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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

Sat, Jun 2 10:30 am

Midtown Modernism 2: The Park Avenue Corridor

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

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

Park Avenue is the epicenter of Corporate Modernism. View three Modern masterpieces by SOM’s Gordon Bunshaft and Natalie de Blois, Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building, as well as “vernacular” Modern office buildings by Emery Roth and others. Also included are a distinguished Art Deco tower and lobby, a Morris Lapidus-designed hotel, and late Modern and Postmodern designs by Edward Larrabee Barnes, Philip Johnson, 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. Some tours utilize VOX amplification systems; attendees are welcome to bring their personal earbuds.

GuideKyle Johnson AIA

AIANY and the AIANY Architecture Tour Committee and its tour guides will not be held liable and assume 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.

Sun, Jun 3 11:00 am

Roosevelt Island: 1970s “New Town in Town,” Cornell Tech & Four Freedoms Park

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

Meet at Roosevelt Island Tram Station on Roosevelt Island. 

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

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. Some tours utilize VOX amplification systems; attendees are welcome to bring their personal earbuds.

GuideKyle Johnson AIA

AIANY and the AIANY Architecture Tour Committee and its tour guides will not be held liable and assume 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.

Sat, Jun 9 10:30 am

Midtown Modernism 3: Crosstown Section, 53rd Street East to West

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

Meet at northeast corner of Third Avenue & 52nd St. (in front of 875 Third Ave.) 

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. Some tours utilize VOX amplification systems; attendees are welcome to bring their personal earbuds.

GuideKyle Johnson AIA

AIANY and the AIANY Architecture Tour Committee and its tour guides will not be held liable and assume 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.

Sun, Jun 10 10:30 am

Midtown Modernism 4: On and Off East 57th Street

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

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

View a variety of classic Modern, late Modern and Postmodern designs by Kohn Pedersen Fox, Cesar Pelli, Rafael Vinoly, I. M. Pei, Edward Larrabee Barnes, Helmut Jahn, Paul Rudolph, Edward Durell Stone, Harrison & Abramovitz, and others, as well as historic structures by Ely Jacques Kahn, Emery Roth and Henry Hardenbergh. Several interiors are 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. Some tours utilize VOX amplification systems; attendees are welcome to bring their personal earbuds.

GuideKyle Johnson AIA

AIANY and the AIANY Architecture Tour Committee and its tour guides will not be held liable and assume 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.

Sat, Jun 16 10:30 am

New Architecture on Cooper Square, Bond St. and the New Bowery

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

Meet at Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. just below Astor Pl. 

Explore new architecture on Cooper Square, Bond Street, and the Bowery. Highlights include new residential developments on Bond Street, new hotels, and older landmarks in these historic NYC neighborhoods. Additional details forthcoming.

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. Some tours utilize VOX amplification systems; attendees are welcome to bring their personal earbuds.

GuideArthur Platt AIA

AIANY and the AIANY Architecture Tour Committee and its tour guides will not be held liable and assume 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.

Sun, Jul 1 10:30 am

Hudson River Park, the High Line, West Chelsea and the Far West Village

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

Meet at the landside end of Pier 62 (opposite W. 22 St.), adjacent to the Skate Park and Classic Harbor Line ticket booth. 

View a stunning variety of new architecture in West Chelsea and the Far West Village, 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 Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Shigeru Ban, Neil Denari, Annabelle Selldorf, Ennead Architects, Richard Meier 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. Some tours utilize VOX amplification systems; attendees are welcome to bring their personal earbuds.

GuideKyle Johnson AIA

AIANY and the AIANY Architecture Tour Committee and its tour guides will not be held liable and assume 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.

Sun, Aug 5 11:00 am

Roosevelt Island: 1970s “New Town in Town,” Cornell Tech & Four Freedoms Park

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

Meet at Roosevelt Island Tram Station on Roosevelt Island. 

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

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. Some tours utilize VOX amplification systems; attendees are welcome to bring their personal earbuds.

GuideKyle Johnson AIA

AIANY and the AIANY Architecture Tour Committee and its tour guides will not be held liable and assume 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 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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