Interiors Committee


About Us

Interiors hold special value for architects in New York. America’s largest city is also its most dense, a built up urbanism of infrastructure and a vast array of buildings, from small neighborhood infills, to Manhattan skyscrapers and more. Architects in the city build in between structures and often inside them. It is the nature of our practice here to bring the idea of site and urbanism and the life of the city indoors. And architects in New York tend to approach designing interiors in a more architectonic way than in most other cities.

The AIANY Interiors Committee is naturally inclusive, recognizing the wide array of professionals, interests, efforts and ideas which contribute to Interior Architecture in New York.

We welcome the participation of New York professionals to contribute to the committee work and encourage members to attend our monthly planning meetings and events. The AIANY Interiors Committee usually meets the 3rd Monday of every month at the Center for Architecture. Please email the co-chairs to confirm or if you have any questions.

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Ed Siegel, AIA

Andrew Lee, Assoc. AIA

Call for Entries

Call for Entries for the 2017 Residential Review are now open. Submissions are due Friday, May 5, 2017.

Call for Entries for Speed Presentations Edition 8 are closed.

Please check this page again soon for information relating to our annual Residential Review.

Upcoming Committee Meetings 

  • Monday, June 19, 6:30PM - 8:00PM
  • Monday, July 17, 6:30PM - 8:00PM

2017 Committee Events

All events will be held at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, unless otherwise indicated.

  • Tuesday January 10 2017, 6-8pm: Annual Winter Party. Join the AIANY Interiors and AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) for one more holiday celebration at the Shaw Contract showroom overlooking Union Square. 853 Broadway.
  • Tuesday March 7, 6-7.30pm: Pierre Chareau Exhibition Tour and Talk. Join Claudia Nahson (the Jewish Museum) and Alex Knezo (DS+R) and the Interiors Committee for a private tour of the Jewish Museum's Pierre Chareau exhibition. Ticket details.
  • Wednesday March 22, 6-8pm: Annual AIANY Interiors Speed Presentations Edition 8. A showcase of 10 of the best interiors presented by New York Architects and designers. Hosted at Steelcase, 4 Columbus Circle. Call for entries are now CLOSED.
  • Wednesday May 17, 6-8pm: Private Tour of New York City Hall. Led by Richard Southwick, FAIA, Partner and Director of Preservation, Beyer Blinder Belle, attendees will see and learn how preservation design principles influences upgrading historical structures for today's needs.
  • Thursday May 18, 6-8pm: Annual Oberfield Lecture. This year, the Oberfield lecture will be presented by Kimberly Sheppard, FAIA and Michael Gabellini, FAIA of Gabellini Sheppard. The annual Oberfield lecture was founded as a memorial to Gil Oberfiled, AIA former member and chair of the Interiors Committee. The lecture brings to the podium speakers whose work excels in the field of Interior Architecture.
  • Monday, May 22 6-8pm: Tour of Congregation Beit Simchat (CBST). Join Stephen Cassell, AIA of ARO and Aari Ludvigsen of CBST on a private tour of home to the world's largest LGBTQ Jewish congregation. Learn how the design of the synagogue embodies CBST's core values through an architecture of accessiblity, transparency and warmth. Held at CBST, 130 W 30th Street, New York, NY.
  • Tuesday June 13 through Monday July 3: 2017 Residential Review. A showcase of New York based architects who are desiging outstanding residential spaces. The showcase, consisting of large format posters, will be on display within a large street frontage in Chelsea, NY. Held at GD Cucine, 227 W 17th St, NYC. Call for entries are now OPEN. Submissions are due Friday, May 5, 2017.
  • Tuesday August 8, 2017: Private Tour: Lumen by Jenny Sabin Studio at MoMA PS1. This year's Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1's Young Architect's Program (YAP) temporary outdoor installation at MoMA PS1 is by Jenny Sabin that is an immersive design that evolves over the courseofa day, providing a cooling respite fromthemidday sun and a responsive glowing light after dawn. The tour will be led by both Jenny Sabin of Jenny Sabin Studio and Sean Anderson of MoMA. Held at MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY.
  • August 2017: Annual Hamptons Tour. Details to be confirmed.

