Every month architects and industry insiders share their recommendations for the best exhibitions and events to visit in New York.

June 2017
Nader Tehrani
Dean, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union

As we emerge from the end of the school year and embark on the outset of the summer months, the change in season is bringing with it some transitions in key events around New York City. Some of those events are closer to my new academic home.


The Cooper Union’s spectacular Annual Student Exhibition is a tradition that goes back many decades. Composed of the work of students from all three disciplines of study – Architecture, Art, and Engineering – the exhibition exposes some of the key pedagogical experiments and explorations that are part of the ethos of this great institution. This year, the show is poignantly paired up with a reconstruction of the Jan Palach Memorial outside the Foundation Building. The Memorial was designed by the late John Hejduk, founding Dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture who launched many groundbreaking pedagogical exercises for which the institution is known.


Not far away, across the East River, MoMA PS1 will be hosting their annual Young Architects Program. Lumen, the winning proposal by Jenny E. Sabin will debut on June 29 and remain installed for the entire summer. Also at MoMA PS1 is the site-specific installation Meeting, one of James Turrell’s Skyspaces, which invites audiences to reflect on the sky, captured from within the blade-crisp edge of Turrell’s frame.


Uptown, the Guggenheim will be celebrating Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday with many public programs throughout the month, starting with a day-long celebration on June 8th that includes an architecture tour. Also at the Guggenheim, make a reservation to visit the first realization of Doug Wheeler’s PSAD Synthetic Desert III. Originally conceived in 1971, this anechoic chamber of sorts takes the audience far from any visual or sensory reference points.


Away from the bustle of the city, Philip Johnson's Glass House awaits in New Canaan, Connecticut, with Hilary Lewis as its newly appointed Creative Director, and a recently renovated Sculpture Gallery. Composed of a series of pavilions conceived over the many decades of Johnson's evolution as a provocateur, the bucolic campus has now become a living outdoor museum, with a promenade through the many eras of Johnson's career. 



June 2017
Nader Tehrani
Dean, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union
May 2017
Juan Mosqueda
Founder and Owner, Chamber Gallery
April 2017
Jesse Seegers
Digital Editor
Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
March 2017
Carlos Mínguez Carrasco
Associate Curator, Storefront for Art and Architecture
Chief Curator, Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016 with ABA
February 2017
Cynthia E. Smith
Curator of Socially Responsible Design
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
January 2017
Martha Schwartz
Principal, Martha Schwartz Partners


November 2016
Catarina Flaksman
Editorial Assistant, New York Architecture Diary
October 2016
Tom Krizmanic, AIA
Principal, STUDIOS Architecture
President, Center for Architecture
September 2016
Sarah Williams Goldhagen
Author, Architecture Critic
July 2016
Prem Krishnamurthy
Founding Principal, Project Projects
Founder & Curator, P!
June 2016
Dr. Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani
Founder & Creative Director, Buscada
May 2016
Kathy Shea
Executive Director, American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter
April 2016
Benjamin Prosky
Executive Director, Center for Architecture / AIA New York
March 2016
Gregory Wessner
Executive Director, Open House New York
February 2016
Jordan Hruska
Communications Director, The Architectural League of New York


August 2015
David van der Leer
Executive Director, Van Alen Institute
May 2015
Rosalie Genevro
Hello from NYAD!