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last words LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The Next Chapter I ┬ęStephanie Mitchell/HarvardUniversity am thrilled to have this opportunity to introduce myself as the new executive director of AIANY and the Center for Architecture. It is an honor to start this next chapter of my career at the oldest chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Born in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn, I have lived, studied, and worked in several cities around the globe, including Sydney, Paris, Montreal, and, most recently, Cambridge, MA. I am excited to return to New York City at a time when architecture is in the midst of a renaissance. In the past decade, the city has seen its skyline and streetscapes utterly transformed by new works of architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture - transformations that are ongoing and have extended into the outer boroughs. There appears to be a renewed sense of civic engagement among architects, a sincere desire to engage clients, policymakers, residents, and communities and boost their understanding of how both public and private buildings can positively contribute to the city we share. A Think Tank for Architecture This chapter of the AIA has positioned itself as a "Think Tank for Architecture" with the Center for Architecture as its public portal. The strong programs and exhibitions that take place here have been crucial to "elevating the standing of the profession" - a core value of the AIA when it was founded in 1857. Over the next few months I look forward to meeting and hearing from architects practicing or working in New York, particularly those who make up AIANY's strong membership base. Since the role of a think tank is to anticipate, research, and advise, I will start by asking us to consider how - through the Center for Architecture's extensive lectures, symposia, panel discussions, exhibitions, education, publications, digital initiatives, scholarships, awards programs, and advocacy work - we can truly elevate the standing of the profession? Through these efforts, I will encourage our members, staff, and collaborators to think about how we can engage and educate the general public about the value design brings to everything - from the quality of our daily lives, to the vitality of the economy, to the health of the planet. Institutional Shifts This requires asking ourselves how the profession has changed and which issues (some new, some perennial) challenge architecture. How do architects respond to or expand the political and social agendas of elected leaders? How do architects at any stage of their careers learn, grow, and integrate new knowledge into their practices? How does architecture intersect and collaborate with other professions? How do architects respond to climate change and promote sustainable practices? How do we address issues of gender and race inequality, both within the profession and as part of the larger role designers play in society? How does the profession cultivate the next generation of architects and support students throughout their architectural education? How do we nurture recent graduates as they enter the workplace and emerging talent as they start building their own practices? New, new, new Both AIANY and the Center for Architecture will also welcome new board presidents in 2016. I look forward to working closely with 2016 AIANY President Carol Loewenson, FAIA, LEED AP, and 2016 Center for Architecture President Tom Krizmanic, AIA, LEED AP. I would like to express immense gratitude to Tomas Rossant, AIA, 2015 AIANY president, and Joseph Tortorella, 2015 Center for Architecture president, for their marvelous leadership during this recent period of transition and for their key roles on the search committee. And I would like to acknowledge the exceptional work of Interim Executive Director David Burney, FAIA, who stepped up to head the organizations in the short term, and who produced some extraordinary exhibitions and programs while here. Finally, I would like to recognize the Chapter and Center staff members, who have remained dedicated throughout this period of transition, and with whom I will have the pleasure of working. I hope you will enjoy this issue of Oculus focusing on institutional urban campuses, and I eagerly await feedback and the chance to contribute to the development of future issues over the coming years. Benjamin Prosky Executive Director AIA New York Chapter and Center for Architecture Spring 2016 Oculus 43

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Spring 2016 Institutional Shifts

Letter from the President
Letter from the Editor
Center for Architecture
One Block Over
Opener: The Intersection of Technology and Walkability
The Challenges of Expansion
A Win-Win at Rockefeller University
Course Requirements
1,087 Windows (and a Unique Focus) on the City
Tech Time
Playing a New Tune
A More Perfect Union
Social Innovation by Design
In Print
117-Year Watch
Last Words
Index to Advertisers

Oculus - Spring 2016 Institutional Shifts

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