Open House New York is excited to announce the first in a series of profiles about 2015 OHNY Weekend volunteers. Volunteers play a pivotal role on-site managing lines, fielding questions, and assisting with check-in. Quite simply, OHNY Weekend would not be possible without the generous contribution of their time and energy.

In the inaugural profile, Michael Crowe talks about his love for New York City and about his expectations as a first-time volunteer during OHNY Weekend. Michael currently lives in Central Harlem and works in digital publishing.


“I’ve followed OHNY on social media for a few years now and have always been drawn to its mission. I grew up in the suburbs just north of the city. This summer I finally made the move into Manhattan. My move into the city has fueled my interest in its history, design, and infrastructure. I am looking forward to sharing my love for NYC with everyone participating in OHNY Weekend.

“Have you ever gotten on the subway, only to realize it’s the wrong line? It happened to me the other day. Instead of going to Christopher Street, I ended up at Chambers. But I wasn’t mad. I was in no rush and I’d never been to that stop before. Ascending the stairs to exit an unfamiliar station is always exciting. ‘How will the city look here? What will it feel like?’

“It’s nearly impossible to choose a favorite neighborhood or site in NYC. Each part has its distinct charms, and there’s still so much of the island and the outer boroughs I have yet to explore. New York, like any city, is ever changing, and it’s vital we continue to treasure and protect the architectural gems of the past that still stand. I’m excited to nurture in others a sense of history and an ownership of place during OHNY Weekend.”

A huge thank you to the over 1,100 individuals who registered to volunteer during the 2015 OHNY Weekend on October 17 and 18! Looking forward to working with you for another great year!

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For this year’s cover art, OHNY’s designers, PS New York, turned to long-time collaborators Moorhead & Moorhead to help create an object that captured the spirit of OHNY Weekend. Inspired by their own Weekend experiences, Moorhead & Moorhead designed and fabricated a life-size frame that parallels how the Weekend itself acts as a frame for looking at the city in new ways.

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Since every frame needs a picture, OHNY asked its friends at FXFOWLE if we could shoot the cover photograph at Eleven Times Square, a project the firm designed and the site of an OHNY tour earlier this spring. Through the generosity of building owners SJP Properties, and the talent of photographer Mikiko Kikuyama, an iconic view from the 35th floor provided a stellar backdrop and a dynamic photo for this year’s cover. Thanks to all who made it possible!


Want to see this view and put yourself in the frame? This year’s OHNY Weekend Launch Party is being held on the 35th floor of Eleven Times Square on October 15. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.


The 2015 OHNY Weekend Event Guide will be available for download on on October 6 and will be inserted into the October 7 issue of Time Out New York.


Photos: Cover by Mikiko Kikuyama; process photos courtesy of Moorhead & Moorhead; Eleven Times Square by Anton Kisselgoff, courtesy of FXFOWLE; interior photo by Mikiko Kikuyama.

We would like to introduce Clara Peretz, our Volunteer Coordinator for the 2015 Open House New York Weekend. As Volunteer Coordinator, Clara is responsible for managing a volunteer corps of over 1,000 volunteers who donate their time and energy during OHNY Weekend to assist at one of the several hundred participating sites and tours with check-in, managing lines, and welcoming visitors. 


Clara grew up in Dallas, Texas but moved to the East Coast to go to Wesleyan University, where she received a B.A. in Sociology and French Studies. Her thesis examined the ways in which difference is constructed in France and how this has influenced the ways in which France has responded to a host of issues surrounding immigration policy. Clara has been involved in many community organizing efforts and is interested in organizations that promote engagement in the arts as a vehicle for social change.

A few fun facts about Clara :

– She was born in Washington Heights

– Her Dad is French

– She has sold office supplies door-to-door in Queens

– She travelled in South America for 6 months during the past year

You can contact Clara at for more information about volunteering during OHNY Weekend on October 17 &18, 2015, and register to volunteer today by clicking here!

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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