Emre Arolat: Scent of the Trace


On February 21st, The Architectural League of New York will feature , a lecture co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.  This is part of Current Work, a lecture series featuring leading figures in the worlds of architecture, urbanism, design, and art.

The lecture will be moderated by Adam Yarinsky, a partner at Architecture Research Office (ARO) and board member of Places Journal.  The lecture will take place at The Great Hall at Cooper Union, located at 7 East 7th Street, at 7 PM.

Arolat was born into a family of prominent Turkish architects. He joined his parents’ firm after graduating from Istanbul’s Mimar Sinan University. In 2004, he founded EAA – Emre Arolat Architecture with Gonca Pasolar. Today, the firm has offices in London and New York in addition to Istanbul. Its projects have received international recognition, including selected work with the Mies Van der Rohe Award and as winner with the Aga Khan Award.  Arolat has lectured at design schools around the world. He was the Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture in 2017. In 2012, he co-curated the first Istanbul Design Biennale. His work has been widely published and exhibited, including at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2012 and 2016.

Architectural League non-member tickets are $15 and are available for purchase through Eventbrite, beginning February 14, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., space-permitting. Please email rsvp@archleague.org with any questions.

2018 Donna H. Myers Award


Photo: Mark Nureddine 

Outdoor Kitchen Proponent Mark Nureddine to Receive 2018 Donna H. Myers Award
ARLINGTON, Va. (February 15, 2018) — The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) and Casual Living magazine are pleased to announce Mark Nureddine as this year’s recipient of the prestigious Donna H. Myers Barbecue Leadership Award.

Bull Outdoor Products, based in Rialto, California, is a leader in the manufacture of prefabricated outdoor kitchen appliances and equipment, providing products to 900 dealers and distributors in North America as well as in the UK, numerous European countries, Philippines, Costa Rica, and Panama.

“Mark championed and popularized the concept of outdoor kitchens with his development of sophisticated barbecue equipment and accessories,” said Jack Goldman, President & CEO of HPBA. “In doing so, it helped to widen the barbecue market, which other manufacturers have since followed.”

Nureddine launched his career in the spa industry where he gained valuable insights into the concept of outdoor living. His exploration led him to believe that homeowners would embrace broadened outdoor cooking experiences as well as equipment that exceeded the standard barbecue grill of the day. In 1993, he and his former business partner founded Bull Outdoor Products. Since then, Bull Outdoor has grown into an international corporation with its development and manufacture of an extensive inventory of innovative grills, islands, and accessories that are fully assembled and delivered to the consumer.

Nureddine and his wife, Barbara, also established the “Grill for Good” fund in 2014 in support of “For A Reason,” which coordinates a long-term effort to accompany Haitian students on their educational journey. More than simply providing tuition, “For a Reason” builds relationships with students and their families, for the duration of a student’s education–from elementary school to university. “The personal support and financial commitment that Mark and his wife are making into the lives of children is outstanding,” said Goldman.

The Donna H. Myers Barbecue Leadership Award will be presented on March 8th in Nashville, Tennessee, during the Big Green Egg Cook-off at HPBExpo 2018. Now in its seventh year, the award, sponsored by HPBA and Casual Living magazine, recognizes innovative leaders who have contributed to the growth of their companies and the overall industry. Recipients combine distinguished professional achievement and community service with problem solving skills and an unwavering commitment to the barbecue industry. Donna H. Myers was a leading barbecue industry advocate who died in January 2011.

Previous winners include: Dante Cantal, gas appliance innovator and founder of Twin Eagles, Inc., (2017), Stan Hays, champion pitmaster and co-founder and CEO of Operation BBQ Relief (2016), Ron LaRocca, 30-year marketing and sales veteran instrumental in growing the barbecue industry (2015), Ed Fisher, Founder and Chairman of Big Green Egg (2014) and George A. Stephen, founder of Weber-Stephen Products and creator of the Weber Kettle Grill (2013). The first award, in 2012, was given posthumously to Myers.