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 Foundation at 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, LEED AP
Marc E. Clemenceau Bailly, AIA
Miguel Baltierra, Assoc. AIA
Rick Bell, FAIA
Gerard (Guy) F.X. Geier, II, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED AP (chair)
Maxinne Leighton, Assoc. AIA
Jill N. Lerner, FAIA
Gabriel Smith, AIA
Barbara E. Spandorf, AIA
Kim Yao, AIA
James S. Russell, FAIA
View the 2013 Editorial Calendar
Oculus 2012-13 Media Kit
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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.
2013 Book Talk Series
Monday, January 14, 2013: Robert Geddes, FAIA, Fit: An Architect's Manifesto
Monday, February 11, 2013: Grand Central Terminal Centennial Authors Panel with John Belle, FAIA and Maxinne Leighton, Associate AIA, Grand Central: Gateway to a Million Lives; Sam Roberts, Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America; and Anthony Robins, Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark
Monday, March 11, 2013: Marvin Mass, PE, Hon. AIA, The Invisible Architect
Monday, April 8, 2013: Alexander Garvin, Hon. AIA NY Chapter, The Planning Game: Lessons from Great Cities
Monday, May 13, 2013: Richard Poulin, Graphic Design and Architecture: A 20th-Century History
Monday, June 10, 2013: Julie Campoli, Made for Walking
Monday, July 8, 2013: Raymund Ryan, White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes
Monday, August 12, 2013: Vishaan Chakrabarti, A Country of Cities
Monday, September 9, 2013: David Halle and Andrew A. Beveridge, New York and Los Angeles, The Uncertain Future
Monday, October 28, 2013: Phyllis Lambert, Building Seagram
Monday, November 4, 2013: University of Hong Kong, Department of Architecture, HOUR 25
2012 Book Talk Series
Monday, January 9, 2012: Grahame Shane, Urban Design Since 1945
Thursday, February 9, 2012: Charles Bloszies, Old Buildings, New Designs: Architectural Transformations
Monday, March 12, 2012: Guy Gugliotta, Freedom's Cap: The United States Capitol and the Coming of the Civil War
Wednesday, April 4, 2012: Alexandra Lange, Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities
Monday, April 30, 2012: Kenneth Frampton, Five North American Architects
Monday, June 11, 2012: Diana Balmori and Joel Sanders, Groundwork
Monday, July 9, 2012: John Hill, Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture
Monday, August 13, 2012: Joshua David, High Line: The Inside Story of New York City’s Park in the Sky
Monday, September 10, 2012: Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space
Monday, October 15, 2012: David Adjaye, African Metropolitan Architecture
Monday, November 12, 2012: Jeff Speck, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time
Monday, December 10, 2012: Nina Rappaport and Erica Stoller Present Ezra Stoller, Photographer
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