“Writing Women Architects On Film” is a new Pratt SoA seminar, taught by Professor Dale B. Cohen, archiving the work of women architects via film. The objective of the course is for each student to learn about the work of generations of women architects through the intimate examination of a single architect and to compellingly tell the story of an architect’s life and work in a historical context using the medium of film. Film subjects for the seminar are selected from the Mistresses of Pratt archiving project, which recognizes the work of women educators. The seminar is an extension of Cohen’s project “Women Architects are Everywhere: 1MIN Student Film Competition”, to be re-launched in 2021.

The Architecture and Design Film Festival selected one Cohen’s student’s films for its “2020 Short Films Program, I: Inspired by Mentors”. The film, Dagmar Richter: Influencing Great Architecture, by Umay Gunes Kurtulan, B.ARCH ’20, describes how “Dagmar Richter influences new generations of architects by setting a bold and fearless example of versatility within architecture, through a feminist outlook.”

Dagmar Richter (film subject), Professor and Chair of Arhitecture, Pratt Institute
Umay Gunes Kurtulan (film maker), Graduate, Pratt Institute School of Architecture
Kyle Bergman, AIA, Founder and Festival Director, Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF)
Dale B. Cohen, Assoc. AIA, Visiting Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute

Created by the AIANY Architecture Dialogue Committee, Cocktails & Conversation is a series of dialogues about design that joins an architect with a critic, journalist, curator, or architectural historian to discuss current architecture design issues. Each program includes a custom-crafted cocktail—one inspired by the architect’s work and created especially for this event.

Mehrdad Yazdani, Assoc. AIA, Design Principal, Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
Sam Lubell, Staff Writer, Wired, Contributing Editor, The Architect’s Newspaper

Cocktails & Conversation is a series of dialogues about design that joins an architect with a critic, journalist, curator, or architectural historian to discuss current architecture design issues. Each program includes a custom-crafted cocktail—one inspired by the architect’s work and created especially for this event.

Gisue Hariri,
Co-founder and Principle Design Director, Hariri & Hariri Architecture
Mojgan Hariri, AIA, Co-founder and President, Hariri & Hariri Architecture
Julia Gamolina, Assoc. AIA, Founder and Editor, Madame Architect

Private Tour for AIANY Interiors Committee Members

Building date: 1928
renovation: 1991

Architect: Second renovation, Kushner Studios, on-going
This three-story 1928 carriage house was the former home of famed event planner Robert Isabell. See its soaring 30-foot-high ceiling, glass catwalks, and eccentric interior design before architect and owner Adam Kushner embarks on his own reinvention.

This residence is part of Interior Design Magazine’s Designers’ Open House.

Case Study Presentations and a Panel Discussion

Global Branding = design + communication + strategy + cultural navigation

As architects building for global brands we are asked to articulate brand traits to a specific cultural audience through design while navigating local regulations/ materials/ habits. It is an exciting field which is constantly evolving and accelerating as the world becomes more and more interconnected through digital media.

Please join the AIANY Interiors Committee for case studies and panel presentation from three cross disciplinary teams designing for brands that span the globe. Education, hospitality, and retail projects are represented to provide for a rich conversation.

John Bricker, Creative Director, Principal, Gensler
Jeremy Brown, Senior Design Manager – Customer Experience, Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd.
Linda Choong, Senior Vice President, Global Retail Development, National Basketball Association
Mark Gordon, Director for Design, New York University
Jill N. Lerner, FAIA, AIA New York Chapter 2013 President
Hayes Slade, AIA, IIDA, Principal, Slade Architecture

Marion Weiss is cofounder of WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, based in New York City and the Graham Chair Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Her multidisciplinary firm operates at the nexus of architecture, art, landscape, and urban design, with projects ranging from the construction of new sites to the construction of furniture to inhabit and shape those sites. Her firm’s Olympic Sculpture Park exemplifies this cross disciplinary design approach and the project has been recognized internationally through museum exhibitions and design awards. Time Magazine identified the park as one of the top 10 projects in the world, Barcelona’s World Architecture Festival selected the project as winner in the Nature Category, I.D. Magazine awarded it the highest Environment Design Award, and it was the first project in North America to win Harvard University’s Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design. Encompasses

