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June 20-23, New York City

In 1857, thirteen architects met in New York to form an organization to promote architects and architecture. The AIA was born. Ten years later, the AIA held its first annual convention in New York. Don’t miss the event’s return to its birthplace! AIA New York and the Center for Architecture are planning dozens of tours and events that will bring you to every borough—by boat, bike, bus, subway, and on foot.

We’ll bring you to skyscrapers and storefronts, museums and manufacturing hubs, islands and tunnels, monuments, parks, and more. What better way to experience NYC than guided by local architects? See you in New York!

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Frequently Asked Questions

You can always email us at a_18@aiany.org if you can't find the information you need here.

Q: When is it?
June 20-23, 2018. Registration opens at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Wednesday, June 20. Tours and educational sessions start on Wednesday, June 20, and will continue through Saturday, June 23. The conference will be held at Javits, Midtown Hilton, and the New School.

Q: How do I register? And where can I find the conference schedule?
Visit the conference website at conferenceonarchitecture.com.

Q: How can I learn about educational sessions or change my schedule?
Please refer all questions to the conference website; the national AIA organization handles this.

Q: How do I book a hotel?
Please refer to the conference website.

Q: How do I book a booth on the expo floor?
Please refer to the conference website.

Q: I have questions about tours.
AIA New York organized many tours, which are visible on the conference website and are available now (you must register for A’18 first). AIANY performed an open call for members to propose tours and we have organized many on our own; unfortunately it is too late to organize any additional tours. Contact Cathy Lang Ho at a_18@aiany.org with any further questions.

Q: What else is happening during the conference?
The Center for Architecture will feature the exhibitions New Practices New York 2018, 2018 AIANY Design Awards, Zero Waste Design Guidelines, and an Ennead-sponsored show dedicated to James Stewart Polshek, the AIA Gold Medalist this year.

Q: I want to organize an event. How do I get it listed in the conference program?
AIANY is producing a city guide with an events calendar. Please email A_18@aiany.org to learn more about being featured.

Q: How can I learn more about sponsorship opportunities?
Please email Jesse Lazar, Deputy Director, AIANY, at jlazar@aiany.org.

Volunteering at A'18

As host chapter, AIA New York is looking for volunteers to help with tours, symposium check-in, and in various capacities throughout the conference.

If you would be interested in helping, please email us at a_18@aiany.org with a little information about yourself and your particular interests.

  • We need volunteers who have editorial/writing/research skills to help with the publication of the city guide; this work is happening now.
  • We need some people who would like to be trained as tour guides (those with a history background or experience as docents is preferred); we start guide training this spring.
  • We need volunteers to staff desks and to act as tour chaperones and check-in badge scanners. We can send you a link to sign up for these jobs.
  • AIANY is organizing a Day of Service during convention, which will bring volunteers to work for one day (Sat, June 23) at a homeless shelter. Email Kavitha Matthews to learn how to get involved: kmathew@aiany.org.

Benefits of Volunteering

Option 1: Serve for a minimum of 5 hours to receive a non-transferrable 1-day pass to the Architecture Expo, Keynotes, and Education Sessions. Optional ticketed workshops, tours, and events are not included in this registration, but may be purchased separately.

Option 2: Serve for a minimum of 10 hours to receive a non-transferrable full 3-day conference registration with access to the Architecture Expo, Keynotes, and Education Sessions. Optional ticketed workshops, tours, and events are not included in this registration, but may be purchased separately.


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