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Wednesday 17 December 2014  

Featured Design Competitions
Open Calls and Opportunities
Faculty and Alumni News


The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan
Opening Reception
Houghton Gallery
7 East 7 Street
Traveling in Kyrgyzstan, photographer Margaret Morton became captivated by the otherworldly grandeur of these cemeteries. Cities of the Dead: The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan exhibits the photographs she took on several visits to the area and is an important contribution to the architectural and cultural record of this region.


Architecturally unique, Kyrgyzstan's dramatically sited cemeteries reveal the complex nature of the Kyrgyz people's religious and cultural identities. Elaborate Kyrgyz tombs combine earlier nomadic customs with Muslim architectural forms. After the territory was formally incorporated into the Russian Empire in 1876, enamel portraits for the deceased were attached to the Muslim monuments. Yet everything within the walls is overgrown with weeds, for it is not Kyrgyz tradition for the living to frequent the graves of the dead. 


On view January 27 - February 28, 2015


Public Reception: Tuesday, February 3, 6:30pm


The Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery 

The Cooper Union 

7 East 7th Street, 2nd Floor 

New York, NY 10003 

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12-7pm 


Presented by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union


Margaret Morton was awarded a NYSCA Architecture + Design independent project grant in 2007. Her Cities of the Dead project has been featured on the Architectural League of New York website as an ongoing report on sponsored NYSCA grantees.

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Margaret Morton, Tomol Environs, 2007


Architectural League of New York
Submissions due
Jan 12, 2015
Feb 17, 2015
The Architectural League and Socrates Sculpture Park invite emerging architects and designers to submit proposals for Folly, an annual design/build studio program during March and April 2015 leading to a public exhibition at Socrates opening in early May 2015.  learn more ...

Deadline: January 12, 2015

Young architects and designers are invited to submit work to the annual Architectural League Prize Competition. Projects of all types, either theoretical or real, and executed in any medium, are welcome. Established in 1981 to recognize visionary work by young practitioners, the Architectural League Prize is an annual competition, lecture series, and exhibition organized by The Architectural League and its Young Architects + Designers Committee.  learn more ...

Deadline: February 17, 2015

Bamiyan Cultural Centre
Submissions due
Jan 22, 2015
After a long period of turmoil, Afghanistan is beginning its second decade of democratic governance.

While the rehabilitation process in Afghanistan typically focuses on infrastructure, rebuilding can also advance the goal of national unity by promoting positive public discourse and cross-cultural understanding. As a result, ethnic diversity can be seen as a collective benefit, rather than a source of fragmentation and conflict.

To this end, UNESCO and the Ministry of Information and Culture of Afghanistan, with the generous financial support of the Republic of Korea, are implementing a project to build the Bamiyan Cultural Centre. The Centre will be located near the boundary of the World Heritage property, the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley. The purpose of the project is to promote heritage safe-guarding and cross-cultural awareness, and thereby contribute to the broader aims of reconciliation, peace-building and economic development in the country.

The competition is an open call for proposals based on an anonymous design submission. Architects, engineers, designers and students can develop and submit a proposal for the Cultural Centre in Bamiyan, as individuals, companies or joint ventures. One team member must be a licensed / registered architect. Participation in the competition is free and is open to all without restriction of country of origin.

Coordinated by Koukaba Mojadidi (AR '01) as the Architect for UNESCO Kabul, Culture Unit. 
The Jury, comprised of National and International experts, will shortlist the entries and select the winning project design. The jurors included Zahra Breshna, Ajmal Maiwandi, Young Joon Kim, Robert Knox, and Elizabeth O'Donnell.

Image: Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Fairy Tales II
Submissions due
Jan 23, 2015
After the record breaking success of Fairy Tales 2014, with entries from over 50 different countries, registration is now open for the second edition of the competition.

Fairy Tales is a single phase competition. Participation is open to architects, designers, writers, engineers, illustrators, students and creatives worldwide. Individual or group entries are permitted. Multiple entries per individual or team are permitted, but each submission must be registered and paid for separately. The indication of a group leader is mandatory. Proposals do not need to be generated exclusively for this competition, but they must address the intent of the competition and should not have been published elsewhere before. The official language of the competition is English. All proposals must be submitted in English.

