This summer Open House New York was privileged to participate in Studio in a School’s 2015 Bloomberg Arts & Culture Internship program by hosting two rising seniors from the High School of Art and Design–a Career and Technical Education public school in Midtown Manhattan. Over the course of the six-week internship program, David Bermudez, an architecture major, and Lena Chen, a graphic design major, worked three days per week in OHNY’s office, giving them an opportunity to work at an arts and culture organization for the first time, strengthen their office and professional skills, and visit a a variety New York City institutions through Studio in a School site visits. At OHNY, David and Lena were tasked with researching, developing, and designing family-friendly materials for OHNY Weekend. To highlight their contributions, OHNY’s Elis Shin sat down with David and Lena to talk about their internship experience this summer and some of their favorite things.


Elis: What was your favorite part about interning at OHNY?

David: Probably the collaborative process of creating kids materials for OHNY Weekend and thinking about how to represent 3D ideas about architecture in the 2D of the guide. It was just a very interesting project.

Lena: My favorite part was also working on the kids materials. I liked coming up with a template, thinking about unifying it as a whole, and collaborating with David on ideas. I also really enjoyed going on a site visit to the Hamilton Avenue Marine Transfer Station on the first day, and meeting with [OHNY volunteer] Eric Ball and getting to talk to an architect about what it’s like to be an architect.


Elis: After having interned with us for six weeks, what’s your impression of working at a nonprofit?

David: It’s very interesting to be a part of a work space that’s focused on helping the community and has an educational mission of exposing the public to architecture and design.

Lena: I didn’t realize the great amount of work that goes into making an organization work so smoothly and well. I thought prior to working at OHNY that a nonprofit organization was something easy to do and laidback. It’s definitely not easy–managing and predicting so much on your own. It was really interesting seeing you guys trying to predict how many people would come to an event, how many volunteers were needed, things like that.

David: It’s also just so much more gratifying to be a part of a nonprofit. At a corporation, the focus is on serving the customer and making a profit. But for OHNY it’s more…

Lena: About improving New York City.

David: Yeah, it’s about getting exposure to the city, interacting with architecture and the city, and bonding with volunteers and participants, making sure that everyone is having a great experience. It’s very exciting to be part of something like this.


Elis: What else are you guys doing this summer other than interning at Open House New York?

David: At the same time that I started the internship, I started going to the gym every morning. And in the evenings, I attend classes at the Art Students League, where I paint and draw from life.

Lena: As part of Bloomberg’s Studio in a School Program, we go on site visits every week. I’ve also been studying for the SATs a lot. And hanging out with friends and playing sports here and there. I’ve been playing badminton this summer, and I tried skateboarding for the first time.


Elis: What was the best place you visited this summer?

Lena: Out of the site visits we took this year with Studio in a School, the Museum of the Chinese in America stood out. I never thought New York City had a whole museum dedicated to the Chinese experience in America. I also really enjoyed visiting the New York Botanical Garden. It was amazing to get out of the city. You get tired of seeing buildings all the time and being surrounded by so many people. In the botanical garden there was a lot of space to wander and appreciate the beauty of nature.

David: There are multiple sites that I enjoyed, but my favorite was the Children’s Museum of the Arts because not only do they have a mission to educate youth about art but they also show how adults in the art field interact with children.


Elis: Where do you see yourself in ten years?

David: I’m very confident I’m going to be an architect and a contemporary artist in ten years. And I’m going to continue my studies in the arts until the day I die. It’s just something I enjoy. I love architecture and art, the way they go hand in hand. You can never stop learning.

Lena: [Laughs] I have no idea. Hopefully, I’ll have a great job and be surrounded by great friends. In ten years I’ll most likely be in New York.


Elis: This questions a little more personal, but what inspires you?

David: This is really personal! I grew up with a lot of people around me who had to give up their dreams to better themselves to create opportunities for their children. My family struggled for generations, and that inspires me to go out and take initiative as a young adult to persevere in what I want to do. And you know, pave the way for my children as well, but also pave the way for myself through hard work. Bettering the world also inspires me. Even though there can be a lot of negative light in the world, I’m always trying to make things better.

Lena: My sister inspires me. She’s always pushed me ever since I was young, as long as I can remember. I remember this one incident in second grade when I came home with twos, which is like a 50, and she was really disappointed. She was like “What are you doing? School? Why are you not applying yourself?” That was probably my wake-up call. After that, she started helping me school and with my vocabulary, and labeled everything around the house. And then started I started noticing her excelling in school and I wanted to be the same way. She’s my role model.




Elis: Last question, tell us a fun fact about yourself!

Lena: I love making funny faces and I love people who make funny faces and join me. They can always ride out an awkward moment and it’s always great to make someone laugh.

