Schedule at a Glance

Conference Tours are divided into major segments, focusing on the Big Ideas of specific areas of the city.

World Trade Center Segment
Nearly 13 years after September 11, the world financial district in Lower Manhattan has experienced a rebirth with a multitude of projects, some of which are now complete or nearly so. The new work, featuring two new transit stations in addition to the September 11 Memorial and Museum and office towers will make this area even more active and vibrant than ever before.

One World Trade Center and WTC Memorial | © Skidmore, Owings& Merrill LLP/Image courtesy of SOM

High Line Segment To the north of the WTC area, The High Line, a former elevated rail spur has been re-purposed as 1-mile long elevated linear urban park, inspiring real estate development in the neighborhoods which lie along the line. The line extends from Gansevoort Street at the site of the new Whitney Museum north to 30th Street, where the elevated tracks turn west around the Hudson Yards Development, one of the largest urban redevelopment projects the city has ever seen.

Image courtesy of Friends of the High Line

Columbia University Segment
The University is experiencing a period of unprecedented growth with multiple newly completed and planned projects extending north from the main campus, to the new Manhattanville campus, to the medical campus at 168th Street, to new athletic facilities at the upper tip of Manhattan.


The Toni Stabile Student Center at Columbia University | © Marble Fairbanks/Image courtesy of Marble Fairbanks


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Recent projects in and around this performing arts campus which have invigorated it with new life. The center currently has 29 indoor and outdoor performance facilities, making it the preeminent performing arts campus in the world.



Lincoln Center Campus | © Francis Dzikowski/Esto/Image courtesy of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architects

United Nations World Headquarters
The opportunity to tour many of the newly renovated areas of the United Nations World Headquarters will be a special portion of the closing day of the conference. Tours include many of the complex’s most significant spaces which have been remodeled under the UN Capital Master Plan.


The Economic and Social Council Chamber at the United Nations | © CMP/Image courtesy of the United Nations

Conference Agenda

The conference begins with an Opening Reception at 5:30 pm on Thursday, May 15 and will end with a Closing Brunch at 11:30 am on the Rooftop Terrace of The Hudson New York, overlooking the Hudson River on Sunday, May 18. The venue for the Opening Reception is still being confirmed.

The Opening Reception will feature Tom Wright, Executive Director of the Regional Plan Association as our keynote speaker, providing a foundational presentation for our conference. The RPA “aims to improve the New York metropolitan region’s economic health, environmental sustainability and quality of life through research, planning and advocacy.” The Closing Brunch will include the COD Annual Meeting and a panel discussion moderated by Lance Jay Brown, AIA New York Chapter President for 2014.

The Conference Hotel is The Hudson, located at 356 West 58th Street near Columbus Circle at the southwest corner of Central Park.   To best experience the city, our tours will be co-located when possible to allow for the use of the subway in moving between segments or projects. Buses will be utilized where the travel distance makes their use more appropriate.

Conference attendees will hear the design stories of these projects, both built and in the planning stages, directly from key members of their respective design teams. The tours and the speakers are in the final planning stages and are subject to change. Some of the projects we will visit and presentations and speakers we will hear include:

  • World Trade Center Segment
    • September 11 Memorial | Michael Arad, Handel Architects
    • One World Trade Center | David Childs, SOM
    • September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion | Craig Dykers, Snøhetta
  • Highline Segment
    • Hudson Yards Presentation | Kohn Pederson Fox
    • The Whitney | Toby Stewart, Renzo Piano Building Workshop
    • The Highline | Matthew Johnson, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Lisa Switkin, James Corner Field Operations
  • Columbia University Segment
    • Campbell Sports Center | James McVoy, Steven Holl Architects
    • Manhattanville Campus | Mark Wigley, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
    • Diana Center | Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, Weiss Manfredi
    • Science Building | Rafael Moneo Architects
    • Toni Stabile Student Center | Scott Marble and Karen Fairbanks, Marble Fairbanks
  • Lincoln Center Segment
    • LCT3 | Hugh Hardy, H3 Hardy Collaborative Architecture
    • Alice Tully Hall | Charles Renfro, Diller Scofidio + Renfro
    • Julliard, Plaza and Café | Charles Renfro, Diller Scofidio + Renfro
    • David Rubenstein Atrium | Billie Tsien, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
  • United Nations World Headquarters
    • Tours of the restored Security Council Chambers, Trusteeship Council Chambers, Economic and Social Council Chambers, Delegate’s Hall and possibly the General Assembly Chambers (EYP, HLW and Helpern)
    • Introduction and Tours by:
      • Michael Adlerstein, Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director UN Capital Master Plan
      • Stephan Freid, Skanska, Project Manager

Our traditional Closing Dinner and Annual Member Slide Show will be held in The Center for Architecture’s (AIA NY) Tafel Hall on Saturday evening. Our keynote presenter on the Post-Sandy Context will be Hendrick “Henk” Ovink, Senior Advisor for Secretary Shaun Donovan of Housing and Urban Development and Chair of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force.

The Member Slide Show is always an enjoyable event and is intended to foster dialogue among COD members about their previous year’s work. The format is a PowerPoint slide presentation of 6 slides and an allowance of 60 seconds for description.

Additional Opportunities

A pre-conference workshop hosted by the AIA Retail and Entertainment Knowledge Community, Magic Behind the Curtain, will be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014. It will explore how theatre and performing arts venues have been instrumental in revitalizing a critical urban district – 42nd Street, from a derelict area back into a vital and vibrant entertainment district and international tourism draw. COD members are welcome and encouraged to attend this workshop if it is of interest to them. The timing was planned to allow COD members to attend the workshop and R&E members to attend the COD Conference Opening Reception and/or full COD conference if they desired.

In keeping with a popular COD tradition, small dinner parties at various architect’s offices in Manhattan will be held on Friday evening. Architects from the firms will be in attendance and will join you for a light dinner / heavy hors d’ oeuvres and drinks, catered by the firm. The additional cost to attend is $35.00 per person. Given that all of the offices involved are not yet confirmed, conference attendees will be assigned to the offices they will visit. Offices confirmed as of now are:

  • Cooper Joseph Studio
  • LEVENBETTS 
  • Richard Meier & Partners Architects
  • Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
  • Ronnette Riley Architects
  • SAMOO
  • Snøhetta
  • Robert A.M. Stern Architects
A post-conference tour of FDR Four Freedoms Park, the newly opened park on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island designed by Louis Kahn with Mitchell Guirgola Architects. Kahn was working on the design for this project when he passed away suddenly in Pennsylvania Station in 1974. There is no additional fee for this self-guided tour and transportation to the site will be covered by your subway pass. Additionally, Roosevelt Island will become the new home to Cornell NYC Tech, a new campus touted by Cornell as “a campus built for the next century. Initial design work is complete and the project has just broken ground. Information on both projects will be provided for all conference attendees. http://tech.cornell.edu/future-campus/