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AIA New York organizes several different walking tours throughout Manhattan and the boroughs, with a special focus on modern and contemporary architecture. Expert guides, all members of AIA New York, 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.

Questions? Email tours@aiany.org.

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Upcoming Walking Tours

Sat, Oct 8 12:00 pm

Walking Tour: Architecture Power Hour Around Washington Square

Member: $20
General Public: $20

Meet at the Washington Square Arch in Washington Square Park.

With a wealth of impressive New York City architecture to explore, it can be hard to know where to begin. Look no further than AIA New York's newest tour, Walking Tour: Architecture Power Hour Around Washington Square.

This one-hour walking tour, led by expert AIANY guides, begins at the Washington Square Arch, a Roman-inspired marble monument built during the Gilded Age. The route then heads south to explore various buildings, many of which are owned by NYU. Throughout, we’ll explore the basics of design vocabulary and architectural styles through structures concluding at I.M. Pei’s Silver Towers and Picasso’s concrete Sylvette sculpture. This power hour will expose you to a variety of architectural movements, including Greek Revival, City Beautiful, and Modernism, while exploring the sites of key land use battles during the city's urban renewal period.

AIANY Guide: Tim Hayduk

Health and Safety Guidelines:

The safety and comfort of our guides and guests is our number one priority. By registering for this tour, you acknowledge and agree to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination (for attendees 6 months and up) with photo ID for adults is required to attend.
  • Face masks are encouraged for all visitors.

Failure to follow these guidelines may result in your guide requesting that you kindly leave the tour group. Refunds will not be provided for tours canceled due to a failure to comply with safety guidelines. 

AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs. Tour is limited to 15 attendees. Walkups cannot be guaranteed a spot on the tour. 

Cancellation Policy: 
AIANY Walking Tours take place rain or shine, please dress for the weather. There are no refunds, cancellations, or exchanges, unless we cancel a tour. 

Sat, Oct 8 10:30 am

Walking Tour: The Architecture of Bryant Park

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
AIANY Member: $20
General Public: $20

Meet at NE Corner of Fifth Avenue and East 40th Street under the canopy.  Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the tour.

Before Bryant Park became New York’s “Living Room” and home to the New York Public Library, this open space served as a potter’s field, a reservoir for the Croton Water System, and the site of the Crystal Palace Exhibition. During the Great Depression, Robert Moses implemented a sweeping new landscape plan. Following a decline in the social and physical conditions in the 1970’s the park underwent a major transformation completed in 1990 designed by Hanna/Olin. Today, Bryant Park, one of the premier outdoor spaces of Manhattan, serves as a model for public and private revitalization. This walking tour will explore the architecture lining the perimeter of the park which offers a timeline of the development of Midtown. Key projects include the New York Public Library by Carrère and Hastings, the Radiator Building by Howells and Hood, One Bryant Park by Cook + Fox, the Grace Building by SOM, and Bryant Condominiums and Hotel by David Chipperfield. Urban and architectural issues will be discussed, including NYC zoning law, business improvements districts, and the evolution of skyscraper design.

AIANY Guide: Joseph Lengeling, AIA

Health and Safety Guidelines:

The safety and comfort of our guides and guests is our number one priority. By registering for this tour, you acknowledge and agree to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination (for attendees 6 months and up) with photo ID for adults is required to attend.
  • Face masks are encouraged for all visitors.

Failure to follow these guidelines may result in your guide requesting that you kindly leave the tour group. Refunds will not be provided for tours canceled due to a failure to comply with safety guidelines. 

AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs. Tour is limited to 12 attendees. Walkups cannot be guaranteed a spot on the tour. 

Cancellation Policy: 
AIANY Walking Tours take place rain or shine, please dress for the weather. There are no refunds, cancellations, or exchanges, unless we cancel a tour. 

Sat, Oct 8 1:00 pm

Walking Tour: FiDi’s Skyscrapers, Plazas, and the Impact of Zoning

2.5 LU / 2.5 HSW
AIANY Member: $20
General Public: $20

Meet at the Southwest corner of Broadway and Rector 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 variety of public spaces generated by zoning incentives to make the congested neighborhood more pedestrian-friendly, including “Skid(more) Row,” featuring Chase Manhattan Plaza, 140 Broadway, and One Liberty Plaza. The effect of zoning on the shape of skyscrapers will also be discussed, as will the conversion of many of these skyscrapers for residential use. Highlights include buildings by SOM, Kevin Roche, Philip Johnson, Davis Brody, and Tsao & McKown, among others. Downtown Manhattan’s signature spires of the 1930s will also be viewed en route. 

