Architecture Week

Architecture Week is an annual week-long celebration of the best in architecture and design hosted by the Center for Architecture. Programs and events include exhibition openings, Center programming, and presentations by Heritage Ball honorees.

Architecture Week 2010 has now ended. Special thanks to everyone who helped make this year's Architecture Week such a great success.


11:30 AM – 4:30 PM
New Buildings New York: Usonian Houses

Join the Center for Architecture Foundation for an insider’s tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian Homes in Pleasantville, New York. The tour will be led by Roland Reisley, original Wright house owner and author of Usonia, New York: Building a Community with Frank Lloyd Wright.
Ticket includes charter bus transportation, boxed lunch and a tour of the Reisley House, Cooper House, Serlin House and Resnick House. Bus departs the Center for Architecture at 11:30am. Ticket price is $150/person ($50 tax-deductible). All proceeds benefit youth and family programs at the Center for Architecture. For reservations please call 212-358-6136 or visit

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Arch Schools 2010 Exhibition Reception and
Deans’ Roundtable

The Center for Architecture’s sixth annual architecture schools exhibition showcases exemplary student work from 14 New York area schools: The City College of New York, Columbia University, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Cornell University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, New York Institute of Technology, Parsons the New School for Design, Pratt Institute, Princeton University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Syracuse University, University at Buffalo (SUNY), University of Pennsylvania, Yale University. Join us to hear the Deans discuss current design directions in architectural education. FREE

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
FIGMENT/ENYA/SEAoNY Living Pavilion Disassembly Party!

Come to Governors Island to participate in the closing ceremony of the first annual FIGMENT/ENYA/SEAoNY City of Dreams Pavilion. We will be taking apart the pavilion, which will be relocated and redistributed. Learn about the continuing life of the pavilion as a green wall and rooftop garden, and how the design team hopes to inspire sustainability throughout the city.


2:15 PM – 5:00 PM
Around Manhattan Official New York City
Architectural Boat Tour

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Around Manhattan Official New York City
Architectural Boat Tour
 (90 minutes)

AIANY’s recently launched architectural boat tour sets sail three times this week! Expert architects animate the ‘round-Manhattan tour with historical detail and lesser-known anecdotes about the city and its structures. Ride along to learn about additions to the shoreline, study the transformation of the working waterfront, delight in the island’s pastoral northern shore, and see your favorite buildings in a new way.
Also sets sail at this time on Thursday, 10.7. Reserve your seat at

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
FIGMENT/ENYA/SEAoNY Living Pavilion Disassembly Party!

Come to Governors Island to participate in the closing ceremony of the first annual FIGMENT/ENYA/SEAoNY City of Dreams Pavilion. We will be taking apart the pavilion, which will be relocated and redistributed. Learn about the continuing life of the pavilion as a green wall and rooftop garden, and how the design team hopes to inspire sustainability throughout the city.



9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Ernest W. Hutton, FAICP, Lance Jay Brown FAIA, &
James McCullar, FAIA
Better City / Better Life: Healthy & Sustainable Urbanization
Location: United Nations

Following up on the World Urban Forum, AIA New York and the Sustainable Urbanization Consortium, at the invitation of UN-Habitat, will conduct a similar conference at the United Nations on UN-Habitat Day. Presented in cooperation with the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene the symposium will address the need to merge the objectives of sustainable development and a healthy population, with an eye to reducing chronic and infectious diseases through design intervention. FREE

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Vicki Match Suna, AIA
Recipient of the Center for Architecture Award
A New Standard of Design Care

Under the leadership of Vicki Match Suna, AIA, NYU Langone Medical Center is embarking on an ambitious campus transformation program that includes major renovations to the Tisch Hospital, a new hospital building; Kimmel Pavilion, a new energy building including a co-generation facility; a new science building; and new ambulatory care facilities. Please join Ms. Suna and NYU Langone Medical Center’s lead architects, Ennead Partners and NBBJ, as they present the exciting projects the Medical Center will implement over the next
eight years. FREE


8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Peter Magnani, AIA & David Resnick, AIA
Recipients of the AIA New York Chapter Public Architect Awards 2010 & 2009
A Conversation about Public Architecture

The Queens Borough Public Library system and the NYC Department of Design + Construction provide much-needed civic structures characterized by design quality and construction excellence. Architects in leadership positions make decisions on design service procurement, project scoping and execution that create sustainable and exemplary buildings. Two such leaders are Peter Magnani, QBPL Director Capital Program Management/Facilities Planning and David Resnick, DDC Deputy Commissioner. Their conversation will be moderated by Michael Plottel, AIA and Anna Torriani, AIA from the AIANY Public Architecture Committee. FREE

6:00 PM – 8:00PM
200 West Street Project Team
Recipient of the AIA New York Chapter Award
A Conversation with the Architects of 200 West Street

