Starchitecture NYC

41 cooper square building new york
41 Cooper Square by Thom Mayne
Photo: Giles Ashford

Led by Matt Postal

Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano
These and other so-called “Starchitects” are transforming Manhattan, creating memorable new museums, corporate headquarters, and high-rise apartments.

Join architectural historian Matt Postal for a three-hour tour via small motor coach and on foot of some of the city’s most talked-about architecture. Many of the buildings are by Pritzker Prize-winning laureates from around the globe. We’ll view cutting edge designs that display striking shapes, unusual materials, and a number of environmentally-conscious works that have received LEED platinum ratings, such as Thom Mayne’s stunning new academic building in the East Village for the Cooper Union and Norman’s Foster’s crystalline Hearst Tower near Columbus Circle.

During our travels we’ll view Bond Street, where Herzog & DeMeuron have created one of Manhattan’s most lavish and intriguing new residential buildings, as well as several one-of-a-kind structures adjacent to the High Line, where innovative works by Gehry, Nouvel, and Shigeru Ban have lately sprouted. Our tour ends at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, which has been radically transformed to great acclaim by Diller Scofido & Renfro and Tsien & Williams.

Additional tours will be added in the Summer / Fall season.

Members $75, Non-Members $90
Purchase tickets online or call 212-935-2075. Space is limited.

A recently coined word defined as a building or structure designed by a celebrity architect.

tour guide matt postal
Matt Postal is an architectural historian, specializing in twentieth and twenty-first century architecture and urbanism. He has been a member of the research staff of the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission since 1998 and is an adjunct professor of architectural history at the New York School of Interior Design and Lewis and Clark College. He recently co-authored the Guide to New York City Landmarks and 10 Architectural Walks in Manhattan.
pritzker architecture prize
The Pritzker Architecture Prize was begun in 1979. It takes its name from the Pritzker family, whose international business interests are headquartered in Chicago. The purpose of the prize is to honor a living architect whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision, commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.