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AIA New York is currently offering a limited number of virtual and in-person walking tours. Please check back regularly for new additions, as we hope to expand our offerings into the summer and fall. See our current health and safety policies for in-person tours here. Please email tours@aiany.org with any questions.

AIA New York organizes over 20 a number of 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.

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Upcoming Walking Tours

Sat, Nov 13 1:00 pm

In-Person Tour: Madison Avenue, High Fashion and Historic Preservation

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public and AIA Members: $20

Meet at the Madison Avenue BID offices: THIRD FLOOR, 29 East 61 Street, New York, NY 10065

Join AIANY and the Madison Avenue BID as we set out in person to discover the history behind Madison Avenue’s landmark buildings, and explore how high-fashion retail has been incorporated into the district to create a world famous shopping destination. The area evolved from brownstones built in the 1870s and 1880s to lavish Beaux Arts townhouses by celebrated architects such as McKim, Mead & White, Carrère & Hastings, and Ernest Flagg, to luxury apartment buildings designed by Rosario Candela, Emery Roth, and others. Since early in the 20th century, many of those historic residential buildings have been transformed to accommodate prestigious stores. The tour will examine architecture from 1870 to the present on and near Madison in the East 60s and 70s, an area entirely within the Upper East Side Historic District, and consider how landmark designation has preserved the avenue’s distinctive character.

This monthly tour is offered in partnership with the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District (BID), a public-private partnership established in 1996, with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for the community and its visitors. The BID focuses on public safety, sanitation, promotion and advocacy for the district—striving to make Madison Avenue a more attractive and dynamic place in which to shop, live, work and visit.

AIANY Guide: John Arbuckle, Assoc. 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:

  • Face masks will be required for all during the introductory remarks inside the Madision Avenue BID offices. Once outside, vaccinated individuals may remove masks. In accordance with CDC guidelines, unvacccincated guests must please wear a mask throughout the tour. 
  • Maintaining six feet of distance from the guide and anyone not in your party is strongly encouraged.

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.

Fri, Nov 19 8:00 am

Design and Practice Exchange: Navigating the (Post) Pandemic Terrain

Attendee: Free

The Design + Practice Exchange (DPE) is a one-and-a-half-day symposium of compelling conversations and design presentations centering on the voices of women in architecture, co-hosted by the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee and the Boston Society for Architecture Women in Design. This year’s theme is “Navigating the [Post] Pandemic Design Terrain.”

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the design field dramatically. From workplace wellness to economics to shifting design criteria, our practices have been directly impacted, forcing us to evolve in ways we could not have foreseen. The DPE will reflect on lessons learned from the pandemic and explore ideas for more equitable, resilient, and socially and environmentally sustainable practices.

Day 1 will feature a keynote presentation, a design panel, and a conversation reflecting the theme, followed by an afternoon of roundtable discussions focusing on four pillars: Design & Leadership, Workplace Culture, Professional Practice & Development, and Advocacy and Activism.

Day 2 will feature a walking tour highlighting women-designed projects in architecture and landscape architecture. To celebrate women’s contribution to the New York City built environment, the Design & Practice Exchange will take you on a journey to learn about some of the most notable structures in the Big Apple.

The goal of the DPE is to advance and promote women leaders of all racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds in architecture and the allied design and building industries. The event is open to people of all gender identities.

DAY 1:

MORNING SESSION | Design Presentations: “Navigating the [Post] Pandemic Design Terrain”

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Networking Breakfast 

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Opening Remarks & Introductions

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM
Keynote: “[Post] Pandemic Design Insights”
Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA, Founding Principal, Selldorf Architects

9:45 AM – 9:55 AM
Q&A

9:55 AM – 10:05 AM
Break 

10:05 AM – 10:50 AM
Design + Practice Exchange Panel: “[Post] Pandemic Lessons Learned: Design Practice”

New York Panelists:
Arthi Krishnamoorthy, AIA, Deborah Berke Partners
Maha Sabra, AIA, Perkins & Will

Boston Panelists:
Natasha Espada, AIA, Studio Enee
Ann Beha FAIA, Ann Beha Architects

Moderator:
Nicole Hollant-Denis, AIA, Aaris Design Studios

10:50 AM – 11:00 AM
Q&A 

11:00 AM – 11:10 AM
Break 

11:10 AM – 11:50 AM
In Dialogue With…Billie Tsien, FAIA & Carole Wedge, FAIA: “[Post]Pandemic: Reflections” 
Billie Tsien, FAIA, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners
Carole Wegde, FAIA, Principal, Shepley Bullfinch