AIANY Guide: Kyle Johnson, AIA

Health and Safety Guidelines:

The safety and comfort of our guides and guests is our number one priority. By registering for this tour, you acknowledge and agree to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination (for attendees 6 months and up), with photo ID for adults is required to attend.
  • Face masks are encouraged for all visitors.

Failure to follow these guidelines may result in your guide requesting that you kindly leave the tour group. Refunds will not be provided for tours canceled due to a failure to comply with safety guidelines. 

AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs. Tour is limited to 15 attendees. Walkups cannot be guaranteed a spot on the tour. 

Sun, Oct 9 1:00 pm

Walking Tour: Creating a New Neighborhood at Battery Park City

2.5 LU / 2.5 HSW
General Public: $20
Member: $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 Park (Mary Miss, et al) and the Irish Hunger Memorial (Brian Tolle, et al). 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. 

AIANY Guide: Kyle Johnson, AIA

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Health and Safety Guidelines:

The safety and comfort of our guides and guests is our number one priority. By registering for this tour, you acknowledge and agree to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination (for attendees 6 months and up) with photo ID for adults is required to attend.
  • Face masks are encouraged for all visitors.

Failure to follow these guidelines may result in your guide requesting that you kindly leave the tour group. Refunds will not be provided for tours canceled due to a failure to comply with safety guidelines. 

AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs. Tour is limited to 15 attendees. Walkups cannot be guaranteed a spot on the tour. 

Cancellation Policy: 
AIANY Walking Tours take place rain or shine, please dress for the weather. There are no refunds, cancellations, or exchanges, unless we cancel a tour. 

Sat, Oct 15 1:00 pm

Walking Tour: Contemporary Architecture and Historic Landmarks in NoHo

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public: $20
AIANY Member: $20

Meet at the South Facade of the Cooper Union Foundation Building at 7 East 7th Street, between Cooper Square and The Bowery

The rich and diverse architectural context of NoHo’s Historic Districts continues to inspire innovative contemporary design, with the highly crafted execution of many of the recent buildings in the neighborhood showing reverence for earlier masterworks. Tour highlights include Morphosis’ Cooper Union Engineering Building, Herzog & de Meuron’s 40 Bond Street, DDG Partners’ 41 Bond Street, and Selldorf Architects' 10 Bond Street. Also encountered is a fine group of 19th-century landmarks, including the Cooper Union Foundation Building, Astor Library (now the Public Theater), and the De Vinne Press, all of which grappled to find the appropriate architectural language for taller buildings so clearly illustrated by Louis Sullivan’s Bayard-Condict Building. Along the route, a discussion of technological and stylistic breakthroughs, including the transition from masonry load bearing to steel frame construction and the appearance of more varied cladding materials, will tie the tour’s sites together.

AIANY Guide: Alex McLean, AIA

Health and Safety Guidelines:

The safety and comfort of our guides and guests is our number one priority. By registering for this tour, you acknowledge and agree to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination (for attendees 6 months and up) with photo ID for adults is required to attend.
  • Face masks are encouraged for all visitors.

Failure to follow these guidelines may result in your guide requesting that you kindly leave the tour group. Refunds will not be provided for tours canceled due to a failure to comply with safety guidelines. 

AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs. Tour is limited to 15 attendees. Walkups cannot be guaranteed a spot on the tour. 

Cancellation Policy: 
AIANY Walking Tours take place rain or shine, please dress for the weather. There are no refunds, cancellations, or exchanges, unless we cancel a tour. 

Sun, Oct 16 1:00 pm

Walking Tour: The Changing Face of North Midtown and Crosstown Below the Park

2.5 LU / 2.5 HSW
Member: $20
General Public: $20

Meet at the North side of Pulitzer Fountain in Grand Army Plaza, near Fifth Ave. & 59th St., across from the Plaza Hotel. 

