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AIA New York offers over 20 different walking tours throughout Manhattan and the boroughs, with a special focus on modern and contemporary architecture. Expert guides, all members of the AIA New York Chapter, walk intimate groups of visitors through some of New York City’s most distinctive neighborhoods, exploring the city’s rich history and stunning new buildings, as well as creative examples of adaptive reuse, urban planning, and development.

Walking tours are currently offered on weekends in April through November. Questions or feedback? Contact tours@aiany.org.

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Upcoming Walking Tours

Sun, Apr 21 1:00 pm

Remembering the Future: Architecture at the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public: $25
Member: $15
Student: $15

Meet in the cafe at the eastern entrance ( Unisphere side) of the Queens Museum of Art.

World’s Fairs have for years offered the chance for architects to explore new concepts and technologies to create memorable, visceral experiences for a broad public. Structures designed for the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair were emblematic of a turbulent period for both architecture and society. Conceived at the dawn of the Space Age, the Fair opened as the country was coming to terms with civil rights and technological and social upheaval. At the World’s Fair, Modern architecture met Pop Art. On this tour, held on the anniversary of the opening of the Fair, we examine extant architecture from the Fair, including Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion, Wallace Harrison’s Hall of Science, and modern sculpture by Peter Muller Monk, Jose de Rivera, and others, while exploring that memorable, controversial exposition.  

**Please note: This tour requires significant walking between sites. In addition, there is an approximately 20-minute walk from the Willets Point/Mets Station of the #7 subway line to the meeting point through Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Please be sure to plan accordingly. 

Tours will run rain or shine. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Registration is limited to 15; walk-ups are not guaranteed a spot on the tour. 

AIANY GuideJohn Kriskiewicz, Assoc. AIA

Please Note: AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sat, Apr 27 11:00 am

Richmond Hill North: A Victorian Village in the Center of Queens

3.0 LU / 3.0 HSW
General Public: $35
Member: $25
Student with Valid ID: $25

Meet at the My Buddy Statue in Forest Park; Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South (Google: My Buddy Statue Richmond Hill, NY 11418) 

Join guest guide William Gati for this walk of Richmond Hill North in Queens, a NYS Historical District. On this tour, we’ll visit some of the neighborhood’s historic parks, churches, houses, schools, and shops. Richmond Hill was developed as one of the first suburb communities of the 1890s: the Hamptons of those days. Victorian houses are still preserved and have maintained some in their original splendor.

Tours will run rain or shine. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Registration is limited to 15; walk-ups are not guaranteed a spot on the tour. 

This tour will be given by guest guide William Gati, AIA, a member of AIA Queens. Gati is a licensed NYC tour guide, and is the founder and principal of Architecture Studio, an architectural firm that designs residential, commercial, and institutional projects. 

Please Note: AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sun, Apr 28 10:30 am

SoHo: New architectural interventions in a Historic District

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public: $25
Member: $15
Student with Valid ID: $15

Meet at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place.

 

The SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District, created in 1973, is dominated by innovative and remarkably intact mid-19th century architecture.  Originally designed for both commercial and manufacturing uses, most of these building have been adapted for residential use. Over the last 2 decades a number of entirely new buildings have been approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission as “appropriate” for inclusion within the district. This tour looks at these very recent buildings as well as significant historic sites to examine a range of design strategies, some highly contextual others more interpretive, for historic districts.  

The following recent and historic buildings are included among many others: Scholastic Building by Aldo Rossi, 40 Mercer by Jean Nouvel, 529 Broadway by BKSK, 27 Wooster by KPF, 150 Wooster by KUB, 139 Wooster by Beyer Blinder Belle, XOCO 325 by DDG, the 1857 cast iron Haughwout Building, the meticulously restored 101 Spring Street (Judd Foundation), 478-482 Broadway by Richard Morris Hunt and the 1904 Little Singer Building by Ernest Flagg.

Tours will run rain or shine. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Registration is limited to 15; walk-ups are not guaranteed a spot on the tour. 

