The best part of being in New York is that there is always something going on. From architecture exhibitions at the most iconic museums to lectures or open studios at the greatest architecture and planning firms in the city. It’s amazing to know the different ways in which you can explore the city and contribute to advancing and improving your career.
I believe that the best way to stay in the loop and be aware of events happening across the city is by following the main professional architecture related organizations: the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The AIA actively leads the architecture field in the US and organizes lectures, conferences and events throughout the whole year. Check out their calendar and sign up for their newsletter to stay tuned, and if you are in New York, also take a look of the Center for Architecture, a leading cultural venue for architecture and the built environment in New York City. The Center for Architecture host exhibitions and lectures that reflect the complexity of the City’s. Also, it promotes design podcast, guided walking tours throughout the most unique and visits to architectural landmarks as well as renowned architectural firms studios.
I particularly have a profound interest in the design of public spaces so I’m frequent reader of the ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) website. There I find landscape and public space articles, events and activities. I recently attended a couple public space related lectures as part of the Open Space Dialogues panel series organized by New Yorkers for Parks. I’ve learned more about projects that are transforming the City in both ways, from the planning and the community perspective.
Architecture schools are always a great source for continuing education, Columbia GSAPP normally have outstanding guest lecturers. Take a look of their website!
I think podcast and lectures are often an entertaining way of absorbing knowledge while staying up to date!