WEISS/MANFREDI received the American Academy of Arts and Letters award which acknowledged the distinct vision of the firm and was named one of North America’s “Emerging Voices” by the Architectural League of New York. The firm was also honored with the New York AIA Gold Medal and the Tau Sigma Delta Gold Medal, annually awarded to one individual or firm in the world each year. The firm’s projects have been featured in exhibitions at The Museum of Modem Art, the Venice Architectural Biennale, the São Paulo Biennale of International Architecture and Design, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the National Building Museum, Harvard University, the International Landscape Architecture Biennale in Barcelona, and the Design Centre in Essen, Germany. Their first monograph Site Specific and the more recent WEISS/MANFREDI Surface/Subsurface were published by Princeton Architectural Press.

Her firm’s Visitor Center at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden recently opened to the public. Other built work includes the Diana Center, a multi-use arts building at Barnard College whose design won a national design competition and a Progressive Architecture Award, establishes a new nexus for social, cultural, and intellectual life for both the campus and the city. The Diana Center also won the New York State AIA Best Building Award in 2010 as well as a National AIA Honor Award. WEISS/MANFREDI recently won a national competition to redesign the Washington Monument Grounds at Sylvan Theater. Other current projects include two new buildings for Novartis North America’s headquarters; Hunters Point South Waterfront Park, located on the East River in Queens, New York; and the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Marion Weiss received her Master of Architecture at Yale University and her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. At Yale she won the American Institute of Architects Scholastic Award and the Skidmore, Owings and Merrill Traveling Fellowship. She has taught design studios at Harvard University, Yale University, Cornell University, and since 1991 has been a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn School of Design where she is currently the Graham Chair Professor of Architecture.

Organized by: AIANY Interior Design Committee

Sponsored by:
Best & Company

Author Christopher Rawlins will present a talk based upon his newly released book Fire Island Modernist, the first book to highlight the seductive seaside houses designed by Horace Gifford, a largely forgotten architect who died of AIDS in 1992. After years of research Rawlins has pieced together the life and career of this elusive and complex figure—a charismatic charmer who suffered from depression and attended business meetings in a Speedo.

As the 1960’s became the “Sixties,” Gifford executed a remarkable series of beach houses that transformed the terrain and culture of New York’s Fire Island from a sleepy bohemian backwater to a wildly permissive “oasis of free love.”

Growing up on the beaches of Florida, Horace Gifford forged a deep connection with coastal landscapes. Pairing this well of sensitivity with improvisations on modernist themes, Gifford perfected a hedonistic modernism in cedar and glass, as attuned to natural landscapes as it was to our animal natures. Gifford’s serene early Sixties pavilions provided refuge from a hostile world, while his exuberant post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS masterpieces orchestrated bacchanals of liberation.

Blending cultural and architectural history, Fire Island Modernist ponders a fascinating era through the story of an architect whose life, work, and colorful milieu trace the arc of a lost generation that still resonates with artistic and cultural import.

On the weekend of 06.08-09.13, the Center for Architecture and The Museum of Modern Art orchestrated “Le Corbusier/New York,” an ambitious and exhilarating symposium centered on the great work of Le Corbusier. The symposium itself was bookended by a visit to newly-opened exhibition “Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscape” at MoMA, and a visit to recently-renovated rooms at the United Nations. The symposium was embroidered with a panel of admired thinkers who study the architect. Scholarship spanned from the forensic research by Patrick Leitner on the impact Le Corbusier’s hometown La Chaux-du-Fonds had on his creative development, to gossipy, humorous tidbits about his interaction with female Vassar College undergraduates, and his rock star status with the “Amazons” (possibly having no historic truth except in Le Corbusier’s mind.)

openstudios Lower Manhattan is a self-guided walking tour; each ticket holder will be given a map of all participating studios at the start of the event, which they may visit in any order. Architects and engineers will be on hand at each studio to answer questions and discuss the firm’s work. A reception in the neighborhood will follow the studio tour.