AIANY Guide: Arthur Platt, AIA

Please Note: AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sat, May 4 1:00 pm

Downtown Terra-Cotta

1.5 LU / 1.5 HSW
General Public: $20
Member: $10
Student with Valid ID: $10

Meet in front of the Potter Building, 38 Park Row at Beekman Street.

Before New York’s tallest towers were sheathed in glass, they were clad in clay. Terra-Cotta, or “fired earth,” is an ancient building material made of baked clay that helped make New York a modern city. At the turn of the 20th century, terra-cotta became a sought-after fire-proof skin for the steel skeletons of the city’s tallest buildings. Though you’ll find it on some of New York’s most iconic structures, including the Flatiron Building, the Woolworth Building, and the Plaza Hotel, terra-cotta often hides in plain sight, mimicking other materials like granite or carved wood.

On this tour of Lower Manhattan, we’ll uncover some of city’s earliest terra-cotta structures and find out how New York got fired up about fired earth. Along the way, we’ll see the tallest terra-cotta structure in the world, find out how the nephews of Samuel Morse commissioned the city’s earliest surviving “fireproof” skyscraper, and learn how this stunningly versatile material moved from monochrome to multi-colored and helped shift the city from Beaux-Arts beauty to Art Deco splendor!

Tours will run rain or shine. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Registration is limited to 15; walk-ups are not guaranteed a spot on the tour.

This tour is a collaboration with Archive on Parade, and will be led by guest guide Lucie Levine. Levine is a writer, historian, and New York City tour guide. She founded Archive on Parade, a historical tour and event company, and has collaborated with institutions including the Municipal Art Society, the New York Public Library, and more, on tours, lectures and community events all over town. She is also the Contributing History Writer at 6sqft and News Editor at Greenpointers.

Please Note: AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sat, May 11 10:00 am

9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center: Architecture, Urban Planning and History

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public: $25
Member: $15
Student with Valid ID: $15

Meet at the southwest corner of Broadway and Vesey Street (by St. Paul’s Chapel) 

Rebuilding the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks has been a daunting, contentious and dynamic process. The 9/11 Memorial opened on the tenth anniversary of this tragic event, and 2014 saw the opening of both the 9/11 Museum and One World Trade Center, currently the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.  

This tour offers participants an opportunity to experience the 9/11 Memorial and to see the now almost-completed World Trade Center site. We discuss the highly publicized competitions for the site’s master plan and memorial, and delve into the design and development of each of the main structure–including the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, office towers and transportation hub. Together we consider the influence and concerns of the different stakeholders by comparing the initial winning plans for rebuilding at Ground Zero to the final, much altered, designs that we see today. 

We will also examine the history of the original World Trade Center site and the transformation of Lower Manhattan after World War II, and we’ll compare Minoru Yamasaki’s 110-story Twin Towers, built on a 16-acre superblock, with current efforts to reconnect the new WTC to the street grid and surrounding neighborhoods. Finally, we explore how the current emphasis on safety, security and sustainability is a response to the design and engineering of the original complex, the 9/11 attacks and a greater concern for ecologically-friendly architecture. 

This tour is presented in collaboration with the Downtown Alliance, which manages the Downtown-Lower Manhattan BID. 

Tours will run rain or shine. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Registration is limited to 15; walk-ups are not guaranteed a spot on the tour. 

AIANY GuideDoug Fox

Please Note: AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sat, May 11 11:00 am

Kew Gardens: A Small English Tudor Community With Big History

3.0 LU / 3.0 HSW
General Public: $35
Member: $25
Student with Valid ID: $25

Meet at the Statue of Job in Forest Park near the Overlook; slightly west of 80th Road and Park Lane South (Google: Statue of Job, Richmond Hill, NY 11418) 

Join guest guide William Gati for this walking tour of Kew Gardens in Queens, originally developed as a planned garden suburb. The neighborhood exemplifies many of the best principals of town planning, and together we’ll visit its historic parks, churches, houses, schools, and shops.  

Tours will run rain or shine. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Registration is limited to 15; walk-ups are not guaranteed a spot on the tour. 

