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AIA New York offers over 20 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.

Walking tours are currently offered on weekends in April through November. Questions or feedback? Contact tours@aiany.org.

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Upcoming Walking Tours

Fri, Sep 27 12:00 pm

Architecture Power Hour: Exploring the Washington Square Neighborhood

Member: $10
General Public: $15

Meet at the Washington Square Arch in Washington Square Park.

With a wealth of impressive NYC architecture to explore, it is hard to know where to begin. Look no further than AIANY’s new tour: Architecture Power Hour: Exploring the Washington Square Neighborhood.

The one-hour walking tour, led by expert AIANY guides, begins at the Washington Square Arch, a Roman-inspired marble monument from NYC’s 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, 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 also exploring the sites of key land use battles during the City’s urban renewal period.

Guests are encouraged to conclude their tour with a visit to the adjacent Center for Architecture, the leading cultural venue for architecture and the built environment in New York City. And if one hour leaves you wanting more, AIANY offers over 20 different regularly-scheduled walking tours of NYC’s neighborhoods and urban spaces. Visit our website for the latest schedule and for additional details.

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

This tour will also be offered on Friday, October 4, and Saturday, October 12, 2019.

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

Sat, Sep 28 10:30 am

Modern Architecture & Adaptive Re-Use in the West Village & Meatpacking District

2.5 LU / 2.5 HSW
General Public: $30
Member: $20
Student with Valid ID: $20

Meet at corner of Macdougal St. and Macdougal Alley (between W. 8th St. & Waverly Pl.), across from Tenth Church of Christ, Scientist. 

Discover lesser-known examples of Modern architecture, some stunning new buildings, and creative examples of adaptive re-use in the West Village and Meatpacking District.  Included are buildings designed by Joseph Urban, Albert Ledner, Edgar Tafel, Paul Rudolph, Hugh Hardy, Kohn Pedersen Fox, SOM, SHoP, Morris Adjmi, Selldorf Architects, WORKac, BKSK, DDG and others.  Several interiors are included.  

Tours will run rain or shine. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. THIS TOUR IS SOLD OUT; unfortunately we cannot accept walk-ups.

AIANY GuideKyle Johnson AIA

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sun, Sep 29 10:30 am

In the Wake of the High Line: Far West Village & Hudson Square

2.5 LU / 2.5 HSW
General Public: $30
Member: $20
Student with Valid ID: $20

Meet in the plaza between the Whitney Museum and the south end of High Line Park. 

With the departure of commercial shipping and related activity from the Hudson River waterfront, the demolition of portions of the High Line and the creation of Hudson River Park have generated opportunities for extensive new development.

View a variety of new architecture in areas formerly served by now-demolished sections of the High Line, as well as parts of Hudson River Park. Included are buildings designed by Richard Meier, Herzog & de Meuron, Annabelle Selldorf, Robert A. M. Stern, Dattner Architects, and WXY, among others. 

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

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Fri, Oct 4 12:00 pm

Architecture Power Hour: Exploring the Washington Square Neighborhood

Member: $10
General Public: $15

Meet at the Washington Square Arch in Washington Square Park.

With a wealth of impressive NYC architecture to explore, it is hard to know where to begin. Look no further than AIANY’s new tour: Architecture Power Hour: Exploring the Washington Square Neighborhood.

The one-hour walking tour, led by expert AIANY guides, begins at the Washington Square Arch, a Roman-inspired marble monument from NYC’s 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, 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 also exploring the sites of key land use battles during the City’s urban renewal period.

Guests are encouraged to conclude their tour with a visit to the adjacent Center for Architecture, the leading cultural venue for architecture and the built environment in New York City. And if one hour leaves you wanting more, AIANY offers over 20 different regularly-scheduled walking tours of NYC’s neighborhoods and urban spaces. Visit our website for the latest schedule and for additional details.

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 GuideArthur Platt AIA

This tour will also be offered on Saturday, October 12, 2019.

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

Sat, Oct 5 1:00 pm

Madison Avenue: High Fashion and Historic Preservation

2.0 LU
General Public and AIA Members: $20

Meet at the Madison Avenue BID offices, 29 East 61 Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10065.

Join AIANY and the Madison Avenue BID as we 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 twentieth 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. This tour will be offered again on November 2 and will continue on a monthly basis into 2020.

AIANY Guide: John Arbuckle, Assoc. AIA

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sat, Oct 5 10:30 am

The Architecture of Bryant Park

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public: $25
Member: $15
Student with Valid ID: $15

Meet at NE Corner of Fifth Avenue and East 40th Street, under the canopy of BCBGMaxazria.

