PICTURE THIS: Retailers in need of some genuinely out-of-the-box architectural designs might find their way to the Center for Architecture’s Guess-A-Sketch event on May 13.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro partner Charles Renfro will serve as emcee for the Pictionary-style tournament that has attracted top talent. Guests at the Center for Architecture’s downtown offices will find Jonathan J. Marvel of Marvel Architects; Ronnette Riley (who runs her own agency); Paula Scher of Pentagram, and Dan Wood of Work Architecture Company, sketching with abandon on competing teams. Architecture being what it is, things will inevitably get heated, but it’s all for a good cause.
Fashion followers may know Riley’s firm for designing the first Apple store in SoHo and the Tracy Reese boutique. And Scher’s marketing expertise has been put to use for such firms as Tiffany & Co., Bloomberg, Microsoft, the Museum of Modern Art and The High Line.
Curious guests might try to have a word with Renfro about his firm’s newest commission — renovating and adding 50,000 square feet of gallery space at the Museum of Modern Art, an undertaking made possible by this week’s $440 million gift from David Geffen.
Other teams that have committed to competing include Cerami & Associates, Ennead Architects, Gilsanz Murray Steficek, Silman, and Studios Architecture, and more. As the competition unfolds, attendees will be encouraged to tweet answers to try to win prizes.
The architects’ efforts will benefit a variety of architecture and design education programs for children, families and adults. Center for Architecture board president Tom Krizmanic noted that the group works with more than 90 public school classrooms annually in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens through its Learning By Design:NY program. He said, “In addition, we offer a wide range of school, youth and family programs at the Center for Architecture. In all, we serve more than 6,000 students, teachers, and adults throughout the year, helping them to understand how the built environment and design affect their daily lives.”