2016 Committee Events

  • Thursday January 28, 6-8pm: Winter Party - Celebrating the New Year. Hosted by Porcelanosa.
  • Thursday February 25, 6-8pm: Affordable Housing and the Public Realm: Designing for Quality Retail and Community Use. Organized in conjunction with the Design Trust for Public Space.
    Susan Chin, FAIA, Hon. ASLA, Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space
    Eric Wilson, Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development
    Fiona Cousins, PE, CEng, LEED Fellow, Princpal, Arup; Engineering Fellow, Design Trust for Public Space
    Penny Hardy, Principal, PS New York; Graphic Design Fellow, Design Trust for Public Space
    James Slade, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal, Slade Architecture; Architecture Fellow, Design Trust for Public Space
    Hayes Slade, AIA, Principal, Slade Architecture; Architecture Fellow, Design Trust for Public Space
    R. Darby Curtis, AIA, Partner, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects
    Bill Menking, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Architects Newspaper
  • Wednesday March 23, 6-8pm: Annual AIANY Interiors - Speed Presentation / Edition 7 - Consider Light. A showcase of 10 of the best interiors presented by New York architects and designers. This edition focused on interior projects that 'Consider Light' through innovatice, and imaginative use on any type or scale of project. Hosted at Steelcase, 4 Columbus Circle.
  • Wednesday May 11, 6-8pm: 2016 Oberfield Lecture: Deborah Berke, FAIA "Context and Change"

  • Saturday June 4: Annual Hamptons tour. A private tour of Water Mill House by Andrew Berman Architect. Water Mill, NY.
  • Tuesday June 14, 6-8pm: Opening Reception 2016 Residential Review held at GD Cucine, 227 W 17th St, NYC
  • Tuesday June 14 through Saturday July 2: 2016 Residential Review. A showcase of New York based architects who are designing outstanding residential spaces. The showcase, consisting of large-format posters, will be on display within a large street frontage in Chelsea, NY. Held at GD Cucine, 227 W 17th St, NYC. Entries closed, more information.
  • Tuesday June 16th, 6.30-8pm: Annual MoMA PS1 event. Tour of the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1's Young Architect's Program (YAP) temporary, outdoor installation at MoMA PS1. This year's installation by Edobedo Soliz Studio, drawn from among five finalists, provides shade, seating and water for the 2016 Warm Up summer music series. Details to be announced.
  • Monday July 25, 6.30-8pm: Private Tour of the Knickerbocker Hotel. A private, happy hour tour of the Gabellini Sheppard Associates-designed public areas, available named suites, and spacious rooftop including the bar, lounge and outdoor terrace.
  • Thursday October 6th, 6-8pm: Adaptive Reuse: Constancy and Change.
    Panel Discussion on adaptive reuse in interior design. Three leading architects in the field will discuss how to find a balance between reimagined potential and thoughtful preservation, while presenting their completed projects as examples.
    Morris Adjmi, FAIA, Founding Principal, Morris Adjmi Architects
    Eran Chen, AIA, Founder and Executive Director, ODA
    Lissa So, AIA, Founding Partner, Marvel Architects
    John Czarnecki, Editor-in-Chied, Contract Magazine
  • Tuesday October 18th, 6-8pm: Lighting Walking tour. Private lighting walking tour of Brookfield Place designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli. Organized in conjunction with IESNYC.
  • Wednesday November 2nd, 6-8pm: Teaching Sustainability in Interior Design. A discussion addressing the ideas for a unifying pedagogy needed to teach holistic, human-centered interior design to the next generation of students and professionals.
  • Thursday November 10, 6.30-9pm: St Patrick's Cathedral Restoration: Rejuvenating an Icon. A private tour of St Patrick's Cathedral led by Jeffrey Murphy, FAIA, MBB Architects, and Ron Pennella, StructureTone Inc., and the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. 
  • Wednesday, November 30, 6-8pm: Stewardship of Decorated Ceilings in Great Public Spaces. Exploring the creation, repair and restoration of ornate plaster ceilings usting the New York Public Library's Rose Reading Room ceiling as a case study.


 Above: The Inaugural AIANY Interiors Committee Residential Review, June 2015.

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