This tour will be given by guest guide William Gati, AIA, a member of AIA Queens. Gati is a licensed NYC tour guide and is the founder and principal of Architecture Studio, an architectural firm that designs residential, commercial, and institutional projects. 

Please Note: AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sun, May 12 10:30 am

Renovating FiDi:  Skyscrapers, Plazas and the Impact of Zoning

2.5 LU / 2.5 HSW
General Public: $30
Member: $20
Student with Valid ID: $20

Meet at Wall Street & Broadway in front of Trinity Church 

While the Financial District is widely known for its historic architecture, it also boasts a variety of distinctive Modern buildings, many of them linked to urban design initiatives of the 1960s and 1970s. The tour focuses on what has come to be known as “Skid(more) Row” (Chase Manhattan Plaza, 140 Broadway and One Liberty Plaza) and the Water Street corridor, once planned to be the route of the Second Avenue Subway. We discuss adaptive reuse of older structures, and view downtown Manhattan’s signature spires of the 1930s en route. Highlights include buildings by SOM, Pei Cobb Freed, Kevin Roche, Philip Johnson, Davis Brody, Tsao & McKown, and Frederic Schwartz, among others.  

This tour is presented in collaboration with the Downtown Alliance, which manages the Downtown-Lower Manhattan BID.  

Tours will run rain or shine. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Registration is limited to 15; walk-ups are not guaranteed a spot on the tour.

AIANY GuideKyle Johnson AIA

Please Note: AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sat, May 18 10:30 am

Midtown Modernism Series: East 42nd Street, the United Nations and Vicinity

2.5 LU / 2.5 HSW
General Public: $30
Member: $20
Student with Valid ID: $20

Meet at Park Ave. & 42nd St, at east side of cafe in Pershing Square, across from Grand Central Terminal. 

View some of Midtown’s most distinctive buildings and interiors, ranging from the Art Deco Chrysler and Chanin Buildings and Raymond Hood’s Daily News Building, to the groundbreaking United Nations headquarters and Kevin Roche’s Ford Foundation and UN Plaza. Also included are less-known structures like the Japan Society and William Lescaze’s pioneering 1934 home and office, as well as buildings by Harrison & Abramovitz, Gwathmey Siegel, and I. M. Pei. 

Tours will run rain or shine. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Registration is limited to 15; walk-ups are not guaranteed a spot on the tour.

AIANY Guide: Kyle Johnson AIA

Please Note: AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sun, May 19 10:30 am

Expanding the Financial District: Reshaping the Water Street Corridor

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public: $25
Member: $15
Student with Valid ID: $15

Meet at Water St. & Pine St., in plaza south of Wall Street Plaza (88 Pine St.). 

While the Financial District is widely known for its historic architecture, it also boasts a variety of distinctive Modern buildings, many of them linked to urban design initiatives of the 1960s and ‘70s. This tour will focus on the Water Street corridor, once planned to be the route of the Second Avenue Subway, emphasizing the variety of public spaces created through urban design efforts initiated by the Office of Lower Manhattan Development under NYC Mayor John Lindsay. New construction in the vicinity of the Staten Island ferry, as well as recent improvements on the East River waterfront, will also be included. Highlights include buildings by Pei Cobb Freed, SOM, Norman Jaffe, Emery Roth & Sons, Frederic Schwartz, SHOP, and Hanrahan Meyers, among others. 

This tour is presented in collaboration with the Downtown Alliance, which manages the Downtown-Lower Manhattan BID.      

Tours will run rain or shine. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Registration is limited to 15; walk-ups are not guaranteed a spot on the tour. 

AIANY GuideKyle Johnson AIA

Please Note: AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sat, May 25 10:30 am

Midtown Modernism Series: The Park Avenue Corridor

2.5 LU / 2.5 HSW
General Public: $30
Member: $20
Student with Valid ID: $20

Meet at southeast corner of Park Avenue & 47th St. (in front of 245 Park Ave.) 

