Architecture Tour


Arthur Platt, AIA - email
Julie Ann Engh, Assoc. AIA - email

Mission Statement:

Sharing visions and implementing plans for helping people understand and appreciate the built environment of New York City, through a varied program of architectural tours. As an organization of current practitioners, we pay particular attention to modern and contemporary architecture.

Tours Offered by Architecture Tour Committee

Boat Tours

AIA NY Chapter and Classic Harbor Line present:

The AIA-NY Around Manhattan Boat Tour: NYC ARCHITECTURE

Every Around Manhattan boat tour identifies individual landmarks and discusses distinct periods of New York's development, including the City Beautiful era's Beaux-Arts monuments, Art Deco spires, elegant residential enclaves, Urban Renewal superblocks and recent "starchitecture" towers.

In addition to the regularly scheduled architecture boat tour, AIA presents a tour series led by NYC waterfront specialists. The Featured Guides, planners, authors, activists, landscape architects and architects, will offer first hand insight drawn from their involvement in the radical transformation of our city's edge. An AIANY Guide will host the tour and share Around Manhattan architectural tour narration with the Featured Guide.

All guests aboard the 1920's style yacht "the Manhattan" will experience an informative and entertaining 'floating' conversation.

For schedule, please visit Classic Harbor Line's Around Manhattan Boat Tours page.


The Tour, conducted aboard Classic Harbor Lines' yacht "The Manhattan", is a circumnavigation of Manhattan Island. Architectural historian John Kriskiewicz provides thorough and insightful narration about the numerous engineering marvels seen along of New York City's ever transforming waterfront. All of the historic and diverse bridge types are discussed, as well as pioneering tunnel designs, "working waterfront" infrastructure, and mass transit within the context of NYC's rich planning history. Exploration of rising sea levels and resilient waterfront design strategies is a major tour theme. Identification and discussion of both classic and new architecture, as well as ecologically driven landscape design at new waterfront parks is also included.

For schedule please visit Classic Harbor Line's Around Manhattan Boat Tours page.

Walking Tours

Architecture Tour Committee walking tours are listed on the AIANY Calendar of Events.

NYU Superblocks & SoHo: Modernist Urban Renewal and More Recent Urban Interventions

This tour examines the architecture of the Robert Moses-era superblocks south of Washington Square and also identifies proposed sites included in NYU's evolving 2031 campus plan. With Houston Street as a physical and ideological divide, the tour continues South to explore new construction in the protected SoHo Cast Iron Historic District. Washington Square Village, I.M. Pei's Silver Towers, Aldo Rossi's Scholastic Building and Jean Nouvel's 40 Mercer Street, as well as the Little Singer Building and the Haughwout Building, are included.

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

Explore new architecture on Washington Square, Cooper Square, Bond Street and the Bowery. Highlights include Morphosis' Cooper Union Engineering Building, Bond Street's residential developments, SANAA's New Museum, Foster's Sperone Westwater Gallery, as well as various 19th Century works in these enduring N.Y.C. neighborhoods.

Modern Architecture in the West Village and New Buildings along the High Line

Discover lesser-known examples of Modern architecture in the West Village en route from Washington Square to the High Line; then view a stunning variety of new architecture in the Meatpacking District and West Chelsea, as well as the innovative design of the High Line around which they cluster. Included are buildings designed by Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Shigeru Ban, Neil Denari, Annabelle Selldorf, Ennead Architects, Kohn Pedersen Fox, SHoP, Joseph Urban, Albert Ledner, Edgar Tafel and others.

9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center

This architectural walking tour offers participants an opportunity to experience the 9/11 Memorial and to see the current state of construction at the World Trade Center site. We discuss the highly publicized competitions for the site's master plan and memorial; delve into the design and development of each of the main structures including the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, office towers and transportation hub; and consider the influence and concerns of the different stakeholders by comparing the initial winning plans for rebuilding at Ground Zero to the final, much altered, designs that we see today.

Tour Leader Doug Fox conducts this architecturally-focused 9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center tour for AIA New York. Visit Doug Fox's World Trade Center Tour website: for upcoming tour schedule.

NYC's Civic Center

Explore the rich history of NYC's Civic Center area, highlighting its urban planning and development and its architecture. From City Hall Park to Foley Square, to Police Plaza and Chatham Green, this tour includes exterior visits to City Hall, Tweed Courthouse, Surrogate Court, Municipal Building, Int'l Trade Court, Javits Federal Building, Dept. of Health, Criminal Courts, State Building, NY Supreme Court and Annex, US Courthouse, Manhattan Correctional Center, Police HQ, Murry Bergtraum High School, Chatham Green and Chatham Towers.

Tour Leader: Gail Cornell, Architectural Historian

West Side Story: The Evolution of Lincoln Center

Discover the evolution of this pioneering cultural complex of the mid-20th Century. Explore its origins as a Robert Moses' urban renewal project announced in 1956, through its design and construction by some of our most iconic Modern architects in the turbulent 60's, to its reimagining by Diller, Scofidio and Renfro in this past decade for the New York of the 21st Century.

Tour Leader: John Kriskiewicz, Assoc. AIA

Roosevelt Island: "New Town In Town" to FDR Four Feedoms Park

View a sampling of buildings from four centuries on the island formerly known as Blackwell's Island, later Welfare Island and since 1973 Roosevelt Island- culminating in the recently completed FDR Four Freedoms Park designed by Louis Kahn in 1973. Other highlights include the restored Blackwell farmhouse and Good Shepherd Chapel, James Renwick's Smallpox Hospital ruins, 1970s UDC housing by Johansen & Bhavnani and Sert, Jackson & Associates, and recent housing by Gruzen Samton, among other works.

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