David: I enjoy doing judo. It’s a very intense hobby I have. Right now I’m in a very long vacation from it because school ended, but I usually practice three days a week. I’m in a nonprofit organization that helps inner city Bronx kids under 18 who can’t pay for martial arts classes.

A big Open House New York thanks to David and Lena for all their hard work this summer!


Saturday, July 11, 2015
Midtown & Queens Studio Hours: 10am-1pm
Downtown & Brooklyn Studio Hours: 1-5pm

Open House New York and the Architectural League of New York invite you to OpenStudios: Emerging Voices, an unprecedented opportunity to visit the studios of more than forty of the most inventive and exciting design practices working in the city today.

Since 1982 the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices program has recognized architects and designers from across North America whose work and ideas promise new directions for design and practice. One of the most important honors in American architecture, the program is celebrated for its foresight in identifying young architects who go on to make significant contributions to shaping our built environment.

Organized to mark the publication of 30 Years of Emerging Voices: Idea, Form, Resonance (Princeton Architectural Press, 2015), a new book documenting the program, OpenStudios: Emerging Voices will open the doors to more than forty New York-based Emerging Voices firms for an extraordinary chance to survey a cross-section of the best American designers of the past three decades.

OpenStudios: Emerging Voices is a self-guided walking tour. Each ticket holder will be given a map of all participating studios at registration and may visit sites in any order during the hours that they are open; Midtown Manhattan and Queens studios will open from 10am-1pm, and Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn studios from 1-5pm. More detailed information about location and opening hours will be available at registration. Architects and engineers will be on hand at each studio to answer questions and discuss the firm’s work.


$10 OHNY and League Members
$20 General Admission




Please note: Check-in will take place at the office of Pentagram, designer of 30 Years of Emerging Voices. You must check-in at Pentagram’s office at 204 Fifth Avenue to receive a wristband before visiting any participating studios. Check-in will be open from 9:30am – 2:00pm.


Participating firms
1100 Architect
Ali Tayar — parallel design
Allied Works Architecture
anderson architects
Andrew Berman Architect
Archi-Tectonics, NYC
Architecture Research Office (ARO)
Asymptote Architecture
Audrey Matlock Architect
Bernheimer Architecture PLLC
Caples Jefferson Architects
Christoff:Finio Architecture
Deborah Berke Partners
DLANDstudio architecture + landscape architecture pllc.
Interboro Partners
Joel Sanders Architect
LTL Architects
Marble Fairbanks Architects
Marvel Architects
Moorhead & Moorhead
OBRA Architects
ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers
SITU Studio
Slade Architecture
Smith-Miller+Hawkinson Architects
Steven Harris Architects; Rees Roberts and Partners
Studio Gang Architects
TEN Arquitectos
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners
Toshiko Mori Architect
Tsao & McKown Architects
WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism
WORKSHOP: Ken Smith Landscape Architect
WXY architecture + urban design


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New York is a city of many different publics; every park, every street, every traffic island is home to myriad overlapping communities, each with their own interests, customs, and needs. The mixing of people from every imaginable walk of life is what gives this city’s public realm its incomparable energy. It is New Yorkers, in short, who make New York, New York.

Whenever a new public space is created, or an existing space re-designed, architects must consider a broad range of competing demands that people will put on the completed project. The process of creating a great public space in this city is one of setting the stage for the greatest show on earth: the “street ballet” of daily life in New York City.

During this year’s NYCxDESIGN—New York City’s official citywide celebration of design—Open House New York, the Times Square Alliance / Times Square Arts, and Brooklyn Bridge Park will give New Yorkers the chance to take a closer look at how architects and designers respond to the distinct design challenges and opportunities presented by the city’s singularly robust public realm.

First, OHNY members will get a sneak peek at the newest sections of two of the city’s most intensely used public spaces through OHNY Previews tours of the Times Square Plazas (May 14th) and the Main and John Street sections of Brooklyn Bridge Park (May 18th).

Then, on Tuesday, May 19th, the public is invited to a panel discussion at the Cooper Union’s Rose Auditorium, where public space managers and architects from both projects will discuss the process by which they work together to create public spaces that are flexible, dynamic, and able to support the immense diversity of people and activities that animate them every day.



Program Schedule


OHNY Preview: Times Square Plazas

Thursday, May 14 / 4:30 PM

Explore the new Times Square Plazas with Times Square Alliance VP of Planning, Policy, & Research Ellen Goldstein and Snøhetta principal Claire Fellman. Get the inside story on how one of the most heavily trafficked spots on the planet is being re-imagined to create more space for public life, and learn about how the project team has worked to ensure that the new plazas will enhance the area’s already legendary street life. You must be an OHNY Member to reserve tickets for this tour. Reservations go live at 10 AM on April 30th!


