Drawing Competition Among Notable Architects To Raise Money For The Center For Architecture Foundation

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Design industry super stars Hugh Hardy, Charles Renfro, Ronnette Riley, and Robert M. Rogers will vie for top drawer status as they lead teams in a Guess-A-Sketch competition based on the popular board game Pictionary on May 22nd at the Center for Architecture. Non “starchitects” can join the inaugural competition in support of the Center for Architecture Foundation (CFAF) by forming a team or tweeting answers for prizes.

Why a drawing competition? According to CFAF board president Michael Strauss, “We did not want another rubber chicken dinner.”

Design industry super stars Hugh Hardy, Charles Renfro, Ronnette Riley, and Robert M. Rogers will vie for top drawer status as they lead teams in a Guess-A-Sketch competition based on the popular board game Pictionary on May 22nd at the Center for Architecture. Non “starchitects” can join the inaugural competition in support of the Center for Architecture Foundation (CFAF) by forming a team or tweeting answers for prizes.

Why a drawing competition? According to CFAF board president Michael Strauss, “We did not want another rubber chicken dinner.” Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the evening, but the real draw is the chance for playtime alongside serious designers. Strauss added, “We are thrilled to have Hugh, Charles, Ronnette and Robert as our first honoree sketchers.” The event will start at 6pm. Event tickets start at $125. For more information or to purchase tickets go to http://www.cfafoundation.org or email development@cfafoundation.org.

“I have been involved with the Foundation since its beginnings in 1966,” says master of ceremonies Walter A. Hunt, Jr. “The Foundation’s work to promote architecture to the young and old is not only important for the future of our city and the industry; it promotes critical and creative thinking.” As CFAF Executive Director Jaime Endreny explains, “Our programs cultivate visual literacy; inspire civic engagement; and introduce students to careers in the industry. “ CFAF is working in 17 public schools this year in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens.”

Brooklyn Brewery and Maison Louis Latour are beer and wine sponsors. Other sponsors include: Walter and Judy Hunt, Linda Yowell, FAIA, Robert Silman Associates, Cerami Associates, Peter Marino Architect, Vanguard Construction and Development Co., Inc., Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll and Bertolotti, LLP, Goetz Fitzpatrick, LLC, Singer Nelson Charlmers, and Loring Engineering. Melissa Billig and Judy Hunt, both CFAF board members, are event co-chairs.

Walter A. Hunt, Jr. is the recently retired Vice Chairman Emeritus of Gensler. He has been an active member of the AIA-New York Chapter since the late 80’s, serving as president in 1999 and board president of the Center for Architecture Foundation from 2000-2004. He was the co-chair of the capital campaign for the development/construction program for The Center for Architecture.

Hugh Hardy is the founding partner of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture and has been practicing architecture for over 50 years. Some of his work includes the New Victory Theater, Bryant Park kiosks, café, and grill, and the renovation of Radio City Music Hall.

Charles Renfro became a partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro in 2004. Since then, he has been involved with the redesign of Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the High Line, and the renovation of The Julliard School.

Ronnette Riley is the founder of Ronnette Riley Architect. She was the project architect on the Lipstick Building, was a collaborator on the SoHo Apple Store, and was responsible for the design and construction of the former Republic Bank Center in Houston.

Robert M. Rogers is a founding partner of Rogers Marvel Architects. A selection of his notable New York projects include: The Studio Museum in Harlem, Governors Island Park and the Pratt Institute School of Architecture building. He is currently directing the design of Presidents Park in Washington DC and the SandRidge Energy headquarters in Oklahoma.

Host Committee: Michael Strauss,* Board President, Joseph Tortorella,* Board Vice President, Susan Appel, Melissa Billig,* Robert Brewer,* Joseph Donovan, AIA,* John Evans,* Penny Hardy, Judy Hunt,*Thomas Krizmanic, AIA,*Carol Loewenson, AIA*, Jerry Maltz, AIA*, Brooks McDaniel, Alex Michaud, Ted Mineau, Sherida Paulsen, FAIA*, Atif Qadir, Tony Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA*, Peter Schubert, AIA*, John Simoni, Jr.*, Stanley Stark, FAIA*, Leila Vujosevic, AIA*, Roberta Washington, FAIA*, and Linda Yowell, FAIA*. (*Indicates Center for Architecture Foundation Board Member.)

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