A new film follows students as they go through a school day at Chipakata Children’s Academy in Zambia.

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Susan Rodriguez is one of the 50 artists featured in the soon-to-be released book 50 Contemporary Women Artists by John Gosslee and Heather Zises, with a forward by Elizabeth Sackler. The book will be released on October 28th.

From the publisher: “This one-of-a-kind compendium features a selection of women artists and architects who have made groundbreaking contributions to contemporary art. Profiling an international cross-section of artists, 50 Contemporary Women Artists presents fresh perspectives on feminism and notions of cultural power. Using a variety of mediums, the artists in this book address themes of social, cultural, political, environmental, and psychological issues. Included are works by five MacArthur Foundation Fellows that activate an ongoing dialogue about contemporary practices. Readers receive a unique glimpse of seminal works such as Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party, as well as brand-new pieces inspired by the Women’s March on Washington in 2017. Complete with a foreword by Elizabeth Sackler, PhD, this compilation is ideal for educators, students, curators, collectors, and all those who support the arts.”

50 Contemporary Women Artists: Groundbreaking Contemporary Art from 1960 to Now


Susan Rodriguez will deliver the Fall 2018 Design Norumbega lecture on Tuesday, 18 September at the Alamo Theater in Bucksport, ME. The lecture, entitled “A Point of (View): Architecture at the Intersection of Culture, Place and Program,” focuses on the influences Maine has had on Susan’s work throughout her career, from an emphasis on creating architecture that is true to and reflective of site and culture, to a commitment to sustainable practices. The lecture will explore Susan’s design process through a look at many of Susan T Rodriguez | Architecture • Design’s new projects.


Plans to transform the Lasker facility at the northern end of Central Park were announced in a July ceremony on the shore of the Harlem Meer. Susan T Rodriguez | Architecture • Design with Mitchell Giurgola Architects, LLP are the architects for the new project. Lasker Pool & Rink has provided low cost ice skating, free swimming, and community programming to Harlem and East Harlem communities since it opened in 1963. Faced with the need for extensive and recurring repairs to the existing structure, Central Park Conservancy and the City of New York have partnered to reimagine the facility as one that is more aligned with the mission of the Park, returning the focus of the area to recreation and the experience of nature. The new design will establish a state-of-the-art facility that is integrated into the topography and accessible to all. The design incorporates a watercourse that will reconnect the Harlem Meer to the Ravine through Huddlestone Arch, creating increased opportunities for recreation and re-establishing a threshold to the North Woods.

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Central Park’s Lasker Pool will get a $150M renovation

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Central Park’s Pool will get a $150M renovation

7 | 13 | 2018Vinalhaven Veterans Memorial Dedicated

The Vinalhaven Veterans Memorial was dedicated on July 7th – the culmination of a three-year design collaboration between Susan Rodriguez, island leaders, and volunteers. Crafted of local Vinalhaven granite, the memorial draws on local tradition, skills, and resources. The ceremony was attended by many island veterans, as well as representatives of the Maine State government.

The ceremony called attention to the notable civic dedication of the island community, which has heroically and selflessly served the country in times of need. The memorial was conceived and built largely through volunteered time, resources, and expertise, and is a testament to the continuing vitality and generosity of the community.

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7 | 2 | 2018Susan Rodriguez Leads Open House New York Tour of Staten Island Courthouse

The Staten Island Courthouse, designed by Susan Rodriguez while a design partner at Ennead, was the subject of a recent Open House New York tour as a part of their Spaces of Justice series.

The tour, led by Susan Rodriguez and Christopher Halloran of Ennead, allowed attendees to see the inner workings of the courthouse. Heralded as a model for an improved court system, the courthouse is equipped with meeting spaces for attorneys and clients, light-filled courtrooms, and comfortable waiting and deliberating areas for the jury. The transparency of the building symbolizes fairness and openness before the law.

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6 | 27 | 2018Groundbreaking Ceremony held for Harrisburg Federal Courthouse

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new United States Courthouse for the Middle District of Pennsylvania was held on June 25th in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The groundbreaking comes after a nearly fifteen-year design process led by Susan Rodriguez as a design partner at Ennead.

The 250,000 square foot building will be located at a vital intersection in midtown Harrisburg. The design and siting of the courthouse embodies the important confluence of the Federal judiciary and the community it serves to create a striking civic landmark. The Honorable Christopher C. Conner, the chief judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, delivered the keynote address and summed up the principles that have guided the design of the building, saying “We will have a public building which will generate a strong sense of civic pride and reflect the dignity and stability of a fair and impartial judiciary.”

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5 | 17 | 2018Lycée Français de New York Addition Awarded SARA | NY Design Award

Lycée Français de New York has been awarded a 2018 SARA | NY Design Award for an addition to the main Lycée building. Both the main building, which was completed in 2003, and the 2016 addition were designed by Susan T. Rodriguez as Design Partner at Ennead Architects. The addition creates a new identity for the school on York Avenue, reinforcing its relationship to the neighborhood and city.   

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