September 12, 2023

Archtober, a New York City-based platform that promotes the discovery of architecture and design through experiences and content, will celebrate the next installment of its annual Festival from October 1–31, 2023. In collaboration with over 100 partners and sponsors across the city, the 2023 Festival will gather events, exhibitions, resources, and activities across the five boroughs to raise awareness of the importance of architecture and design in New York City. This year for the first time, the platform has introduced a 2023 theme, Bridging Divides, which helps to organize select programming with shared goals and conceptual connections. Additionally, Archtober is excited to continue to expand the Archtober Guide on Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app.

“As Archtober celebrates its 13th year, we are thrilled to be working with over 100 collaborating partners to offer an impressive—and still growing—lineup of architecture and design events,” says Jesse Lazar, Interim Executive Director, AIA New York and the Center for Architecture. “Archtober 2023 feels more expansive than ever,” he adds, “thanks in part to the return of our ever-popular Building of the Day series, which features 31 tours and reaches as far afield as the Robert Olnick Pavilion at Magazzino Italian Art, designed by Miguel Quismondo of MQ Architecture and Alberto Campo Baeza.”

“As the post-pandemic world continues to shape shift, the Archtober platform has also introduced its first-ever theme for 2023,” says Katie Mullen, Director of Archtober and Director of  Exhibitions and Programs, Center for Architecture. “Bridging Divides points towards breaking down barriers within the field of architecture and design, as well as within the built environment that surrounds us.”

Festival Theme: Bridging Divides

This 2023 Festival theme reflects a profound commitment to fostering inclusivity, innovation, and a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness between individuals, communities, and the spaces they inhabit.

Programming within this umbrella includes the lecture series Alignments in the Indigenous Design Process, developed in collaboration with the Indigenous Society of Architecture, Planning and Design (ISAPD), which presents processes and projects featuring both natural and artificial elements that are woven into Indigenous spatial design methodologies. As part of this series, performance artist, visual artist, and composer Suzanne Kite will discuss spatial relationships between human and non-human entities in her installation and design work in Nonhuman Futures on October 3 via Zoom.

Seven of the Architecture & Design Film Festival‘s 14 featured films also connect to Bridging Divides, including Skin of Glass, director Denise Zmekhol’s 2023 journey to reckon with Brazil’s harsh inequality, and Best in the World, a 2022 film from director Hans Christian Post that offers a closer look at the Danish capital’s journey from an industrial city on the brink of bankruptcy to the transformed Copenhagen of today.

Additionally, this fall the Guggenheim will launch the second iteration of Mind’s Eye: A Sensory Guide to the Guggenheim New York. Designed for those who are blind or have low vision, the Mind’s Eye audio guide provides listeners with an alternative and innovative forum to engage with the Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright building.

Program Highlights

The festival will feature numerous exhibitions across the city, including Valerie Goodman Gallery’s Staging Future Worlds: The Architectural Visions of László Rajk, opening October 6, and the Museum of Modern Art’s Emerging Ecologies: Architecture and the Rise of Environmentalism, an exhibition dedicated to both realized and unrealized projects that address ecological and environmental concerns by architects who practiced in the United States from the 1930s through the 1990s. On view at the Center for Architecture, Janna Ireland on the Architectural Legacy of Paul Revere Williams in Nevada features the contemporary photography of Janna Ireland exploring the important contributions of architect Paul R. Williams (1894-1980) in Nevada. Farther afield, ‘T’ Space will feature an exhibition of the architecture of Giuliano Fiorenzoli while Magazzino Italian Art’s trio of exhibitions includes Ettore Spalletti: Parole di colore.

For 2023, the festival’s popular Building of the Day series of architect-led tours will take place daily includes:

  • Bronx Children’s Museum in The Bronx by O’Neill McVoy Architects
  • SAGE Center Brooklyn at Stonewall House in Brooklyn by Ted Porter Architecture
  • High Line – Moynihan Connector in Manhattan by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and James Corner Field Operations
  • Robert Olnick Pavilion at Magazzino Italian Art in Cold Spring, NY, by Miguel Quismondo of MQ Architecture and Alberto Campo Baeza
  • Melrose North in The Bronx by Curtis + Ginsberg Architects
  • Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art in Staten Island by Jacques Marchais

Several Archtober partners will also be offering tours outside of the festival’s Building of the Day series. On October 6, join a Guided Tour of Little Island, or venture to Long Island’s Port Washington on October 14 to enjoy a rare tour of the historic mid-century home of William Landsberg with Henrybuilt and DOCOMOMO US/New York Tri-State. On October 21, New York Public Library’s Ottendorfer Library will offer Libraries & Riots: An East Village Walking Tour exploring the rich history of the East Village and the place of libraries during a time of immense social change.

On October 27, Pumpkitecture will return to the Center for Architecture, as teams of architects go gourd-to-gourd to compete for the Pritzkerpumpkin. Spooky fun abounds that day as the Museum of the City of New York also offers Cocktails & Culture: New York Movies Halloween Bash, when you’re invited to dress up as your favorite scary movie character and dance the night away to music by MCNY favorite DJ Misbehaviour.