Park Avenue is the epicenter of Corporate Modernism. View three Modern masterpieces by SOM’s Gordon Bunshaft and Natalie de Blois, Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building, as well as “vernacular” Modern office buildings by Emery Roth and others. Also included are a distinguished Art Deco tower and lobby, a Morris Lapidus-designed hotel, and late Modern and Postmodern designs by Edward Larrabee Barnes, Philip Johnson, and I. M. Pei.   

Tours will run rain or shine. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Registration is limited to 15; walk-ups are not guaranteed a spot on the tour. Some tours utilize VOX amplification systems; attendees are welcome to bring their personal earbuds.

AIANY GuideKyle Johnson AIA

Please Note: AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sat, Jun 1 10:30 am

Battery Park City: Creating a New Neighborhood

2.5 LU / 2.5 HSW
General Public: $30
Member: $20
Student with Valid ID: $20

Meet at the portal of Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park (between Battery Park and the Museum of Jewish Heritage).

After more than four decades of planning and construction, Battery Park City has been built out, following a master plan by Cooper, Eckstut and Associates. Learn about the area’s urban planning and discover its distinctive residential neighborhoods, distinguished parks and plazas, public art works, and signature commercial center. 

Highlights include Brookfield Place and Wintergarden (Cesar Pelli), Goldman Sachs Headquarters (Pei Cobb Freed), Museum of Jewish Heritage (Kevin Roche), Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park (Olin with Machado & Silvetti), Teardrop Park (Michael Van Valkenburgh), South Cove Plaza and the Irish Hunger Memorial (1100 Architect). We will examine schools by Cooper Robertson and Dattner Architects and residential towers by a host of architects, including  Pelli Clarke  Pelli, Gruzen Samton, Ennead Architects, Ulrich Franzen, Robert A. M. Stern and Charles Moore.

Tours will run rain or shine. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Registration is limited to 15; walk-ups are not guaranteed a spot on the tour. Some tours utilize VOX amplification systems; attendees are welcome to bring their personal earbuds.

AIANY Guide: Kyle Johnson AIA

Please Note: AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sun, Jun 2 1:00 pm

Modern Architecture on the Upper East Side

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public: $25
Member: $15
Student with Valid ID: $15

Meet at the William Tecumseh Sherman Monument in Grand Army Plaza (Manhattan), west of Fifth Avenue between 59th & 60th Streets.

Amidst the Upper East Side’s celebrated array of Beaux Arts, Colonial Revival and other landmarks, can be found important examples of Modern architecture designed by some of America’s most prominent and influential architects of the twentieth century. Discover Modern highlights in the East 60s and 70s, in and near the Upper East Side Historic District, including some of New York’s earliest remaining examples.  We will visit residential and institutional buildings designed by William Lescaze, Philip Johnson, Edward Durell Stone, Paul Rudolph, Gordon Bunshaft of SOM, Marcel Breuer and others.

 

Tours will run rain or shine. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Registration is limited to 15; walk-ups are not guaranteed a spot on the tour. 

AIANY Guide: John Arbuckle, Assoc. AIA

Please Note: AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sat, Jun 8 10:30 am

Architecture on Cooper Square, Bond Street, Lafayette Street, and the Bowery

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public: $25
Member: $15
Student with Valid ID: $15

Meet at the south facade of the Cooper Union Foundation Building, between Cooper Square & Bowery/3rd Ave.

Explore a diverse range of recent and historic architecture on Cooper Square, Bond Street, Lafayette Street and the Bowery. Newer highlights include Herzog & de Meuron’s 40 Bond Street and Public Hotel, Morphosis’ Cooper Union Engineering School, Norman Foster’s Sperone Westwater Gallery and Sanaa’s New Museum, among others. Also encountered along the route is a remarkably rich group of NYC’s Individual Landmarks including the Cooper Union Foundation Building, the De Vinne Press, the Schermerhorn Building and Louis Sullivan’s Bayard Building. A discussion of stylistic breakthroughs, technological innovations including diverse cladding materials, and urban design will tie these diverse sites together.

Tours will run rain or shine. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Registration is limited to 15; walk-ups are not guaranteed a spot on the tour. 

