Build your knowledge about New York City’s iconic architecture — from the sprawling underground to the soaring skyline — and contemporary urban design.
This course explores the unique architecture and urban texture that makes New York City one of the world’s most distinctive and iconic cities. Starting underground with the subway system, students will learn about the necessary infrastructure that allows for a dense city of skyscrapers to function.
Students will visit monuments of world architecture, ranging from archetypal buildings, such as the Art Deco Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, to more recent triumphs, such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum and Renzo Piano’s new Whitney Museum of American Art. Students will learn about New York’s incredible feats of engineering, such as the Brooklyn Bridge and Grand Central Terminal, which connect the five boroughs of New York to the greater Tri-State region. Students will examine important works of landscape architecture from Central Park to the High Line that help make the urban city livable, as well as public sculpture and design, and the debates that have surrounded such works.
Visits will include walking tours of various areas and districts of New York as well as museums documenting the architecture and urban history of the city. Students will tour individual buildings, monuments, parks, and public spaces.
Site visits may include:
- The Empire State Building
- The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
- The Whitney Museum of American Art
- A walking tour of midtown Manhattan, including the Chrysler Building and the Seagram Building
- The Museum of the City of New York
- The New York Transit Museum
- Terraform ONE Studios
- Central Park
- Brooklyn Bridge
- Grand Central Terminal
- The High Line
Guest Speakers and Lecturers:
Students will hear firsthand about the urban history of New York from architectural historians, city planners, and museum professionals.
Guest speakers may include:
- Architectural historians
- Urban planners
- Museum curators
Materials Fee: $250
Please note: This information is subject to change at any time at the discretion of Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York.