Before Bryant Park became New York’s “Living Room” and home to the New York Public Library, it served as a potter’s field, reservoir for the Croton water system, and the site for 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 1970s and 1980s, a major transformation designed by Hanna/Olin was completed in 1990. Today, this successful public and private initiative serves as a model for other open spaces in New York and beyond.

The architecture lining the perimeter of Bryant Park presents a microcosm of the development of Midtown. Keynote projects include the NY Public Library by Carrère and Hastings, the Radiator Building by Hood and Foulihoux, One Bryant Park by Cook+Fox, the Grace Building by SOM, and the Bryant Condominiums and Hotel by David Chipperfield. Numerous support buildings contribute to the overall context completing the urban design and the architectural story of the park.

Urban design and architectural issues will be discussed including NYC zoning, business improvement districts, the evolution of skyscraper design, and how good design and public programming have ameliorated difficult conditions and helped shape an oasis in the crowded city. 

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

This tour will be offered again on November 23, 2019.

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sun, Oct 6 11:00 am

No Mean Streets: New Architecture in and Around NoLIta

General Public: $20
Member: $10
Student: $10

Meet at NE corner of Broadway & Houston St., in front of subway entrance.

CES: 1.5 LU pending

This once gritty neighborhood now dubbed NoLIta (North of Little Italy)—and its busy boundary streets, particularly Houston and Bowery—have been sprouting new developments including art galleries, hotels and residential buildings. Architectural highlights include SANAA’s New Museum, Norman Foster’s Sperone Westwater Gallery, and buildings by Tadao Ando, Herzog & de Meuron, Toshiko Mori, and SHoP, among others.

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

This tour will be offered again on November 23, 2019.

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sat, Oct 12 12:00 pm

Architecture Power Hour: Exploring the Washington Square Neighborhood

General Public: $15
Member: $10

Meet at the Washington Square Arch in Washington Square Park.

With a wealth of impressive NYC architecture to explore, it is hard to know where to begin. Look no further than AIANY’s new tour: Architecture Power Hour: Exploring the Washington Square Neighborhood.

The one-hour walking tour, led by expert AIANY guides, begins at the Washington Square Arch, a Roman-inspired marble monument from NYC’s 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, 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 also exploring the sites of key land use battles during the City’s urban renewal period.

Guests are encouraged to conclude their tour with a visit to the adjacent Center for Architecture, the leading cultural venue for architecture and the built environment in New York City. And if one hour leaves you wanting more, AIANY offers over 20 different regularly-scheduled walking tours of NYC’s neighborhoods and urban spaces. Visit our website for the latest schedule and for additional details.

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: Tim Hayduk

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

Sat, Oct 12 10:00 am

NoHo: Contemporary Architecture Amidst Historic Landmarks

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public: $25
Member: $15
Student with Valid ID: $15

Meet at the south facade of the Cooper Union Foundation Building, between Cooper Square & Bowery/3rd Ave.

PLEASE NOTE: This tour uses content presented on our previously-titled Architecture on Cooper Square, Bond Street, Lafayette Street, and the Bowery tour.

The rich and diverse architectural context of NoHo’s Historic Districts continues to inspire innovative contemporary design. The highly-crafted execution of many of the recent buildings in the neighborhood shows reverence for the earlier masterworks. 

Tour highlights, among the numerous newer buildings in NoHo, 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 grappling to find the appropriate architectural language for taller buildings.  Louis Sullivan’s Bayard-Condict Building’s dominant vertical expression clearly illustrates the way forward.

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, ties the tour’s sites together.

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: Alex McLean, Assoc AIA

This tour will be offered again on October 27, 2019 and November 17, 2019.

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sun, Oct 13 10:00 am

SoHo: New Architectural Interventions in a Historic District

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public: $25
Member: $15
Student with Valid ID: $15

Meet at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place.

 

The SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District, created in 1973, is dominated by innovative and remarkably intact mid-19th century architecture.  Originally designed for both commercial and manufacturing uses, most of these building have been adapted for residential use. Over the last 2 decades a number of entirely new buildings have been approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission as “appropriate” for inclusion within the district. This tour looks at these very recent buildings as well as significant historic sites to examine a range of design strategies, some highly contextual others more interpretive, for historic districts.  

The following recent and historic 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 cast iron 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.

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: Arthur Platt AIA

This tour will be offered again on November 3, 2019.

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sun, Oct 13 10:30 am

Renovating FiDi: Skyscrapers, Plazas and the Impact of Zoning

2.5 LU / 2.5 HSW
General Public: $30
Member: $20
Student with Valid ID: $20

Meet at Wall Street & Broadway in front of Trinity Church.   

