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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
t's June, the days are long, and hopefully we're getting a bit of time to pause
and reflect. The AIA New York Design Awards - selected in February and
celebrated in April - are the focus of this issue, so we have a bit of distance to
ponder what they mean. Reviewing more than 330 submissions, the jurors had
the opportunity to see the breadth of the work our Chapter members do. Every
juror noted the thoughtful and high quality of the projects as a whole, but
selections had to be made, and we can thank the jurors for their careful deliberations and choices. No single theme, size, scale, or building type dominated
the award winners: the common thread was the striving for excellence. Their
achievements were visible at multiple scales within a project through clarity of
concept, response to need, attention to detail, and innovative solutions.
As we celebrated the award winners on April 15, we also honored three individuals for their outstanding contributions to the field of architecture: Iwan
Baan, Robert M. Rubin, and Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA.
Iwan Baan received the Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award for his exceptional ability to capture and communicate issues of the built environment to
the broadest public imaginable. Iwan's sense of truth, beauty, and the human
condition brings a unique authenticity to his photographs. Through his images, he speaks for our profession and issues in ways that words cannot.
Robert M. Rubin's contribution was recognized with the Award of Merit,
which has previously been given to such notables as R. Buckminster Fuller,
David Rockefeller, and Phyllis Lambert. Through Bob's knowledge, passion,
and devotion to the craft and innovations of architecture, he has preserved and
brought to the public eye the works of Jean Prouvé, Shigeru Ban, and Pierre
Chareau. Like Iwan, Bob brings the outsider's view to our profession, elevating
it in ways we cannot.
Finally, Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA, received the Medal of Honor, the Chapter's highest honor conferred on an architect for distinguished work and high
professional standing. Annabelle's work seamlessly integrates craft, scale, and
proportion. Bringing an exquisite attention to detail to all her work, she treats
historic and complex urban contexts with sympathy that consistently yields
beauty and ingenuity. She is truly a credit to the profession.
I conclude with thanks to all of our members who participate and continue to engage and wrestle with the diverse issues of our profession. Enjoy
Striving for Excellence
Carol Loewenson, FAIA, LEED AP
2016 President, AIA New York Chapter
Corrections: In Oculus Spring 2016, "A Win-Win for Rockefeller University" (pg. 24), the names of
George Candler, Rockefeller University associate vice president for planning and construction, and
Timothy O'Conner, chief-of-staff and vice president for university strategy and research operations,
were misspelled. We apologize for the errors.
Also, "In Print" (pg. 40), the review of Slow Manifesto referred to "the late Kevin Roche." We are
delighted to report that Mr. Roche is alive and well - and regret the error.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Summer 2016
First Words Letter from the President
Center for Architecture
Urban Design Honor
Last WordsLetter from the Executive Director
Index to Advertisers
Oculus - Summer 2016