Much of the new construction in Midtown Manhattan has been, and continues to be, near the south end of Central Park. This tour will traverse North Midtown from Grand Army Plaza to Columbus Circle, viewing buildings by Norman Foster, Christian de Portzamparc, SOM, Robert A. M. Stern, Cesar Pelli, Edward Larrabee Barnes, Helmut Jahn, and I. M. Pei, as well as historic structures by Henry Hardenbergh, Warren & Wetmore, and Cass Gilbert.  New and forthcoming super tall residential towers will be included.   

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

Health and Safety Guidelines:

The safety and comfort of our guides and guests is our number one priority. By registering for this tour, you acknowledge and agree to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination (for attendees 6 months and up) with photo ID for adults is required to attend.
  • Face masks are encouraged for all visitors.

Failure to follow these guidelines may result in your guide requesting that you kindly leave the tour group. Refunds will not be provided for tours canceled due to a failure to comply with safety guidelines. 

AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs. Tour is limited to 15 attendees. Walkups cannot be guaranteed a spot on the tour. 

Cancellation Policy: 
AIANY Walking Tours take place rain or shine, please dress for the weather. There are no refunds, cancellations, or exchanges, unless we cancel a tour. 

Sat, Oct 22 10:00 am

Walking Tour: Historic Buildings and New Interventions in SoHo

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public: $20
AIANY Member: $20

Meet at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Pl New York, NY 10012

The SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District, created in 1973, is dominated by remarkably intact mid-19th century architecture. Originally designed for both commercial and manufacturing uses, most of these buildings have been adapted for residential use. Meanwhile, over the last three decades, several entirely new buildings have been approved by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission as “appropriate" for inclusion within the district.

This tour looks at these recent buildings as well as significant historic sites to examine a range of design strategies—some highly contextual and others more interpretive—for historic districts. The following buildings are included, among many others: Scholastic Building by Aldo Rossi, 40 Mercer by Jean Nouvel, 529 Broadway by BKSK, 27 Wooster by KPF, XOCO 325 by DDG, the 1857 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.

AIANY Guide: Arthur Platt, AIA

Health and Safety Guidelines:

The safety and comfort of our guides and guests is our number one priority. By registering for this tour, you acknowledge and agree to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination (for attendees 6 months and up) with photo ID for adults is required to attend.
  • Face masks are encouraged for all visitors.

Failure to follow these guidelines may result in your guide requesting that you kindly leave the tour group. Refunds will not be provided for tours canceled due to a failure to comply with safety guidelines.

AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs. Tour is limited to 15 attendees. Walkups cannot be guaranteed a spot on the tour.

Cancellation Policy: 
AIANY Walking Tours take place rain or shine, please dress for the weather. There are no refunds, cancellations, or exchanges, unless we cancel a tour.

Sat, Oct 22 10:00 am

Project Tour: African Burial Ground National Monument with Nicole Hollant-Denis

1.5 LU
AIANY Member: $5
Student with Valid ID: $5
General Public: $10
nycoba/NOMA: $5

Learn about the symbolic design behind the African Burial Ground National Monument in a special project tour led by Nicole Hollant-Denis, AIA. The architect will explain the significance of this national monument and how it commemorates the sacred site with contemplative spaces that allow visitors to reflect on its history and meaning. The structure physically, spiritually, ritualistically, and psychologically defines the location of the historic re-interment of remains and artifacts. This event is a follow-up to Hollant-Denis’s design presentation from February 2022. Space is limited, so sign up now!

Speakers:
Nicole Hollant-Denis, AIA, Founding Principal, Aaris Design Architects

About the Speakers:
Nicole Hollant-Denis has a reputation for creating distinctive living and environmental spaces. The founder and principal of Aaris Design Architects in New York City, Hollant-Denis’s 25+ year career in architecture and design has ranged from aviation design to cultural heritage memorials and permanent hurricane- and earthquake-safe housing in Haiti. Hollant-Denis and her design team are proud winners of the NOMA Design Excellence Honor Award for the African Burial Ground National Monument in downtown Manhattan. Hollant-Denis studied architecture at Cornell University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design and lives with her husband and two daughters in New York.

This event is offered in person COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. Read our full Health and Safety Protocol here.

Sun, Oct 23 1:00 pm

Walking Tour: Roosevelt Island, New Town, Cornell Tech, & Four Freedoms Park

General Public and AIA Members: $20

Meet at Roosevelt Island Tram Station on Roosevelt Island. 