AIANY Guide: Alex McLean, Assoc. AIA

Please Note: AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sun, Jun 9 10:30 am

The High Line, Hudson River Park, and New Architecture in West Chelsea

2.5 LU / 2.5 HSW
General Public: $30
Member: $20
Student with Valid ID: $20

Meet in Chelsea Waterside Park at the end of West 22 Street (west side of 11th Ave).

The creation of Hudson River Park and High Line Park in the waterfront area formerly occupied by commercial shipping and related uses have stimulated extensive new development.

View a stunning variety of new architecture in West Chelsea, as well as portions of Hudson River Park and the innovative design of the High Line, around which these new buildings are clustered.  Included are buildings designed by Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Norman Foster, Annabelle Selldorf, Enrique Norten, Shigeru Ban, Neil Denari, Ennead Architects, Bjarke Ingels and Jeanne Gang.

Tours will run rain or shine. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Registration is limited to 15; walk-ups are not guaranteed a spot on the tour. 

AIANY GuideKyle Johnson AIA

Please Note: AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sat, Jun 15 10:30 am

Midtown Modernism Series: Crosstown Section, 53rd Street East to West

2.5 LU / 2.5 HSW
General Public: $30
Member: $20
Student with Valid ID: $20

Meet at northeast corner of Third Avenue & 52nd St. (in front of 875 Third Ave.) 

View a variety of classic Modern, late Modern and Postmodern designs by SOM, Philip Johnson, Edward Larrabee Barnes, Eero Saarinen, Kevin Roche, Kohn Pedersen Fox and others. Highlights include Lever House, the Seagram Building, Citicorp Center, the CBS Building, and the Museum of Modern Art’s multi-building complex. Smaller gems like the former Rockefeller Guest House, Austrian Cultural Institute and Paley Park are also included, as are interior spaces featuring work by artists Isamu Noguchi and Louise Nevelson. 

Tours will run rain or shine. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Registration is limited to 15; walk-ups are not guaranteed a spot on the tour. Some tours utilize VOX amplification systems; attendees are welcome to bring their personal earbuds.

AIANY GuideKyle Johnson AIA

Please Note: AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sun, Jun 16 1:00 pm

Morningside Heights: Institutional Acropolis

2.5 LU / 2.5 HSW
General Public: $30
Member: $20
Student with Valid ID: $20

Meet at the Peace Fountain east of the intersection of West 111th Street & Amsterdam Avenue on the grounds of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. 

 

 Best known as the site of Columbia University, Morningside Heights is also home to the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Barnard College, Teachers College, the Union Theological Seminary, the Jewish Theological Seminary, Riverside Church, St. Luke’s Hospital and the Manhattan School of Music. Bounded by Riverside Park and Morningside Park, the elevated area boasts a great variety of notable institutional architecture spanning from 1842 to the present, including works by many nationally and, more recently, internationally recognized architects. 

 

The tour will begin with the neighborhood’s oldest extant building, the Leake & Watts Orphan Asylum (designed by Ithiel Town), followed by an examination of Charles Follen McKim’s masterplan for Columbia University, and its evolution. We conclude just beyond Morningside Heights with the first phase of Columbia’s new Manhattanville campus, designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Along the way, we will view and discuss buildings by Ernest Flagg, Ralph Adams Cram, James Gamble Rogers, Harrison & Abramovitz, Mitchell/Giurgola, James Stewart Polshek, Bernard Tschumi, Weiss/Manfredi, Rafael Moneo and others. 

 

Tours will run rain or shine. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Registration is limited to 15; walk-ups are not guaranteed a spot on the tour. 

AIANY Guide: John Arbuckle, Assoc. AIA

Please Note: AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sun, Jun 23 10:30 am

Midtown Modernism Series: On and Off East 57th Street

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public: $25
Member: $15
Student with Valid ID: $15

Meet at North side of Pulitzer Fountain in Grand Army Plaza, near Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, across from the Plaza Hotel. 

