Oculus is an independent publication exploring issues relevant to architectural discourse and practice in the New York region.
Oculus is a quarterly magazine published by the AIA New York Chapter under the editorial supervision of Kristen Richards, Hon. ASLA, with guidance and support from the Chapter Oculus Committee. It is mailed to all members of AIA New York, AIA New York State, to a cohort of complimentary subscribers such as libraries and universities, and to paying subscribers. Current circulation is about 8,000.
Oculus is an important means of asserting the identity and advocacy of architects in New York, and a vehicle for publicizing the work of the Chapter and the Center for Architecture. The editor coordinates a staff of freelance writers to develop the articles. Each issue carries an overarching theme, with the spring issue devoted primarily to the AIA New York “Presidential Theme” and the summer issue featuring the winning projects of the annual AIANY Design Awards.
Oculus Committee/Advisory Board
Emily Abruzzo, AIA
Miguel Baltierra, Assoc. AIA
Rick Bell, FAIA
Elie J. Gamburg, AIA
Cynthia Phifer Kracauer, AIA, LEED AP
Maxinne Leighton, Assoc. AIA
John Massengale, AIA
Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA
Tomas J. Rossant, AIA
Barbara E. Spandorf, AIA LEED AP (chair)
Stephen Yablon, AIA
James S. Russell, FAIA
View the 2015 Editorial Calendar
View the 2015 Print Media Kit
View the 2015 Online Media Kit
Starting with the Winter 2010/11 issue, Oculus is available online! Click below to read recent issues.
Oculus Book Talks
Each month, the AIANY Oculus Committee presents a Book Talk at the Center for Architecture. Each Oculus Book Talk highlights a recent publication on architecture, design, or the built environment — presented by the author. The Book Talks are a forum for dialogue and discussion, and copies of the publications are available for sale and signing.
2015 Book Talk Series
Monday, January 12: Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove: Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities
Monday, February 9: Dan Graham, Jessica Russell, amd Mieko Meguro: Architecture/Astrology
Monday, March 16: Keller Easterling: Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space
Monday, April 6: Justin McGuirk
Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture
Monday, May 4: Mike Lydon
Thursday, June 18: Andrew Bernheimer, editor
Timber in the City: Design and Construction in Mass Timber
Thursday, July 9: The Architectural League of New York
Thirty Years of Emerging Voices
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