View a sampling of buildings spanning four centuries on the island first as Blackwell’s Island, later Welfare Island, and—since 1973—Roosevelt Island. Join us as we explore a community planned by Philip Johnson and 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 Snøhetta, Morphosis, and Weiss/Manfredi. 

GuideKyle Johnson, AIA

Health and Safety Guidelines:

The safety and comfort of our guides and guests is our number one priority. By registering for this tour, you acknowledge and agree to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination (for attendees 6 months and up) with photo ID for adults is required to attend.
  • Face masks are encouraged for all visitors.

Failure to follow these guidelines may result in your guide requesting that you kindly leave the tour group. Refunds will not be provided for tours canceled due to a failure to comply with safety guidelines. 

AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Tour is limited to 15 attendees. Walkups cannot be guaranteed a spot on the tour. 

Cancellation Policy: 
AIANY Walking Tours take place rain or shine, please dress for the weather. There are no refunds, cancellations, or exchanges, unless we cancel a tour. 

 

Sat, Oct 29 1:00 pm

Walking Tour: Midtown Modernism along the Park Avenue Corridor

2.5 LU / 2.5 HSW
General Public and AIA Members: $20

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

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

AIANY Guide: Kyle Johnson, AIA

Health and Safety Guidelines:

The safety and comfort of our guides and guests is our number one priority. By registering for this tour, you acknowledge and agree to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination (for attendees 6 months and up) with photo ID for adults is required to attend.
  • Face masks are encouraged for all visitors.

Failure to follow these guidelines may result in your guide requesting that you kindly leave the tour group. Refunds will not be provided for tours canceled due to a failure to comply with safety guidelines. 

AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs. Tour is limited to 15 attendees. Walkups cannot be guaranteed a spot on the tour. 

Cancellation Policy: 
AIANY Walking Tours take place rain or shine, please dress for the weather. There are no refunds, cancellations, or exchanges, unless we cancel a tour. 

Sun, Oct 30 10:30 am

Walking Tour: The Architecture of Park Avenue South

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public: $20
AIANY Member: $20

Meet inside the atrium space of the Philip Morris building at the SW corner of 42nd Street and Park Avenue.

Park Avenue below Grand Central Terminal and Park Avenue South (formerly Fourth Avenue) pass through the historic neighborhoods of Murray Hill and Rose Hill and the more recently named Flatiron and NoMad districts. Once the insurance row of Manhattan, today these neighborhoods feature a lively mix of commercial, residential, and institutional uses, including transformed Class B office buildings and recent ground-up additions.

Within this corridor lies an encyclopedia of the architecture of New York City. Charles Follen McKim, Stanford White, and James Renwick Jr. prominently represent the 19th Century, while projects by Cass Gilbert, Ely Jacques Kahn, and Harvey Wiley Corbett usher in the first forty years of the 20th Century. Contemporary work by Ennead Architects, Michael Graves, Renzo Piano, Pelli Clarke Pelli, Christian de Portzamparc, Gwathmey Siegel, and Kohn Pedersen Fox are also highlighted on the avenues and adjacent blocks.    
  
This tour examines urban design and architectural issues in Park Avenue South, including NYC zoning, the Manhattan grid, POPs bonus plazas, Class A and Class B office buildings, and façade organizing principles.

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: Joseph Lengeling, AIA

Health and Safety Guidelines:

The safety and comfort of our guides and guests is our number one priority. By registering for this tour, you acknowledge and agree to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination (for attendees 6 months and up) with photo ID for adults is required to attend.
  • Face masks are encouraged for all visitors.

Failure to follow these guidelines may result in your guide requesting that you kindly leave the tour group. Refunds will not be provided for tours canceled due to a failure to comply with safety guidelines. 

AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs. Tour is limited to 15 attendees. Walkups cannot be guaranteed a spot on the tour. 

Cancellation Policy: 
AIANY Walking Tours take place rain or shine, please dress for the weather. There are no refunds, cancellations, or exchanges, unless we cancel a tour. 

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AIANY Walking tours take place rain or shine, please dress for the weather. There are no refunds, cancellations, or exchanges, unless we cancel a tour.

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

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