Participating Studios
(list in formation)
Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani
Biber Architects
Billings Jackson Design
Buro Happold
Carin Goldberg Design
CR Studio
Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP
GRO Architects
Kushner Studios
Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership
Marpillero Pollak Architects
Rice + Lipka Architects
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Slade Architecture
SPaN Architects

This event is organized as part of NYCxDESIGN, a new citywide event celebrating NYC as an international design capital.

The architects Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio will present their book Lincoln Center Inside Out: An Architectural Account (Damiani, 2013).

Diller and Scofidio will be in conversation with Edward Dimendberg, Anthony Vidler, Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union, and Dana Polan Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University about Lincoln Center.

Moderator: Jack Esterson AIA – WASA/Studio A

Participating Firms, in alphabetical order:
Gruzen Samton
H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
IA Interior Architects
Murphy Burnham & Buttrick
Office of Architecture
Redtop Architects
RSVP Architecture Studio
Slade Architecture

Gisue Hariri, one of the founders and principal design directors of Hariri & Hariri, ( will present their recent multi-disciplinary design work including award winning interior projects, products, jewelry and their Salzburg residential project in Austria.

A Special event by
the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
hosted by the
The University Club of New York

Design [R]evolutions: Morse Historic Design Lecture Series
Modern Times: Designing for a New Century

Cheryl Buckley, Professor of Design History, Northumbria University, Newcastle

From the curving lines of Thonet bentwood furniture and delicate Lalique glass to sumptuous jacquard woven textiles and Japanese-influenced graphics, the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries produced extraordinarily beautiful objects. Professor Cheryl Buckley and a panel of experts will tell the story of the turn of the twentieth century – a time of shifting social and political mores- through a range of important design objects from Cooper-Hewitt’s collection. 

On 10.12.12, the sun went down and the glowing wristbands came out at the AIANY Interiors Committee’s NightSeeing (TM) Tour of the Center for Architecture, led by lighting artist/designer Leni Schwendinger, a.k.a. the “Luminatrix.” A packed house of intrepid lighting sleuths joined her and the Center’s original architect Andrew Berman, AIA, for an in-depth look at the Center through the lens of lighting and its subtle nighttime effects. After Berman talked about designing the Center, and a brief presentation of Schwendinger ‘s public works (outdoor installations), she took that approach indoors to the Center’s many spaces.

Join Edward Siegel, Co-designer and Partner-in-Charge, for a tour of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s recently completed Parish House. The new 13,000 square foot Parish house built in the heart of historic East Hampton Village is both a sensitive and sensible addition to its ancestor buildings as well as the neighboring Home Sweet Home Museum, and Mulford Farm. It was designed in the Carpenter Gothic style with select Tudor elements as a nod to the architecture of the Rectory completed in 1916. The environmentally sustainable building features a diverse mix of uses including: administrative offices, a vesting room, sacristy, Sunday school classrooms, a Lady’s Guild Room, a choir room, a catering kitchen and multi-purpose hall for receptions, lectures, movies and community events.

Get close and personal with Wendy, a 3,500 sq ft installation, located in the MoMA PS1 Courtyard. Matthias Hollwich, cofounder of HWKN (winner of the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program) and one of Wendy’s creators, will lead an intimate tour of Wendy. Praised not only for her dynamic “starburst” design but for her environmental cognizance, Wendy’s skin is treated with a ground breaking titania nanoparticles that neutralizes airborne pollutants. This summer Wendy will clean the amount of air comparable to taking 260 cars off the road. Additionally, her presence in the MoMA PS1 courtyard creates social zones activated by shade, blasts of air, cool mists, water cannons and music.

This project received a AIA NY Chapter 2012 Architecture Merit Award and was also recognized with a 2012 Transformation Award from the Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts.