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first words LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT ©Sam Lahoz The Importance of Being Recognized T he summer issue of Oculus always focuses on the AIANY Chapter's Design Awards. The Oxford Dictionaries defines "award" as a "prize or other mark of recognition given in honor of an achievement," and "achievement" as "something accomplished, especially by superior ability, special effort." However, it is the phrase "mark of recognition" that I want to draw attention to: rec·og·ni·tion is "the act of accepting that something is true or important or that it exists." It is the recognition by the awards jury panel, the celebration at the grand Honors and Awards Luncheon, and the exhibition of the winning submissions in our public gallery for all to see. Recognition is the all-important PR moment. Without this recognition, the awards would be - like the proverbial falling tree - unheard. Recognition is the route to advancement that professionals rely on and use to grow their activities. This notion did not spring to mind without insight from elsewhere. I want to give a shout-out to Beverly Willis, FAIA, who has made recognition a hallmark of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, which promotes the role of women. Her film, A Girl is a Fellow Here: 100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright, underscores that no matter how successful or wise one is, if she, or he, goes unrecognized, as many in our profession have, we suffer both individually and collectively. So we take pride in our awards, not only because of the work they recognize, but because of their democratic nature and civic purpose; because they are all-inclusive and serve to advance all members of merit, without exclusion; and because they are conferred by incomparable peers demonstrating tough love and the most genuine generosity. Recognition has another critical function: it illuminates the types of projects the profession is being commissioned to do, does as research, and does in response to imperatives we both lead and carry out. Of the 383 submissions received, more than half of the 35 awards bestowed were in the realm of the 2014 Presidential Theme, "Civic Spirit : Civic Vision." And I was pleased to see many projects responding to the accelerated emergence of environmental and climate change challenges. All the 2014 winning projects are exciting, fulfilling, and beautiful. I am also proud to announce that the AIA New York Chapter's own Post-Sandy Initiative, the cooperative and collaborative work and publication spearheaded by the Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR), has been awarded a most notable Collaborative Achievement Award by AIA National. Cooperation and collaboration have come to characterize Center for Architecture and AIANY committee events, and no work better represents "Civic Spirit : Civic Vision." This year, our own Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, received AIA National's prestigious Edward C. Kemper Award for his significant contributions to the profession. We applaud his recognition! Special thanks to our jurors and to the many Chapter leaders, committee chairs, and staff who worked so hard to make this such a success. And thanks to 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. I wish you all an enjoyable and productive summer and look forward to seeing and recognizing you at the Center for Architecture! Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DPACSA 2014 President, AIA New York Chapter 2014 AIANY Design Awards Summer 2014 Oculus 17

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Summer 2014

First Words Letter From the President:
Center for Architecture
Introduction
Architecture
Interiors
Urban Design
Projects
Last Words
Index to Advertisers

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