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Guided tours of significant buildings in New York City and the Tri-State area are organized by AIA New York Program Committees.

Led by architects, these intimate tours offer greater detail about a given site or building including its initial design and construction. Building tours are an opportunity to see inside some of the city’s most notable new projects and important historical sites that have made a sustained impact on the built environment.

Recent sites have included a tour of the Park Avenue Armory led by its restoration team; Congregation Beit Simchat Torah led by Stephen Cassell of Architecture Research Office; a private tour of NYC’s City Hall led by Richard Southwick of Beyer Blinder Belle; the Cary Leeds Tennis Center led by Peter Gluck of Gluck+; and the East Hampton Library and Guild Hall of East Hampton led by Robert A.M. Stern Architects and LHSA+DP.

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Upcoming Building Tours

Sat, Oct 1 11:00 am

Building of the Day: The Brooklyn Tower

Attendee: $10

This tour is currently sold out. Add yourself to the waitlist.

At 1,066 feet, The Brooklyn Tower is the tallest in the borough. The historic interior of the Brooklyn Dime Savings Bank, an adjoining landmark, will be restored and repurposed as a key retail anchor for the neighborhood, linking Flatbush Avenue and Fulton Street, two of Brooklyn’s defining thoroughfares. The timeless design of the 93-story tower will be accented with a palette of materials selected to evoke without mimicry the bank’s rich City Beautiful detailing.

Architect: SHoP Architects

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. 

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

Sat, Oct 1 3:00 pm

Building of the Day: New York Public Library Van Cortlandt Branch

Attendee: $10

Andrew Berman Architect evaluated the suitability of a 6,500-square-foot vacant building for conversion into a neighborhood branch library. The building had been constructed in 2007 to serve as a group residence. It was never completed or occupied and was in need of significant repair and reconfiguration. Its size and location, however, made it an ideal structure for a new branch library.

Andrew Berman Architect worked with a fast track model to design a comprehensive conversion of this undistinguished building into a welcoming civic structure. The spaces created include a Reading Room, a Community Room, a Teen Room, a Children’s Room and a Conference Room. Part of the original roof was raised in order to create a public scaled, light filled Reading Room. An entirely new entry façade was designed to present a welcoming and public presence to the neighborhood. A new publicly scaled entry plaza and a rear reading garden were designed to better situate the building in its site.

The new library is well integrated in scale, texture and massing with its environment, and is recognized as being a civic and welcoming building.

Architect: Andrew Berman Architect

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. 

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

Mon, Oct 3 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Battery Maritime Building

Attendee: $10

The Battery Maritime Building — a 1909 historic ferry terminal at the southern tip of Manhattan — was once the crown jewel of the New York City waterfront. Marvel was lead architect on the adaptive reuse development of this important structure, crafting an elegantly-modern historically-sensitive conversion into a multi-use event and hospitality venue. Today the 162,000-SF facility is re-activated by its many new uses, providing an economic engine to keep this facility cared-for and in use.

Architect: Marvel
 

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. 
 

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

Tue, Oct 4 11:00 am

Building of the Day: SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

Attendee: $10

This tour is currently sold out. Add yourself to the waitlist.

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt is a four-story observation complex envisioning new ways of inhabiting the skyline. The state-of-the-art promontory offers panoramic views from a collection of multi-sensory viewing and lounge spaces located more than 1,000 feet above Midtown Manhattan. Snohetta's design balances jaw-drop­ping views with a choreographed procession of connective social spaces—includ­ing ample hallways, quiet escalators, and a cozy skyline cafe—to create moments where visitors can gather and pause between curated experiences.

Architect: Snøhetta

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors.

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

Thu, Oct 6 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: City Harvest’s Cohen Community Food Rescue Center

Attendee: $10

In 2022, City Harvest—the first and largest food rescue organization in New York City—moved its food rescue and delivery operations to Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Working with Ennead Architects and Rockwell Group, City Harvest has renovated a historic building that first served as a car house for the Brooklyn Heights Railroad, creating a light-filled, modern space that will enable City Harvest to sustain its work above pre-pandemic levels to serve the millions of New Yorkers who are experiencing food insecurity. The organization has also worked with locally based artists to create custom art within the space reflecting the diversity of the communities City Harvest serves. Rockwell Group was tapped to design a modern demonstration kitchen and event space within the historic building, which also features a state-of-the-art warehouse center and expanded offices designed by Ennead Architects.

