ShoP, and Gary Handel + Associates.


Schools for Cities: Urban Strategies; Editor: Sharon Haar


As the nation's educational infrastructure both ages and expands, schools have become sites of critical concern and opportunities for community development. This book includes essays and current projects by architects Sheila Kennedy, Julie Eizenberg, Roy Strickland, Sharon Haar, preservationist Constance Beaumont and landscape architect Peter Schaudt, and others, demonstrating the ways in which schools can serve as institutions that contribute to a vital civic life.


University/Community Design Partnerships: Innovation in Practice; Author: Jason Pearson


A survey of community design centers highlights nine national programs, such as the Rural Studio, Studio 804 at Kansas State, Design Corps, and Blue Soup Outreach.


Your Town: Mississippi Delta; Editor: Shelley Mastran, National Trust


Describes the impact of design and heritage tourism. It documents two case studies in historically African-American communities in the Mississippi Delta: the town of Mound Bayou, Miss., and the blues heritage corridor of Highway 61.


Editor’s Note: There are deadlines for several competitions coming up…check out the ANN Calendar.


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(Peter Marino Architect)
Shortlist announced for the remodeling of 2 Columbus Circle, the new home of the American Craft Museum

(Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects)
Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects: 322 Hicks Street looking up through canopy to folded upper stories of building with oriel windows

HOK takes on $430 million modernization program for the U.S. Department of Agriculture

(Courtesy of the architect and Max Protetch Gallery)
Thom Mayne/Morphosis presents his vision for the WTC site and other projects at the National Building Museum.

(Mark Lipson)
"L.A. Now: Shaping a New Vision for Downtown Los Angeles" coming soon to the A+D Architecture and Design Museum > Los Angeles

(Paul Andersen and Maia Johnson)
"L.A. Now": Urban Housing by Paul Andersen and Maia Johnson

(Jordi Bernardo)
"Detroit Hotel" by Jordi Bernardo is part of "Stalking Detroit," an exhibition at Chicago's Graham Foundation.

(Coop Himmelb(l)au)
Coop Himmelb(l)au is presenting designs for the BMW Welt in Munich and other projects at the Venice Biennale.

Hillier: J. Robert Hillier, FAIA

(Kristen Richards)
Hillier: Jim Garrison, AIA

ESI Design: Edwin Schlossberg

Andrea V. Hyde, ASID

The TriBeCa Organizations' "branding team" (l-r): Roland Gebhardt, Gabrielle Bradford, Geoff Smyth, and Richard Corman

BBG-BBGM: Robert D. Greenberg

"Sprawl and Public Space: Redressing the Mall," one of the NEA's five-book series on design in the public realm

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