An IMPACTful Evening

By alexandra


On Wednesday we swung by IIDA NY + desigNYC‘s Summer Soirée, benefiting IMPACT NY. The program organized by IIDA NY in collaboration with desigNYC, supports the NYC community through pro bono design work. To meet this end, local design talent was called upon to submit thoughtful and IMPACT-ful proposals to renovate an in-need West Harlem-based continuing care treatment office run by Palladia.

The winner, whose design concept will eventually come to fruition, was revealed at the fête. Discerning jurors including Susan S. Szenasy, editor-in-chief of Metropolis; Joan Blumenfeld FAIA, LEED AP, global interior design director at Perkins+Will; Victoria Milne, director of creative services at NYC’s Department of Design and Construction; Madeline Burke-Vigeland AIA, principal at Gensler and one of the founding members of desigNYC; and Sally Bernstein, assistant vice president, capital planning & development for Palladia awarded Paige Barnum the honor.

It was a great event, appropriately held at the Prince George Ballroom, a gem from 1912 that had fallen into severe disrepair over the years. It was recently restored to its former glory thanks to non-profit Common Ground, architectural students and high-school interns, artists from Alpha Workshops, as well as Jamie Drake and architectural firm Beyer Blinder Belle. Today, the ballroom rents out its space to “support the building’s mission of providing long-term housing for chronically homeless New Yorkers.” The event and venue served as a nice reminder about how much good, good design can do.

The event was sponsored by Axor/Hansgrohe, Royal Mosa, and Creative Office Pavilion, as well as Knoll, Shawmut Design and Construction, Wolf Gordon, izzy+, and Consolidated Carpet. Metropolis magazine was the media sponsor.

Winner Paige Barnum

The Prince George Ballroom

An untouched space serves as a reminder of the pre-restored Prince George Ballroom

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