OHNY Preview: Brooklyn Bridge Park/Main & John Street Sections

Monday, May 18 / 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM

Go behind the construction fence at Brooklyn Bridge Park on a hard hat tour with BBP President Regina Myer and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. principal Matt Urbanski to explore the park’s newest sections, set to open later this year. Learn how MVVA and BBP have collaborated to reposition Brooklyn’s waterfront as a destination with an incredible mix of activities and flexible spaces, and get a peek at new features including a tidal salt marsh and a bouldering wall. You must be an OHNY Member to reserve tickets for this tour. Reservations go live at 10 AM on May 4th!


Setting the Stage: A Discussion on the Design of Shared Spaces for Public Life

Tuesday, May 19 / 6:30 PM
Cooper Union, Rose Auditorium
41 Cooper Square

Join us for a discussion about public space design in contemporary New York City. Creating spaces intended to serve so many different communities at once is a tall order; hear from the people working on some of the most heavily used destinations in the city about how they’re tackling the challenge. With panelists Claire Fellman, principal, Snøhetta; Regina Myer, president, Brooklyn Bridge Park; Tim Tompkins, president, Times Square Alliance; Matt Urbanski, principal, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.; and moderator Katie Dixon, OHNY Board Member. This event is open to the general public. Click here to register now!


This series is organized by Open House New York in partnership with:

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How are architects’ ideas about design and urbanism expressed in their buildings, and how do those ideas evolve over time, in different projects and circumstances? Open House New York announces Monograph in Motion, a new series of tours that will periodically explore the work of a single design firm to consider how its ideas about architecture and the city are translated into built form. Monograph in Motion celebrates the architects and designers who have done so much to positively shape our experience of the city and to help us better appreciate the complexities of what it takes to design, build, and sustain New York.

This spring, the inaugural Monograph in Motion will explore the work of FXFOWLE Architects. With an unflagging commitment to improving the public realm for nearly four decades, FXFOWLE has been a forerunner in sustainable design and pioneered new models for more integrated building processes. In projects that span scale and typology–from neighborhood schools to iconic office towers that have transformed the skyline–FXFOWLE has left an indelible mark on New York City.

FXFOWLE’s new monograph Reveal Filter Evolve Effect (ORO Editions, 2015) is a four-volume set that adheres to shared bodies of ideas, and celebrates key concepts that define the firm’s creative philosophy and design methodology. The four terms crystallize the ideas that motivate FXFOWLE’s work–from individual structures to city plans. We invite you to explore these themes through the following sites with us over the coming month:


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The Juilliard School at Lincoln Center
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
6:00 pm

Explore the home of one of the most revered places in New York City’s performing arts world with FXFOWLE principal Michael Syracuse. Learn about the firm’s collaboration with Diller Scofidio + Renfro on the renovation and expansion of Alice Tully Hall, which created an additional 39,000 square feet of rehearsal and performance space atop Juilliard’s 1969 building, part of the Lincoln Center campus.





Jacob K Javits Convention Center, Green Roof

Javits Center Revitalization
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
6:00 pm

Get an inside look at the revitalization of the city’s premier venue for large-scale conventions and trade shows with Bruce Fowle, FXFOWLE founding principal, Alan Steel, President and CEO, New York Convention Center Operating Corporation and Susan Elbin, Director of Conservation and Science, New York City Audubon. Go behind the scenes to learn about FXFOWLE’s design for adapting this massive building to make it more sustainable and better integrated into the fabric of the city. The tour will include a trip to the top of the building to see the largest green roof in New York City, and the city’s newest bird habitat.




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Eleven Times Square/Times Square Redevelopment
Thursday, April 30, 2015
6:00 pm

Join FXFOWLE senior partner Dan Kaplan for a walking tour of 42nd Street to learn about the integral role the firm played in the area’s dramatic transformation over the past two decades, through the design of projects like 4 Times Square, the Reuters Building, and the New York Times Building (in association with Renzo Piano Building Workshop). The tour will end with a trip to FXFOWLE’s Eleven Times Square for a nighttime view of the Crossroads of the World.



Landmark Dash participants will compete to win private tours of some of NYC's stunning landmarked interiors, from the New Amsterdam Theater to the Woolworth Building lobby (pictured here) / Photo: Nicolas Lemery Nantel for OHNY
Photo: Nicolas Lemery Nantel for OHNY

On Saturday, April 18th, 2015, Open House New York and the New York School of Interior Design invite you to participate in a day-long race that will take you and your friends through some of the most spectacular landmark interiors in the city, competing against the clock—and each other—to complete challenges, earn points, and win prizes. The Dash is being organized as a companion event to Rescued, Restored, Reimagined: New York’s Landmark Interiors, a featured exhibition of NYC Landmarks 50, a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Read on to learn how you can participate!