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 financial district more pedestrian-friendly, including“Skid(more) Row” (Chase Manhattan Plaza, 140 Broadway and One Liberty Plaza). The effect of zoning on the shaping 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.

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

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sat, Oct 19 10:30 am

Expanding FiDi: Reshaping the Water Street Corridor & East River Waterfront

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public: $25
Member: $15
Student with Valid ID: $15

Meet at Water St. & Pine St., in plaza south of Wall Street Plaza (88 Pine 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 Water Street corridor, once planned to be the route of the Second Avenue Subway, emphasizing the variety of public spaces created through urban design efforts initiated by the Office of Lower Manhattan Development under NYC Mayor John Lindsay. New construction in the vicinity of the Staten Island ferry, as well as recent improvements on the East River waterfront, will also be included. Highlights include buildings by Pei Cobb Freed, SOM, Norman Jaffe, Emery Roth & Sons, Frederic Schwartz, SHOP, and Hanrahan Meyers, among others.     

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

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sun, Oct 20 1:00 pm

Remembering the Future: Architecture at the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public: $25
Member: $15
Student: $15

Meet in the cafe at the eastern entrance ( Unisphere side) of the Queens Museum of Art.

World’s Fairs have for years offered the chance for architects to explore new concepts and technologies to create memorable, visceral experiences for a broad public. Structures designed for the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair were emblematic of a turbulent period for both architecture and society. Conceived at the dawn of the Space Age, the Fair opened as the country was coming to terms with civil rights and technological and social upheaval. At the World’s Fair, Modern architecture met Pop Art. On this tour, held on the anniversary of the opening of the Fair, we examine extant architecture from the Fair, including Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion, Wallace Harrison’s Hall of Science, and modern sculpture by Peter Muller Monk, Jose de Rivera, and others, while exploring that memorable, controversial exposition.  

**Please note: This tour requires significant walking between sites. In addition, there is an approximately 20-minute walk from the Willets Point/Mets Station of the #7 subway line to the meeting point through Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Please be sure to plan accordingly. 

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 GuideJohn Kriskiewicz, Assoc. AIA

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sat, Oct 26 11:00 am

The Architecture of Park Avenue South

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public: $25
Member: $15
Student with Valid ID: $15

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

 

Park Avenue below Grand Central Terminal and Park Avenue South (formerly Fourth Avenue) passes through the known neighborhoods of Murray Hill and Rose Hill. Contemporary monikers also refer to parts of this area as the Flatiron and NoMad districts.  Once the insurance row of Manhattan, today it is 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 ushered 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, and are highlighted on the Avenues and adjacent blocks.    

This tour examines urban design and architectural issues including NYC zoning, the Manhattan grid, POP 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

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sat, Oct 26 10:00 am

The Transformation of Times Square and 42nd Street

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public: $25
Member: $15
Student: $15

Meet at the northwest corner of Broadway and 47th Street, by the Morgan Stanley Building at 1585 Broadway.

The Times Square “bowtie” and the area known as the “Deuce” (42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues) today share a remarkably similar energy evident in dazzling signage, renovated theaters, new office buildings, and retail offerings by global brands. But the path to the revitalization of these two distinct but connected locales has been guided by very different notions of how to encourage rebuilding and preservation. 

This walking tour explores key elements that have contributed to the transformation of these districts, including zoning, landmark preservation, government‐sponsored redevelopment initiatives, a greater focus on pedestrians, and nostalgia for the glory days of Broadway. 

With these key factors in mind, we will explore how architects, designers, restoration specialists, sign‐making companies and urban planners have contributed to the remaking and development of new office buildings and hotels, restored theaters, signage (“spectaculars”), the Broadway pedestrian plaza, and the overall appearance and energy of today’s Times Square. 

Don’t miss this exciting exploration of the epic transformation of these areas into people‐friendly crossroads, a testament to how plaza design shapes and directs our movement and interactions. 

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: Doug Fox, Allied Professional, AIANY

Note: AIANY cannot be held liable and assumes no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs. Walking tours endorse the initiatives of FitCity – promoting physical activity through design.

Please Note: Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits. 

Sun, Oct 27 1:00 pm

Morningside Heights: Institutional Acropolis

2.5 LU / 2.5 HSW
General Public: $30
Member: $20
Student with Valid ID: $20

Meet at the Peace Fountain east of the intersection of West 111th Street & Amsterdam Avenue on the grounds of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. 