The ambition for Goldman Sachs’ new headquarters was to create a high-performance workplace that reflects and supports the firm’s culture and embodies and expresses excellence in urban design. Hear from the architects about this project and how diversity was critical to its success. FREE


12:00PM – 2:00 PM
Lunch at a Landmark

Sponsored by the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation, “Lunch at a Landmark” is held annually at a different New York City landmark building. This year, the event will take place at the LVMH Tower, overlooking “landmarks in the sky.” The architect of the building, Christian de Portzamparc will present the lecture, The International City: Architecture of Place.
Seating is limited. Tickets are $500 and $1000. For more information please contact

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Innovate : Integrate Exhibition Opening

Innovate : Integrate is the Center for Architecture’s first exhibition devoted to innovative building technologies. Using contemporary case studies and three-dimensional mock-ups, the exhibition educates the public about how buildings are assembled and presents design professionals with information on the latest integrated construction methodologies. From the physicality of curtain wall prototyping to the virtual space of BIM (Building Information Modeling), advances in the tools and techniques of construction demonstrate how we are building smarter, greener and in more efficient and economical ways. FREE


8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Clinton Climate Initiative: A Program of the
William J. Clinton Foundation
Recipient of the Center for Architecture Foundation Award
Empire State Building Retrofit Tour

Completed in 1932, the Empire State Building symbolizes America’s limitless potential. Today it is undergoing a $550 million upgrade program integrating deep energy efficiency using a proven program with bottom line results in energy savings with financial return. Ownership of the Empire State Building and members of the project team, including Clinton Climate Initiative, Empire State Building Company, Johnson Controls, Jones Lang LaSalle and project architects Beyer Blinder Belle, discuss the details of the project and lead a “behind the scenes” tour through some of the highlights of the retrofit project, including the lobby, observation deck, onsite window rebuilding center and the LEED-certified offices of major tenant, Skanska. FREE
Meet at the ESB Fifth Avenue Information Desk. Space is limited. Advanced registration required at

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Chelsea Piers, Pier Sixty

Architects, designers and industry professionals join together for the annual AIA New York and Center for Architecture Foundation black-tie event, which celebrates the tradition of design excellence. This year, with Dinner Chair James K. Donaghy and Vice Chairs George H. Miller, FAIA and Alan Suna, we honor Vicki Match Suna, AIA (New York Univeristy Langone Medical Center), 200 West Street Project Team, Henry N. Cobb, FAIA (Founding Partner, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP) and the Clinton Climate Initiative: A Program of the William J. Clinton Foundation.
More information at

9:00 PM – 2:00 AM

This festive Heritage Ball after-party, which features drinks, music and dancing, packs the Center for Architecture until late into the night. Music by DJ Stylus and DJ Shakey and a special live performance by Mystery Roar.
$25 advance / $40 door. Open bar. Tickets available at Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.


6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
MADE IN NEW YORK Subway Exhibition Opening
Location: West 4th subway station (south end)
Concurrent reception at the Center for Architecture

Building on the success of last year’s New York Now! subway exhibition, the AIA New York Chapter / Center for Architecture opens MADE IN NEW YORK at the West 4th Street subway station. MADE IN NEW YORK presents works of all scales and types done by AIA New York Chapter members across the globe. This high-visibility exhibition offers a snapshot of current practice and celebrates the diversity of the Chapter’s membership.
FREE w/subway admission


11:00 AM – 3:00 PM (EACH DAY)
8th Annual openhousenewyork Weekend & Family Festival

The Center for Architecture serves as headquarters for openhousenewyork, America’s largest architecture and design event. Families are invited to drop in between 11am and 3pm to enjoy family friendly activities (recommended for ages 5-13) offered by the Center for Architecture Foundation, openhousenewyork, and other participating organizations. Architectural enthusiasts, as always, are invited to see the Center for Architecture’s newly-opened exhibitions. FREE

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM (EACH DAY)
2010 New Practices New York in openhousenewyork
Location: New Practices studios at various locations
in Manhattan and Brooklyn

The AIA New York Chapter’s 2010 winning New Practices New York firms open their studios as part of openhousenew-york. Come see how these emerging talents have set up their design practices and view their work in progress. FREE
For full openhousenewyork schedule and locations for the New Practices studios, visit More information on the Family Festival is available at

1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM on Saturday
ENYA Tours High Bridge Park

Join the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) in the Bronx to tour the historic High Bridge. The tour will center on the history of the Highbridge neighborhood and preview the upcoming "High Bridge" exhibition at the Center, which will open Nov 11. Committee members will discuss the competition, the international draw of the site, and bring focus on the often neglected side of the bridge. One of the goals of the competition, and the tour, is to feature the potential of the High Bridge as an artifact that should be re-opened to the public.

Meet at 167th St. and River Avenue, Bronx.


For more information about Architecture Week, please contact Laura Trimble, Partnership Programs Manager, or Jennifer Apple, Development Manager.

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