Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture


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Street Co-Naming Honors J. Max Bond Jr.

On November 19, former CCNY dean of architecture and visionary architect and activist J. Max Bond Jr. (1935-2009) received a quintessential New York honor: The southeast corner of West 162nd Street and St. Nicholas Avenue is now J. Max Bond Jr. Way. Speaking at the co-naming ceremony, CCNY President Vince Boudreau remembered Bond as "always looking forward and looking back. He sought to educate young people while commemorating the history of struggles and achievement." CCNY alumnus and NYC Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez hailed Bond as a "great champion of social justice." The Spitzer School of Architecture's current dean, Gordon Gebert, lauded Bond’s leadership of the faculty and the school, commenting, “Max Bond put the City College school of architecture on the map." Gebert also commended Bond's deep and enduring commitment to the students. "Bond served as a vivid role model to minority students. He would come to the school nearly every Saturday to visit students at their drafting tables in the design studios in Shepard Hall, offering personalized suggestions and guidance on their design projects and encouraging their efforts to become architects." Bond led the architecture school from 1984 to 1992. He is also the namesake of the Spitzer School’s research and design center.

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SSA Students Are Finalists for Zahn Innovation Prize

Three groups of SSA students in the BArch and MArch programs in Professor Suzan Wines’ fall 2017 Advanced Studio are among the four groups of finalists for the 2018 Zahn Social Impact Prize. Professor Wines’ studio explored the ways in which architects can apply their strategic thinking and design skills to long-term solutions for problems faced by the 3.2 million Syrian Refugees living in Turkey. Since 90% of Syrians are living among the host population in urban areas outside of camps, the studio focused on educational needs. The prize is given by the Zahn Innovation Center, an incubator located at the City College of New York. The SSA finalists include the following teams: The Bio-Bowl team is comprised of Carme Azor, Alex Centeno, Wendy Lee Fang, Genti Taga, and Nitasha Tiene. They have developed an anaerobic digester that turns organic waste into fertilizer and renewable energy. The Listen! team is comprised of students Jennifer Bustamante, Juan Peralta, Gravita Sharma, and Stephanie Zhao. They have developed a hand-held audio device that teaches basic vocabulary and language structure for children in refugee camps. The TeachXchange team is comprised of Jasper Lai, Aisha Meah, Lena Quinn, Stephanie Salazar, Berk Sönmez, and Karina Sönmez. They have developed a tool for educators that provides access to social emotional learning content for under-resourced communities. We wish all the teams the best of luck and we will update you on developments as the competition moves forward.

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From the Classroom to the Professional World: Student Reflections on the CetraRuddy Design Studio

The fall of 2017 marked the second semester of the CetraRuddy Design Studio in Housing, giving 2nd-year students in the MArch I Program at the SSA the opportunity to explore the possibilities of housing design in Stapleton and Tompkinsville on the north shore of Staten Island, New York. The studio, taught by Professors Fabian Llonch and June Williamson, is generously sponsored by John Cetra and Nancy Ruddy of the firm CetraRuddy Architecture. In what follows, 3rd-year MArch student Nancy Kelleher reflects on the highlights of her experience in the studio in the spring of 2017. The first CetraRuddy Design Studio in Housing in the spring of 2017 was a great success. The unique opportunity for academic and professional worlds to engage was particularly valuable at this time, as we prepare for our careers after graduation, and our path to licensure. As part of the studio, we learned about CetraRuddy’s projects and the structure of the firm. This allowed us to envision our future beyond the classroom. When we visited the sites of our projects in Staten Island, we discovered just how much opportunity there is for future development. We learned how improvements to the urban infrastructure, particularly to transportation networks, could revitalize the borough. A closer look showed that our sites along the north shore are actually quite well catered to by public transit, but the majority of the island is not, creating a disconnect between neighborhoods and the greater NYC area. My studio focused on “How New Yorkers Live Today,” which considered housing in relation to demographics, family structure, public health, transportation, and infrastructure. We also looked at emerging trends, such as co-living and intergenerational housing. This research became the driver of many of our projects. For my final project, I collaborated in a team with fellow students Marcos Gasc and Matt Shufelt to develop a residential tower that we called “TOVU: Tompkinsville on Vertical Urbanism.” Our project was based on the concept of the vertical street, which integrated public space stretching from the ground level to the top of our building. The more memorable conversations of the semester were the ones that acknowledged both current needs and challenges, as well the longevity of our designs. The support we received this semester was a reminder that we can all contribute to the future of our profession. CetraRuddy’s collaboration has set an example of leadership, and encourages us as students to support the next generation of architecture students. To learn more about the CetraRuddy sponsored design studio, click here.