Beyond timed and ticketed activities, the Archtober site continues to feature Anytime Activities, a section of ongoing resources for architecture lovers of all ages. The Center for Architecture’s Architecture Activities and the Cooper Hewitt’s Design It Yourself series provide families with simple, downloadable instructions for DIY lessons and guides. Podcast lovers can also dive into Little Island’s 40-minute Landscape Audio Tour narrated by landscape architect Signe Nielsen of MNLA, or the Queens Public Library’s Queens Memory Project, which uses the library’s oral history archive to tell stories about the borough’s past.

Visit to see our lineup of events for 2023!

While visiting our website, stop by the festival’s Archtober Shop, which features a variety of items—from t-shirts to baseball caps to fanny packs and even socks—for you to explore the city in style.

The Archtober Guide on Bloomberg Connects

At its core, the Archtober festival is meant to encourage and inspire audiences to engage with the architecture and design that surrounds them. Building on our efforts to create year-round Archtober experiences, this year the festival continues to partner with Bloomberg Connectsthe free arts and cultural app created by Bloomberg Philanthropies, to offer the Archtober Guide. Over the past 12 years, Archtober has toured hundreds of projects across the five boroughs. The Archtober Guide on Bloomberg Connects allows you to explore a selection of these sites from your phone, allowing you to dive deep into some of NYC’s most exciting contemporary and historical projects. View project images and listen to exclusive, app-only interviews with the architects and landscape architects who are shaping the future of New York City! Featured new buildings include the Irish Hunger Memorial by 1100 Architect, Sperone Westwater by Foster + Partners, The Carolina by Curtis + Ginsberg, Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse by Architecture Research Office, Columbia Business School by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and FXCollaborative, and the Fraunces Tavern Museum.

You can also use Bloomberg Connects to explore Archtober partners including the Judd Foundation, Magazzino Italian Art, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and the Neue Galerie New York, among many others.


About Archtober

Archtober is a NYC-based platform that promotes the discovery of architecture and design through experiences and content, culminating in a month-long festival every October. By collaborating with hundreds of partners, Archtober presents tours, lectures, workshops, panels, exhibitions and more that are accessible to all. Founded in 2010, Archtober has grown into a year-round resource for all things architecture, celebrating the craft and the individuals behind the global built environment. Archtober works with partners like museums, cultural organizations, consulates, advocacy groups, parks, and more. Learn more at


Institutional and Professional Partners

‘T’ Space | Steven Myron Holl Foundation

1014 | Space for Ideas

AIA New York

Alice Austen House


Architectural Record

Architecture & Design Film Festival


Art Omi

Bard Graduate Center

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation

Bowne House

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92

Brooklyn Public Library

Build Out Alliance

Building Energy Exchange

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Center for Architecture

Chicago Architecture Center

China Insititute

City Lighting Representatives

Classic Harbor Line

Classical American Homes Preservation Trust

Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Community Design Collaborative

Conference House

Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization

Consulate General of Finland in New York

Consulate General of Switzerland in New York

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum


DOCOMOMO US/New York Tri-State

Dyckman Farmhouse Museum

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage

Flushing Town Hall

Four Freedoms Park Conservancy

Fraunces Tavern Museum

Goethe-Institut New York

Grace Farms Foundation

Gracie Mansion

Green-Wood Cemetery

Hendrick I. Lott House


Historic Districts Council

Historic House Trust

Historic Richmond Town

IA Interior Architects

Indigenous Society of Architecture, Planning, and Design

Institute for Public Architecture

Japan Society

Judd Foundation

King Manor Museum

Kingsland Homestead

LA Conservancy

Lefferts Historic House Museum

Lewis Latimer House Museum

Little Island

Little Red Lighthouse

Lower Manhattan Historical Association

Magazzino Italian Art

Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center

Merchant’s House Museum

Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum

Municipal Art Society of New York

Museum at Eldridge Street

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Museum of Modern Art

Museum of the City of New York

National Museum of the American Indian in New York

Neue Galerie New York

New Jersey Institute of Technology

New York Botanical Garden

New York Institute of Technology

New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation

New York Public Library

New York Review of Architecture

New York School of Interior Design


NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Old Stone House

Open House New York

Pioneer Millworks

Pratt Institute School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS)

Pratt School of Architecture

Queens County Farm Museum

Queens Foundation for Architecture

Queens Public Library

Salon Art + Design

Seguine Mansion

Soho Design District

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

South Street Seaport Museum

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater

The Architect’s Newspaper

The Architectural League of New York

The City College of New York, The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture

The Consulate General of Sweden

The Fullerton

The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York

The Glass House

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union

The Plan

The School of Constructed Environments at Parsons School of Design

Transportation Alternatives


Untapped New York

Urban Green Council

Valentine-Varian House

Valerie Goodman Gallery

Van Alen Institute

Van Cortlandt House Museum

Village Alliance

Village Preservation


Wave Hill

Weeksville Heritage Center

World Monuments Fund

Wyckoff House Museum