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NYIT students from the School of Architecture and Design are pictured with Jason Van Nest (far right), assistant professor of architecture, at the Morgan Library in New York City, where they presented final projects for a course on building information modeling analysis.
Six NYIT students taking a spring 2013 course on building information modeling (BIM) analysis showed their semester-long projects on May 22 at the Morgan Library in New York City. Patrick J. Milliman, the library's director of communications and marketing, invited the students to make the public presentation, "A Building Information Analysis of the Morgan Library," after reviewing their midterm presentations.
Giovanni Santamaria, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of architecture, served on the "waterfront" team, one of five multidisciplinary groups to study and propose design solutions as part of the months-long Post-Sandy Initiative, "Building Better, Building Smarter – Opportunities for Design and Development," organized by the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) New York Chapter. Santamaria's team worked with groups specializing in transportation and infrastructure, housing, critical and commercial buildings, and adaptation and advocacy, to discuss and design possible scenarios for the future of New York communities in relation to the dramatic effects of climate change and their consequences for waterfront areas. A series of experts, designers, and decision-makers shared their experiences with participants.
The waterfront team considered the regional and metropolitan scales of water issues, such as overflooding due to storms, rising currents, and combined sewage systems. Members proposed a design solution for coastal areas that calls for soft edges working in system with an archipelago of dynamic water pockets and inland rooted water canals to redirect, collect, reclaim, restore, and reuse water.
The workshop culminated with production of an informational pamphlet and an AIA exhibition, "Future of the City," through Saturday, June 29 at The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York City. The exhibition is the synthesis of consistent material produced by the workshop teams and extensively documented on the AIA's website.
Congratulations to Aaron Kirchhoff (B.S. '12), who was one of five finalists in the "Inspire Indian Beach" design competition conceived by Premier Sotheby's International Realty. Entrants designed residences for a five-acre property listed on the real estate market for $12.9 million in Florida's Indian Beach community. Read more.
Congratulations to Jason Van Nest, assistant professor of architecture, who was elected on April 11 as president of the MacDowell Colony's Fellows Executive Committee. The MacDowell Colony is the leading artist colony in the United States. He is the first licensed architect to serve in this position.
Van Nest's connection to the MacDowell Colony began in fall 2008, when he was awarded an architectural research fellowship to write software for architects to use in parametric design. Since then, he's made significant presentations to the MacDowell board of directors and has served as committee secretary. He says his new position will help him to "make even more positive contributions to the fellowships afforded to architects and the larger community of creative artists."
View outstanding work by NYIT interior design students on display through the spring 2013 semester at the Old Westbury campus. Details follow:
Hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday to Friday
Location: Education Hall, rooms 102 and 103
Contact: Stop by Education Hall, room 123, call 516.686.7659, or email email@example.com to view the exhibition during operating hours.
If you're a member of the NYIT community interested in visiting the exhibition outside of viewing hours, call 516.686.7786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.PHOTOS: Preview the exhibition.
Old Westbury, N.Y. (March 6, 2013) - NYIT students have announced the launch of a global design competition to help communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. The initiative, 3C: Comprehensive Coastal Communities, is part of Operation Resilient Long Island (ORLI), a grassroots committee led by architecture, interior design, and construction management students at NYIT. Their goal is to explore and develop long-term building and design solutions to aid communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Registration for the competition opens on March 25 and is free and open to the public. Professionals and students from around the world are invited to participate. Read more.
Congratulations to Ashley Sarazen, an NYIT interior design student who will be honored by the Hospitality Industry Network (NEWH) at its upcoming ICON of Industry scholarship breakfast/power players awards ceremony in recognition of women's leadership. She was the recipient of a 2012 NEWH ICON Honorable Mention scholarship for her achievements in hospitality design. Read more.
Congrats to Farzana Gandhi, assistant professor of architecture, who is the winner of a 2013 "healthy communities" competition by desigNYC, an organization that pairs architects with nonprofits for pro-bono design services. She will serve as the architect for a project in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, N.Y., for El Puente, a nonprofit that promotes the arts, education, and wellness for the Latino community.
Gandhi's project was selected for one of desigNYC's three "built environment" categories (of a total of eight categories) in the competition. Her project will entail designing a "Botanica cart" with mobile capabilities for residents to provide services and gather information about alternative medicinal practices.
Read more about the desigNYC competition.
Congrats to Judith DiMaio, dean of the NYIT School of Architecture and Design, who was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), in the educator category. She was selected due to her notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture.
HOLLER architecture, a firm run by Tobias Holler, assistant professor of architecture at NYIT, was chosen as one of eight finalists for the 2013 Times Square Valentine Competition by the Times Square Alliance and Design Trust for Public Space. Pictured is a night rendering of his proposed 10-foot-tall lighting sculpture "Heart Warming." Read more.