11:50 AM – 12:00 PM
Q&A 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Networking Lunch 

AFTERNOON SESSION | Roundtable Discussions: “Navigating the [Post] Pandemic Practice”

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Topics:

  • Design & Leadership
  • Workplace Culture
  • Professional Practice & Development
  • Advocacy & Activism

Format:

1. There will be four tables of approximately ten people with two stationary facilitators: one from NYC and one from Boston.
2. Each table will focus on one discussion topic
3. There will be four 45-minute sessions, with a 10-minute break between sessions.
4. Participants will rotate tables for each session, participating in all four topics
5. At the close of the final session, facilitator pairs will present the main issues in a “pass the mic” informal wrap-up

NETWORKING RECEPTION
The National Arts Club | 15 Gramercy Park S

5:30 – 7:00 PM

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DAY 2: WOMEN DESIGN PROJECTS GUIDED WALKING TOUR

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Featured Projects:

9:30AM – 10:15 AM
MoMA | 11 W 53rd Street
Zoe Small, AIA, LEEDB+C, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Fifth Avenue

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library | 455 5th Avenue
Kerry Nolan, AIA, Beyer Blinder Belle

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Bryant Park to #7 Subway

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM
34th Street Subway Station
Beth Greenberg, FAIA, Dattner Architects

11:45 am – 12:00 pm
Hudson Yards
Tour Guide (TBC)

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm 15
Hudson Yards (15-min tour)
Holly Deichmann, AIA, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm
The Shed
Andrea Schelly, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm
The High Line
Holly Deichmann, AIA, Diller Scofidio + Rentro

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm
David Zwirner Gallery | 525 W 19th Street
Sara Lopergolo, FAIA, Selldorf Architects

*Note: Please allow 15 to 30 minutes of buffer time to the proposed itinerary due to the duration of transfer from each project site

*Total credits depend on how many sessions individuals attend. Maximum Possible AIA CES (Pending)

This event is offered in person; proof of vaccination (for those 12 and over) with photo ID and masking are required to attend. Food and beverages will be served. Masks are recommended when not actively consuming food and beverages. Read our full Health and Safety Protocol here

Sat, Dec 11 1:00 pm

In-Person Tour: Madison Avenue, High Fashion and Historic Preservation

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public and AIA Members: $20

Meet at the Madison Avenue BID offices: THIRD FLOOR, 29 East 61 Street, New York, NY 10065

Join AIANY and the Madison Avenue BID as we set out in person to discover the history behind Madison Avenue’s landmark buildings, and explore how high-fashion retail has been incorporated into the district to create a world famous shopping destination. The area evolved from brownstones built in the 1870s and 1880s to lavish Beaux Arts townhouses by celebrated architects such as McKim, Mead & White, Carrère & Hastings, and Ernest Flagg, to luxury apartment buildings designed by Rosario Candela, Emery Roth, and others. Since early in the 20th century, many of those historic residential buildings have been transformed to accommodate prestigious stores. The tour will examine architecture from 1870 to the present on and near Madison in the East 60s and 70s, an area entirely within the Upper East Side Historic District, and consider how landmark designation has preserved the avenue’s distinctive character.

This monthly tour is offered in partnership with the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District (BID), a public-private partnership established in 1996, with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for the community and its visitors. The BID focuses on public safety, sanitation, promotion and advocacy for the district—striving to make Madison Avenue a more attractive and dynamic place in which to shop, live, work and visit.

AIANY Guide: John Arbuckle, Assoc. 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:

  • Face masks will be required for all during the introductory remarks inside the Madision Avenue BID offices. Once outside, vaccinated individuals may remove masks. In accordance with CDC guidelines, unvacccincated guests must please wear a mask throughout the tour. 
  • Maintaining six feet of distance from the guide and anyone not in your party is strongly encouraged.

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.

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:

  • This tour will be conducted outside; masks are optional for vaccinated individuals. In accordance with CDC guidelines, unvaccinated guests must wear a mask throughout the tour.
  • Maintaining six feet of distance from the guide and anyone not in your party is strongly encouraged.

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. Please note that this tour will take place completely outdoors, and tour groups will be limited to 10 people or fewer.

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

Accessibility
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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