Using East 57th Street as a backdrop, experience the evolution of Modernism: from proto-Modern buildings by Ely Jacques Kahn and Walker & Gillette, to classic Modern designs by Harrison & Abramovitz and Edward Durell Stone, to Late Modern structures by Edward Larrabee Barnes and Cesar Pelli and Postmodern designs by Kohn Pedersen Fox, Helmut Jahn and I.M. Pei—as well as Paul Rudolph’s unique Modulightor building and Rafael Vinoly’s supertall 432 Park Avenue. Also included are historic structures by Henry Hardenbergh, Schultze & Weaver and Emery Roth, as well as several Art Deco and Modern interiors.

Tours will run rain or shine. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Registration is limited to 15; walk-ups are not guaranteed a spot on the tour. Some tours utilize VOX amplification systems; attendees are welcome to bring their personal earbuds.

AIANY GuideKyle Johnson AIA

Please Note: AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sun, Jun 23 10:30 am

New York’s Civic Center: History, Urban Development & Architecture

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public: $25
Member: $15
Student with Valid ID: $15

Meet at the north side of the fountain in City Hall Park. 

Explore the rich history of New York’s Civic Center area, with a focus on urban planning, development, and architecture. From City Hall Park to Foley Square, to Police Plaza and Chatham Green, this tour includes exterior visits and expert interpretation of City Hall, Tweed Courthouse, Surrogate Court, Municipal Building, International Trade Court, Javits Federal Building, the Department of Health, Criminal Courts, State Building, New York Supreme Court and Annex, US Courthouse, Manhattan Correctional Center, Police HQ, Murry Bergtraum High School, Chatham Green, and Chatham Towers.  

Tours will run rain or shine. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Registration is limited to 15; walk-ups are not guaranteed a spot on the tour. 

AIANY GuideGail Cornell

Please Note: AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sat, Jun 29 11:00 am

NYU & Washington Square: Changing Strategies of Growth and Design

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public: $25
Member: $15
Student with Valid ID: $15

Meet at Washington Square Arch, Fifth Ave. & Washington Square North 

Spanning more than a century, New York University’s growth around Washington Square has followed a variety of strategies: repurposing of existing industrial buildings, incremental contextually-designed new structures, and large-scale clearance and redevelopment through urban renewal—the superblocks of which are now viewed as sites for further development. Explore examples of this growth, including notable designs by I. M. Pei, Philip Johnson, Kevin Roche, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Machado & Silvetti, Steven Holl, and Morris Adjmi.  

Tours will run rain or shine. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Registration is limited to 15; walk-ups are not guaranteed a spot on the tour. Some tours utilize VOX amplification systems; attendees are welcome to bring their personal earbuds.

AIANY Guide: Kyle Johnson AIA

Please Note: AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sun, Jun 30 11:00 am

Roosevelt Island: 1970s “New Town in Town,” Cornell Tech & Four Freedoms Park

2.5 LU / 2.5 HSW
General Public: $30
Member: $20
Student with Valid ID: $20

Meet at Roosevelt Island Tram Station on Roosevelt Island. 

View a sampling of buildings spanning four centuries on the island formerly known first as Blackwell’s Island, later Welfare Island, and—since 1973—Roosevelt Island. Join us and explore a new community planned by Philip Johnson & John Burgee, the recently completed FDR Four Freedoms Park designed by Louis Kahn in 1973, and the new Cornell Tech campus.  Other highlights include the restored Blackwell farmhouse and Good Shepherd Chapel, James Renwick’s Smallpox Hospital ruins, housing by Johansen & Bhavnani, Sert, Jackson & Associates, and Gruzen Samton, and new Cornell Tech buildings by Morphosis and Weiss/Manfredi. 

Tours will run rain or shine. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Registration is limited to 15; walk-ups are not guaranteed a spot on the tour. Some tours utilize VOX amplification systems; attendees are welcome to bring their personal earbuds.

AIANY GuideKyle Johnson AIA

Please Note: AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.

Please Note: Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Please note that AIANY walking tours are not ADA accessible. However, since accessibility requirements can vary person to person, please email tours@aiany.org prior to purchasing your tickets for more information.

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