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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
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Celebrating New York Design, the World Over
oderator Kent Kleinman made an interesting point at this year’s AIANY Design Awards symposium where winners of the Architecture and Interiors Awards presented their projects. The Cornell University architecture dean was looking at an array of winning architecture projects – an academic building in Rhode Island, a library in California, a community center in Korea – and in each saw a new kind of connection between architecture and landscape. In these projects, he posited, the connection was more deliberate than the aesthetics of big picture windows. It was a purposeful connection, and on many levels: program, function, form, and movement. The conversation that ensued was an exciting one, and I came away thinking that we are approaching a new model of how buildings can engage with the environment around them. These new projects make architecture about people, spaces, and the environment in the broadest sense, and in their own way exemplify the themes of my presidential agenda, “Design for a Change.” The challenge to our profession is to recognize the profound impact design has on our social well-being and ecological footprint. Fostering the understanding of the visceral connection between the spaces we inhabit and the surrounding environment is fundamental to our role as designers. Celebrating the environment can happen anywhere, as Design Award-winning architects prove. From repurposing once-derelict industrial piers in Brooklyn to encouraging students to spend more time outside, architects are doing their part to improve both the built and natural environments. The other common theme of these projects was, of course, that they were all 2011 Design Awards winners. It’s integral to the mission of our Design Awards program that we celebrate New York’s design excellence by honoring outstanding projects in NYC and saluting projects that New Yorkers have undertaken around the globe. I was very honored to name our first annual “Best in Show,” collectively given to the three Lincoln Center projects that won 2011 Design Awards: the Hypar Pavilion Lawn and Restaurant, the David Rubenstein Atrium, and the Lincoln Center Public Spaces renovation. While these projects have created positive change in the heart of New York, with the recession, we’ve noticed more and more of our work going abroad. (Of the recordbreaking 433 entries, 50 were for projects in Asia.) No matter the location, I am proud that these projects represent our members’ work, and that we continue to call this city and its design community home. I want to express my gratitude to the Design Awards Committee, the Design Awards Jurors, the Design Awards Luncheon Committee, and the AIANY staff for their parts in organizing the competition, luncheon, and exhibition. Thank you to Design Awards Co-chairs Betty Y. Chen, AIA, and Audrey Matlock, FAIA, and the entire committee: Natan Bibliowicz, AIA, Karen Fairbanks, AIA, Richard J. Gluckman, FAIA, David Piscuskas, FAIA, Joel Sanders, AIA, Peter Schubert, AIA, Annabelle M. Selldorf, FAIA, Allen Swerdlowe, AIA, David Wallance, AIA, and Claire Weisz, AIA. I would also like to thank Tony Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA, immediate past president and this year’s Design Awards luncheon chair, Jen Apple, the Chapter’s development manager, and the entire Luncheon Committee for making the Design Awards program not only an important design competition, but a successful fundraiser for the Chapter and Center for Architecture. I’d also like to thank Oculus Editor-in-Chief Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA, and Contributing Editors Linda G. Miller and Richard Staub for their efforts in creating this special awards issue. Now, enjoy the AIANY Design Awards 2011 Oculus!
Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA, LEED AP 2011 President, AIA New York Chapter
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