Get Ready for a Race

The Landmark Dash will take you through about a dozen landmark interiors (many of which are not normally open to the public) across three boroughs of New York City to complete challenges, solve puzzles, and learn about the architectural and historical significance of some of the city’s most important interiors. Players should be prepared to walk up to several miles over the course of the day, ride many more miles on the subway, and make extensive use of their smartphones. The sites are all surprises—you won’t know where you’re headed next until you complete a challenge at each location along the route. Please plan ahead and make sure that you and your team are ready for a race!

Register Your Team

Players must register and play in teams of 2-4; no solo racers are allowed. One person will register for your team, and will receive a follow-up email prompting them to send in a list of all team members and a team name. Please be sure to respond as soon as possible to ensure that your team’s registration is complete and your team’s materials are ready on the day of the Dash.

Read Up on Interior Landmarks

The Landmark Dash will begin at the NYSID Gallery, where  Rescued, Restored, Reimagined is currently on-view, but you are welcome to visit the exhibition in advance to learn more about New York City’s interior landmarks in preparation for game day.

Play to Win

Top-scoring teams will each win a private tour of one of New York City’s interior landmarks. Teams will choose their prizes in order of the total number of points, highest to lowest. The tours available include:

•  Appellate Division Courthouse of the State of New York
•  The Park Avenue Armory
•  New Amsterdam Theater (with Hugh Hardy)
•  The Rainbow Room (with Gabellini Sheppard)
•  Weylin B. Seymour’s in the Williamsburg Savings Bank Building
•  Woolworth Building Lobby (with Helen Post Curry) [pictured]

Event Details

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Check-in: 10:00-11:00 AM
Dash time: 11:00 AM–6 PM
Closing Reception: 5:00-7:00 PM
Cost: $40 per person (teams of 2-4)

Please note: Participants must be able to walk a mile at a time; must have their own Metrocard; and each team must have at least one member with a smartphone.





Landmark Dash FAQs


What buildings will I visit during the Landmark Dash?
The participating sites are a secret; each site along the route will be revealed to you and your team once you have completed a challenge at the previous site.

Are the sites places that I could normally go on my own?
While there will be a few publicly accessible interiors on the route, most of the participating sites are not normally open to the public.

I’m not sure I want to pay to register for an event if I don’t know what buildings I’ll be getting into…
The Landmark Dash is being organized by Open House New York in partnership with the New York School of Interior Design—two organizations that have a pretty good idea of what an interesting interior looks like. So trust us when we say: you’re going to get into some really amazing spaces!

What will I be doing at these sites?
Each site will feature a challenge related to the landmark interior’s architecture and/or history. Challenges will be designed to take approximately 5-10 minutes each, so that participants can move quickly from site to site. While you’ll need to be able to walk quite a bit over the course of the day, the challenges themselves will not be physically intense, so don’t worry about lifting, running, etc.

What if I want to spend more time at one of the sites, or take a full tour?
Longer tours will not be available at sites on the day of the Landmark Dash, but information about how to return for a more in-depth tour will be on hand at any sites where tours are regularly offered. The Landmark Dash is intended to be a fast-paced game—you’ll see a lot of wonderful spaces, but you won’t be able to linger too long.

Can I play by myself?
No, everyone must participate as a member of a team. Teams can be comprised of 2-4 people. One person will register for the team, and will receive a follow-up email from OHNY staff prompting them to supply the names and email addresses for all team members, as well as a team name.

How far will I have to travel during this event?
The Landmark Dash will take participants to three of the five boroughs.

Is transportation between sites provided?
No. You’ll need to use your wits, your sense of direction, and your own Metrocard to travel between sites. It is estimated that participants will take at least 9-10 trips on the subway.

How long will the Landmark Dash take?
The Dash will begin at 11:00 AM sharp; each team will finish at their own speed, but it is expected that people will generally wrap up between 5:00-6:00 PM.

Is this event handicapped accessible?
Unfortunately, due to the nature of this event, the Landmark Dash is not handicapped accessible.

Where will the Landmark Dash start and end?
The Dash will both start and end at the New York School of Interior Design on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Can I register on the day of the event?
No. All teams must register in advance in order to participate in the Landmark Dash.

What’s included in the cost of registration?
Registration will gain you entry to the opening and closing receptions (with light refreshments provided at both), as well as the Passport and Challenge Cards that you will need in order to participate.

If I don’t want to race, can I volunteer?
We are actively seeking volunteers to help out throughout the day in 2-3 hour shifts at various sites. If you are interested in volunteering, please email All volunteers are invited to join us for the closing reception at the NYSID Gallery from 5-7pm.

Still have questions about the event? Email us at