Jurors included Anish Kapoor, Paola Antonelli, Karim Rashid, among other leading artists, architects and designers.

Discounted Student Registration ($30). Students will be required to enter their University or College, and their .edu email address.

Image: Fairy Tales, 2014


CALL FOR PAPERS | FAmagazine: Research and Projects on Architecture and the City, proposes an international Call for Papers concerning topical themes and problems in the debate on architecture and the contemporary city. FAmagazine is a scientific Open Access magazine, which publishes bi-lingual articles in ITA-ENG. Participation in the Call is open to national and international architectural academics (PhDs, researchers, professors and architects). Deadline: January 30, 2015  learn more ... 

YOUNG DESIGNER APPLICATION | ICFF Studio is now accepting applications to their scholarship program, now in its 10th edition. It is a juried competition created as a platform for young designers to showcase their existing prototypes to manufacturers, retailers, and the media. To be eligible to enter, the designer must have a working prototype that is not currently in commercial production. The participants' individual display booths are created by New York design studio, Truck, at ICFF in New York City, May 16-19. Deadline: January 31, 2015  learn more ...

OPEN CALL: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE | Arts Letters and Numbers is welcoming creative thinkers to invest their time in individual, focused and exploratory work at our facilities Upstate, New York in Averill Park near Albany. Our wood and metal shop at the Mill and our Residence next door are now open and active year-round. There are a limited number of private bedrooms and studio spaces available so we encourage residency candidates to apply to the program at least two weeks prior to your intended arrival. Residency durations may be 1 week to 3 months. Deadline: Rolling Basis  learn more ...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | PLAT Journal (Rice School of Architecture ) invites projects, images, essays and proposals for the 4.5 issue, Frequency. Architecture is more than the accumulation of inert mass. Buildings embody, direct, store, and emit energy over time; PLAT is calling the measure of these processes frequency. Deadline: December 19, 2014.  learn more ...

STUDENT OPPORTUNITY: CALL FOR ENTRIES | GRAPHITE Interdisciplinary Journal of the Arts is a scholarly journal created through the HAMMER Museum and the University of California, Los Angeles. GRAPHITE seeks original essays, reviews, criticism, interviews and artwork from graduate and undergraduate students nationwide for its sixth annual issue, organized around the concept of "Practice." All disciplinary fields are welcome to submit. Deadline: January 9, 2015  learn more ...

STUDENT FELLOWSHIP | The 2015 Hart Howerton Fellowship Program is available to both undergraduate and graduate students in planning, architecture, landscape architecture and urban design who will be entering their final year of study in September 2015 and provides students with an opportunity to enrich their educational experience. Deadline: January 23, 2015   learn more ...

ARNOLD W. BRUNNER GRANT | In partnership with the AIA NY Chapter, the Center for Architecture Foundation administers the Brunner grant, which supports advanced study in any area of architectural investigation that will effectively contribute to the knowledge, teaching or practice of the art and science of architecture. The proposed investigation is to result in a final written work, design project, research paper, or other form of presentation. Deadline: February 1, 2015  learn more ...

CALL FOR ENTRIES | AIA New York's annual Design Awards Program recognizes outstanding architectural design by AIA New York Chapter members, New York City based architects in any location, and work in New York City by architects around the globe. The purpose of the awards program is to honor the architects, clients, and consultants who work together to achieve design excellence. Deadline: February 6, 2015  learn more ...

STUDENT COMPETITION | The IESNYC is celebrating the 15th year of the Student Lighting Competition. This year's theme, RESIDUAL SPARKS challenges students to construct a 3-dimensional study demonstrating how light is interwoven with time and memory. Students currently enrolled in a NYC based college or university are eligible. Deadline: February 8, 2015  learn more ...

STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION | The 2014-2015 cycle of the I Like Design Competition's theme is the design of the 21-Century Hotel Lobby. This year's student winner will receive a paid internship at Studio3877 in Washington, D.C., for the summer of 2015 and paid housing for the duration. They also win a trip to NeoCon in June and coverage in both print and online features with Interiors & Sources. Students of all creative disciplines are welcome to participate but must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a U.S. college or university. Deadline: February 23, 2015 learn more ...

