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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.

Questions or feedback? Contact tours@aiany.org.

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Upcoming Building Tours

Sun, Oct 24 1:00 pm

Building of the Day: Central Library (Brooklyn Public Library)

Attendee: $10

*This event is offered in person; proof of vaccination (for those eligible) and masking are required in order to attend.*

The Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library System is a landmarked 1941 building located at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn.  Since 2009, Toshiko Mori Architect has served as planner and architect for the Central Branch, coordinating a series of key capital projects. These include a strategic re-design of the materials handling system, a contemporary co-working and technology center called the Info Commons, and a new youth services center designed around the growing needs of the borough’s teenage community. 

Architect: Toshiko Mori Architect

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 25 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Moynihan Train Hall

Attendee: $10

*This event is offered in person; proof of vaccination (for those eligible) and masking are required in order to attend. Exact meeting locations will be emailed to attendees the day prior to the tour.*

SOM had a leading role in the design of the monumental civic project to convert McKim, Mead & White’s 1913 Beaux-Arts James A. Farley Post Office into a 21st-century train station. Situated across Eighth Avenue from Pennsylvania Station, the new Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall is a critical part of a redevelopment of the entire Penn Station complex. It anchors the burgeoning development of Manhattan’s Far West Side—creating a public space that offers a tangible link to New York’s grand history while adding much-needed capacity to the region’s rail system.

Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)

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 27 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Daily Paper Store

Attendee: $10

*This event is offered in person; proof of vaccination (for those eligible) and masking are required in order to attend. Exact meeting locations will be emailed to attendees the day prior to the tour.*

Over 13,000 flattened aluminum cans decorate the facade in a beadwork pattern for Dutch fashion label Daily Paper’s inaugural shop in the United States in Manhattan, New York. The two-story Daily Paper store spans 1,140 square feet and occupies a prominent corner building in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The architects subtly incorporated references to the store founders Dutch and African origins in the design. The concept incorporates Africas artistic recycling and creates a gathering place and nod to Afrofuturism in traditional museum style with a contemporary twist. The gables and undulating ceilings emulate the form of those seen on traditional Dutch townhouses. 

Architects: Heather Faulding, 4 Plus Design International, with Dave Tomaselli and Sergio Fernandez, Norwood Technical

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 28 1:00 pm

Building of the Day: The Africa Center

Attendee: Free

The Africa Center is a new museum and cultural institute in New York City. The 70,000 square foot space exists within a residential tower, designed by Robert A.M. Stern, sited at the complex intersection of Museum Mile, East Harlem, and Central Park. This full interior build-out project will occupy the spaces from the ground floor to the third floor. The design concept is motivated by a prompt to create a space that represents a dynamic contemporary African continent, and its future image.

Architect: Caples Jefferson Architects

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. This event is offered virtually; you will receive an email with a Zoom link to access the program. 

Fri, Oct 29 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: 11 Hoyt

Attendee: $10

*This event is offered in person; proof of vaccination (for those eligible) and masking are required in order to attend. Exact meeting locations will be emailed to attendees the day prior to the tour.*

11 Hoyt sets Brooklyn’s new standard for architecture and design. The graceful 57-story tower, offering studio to four-bedroom luxury residences and more than 55,000 square feet of unrivaled indoor and outdoor amenities, is an extraordinary work of architecture and design. A true collaboration among three celebrated world-class firms–architecture by Studio Gang, interiors by Michaelis Boyd Associates, and landscape architecture by Hollander Design–11 Hoyt is a visionary building that looks to the future while drawing inspiration from Brooklyn’s rich architectural history and creative spirit.

Design Architect: Studio Gang

Architect of Record: Hill West

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 30 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Northeast Bronx YMCA

Attendee: $10

*This event is offered in person; proof of vaccination (for those eligible) and masking are required in order to attend. Exact meeting locations will be emailed to attendees the day prior to the tour.*

The NE Bronx YMCA opened to the public on 9/9/2021. Marvel and the YMCA’s newest facility in the Northeast Bronx is a project decades in the making. Community activists and politicians have been working together for over thirty years to create this focal point for the entire neighborhood—a space that would allow all ages to gather, learn, and play. Located alongside NYCHA’s Baychester and Edenwald Houses, this new dynamic YMCA campus took inspiration from the site’s original forested land. A glass corridor seamlessly connects the three main pavilions, which are all situated around a central courtyard, preserving and celebrating the existing trees that enhance this unique building in a natural gesture. The YMCA building also includes two swimming pools, a gymnasium, wellness center, teaching kitchen, rooftop garden, childcare, group exercise studios, and sub-dividable community and multipurpose rooms. The outcome of a holistic design and construction process, the new YMCA both nurtures its occupants and touches the earth lightly, providing a shining example of the good that can come when our leaders, institutions, and community work together.  

Architect: MARVEL 

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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