New York Architecture and Design Festival, Archtober, Hits Stride in its Third Year with Expanded Offerings

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Archtober grows, shines spotlight on New York City – third annual edition of the city’s official architecture & design festival offers new programs, shows, events. 31 days of citywide Archtober design festival: 150 programs in 50-plus venues.

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The Drawing Center, which occupies historic 35 Wooster Street and was recently renovated by WXY Architecture + Urban Design, will be featured as "Building of the Day" as part of the Archtober.

Archtober 2013 will shine a spotlight on what makes New York great: its unparalleled architecture...

The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture have announced new and expanded programs for the third annual edition of Archtober, the official New York City Architecture and Design Month. Record attendance and involvement are projected for the growing festival, with more than 150 curated programs. The full calendar of offerings is available at

Taking place during October, the annual month-long festival of architecture includes films, lectures, family activities, programs, exhibitions and more. “The many participating organizations aim to raise awareness of the important role of design in our city and globally,” says Jill N. Lerner, FAIA, 2013 president of AIA New York and principal of architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. “Building on the first two years, Archtober 2013 will shine a spotlight on what makes New York great: its unparalleled architecture, outstanding design professionals, and global influence.”

With 31 days of events, tours and exhibits in more than 50 venues, Archtober includes programs at the Center for Architecture, including a new exhibition opening October 1 on American architects behind the biggest building projects in Asia, called Practical Utopias. Other city institutions hosting major Archtober programs include the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, a fledgling cultural venue.

NYC & Company’s Design Collection group of hotels will serve this year for the first time as the official hotels of Archtober. The 18 boutique hotels located around New York City, along with the Official NYC & Company’s Information Centers, will be distributors of the Archtober calendar guide as well as special promotions. Visit for more information.

Support for Archtober (pronounced ärk't!b!r) comes from an array of patrons and sponsors including Platinum Sponsor Dekton by Cosentino, Kramer Levin, Ford Motor Company, Dwell, New York Magazine, Archinect and Bustler, with visual identity and graphics for Archtober seen all around the city designed by Pentagram. A grassroots effort, all participating organizations support the festival to raise awareness of the role of architects and designers in creating the New York City built environment.

A great building, every day

Among Archtober’s most popular programs are its walking tours and architectural tourism offerings, according to AIA New York Chapter. Most appealing is its “Building of the Day” series, for which architects and other design professionals lead noontime tours of New York’s contemporary buildings and historic sites. Highlights in 2013 include a tour and discussion of the Shake Shack in Madison Square (October 11th) and the UN complex on United Nations Day (October 24th).

In addition, the programs for World Architecture Day on October 7th will also mark the Center for Architecture’s 10th anniversary, with a focus on housing for the next generation. The Architecture and Design Film Festival at Tribeca Cinemas will rank among Archtober’s most popular events, running from October 16th-20th. The Municipal Art Society (MAS) will also host its major annual conference, the MAS Summit for New York City, October 17th-18th.

(Additional select highlights of Archtober 2013 follow, and information on official Archtober 2013 participating organizations is included below.)

“Archtober celebrates New York City, a world design capital,” adds AIA New York president, Jill N. Lerner. “With unparalleled architecture, outstanding design professionals, and cutting-edge cultural institutions, we are proud to welcome guests from around the city and around the world to this annual festival.”

Media inquiries, images, and interviews: contact Chris Sullivan at (914) 462-2096 or by email at chris(at)ccsullivan(dot)com. For event info, see listed organizations below.

Archtober 2013 Highlights

October 1: The exhibition Practical Utopias opens at the Center for Architecture, on global urbanism and recent design in five Asian cities (curator: Jonathan D. Solomon).
October 3:    Dekton by Cosentino presents new concepts by seven emerging New York firms with the opening of Surface Innovation: Redefining Boundaries of Interior and Exterior Spaces.
October 7:    The future of urban housing is subject of discussion at the Center for Architecture as part of its 10th anniversary and World Architecture Day.
October 16: The Architecture and Design Film Festival opens, at Tribeca Cinemas.

All month:     Walking tours around the city of noteworthy architecture, new and old, led by Municipal Art Society of New York, the American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter, Regional Plan Association, Hudson Square Connection, Museum of the City of New York, and AIANY/Center for Architecture (walking and boat tours).

Other events
First week: Presenting Media Sponsors Dwell and New York Magazine present special talks and tours with City Modern.
October 4:    The first of several resiliency events marking the one year anniversary of hurricane Sandy, starting with World Habitat Day 2013 at the United Nations. TEDxNYIT Meta Resiliency follows on October 10th. Building of the Day features Modular Beach Structures on the 29th.
October 12: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum presents National Design Week through the 20th.

Participating Organizations:
American Institute of Architects New York Chapter
American Society of Interior Designers New York Metro
American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter
Architecture & Design Film Festival at Tribeca Cinemas
Architecture for Humanity New York
Associates of the Art Commission
Association for Preservation Technology International
Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, The City College of New York
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92
Center for Architecture Foundation
Central Park Conservancy
City Modern, Presented by Dwell and New York Magazine
CNU New York
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution
The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union
The Decorators Club, Inc.
Dekton by Cosentino
Design Trust for Public Space
DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State
Fordham University, Urban Studies Program
Four Freedoms Park Conservancy
The Glass House
Guggenheim Museum
Hudson Square Connection
IIDA New York Chapter
Innovation Conference 2013
Institute for Public Architecture
Institute of Classical Architecture & Art
The Municipal Art Society of New York
The Museum of Arts and Design
Museum of the City of New York
The Museum of Modern Art
National Academy Museum & School
New Museum
New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects
New York Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Design
New York University
NYU Institute of Fine Arts
Public Art Fund
Queens Museum of Art
Regional Plan Association
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons The New School for Design
SEGD (Society for Environmental Graphic Design)
Socrates Sculpture Park
Structural Engineers Association of New York
Whitney Museum of American Art
World Architecture Day 2013
World Monuments Fund

About Archtober (ärk't!b!r) New York City's Architecture and Design Month – is a collaborative grassroots initiative between the city’s leading cultural institutions and professional organizations that raises public awareness of architecture and design in everyday life. Daily tours, lectures, films, and exhibitions will celebrate the lasting civic and international impact of the richness of the city’s built environment. Our website is

Media inquiries, images, and interviews: contact Chris Sullivan at (914) 462-2096 or by email at chris(at)ccsullivan(dot)com.

About the AIA New York Chapter
AIA New York is the oldest and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects, with almost 5,000 architects, allied professionals, students and public members. AIANY is dedicated to three goals: design excellence, public outreach and professional development, and towards these aims, AIANY runs the Center for Architecture, a storefront exhibition space in Greenwich Village, sponsors public programs, publishes a magazine, and works with its charitable affiliate, the Center for Architecture Foundation, to provide scholarship and educational opportunities. For more information on AIANY, please visit

The Center for Architecture is a destination for all interested in the built environment. It is home to the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation, vibrant nonprofit organizations that provide resources to both the public and building industry professionals. Through exhibitions, programs, and special events, the Center aims to improve the quality and sustainability of the built environment, foster exchange between the design, construction, and real estate communities, and encourage collaborations across the city and globe. As the city’s leading cultural institution focusing on architecture, the Center drives positive change through the power of design. For more information, please visit

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