Architect: Rockwell Group

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. 

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

Sat, Oct 8 11:00 am

Building of the Day: New York Public Library Charleston Library

Attendee: $10

The Charleston Branch of the New York Public Library is a 10,000 square foot community library inspired by the masonry craft heritage of the community and designed to  operate as a Net Zero high performance facility to meet the City of New York’s aggressive goals of dramatically reducing carbon emission by 2050.

Architect: ikon.5 architects

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. 

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

Sat, Oct 8 3:00 pm

Building of the Day: Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park

Attendee: $10

Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park also boasts spectacular promenade views of the Hudson River, the Palisades and the George Washington Bridge. An educational greenhouse, community garden, two playgrounds, a water splashing area, a delightful kid inspired carousel and a number of picnic areas round out DF Riverbank's many offerings.

Architect: Dattner Architects

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. 

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

Sun, Oct 9 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: The Brant Foundation New York

Attendee: $10

Constructed in the 1920s, this East Village building served as a ConEd substation, as the studio of Walter DeMaria, and now as the New York outpost of the Brant Foundation. The project highlights a century of history—from the original industrial apparatus to contemporary art—in a single space and continues a tradition of inspired creativity for which the East Village is famous. Inside, 7,000 square feet of galleries occupy four levels, each offering a unique experience. NOTE: Artwork may or may not be installed at the time of the tour, TBD.

Architect: Gluckman Tang Architects

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors.

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

Mon, Oct 10 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Covenant House New York

Attendee: $10

Born out of a creative real estate transaction, Covenant House New York sits in the evolving community of Hell’s Kitchen. The building’s design is hand crafted and humanely scaled to contrast with the glass towers surrounding it. At 12 stories, the building is substantial and bold. Natural materials create a secure and welcoming experience. Solidity and transparency are balanced: connections to the city are enhanced from the community spaces, while solidity provides shelter and refuge.

Architect: FXCollaborative

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors.

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

Tue, Oct 11 3:00 pm

Building Tour: One Vanderbilt

AIANY Member: $10
Student with Valid ID: $10
General Public: $20

Join us for a tour of One Vanderbilt, a 93-story supertall skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF). The tour will be led by members of KPF, who will share insight into the inspiration, goals, programing, and strategies for the design of the architectural interiors. Please gather in the Plaza at 2:45pm.

Guides:
Jeffrey A. Kenoff, AIA,
 Principal and Designer, KPF
Nicole McGlinn-Morrison, AIA, Senior Associate Principal and Job Captain, KPF
Rebecca Kent, AIA, Associate Principal and Designer, KPF

About the Guides:

Jeffrey Kenoff was introduced to this project as design principal, with care to the lobby interiors.

Nicole McGlinn-Morrison has been involved through the entire project’s coordination, documentation, and approval process.  She holds an extraordinary amount of insight regarding virtually all elements of the job throughout its life.

Rebecca Kent joined the project in 2017 and has been involved in all aspects of lobby design, documentation, and construction coordination. Specifically brought onto this project to address the lobby design, some of her favorite scopes include the metal filigree feature wall, the metal scallop cassette walls, and the elevator cabs.

Wed, Oct 12 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Waterline Square Park

Attendee: $10

Waterline Square Park is a new civic focal point in an emerging residential district in midtown Manhattan. Organized along the West 60th Street corridor and flanked by the Upper West Side and Hell’s Kitchen neighborhoods, the 2.6 acre park provides a recreational link between Central Park and the parklands along the Hudson River. Waterline Square Park responds to the interface of the Manhattan grid as it meets the expansive edge of the Hudson River. The formality of the surrounding urban grid gives way to Waterline Square Park as it widens out towards the west.

Landscape Architect: MNLA

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. 
 

