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March 27, 2015

James Wilson to speak at next annual EDRA conference

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BKSK is proud to announce that James Wilson, Sustainable Design Researcher, will be presenting at the Environmental Design Research Association’s 46th annual conference. Themed around “brainSTORM: Dynamic Interactions of Environment-Behavior and Neuroscience,” EDRA46 will occur in Los Angeles between May 27-30, 2015.

James’ poster session will take place on May 29th, at which time he’ll present research entitled “The Production of Varieties of Presence.” The knowledge gained from this research will ideally be utilized by architects and designers to create environments that more fully involve the perceiving human inhabitant or dweller – ultimately generating greater empathic activity and behavior in the actively participating individual. Among the many environments already studied is Studio Olafur Eliasson’s The Weather Project installation for the Tate Modern, pictured here. Image credit: Rich Hintz.

March 26, 2015

Female undergraduates visit BKSK for Career Night

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Earlier this week, students from the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at Cooper Union and the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at City College visited BKSK for a discussion about crits, clients, and careers. The conversation was facilitated by Julie Nelson and Jennifer Preston, who have both participated in multiple aspects of the design and construction industry. In honor of Women’s History Month and the upcoming graduation season, participation was limited to female students in their final year of undergraduate study.

For information about future Career Nights at BKSK, please email bkskinfo@bksk.com.

March 20, 2015

BKSK included in exhibition honoring NYC’s Landmarks Law

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On Monday, April 20th, the Museum of the City of New York will celebrate the opening of Saving Place: Fifty Years of New York City Landmarks. Organized in celebration of the 50th anniversary of New York City’s pioneering Landmarks Law, Saving Place will feature projects from throughout the city.

To quote the exhibition description, “a new body of important architecture has emerged as architects, clients, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission devised innovative solutions for the renovation of landmark buildings and for new buildings in historic districts. The law spawned creativity in architects’ responses to building preservation that has enhanced the cityscape in all five boroughs.” We are proud to share that the BKSK-designed 114-116 Hudson Street is included in the exhibition.

Saving Place runs through September 13th. Learn more about the exhibition here.

March 18, 2015

In Dialogue: Joan and Julie on the BKSK Women’s Roundtable

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Joan and Julie are two of six partners at BKSK, a firm with women represented at every level of leadership.

On Tuesday, February 24th, BKSK partners Julie Nelson and Joan Krevlin hosted a roundtable discussion amongst the women of the firm. Here, they reflect on some of their key takeaways from that conversation. Read more

March 17, 2015

Check out the recap of #BKSKatWork with Rosa Sheng

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This afternoon, we (virtually) sat down with Equity by Design‘s Rosa Sheng to chat about job satisfaction and talent retention within the architecture profession, including the importance of career development in improving satisfaction. The chat’s participants also reflected on their own career obstacles, and shared a variety of resources for both women and men who are currently facing “pinch points” in their career, regardless of experience or seniority level.

A recap of the conversation is now available, via Storify.

March 11, 2015

Landmarks unanimously approves Tammany Hall design

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On March 10, the Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously approved BKSK Architects’ revised proposal for Tammany Hall.

At the first hearing for this project, held in November 2014, the Commission recommended additional design study. At yesterday’s hearing, regarding the revised proposal to restore and expand the individually designated Tammany Hall on the northeast corner of Union Square, LPC commissioners offered praises such as “This is a gift to the city.” “Masterful.” and “Calls attention to a cultural icon on the square.” Read more about the hearing at New York YIMBY.

Inquiries about this project may be directed to Marissa Marvelli at mmarvelli[at]bksk.com.

March 3, 2015

Built by Women NYC exhibition opens

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Last night, BKSK celebrated the opening of the BxW NYC exhibition at the Center for Architecture. The exhibition will run throughout March, for Women’s History Month, and closes on April 11th.

BxW NYC highlights 98 diverse sites throughout New York City that were designed, engineered, or constructed by women. The selected sites also feature strong design, have historical or cultural significance, and/or demonstrate substantial social or community impact. BKSK is proud to have two projects included: the Queens Botanical Garden Visitor & Administration Center in Flushing and the Sephardic Community Center in Brooklyn.

The exhibition and related programming is organized by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF), the force behind the overarching Built by Women initiative, with the support of the Women in Architecture committee of the AIA New York Chapter.

March 2, 2015

BKSK presents at City Council’s Renewable Energy Conference

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On February 27th, BKSK went before members of the New York City Council, at their invitation, to present design solutions that work toward a carbon-balanced future. Entitled the “Site Sourced and Stored Renewable Energy Conference,” the event was convened by the Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection and featured leading voices from a wide cross-section of government agencies, building industries, and environmental advocates.

George Schieferdecker and Jennifer Preston were joined by Michael McGough of BuroHappold in presenting the recently completed Park House at Washington Square, a model for how civic buildings can support the city’s move toward carbon neutrality. A key energy-conscious approach taken with the Park House is ground source heat, part of the project’s site-specific blend of passive design and active sustainable technologies.

Click over to the BKSK Lab to see the presentation in full.