 

 Best known as the site of Columbia University, Morningside Heights is also home to the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Barnard College, Teachers College, the Union Theological Seminary, the Jewish Theological Seminary, Riverside Church, St. Luke’s Hospital and the Manhattan School of Music. Bounded by Riverside Park and Morningside Park, the elevated area boasts a great variety of notable institutional architecture spanning from 1842 to the present, including works by many nationally and, more recently, internationally recognized architects. 

 

The tour will begin with the neighborhood’s oldest extant building, the Leake & Watts Orphan Asylum (designed by Ithiel Town), followed by an examination of Charles Follen McKim’s masterplan for Columbia University, and its evolution. We conclude just beyond Morningside Heights with the first phase of Columbia’s new Manhattanville campus, designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Along the way, we will view and discuss buildings by Ernest Flagg, Ralph Adams Cram, James Gamble Rogers, Harrison & Abramovitz, Mitchell/Giurgola, James Stewart Polshek, Bernard Tschumi, Weiss/Manfredi, Rafael Moneo and others. 

 

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: John Arbuckle, Assoc. AIA

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sun, Oct 27 10:00 am

NoHo: Contemporary Architecture amidst Historic Landmarks

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public: $25
Member: $15
Student with Valid ID: $15

Meet at the south facade of the Cooper Union Foundation Building, between Cooper Square & Bowery/3rd Ave.

PLEASE NOTE: This tour uses content presented on our previously-titled Architecture on Cooper Square, Bond Street, Lafayette Street, and the Bowery tour.

The rich and diverse architectural context of NoHo’s Historic Districts continues to inspire innovative contemporary design. The highly-crafted execution of many of the recent buildings in the neighborhood shows reverence for the earlier masterworks. 

Tour highlights, among the numerous newer buildings in NoHo, 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 grappling to find the appropriate architectural language for taller buildings.  Louis Sullivan’s Bayard-Condict Building’s dominant vertical expression clearly illustrates the way forward.

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, ties the tour’s sites together.

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: Arthur Platt AIA

This tour will be offered again on November 17, 2019.

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sat, Nov 2 10:30 am

Midtown Modernism Series: Crosstown Section, 53rd Street East to West

General Public: $30
Member: $20
Student with Valid ID: $20

Meet at the entrance to Greenacre Park, 217 E. 51 St. between 2nd and 3rd Aves. 

View a variety of classic Modern, late Modern and Postmodern designs by SOM, Philip Johnson, Edward Larrabee Barnes, Eero Saarinen, Kevin Roche, Kohn Pedersen Fox and others. Highlights include Lever House, the Seagram Building, Citicorp Center, the CBS Building, and the Museum of Modern Art’s multi-building complex. Smaller gems like the former Rockefeller Guest House, Austrian Cultural Institute and Paley Park are also included, as are interior spaces featuring work by artists Isamu Noguchi and Louise Nevelson. 

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

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sat, Nov 2 1:00 pm

Madison Avenue: High Fashion and Historic Preservation

2.0 LU
General Public and AIA Members: $20

Meet at the Madison Avenue BID offices, 29 East 61 Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10065.

Join AIANY and the Madison Avenue BID as we 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 twentieth 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

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sun, Nov 3 10:00 am

SoHo: New Architectural Interventions in a Historic District

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public: $25
Member: $15
Student with Valid ID: $15

Meet at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place.

 

The SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District, created in 1973, is dominated by innovative and remarkably intact mid-19th century architecture.  Originally designed for both commercial and manufacturing uses, most of these building have been adapted for residential use. Over the last 2 decades a number of entirely new buildings have been approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission as “appropriate” for inclusion within the district. This tour looks at these very recent buildings as well as significant historic sites to examine a range of design strategies, some highly contextual others more interpretive, for historic districts.  

The following recent and historic 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 cast iron 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.

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: Arthur Platt AIA

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sat, Nov 9 10:30 am

Midtown Modernism Series: East 42nd Street, the United Nations and Vicinity

2.5 LU / 2.5 HSW
General Public: $30
Member: $20
Student with Valid ID: $20

Meet at Park Ave. & 42nd St, at east side of cafe in Pershing Square, across from Grand Central Terminal. 

View some of Midtown’s most distinctive buildings and interiors, ranging from the Art Deco Chrysler and Chanin Buildings and Raymond Hood’s Daily News Building, to the groundbreaking United Nations headquarters and Kevin Roche’s Ford Foundation and UN Plaza. Also included are less-known structures like the Japan Society and William Lescaze’s pioneering 1934 home and office, as well as buildings by Harrison & Abramovitz, Gwathmey Siegel, and I. M. Pei. 