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

Thu, Oct 13 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Irish Arts Center

Attendee: $10

The Irish Arts Center (IAC) is a home for cultural exchange with Ireland, a place for creation and development of new productions, a venue that supports cross-collaborations between US and Irish artists in many disciplines, and a center for educational programs that serves both the Irish-American and larger community.The renovated and expanded IAC houses a 199-seat flexible theater, rehearsal studio classroom, multi-purpose classroom, exhibit areas, and a café. It provides spaces for collaboration among the creative disciplines of music, theater, dance, film, comedy, literature, and the visual arts. The new theater will be used for drama, spoken word and music, and was designed to provide a flexible and neutral backdrop for set design while retaining a distinct character when used as a music venue.

Architect: Davis Brody Bond
 

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. 
 

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

Sat, Oct 15 10:30 am

Building of the Day: The Carolina

Attendee: $10

The Carolina provides 400 units of critically needed affordable housing to East Harlem. The building seeks to reknit neighborhood street life with residential communities and local organizations through a resilient, sustainable, and dignified design. These new homes aim to build equity in their community and a dynamic, enlivened presence on the street.

Architect: Curtis + Ginsberg Architects

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. 
 

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

Sat, Oct 15 1:00 pm

Building of the Day: Front and York

Attendee: $10

Front & York adapts Dumbo's historic warehouse aesthetic at a grand scale with a contemporary residential reinterpretation. The 1,200,000-square-foot building occupies a full city block, but thoughtful massing reduces its perceived size.

Architect: Morris Adjmi Architects
 

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. 
 

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

Mon, Oct 17 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Higgins Engineering & Science Center

Attendee: $10

The Higgins Engineering & Science Center strengthens the identity of Manhattan College’s South Campus, elevates STEM education with state-of-the-art facilities & creates a new distinct home for Engineering, one of the largest departments at the College.

Architect: Mitchell Giurgola

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. 
 

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

Wed, Oct 19 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Battery Playscape

Attendee: $10

The Battery Playscape sits at the tip of Manhattan where land meets sea, locals meet tourists, and the bustle of the city yields to the presence of nature. The 1.5 acre Playscape responds to the site ecology by interweaving the story of resilience & play.

Architects: BKSK Architects and Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architecture and Planning with SITU Studio

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. 
 

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

Thu, Oct 20 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Pier 57

Attendee: $10

Pier 57 was transformed into a dynamic mixed-use destination that includes office space for google and a new public park. Originally designed by American architect and civil engineer Emil Praeger in the early 1950’s, Pier 57 was the largest dock ever built by the City of New York. It was completed in 1954, built by the New York City Marine and Aviation Department. The pier served as a shipping terminal for a number of years before succumbing to the decline in the city’s maritime industry. It served as a parking garage for the city’s buses for three decades, and had been vacant since 2003. In 2004 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Architect: Handel Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Landscape Architect: !melk

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. 

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

Fri, Oct 21 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Columbia University Business School & The Square

Attendee: $10

This tour is currently sold out. Add yourself to the waitlist.

Columbia Business School’s new home spans approximately 492,000 square feet across two buildings that reflect the fast-paced, high-tech, and highly social character of the business in the 21st century. The two new facilities, Henry R. Kravis Hall and David Geffen Hall, double the School’s current square footage, creating multifunctional spaces that foster a sense of community—spaces where students, faculty, alumni, and practitioners can gather to exchange ideas.

The Square is a 40,000-square-foot public green space at the heart of the new Manhattanville Campus. Situated between the Columbia Business School’s two new buildings, the Square emphasizes accessibility and openness, creating a new kind of urban academic campus that fosters social interaction and collaboration among students, faculty members, alumni, and the neighboring community.

Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro, FXCollaborative
Landscape Architect: James Corner Field Operations

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. 
 

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

Sat, Oct 22 10:00 am

Building of the Day: Brooklyn Public Library Brooklyn Heights Branch

Attendee: $10

Gensler's redesign of the 27,000-square-foot library, the largest branch in Brooklyn, creates a welcoming space for all. Connected by a prominent feature stair, the mezzanine overlooks the ground floor and offers an environment dedicated to teens with a lounge, game room, and young adult books. The lower level houses a children's library, a playful space with modular furniture and a mural, as well as internal offices and a large multipurpose room.

Architect: Gensler

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. 
 

