In quick-fire 6-minute intervals, Louise joined 9 other New York architects to present our project, the Derfner Judaica Museum, as an example of outstanding interior spaces. The "Inside Out/Outside In" speed presentation, hosted by the AIANY Interiors Committee, focuses on interior projects that operate both internally and externally and contribute to the greater community by connecting to the public realm.
Louise was delighted to join Women in Housing and Finance Women Executives Roundtable Event in New York City. Seven substantial women from all phases of design, finance, and construction discussed professional issues related to housing with the membership of this esteemed organization. The evening was filled with conversation about thoughtful issues that affect all of us in the profession.
Louise really enjoyed participating in a Pecha Kucha roundtable discussion, moderated by Cathleen McGuigan, Editor-in-Chief, Architectural Record, about small firms going global. Nine New York-based architects got together at the AIANY Center for Architecture to talk about the intersection of their small practices with work that takes them around the globe. The conversation highlighted the resourcefulness and flexibility of small firms as well as the complexity of global/local relations in far away places.
Click here for eOculus article on the panel discussion.
We are thrilled that our design for the Master Plan for a Sustainable Kigutu has just won a second distinguished award, a 2013 American Architecture Award, from the Chicago Athenaeum/ European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. Our project, along with all the other distinguished winners of both the American Architecture Awards and the International Architecture Awards will be on display at the 14th International Biennial of Architecture Buenos Aires from September 19th – October 15th, 2013.
We are honored that our design for the Master Plan for a Sustainable Kigutu was selected to win a 2013 International Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum/ European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. Our project, along with all the other distinguished winners will be on display at the 14th International Biennial of Architecture Buenos Aires from September 19th- October 15th, 2013.
Louise was delighted to join Rachel Lawe, Director of the International Collage Center, noted collage artist, Michael Oatman and his Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute architectural students for their spring final design jury. This event was particularly noteworthy because the project was to plan the new International Collage Center Museum which our firm will be designing in the near future. The insightful designs were, in part, a result of a recent student field trip to the museum site in Milton, Pennsylvania, where Louise, Rachel and Pavel Zoubok, the inspiration behind the new museum, discussed how the intersection of collage and architecture will define the project.
We are thrilled that John Hill included the Derfner Judaica Museum among the impressive NYC projects that he features in his new book, Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture. Check page 225 to see the image and text about our project. Justin Davidson, architectural critic, of New York Magazine, considers John Hill's book one of the "Notable Design Books of 2011".
The forward-thinking Italian site, Domus, featured our new 100% off the grid project as a giant leap for both aesthetics and sustainability in one of the poorest counties in the world. They preview multiple images of the building and discuss our design as "a romance between east African elemental aesthetics and inventive off-the-grid sustainability".
Louise lectured about our experience designing and building the Derfner Judaica Museum as a prototype for creating inclusive public spaces for our current and future elderly. There is no time like the present to address issues of universal design because of the surge in the elderly population of the advancing baby boom generation. Boomers want sophisticated "more than accessible" cultural institutions. This is we, as architects, must provide.
As a followup to our inclusion in Daniel Pink’s pivotal book A Whole New Mind, Ted Garrison invited Louise to discuss her approach to challenging architectural projects. Louise emphasized that her thinking aligns with Dan Pink’s approach in that the basis of how she conceptually generates out of box solutions to complex architectural problems begins with "How do you frame the question".
When asked by the editor of Interior Design Magazine "What recent exhibition or installation has influenced you most?", she immediately responded "Google Art Project". She said &qou;Although it will probably never replace a face-to-face experience, the Art Project, powered by Google, transformed my thinking about exhibition design."