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

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sun, Nov 10 10:30 am

The Changing Face of North Midtown: Crosstown Below the Park

2.5 LU / 2.5 HSW
General Public: $30
Member: $20
Student with Valid ID: $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 supertall 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

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sat, Nov 16 10:30 am

Midtown Modernism Series: On and Off East 57th Street

2.5 LU / 2.5 HSW
General Public: $25
Member: $15
Student with Valid ID: $15

Meet at North side of Pulitzer Fountain in Grand Army Plaza, near Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, across from the Plaza Hotel. 

Using East 57th Street as a backdrop, experience the evolution of Modernism: from proto-Modern buildings by Ely Jacques Kahn and Walker & Gillette, to classic Modern designs by Harrison & Abramovitz and Edward Durell Stone, to Late Modern structures by Edward Larrabee Barnes and Cesar Pelli and Postmodern designs by Kohn Pedersen Fox, Helmut Jahn and I.M. Pei—as well as Paul Rudolph’s unique Modulightor building and Rafael Vinoly’s supertall 432 Park Avenue. Also included are historic structures by Henry Hardenbergh, Schultze & Weaver and Emery Roth, as well as several Art Deco and Modern interiors.

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

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sun, Nov 17 10:00 am

NoHo: Contemporary Architecture Amidst Historic Landmarks

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public: $25
Member: $15
Student with Valid ID: $15

Meet at the south facade of the Cooper Union Foundation Building, between Cooper Square & Bowery/3rd Ave.

PLEASE NOTE: This tour uses content presented on our previously-titled Architecture on Cooper Square, Bond Street, Lafayette Street, and the Bowery tour.

The rich and diverse architectural context of NoHo’s Historic Districts continues to inspire innovative contemporary design. The highly-crafted execution of many of the recent buildings in the neighborhood shows reverence for the earlier masterworks. 

Tour highlights, among the numerous newer buildings in NoHo, 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 grappling to find the appropriate architectural language for taller buildings.  Louis Sullivan’s Bayard-Condict Building’s dominant vertical expression clearly illustrates the way forward.

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, ties the tour’s sites together.

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: Alex McLean, Assoc AIA

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sat, Nov 23 10:30 am

The Architecture of Bryant Park

2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW
General Public: $25
Member: $15
Student with Valid ID: $15

Meet at NE Corner of Fifth Avenue and East 40th Street, under the canopy of BCBGMaxazria.

Before Bryant Park became New York’s “Living Room” and home to the New York Public Library, it served as a potter’s field, reservoir for the Croton water system, and the site for 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 1970s and 1980s, a major transformation designed by Hanna/Olin was completed in 1990. Today, this successful public and private initiative serves as a model for other open spaces in New York and beyond.

The architecture lining the perimeter of Bryant Park presents a microcosm of the development of Midtown. Keynote projects include the NY Public Library by Carrère and Hastings, the Radiator Building by Hood and Foulihoux, One Bryant Park by Cook+Fox, the Grace Building by SOM, and the Bryant Condominiums and Hotel by David Chipperfield. Numerous support buildings contribute to the overall context completing the urban design and the architectural story of the park.

Urban design and architectural issues will be discussed including NYC zoning, business improvement districts, the evolution of skyscraper design, and how good design and public programming have ameliorated difficult conditions and helped shape an oasis in the crowded city. 

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

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sun, Nov 24 10:30 am

The High Line, Hudson River Park, and New Architecture in West Chelsea

2.5 LU / 2.5 HSW
General Public: $30
Member: $20
Student with Valid ID: $20

Meet in Chelsea Waterside Park at the end of West 22 Street (west side of 11th Ave).

The creation of Hudson River Park and High Line Park in the waterfront area formerly occupied by commercial shipping and related uses have stimulated extensive new development.

View a stunning variety of new architecture in West Chelsea, as well as portions of Hudson River Park and the innovative design of the High Line, around which these new buildings are clustered.  Included are buildings designed by Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Norman Foster, Annabelle Selldorf, Enrique Norten, Shigeru Ban, Neil Denari, Ennead Architects, Bjarke Ingels and Jeanne Gang.

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

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

Sat, Dec 7 1:00 pm

Madison Avenue: High Fashion and Historic Preservation

2.0 LU
General Public and AIA Members: $20

Meet at the Madison Avenue BID offices, 29 East 61 Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10065.

Join AIANY and the Madison Avenue BID as we 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 twentieth 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

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

Your registration for this event constitutes your agreement to specific and limited use of your email address, and possibly your image or voice, in related communications. Learn more in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Contact info@aiany.org with questions.

As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits.

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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