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

Sat, Oct 22 4:00 pm

Building of the Day: Flushing Town Hall

Attendee: $10

Flushing Town Hall (FTH) was built in 1862, in Germany’s Rundbogenstil ("round arch style"), during the Civil War Era; 1938 added a block of jail cells. The front facade features a triple arched portico topped by a classic entablature with low balustrade. As a NYC Landmark (1968) and among theNational Register of Historic Places (1972), FTH is a member of NYC’s Cultural Institutions Group, is a Smithsonian Affiliate, and hosts year-round programs with global arts and cultural programs.

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors.

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

Mon, Oct 24 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Eagle West

Attendee: $10

This tour is currently sold out. Add yourself to the waitlist.

The towers of Eagle + West are carefully crafted as they rise from a single block. The north tower steps back creating sweeping terraces. Reaching toward Manhattan, its partner expands out capturing views in every direction. Defined by the space between, OMA Architects choreographed the buildings to maximize breathtaking views toward Midtown and away from neighbors.

Architect: OMA Architects

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. 
 

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

Wed, Oct 26 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

Attendee: $10

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, located on a nine-acre site within Pelham Bay Park, is an educational resource and cultural destination. The museum is charged with preserving and maintaining the ca. 1836-1842 Greek Revival mansion and carriage house, and more.

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. 
 

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

Thu, Oct 27 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Queens Public Library Steinway Library

Attendee: $10

The design concept for the renovation and expansion is situated in the investigation of "Light and Water." A new glass elevator tower located in the reading garden connects the cellar, first, and second floor as well as acts as a spatial joint of light connecting the interior to the exterior. The steel frame enclosure includes laminated colored glazing that mixes the colors of the sky with the experience of traversing the section of the building. Library users step out of the building and into the reading garden each time they move from one level to next using the elevator.At the interior, the second floor reading rooms and lounge areas are reconfigured to create an open plan whereby new spatial configurations and furnishings "float" on a continuous carpeted sea. The existing ceiling is demolished to expose the existing concrete beams and roof slab and to maximize daylighting effects.

Architect: Mario Gooden Studio

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. 
 

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

Fri, Oct 28 1:00 pm

Building of the Day: Queens Museum Panorama

Attendee: $10

Experience New York City from above without leaving the ground in a special tour of the Panorama of the City of New York at the Queens Museum. Beginning with the 1964 World’s Fair, the Panorama offers a unique historical record marking the city’s urban evolution, history and architectural legacy through its skyline.

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors.

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

Sat, Oct 29 3:00 pm

Building of the Day: Mandala Lab

Attendee: $10

The Mandala Lab is a 2,700-square-foot interactive space for social and emotional learning inspired by the Tibetan Buddhist mandala. The immersive space promotes learning through five though-provoking, playful experiences. Videos, scents, sculpture, and curated percussion instruments guide you along an inner journey focused on self-awareness of others. The project was completed in collaboration with cognitive scientists, Buddhist teachers, contemplative from a diverse group of contemporary multidisciplinary artists.

Architect: Peterson Rich Office

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. 
 

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

Sun, Oct 30 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Hudson Commons

Attendee: $10

This tour is currently sold out. Add yourself to the waitlist.

Hudson Commons is a repositioned office tower that maintains the expression of the neighborhood with new Class-A workspace. KPF renovated the eight-story warehouse and designed a new, 17-story building to rise from the podium. Home to Peloton and Lyft, nearly every level offers outdoor space, the top floor combining its double-height space with a landscaped terrace. By reusing over 85% of the existing structure, the design preserves embodied carbon and reduces the project’s environmental impact.

Architect: KPF

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. 
 

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

Mon, Oct 31 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: David Geffen Hall

Attendee: $10

This tour is currently sold out. Add yourself to the waitlist.

The complete reimagining and transformation of David Geffen Hall reconceives the entire facility within its existing historic facades to create a more welcoming and intimate audience experience. The new concert hall designed by Diamond Schmitt features a curvilinear design with state-of-the-art acoustics and technical capabilities, and the public spaces by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners provide greater opportunities for audience engagement, community-gathering events, and fluid circulation throughout.

Architect: Diamond Schmitt; Todd Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners

This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. 
 

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture, and design festival.

All Archtober sales are final. No refunds available.

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