JAE: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the publication of Rem Koolhaas /OMA's S,M,L,XL, this special issue of the Journal of Architectural Education will serve as a platform to revisit, expose, and otherwise reevaluate the book's ineluctable influence(s) on the practice and writing of architecture. For this issue, we seek contributions that will shed new critical light on the influence of S,M,L,XL through multiple vantage points. Deadline: March 1, 2015  learn more ...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | ARQ, edited since 1981 at the Universidad Catolica de Chile School of Architecture, is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to architectural matters. Its themed, bilingual issues are published three times a year (April, August and December) in both printed and electronic domains. ARQ is accepting contributions to be published in ARQ90, on August 2015, themed: Steel Architecture. Deadline: March 9, 2015 learn more ...

RSA-US STUDENT DESIGN AWARDS | RSA-US Student Design Awards (SDA-US) is an awards program to inspire collaborative, multidisciplinary design-led social change which connects design students and faculty with industry needs. This program is open only to undergraduate students currently enrolled in colleges and universities in the United States. Deadline: March 18, 2015   learn more ...

BxW NYC AWARD | Diana Agrest's Melrose Community Center has been selected by The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) as a winning site in the Civic category for the Built by Women in New York City (BxW NYC) competition for structures and environments led by women working in architecture, landscape, engineering, and construction. An award ceremony will be held in January 2015.  learn more ... 

URBAN OMNIBUS COLUMN | Stephen Rustow has been invited by the Architectural League of New York's Urban Omnibus to be a regular columnist. In his inaugural column, Rustow reflects on the relationship between individual pieces of architecture and our collective perception of urban landscapes in light of waning public access to the city's iconic heights, its skyscrapers. read more ...

ARTICLE: A/N BLOG | SITU Studio, where Wes Rozen is a partner, has been featured in an article by the Architect's Newspaper for their project proposal called L+ addressing a new model for the 21st century library. read more ...

PUBLICATION | Emmy Mikelson contributed the written piece "Dark Reading" to the inaugural issue of T3XTURE Archizine. T3XTURE is a semi-annual international forum for architects, artists, writers, and designers interested in the haptic in architecture and art.  learn more ...


Daniel Libeskind (AR '70) | group exhibition | Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, September 12, 2014-January 4, 2015 

Toshiko Mori (AR '76) (Toshiko Mori Architect) | awardee | Winning Site - Cultural: Poe Park Visitor Center, 2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, Built by Women New York City, Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, December 15, 2014

Elizabeth Diller (AR '79; Diller Scofidio + Renfro) | awardee | Winning Site - Landscape: The High Line, Gansevoort Street to 34th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, Manhattan, Built by Women New York City, Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, December 15, 2014

Elizabeth Diller (AR '79; Diller Scofidio + Renfro) | awardee | Winning Site - Cultural: Alice Tully Hall and the Julliard School Renovation/Expansion, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Manhattan, Built by Women New York City, Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, December 15, 2014

Laurie Hawkinson (AR '83; Smith-Miller+Hawkinson Architects) | awardee | Winning Site - Civic: EMS Station 3, 501 Zerega Avenue, Bronx, Built by Women New York City, Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, December 15, 2014

Smith-Miller+Hawkinson Architects (Laurie Hawkinson, AR '83) | honorable mention | Zerega Avenue EMS, Annual Design Review: Move, Architect Magazine, December 2014 

David Heymann (AR '85) | review | "In Texas, Architect for Bushes Also Builds With Words," The New York Times, December 13, 2014

Edward Gormley (AR '90) | news | "Central Park Exhibit Features Wreaths Made of Smarties, Origami and Even a Toilet Seat,", December 11, 2014 

SITU Studio (Basar Girit, Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, Wes Rozen, Bradley Samuels, all AR '05) | article | "The Library That Does Everything,", December 9, 2014 

SITU Studio (Basar Girit, Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, Wes Rozen, Bradley Samuels, all AR '05) | article | "If these five architecture teams get their way, the library of the future will look a lot different than today," The Architect's Newspaper blog, December 12, 2014

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