Archtober is New York's Architecture and Design Month, a festival of architectural design activities, programs and exhibitions taking place during the month of October.


Archtober presents special tours, lectures, films and exhibitions that focus on the importance of architecture and design in everyday life. The many participating organizations aim to raise awareness of the important role of design in our city and to build a lasting civic and international recognition of the richness of New York's built environment. Special programming every day of the month and access to sites, and their architects, will bring new audiences to all of the participating organizations -- all of whom are committed to New York and promoting design excellence.


New York City's Architecture Week was founded in 2003 when the AIA New York Chapter (AIANY) opened the doors of the Center for Architecture and openhousenewyork (OHNY) opened our city to architecture aficionados, the general public and visitors from around the world.  For the past eight years, Architecture Week took place in the second week of October and has included an opening of the Center for Architecture's fall exhibition, an AIANY Member's Show displayed in the West 4th Street subway station, and AIANY's  Heritage Ball and Party@theCenter.  The Week concluded with OHNY's Weekend Launch Party and the Annual OHNY Weekend, which welcomes 200,000 visitors to 350 talks, tours, site-specific performances and family programs each year. In 2010, the Architecture & Design Film Festival hosted its first New York event the following week. These events inspired Architecture Week to grow into a month-long celebration, Archtober, and now includes a larger collective of local architecture and design organizations to further emphasize and promote the importance of architecture and design in New York City.

Participating Organizations

Contact Laura Trimble for more information regarding Archtober participation.

212.358.6111 or

Archtober was initiated by the AIA New York Chapter, openhousenewyork and the Architecture & Design Film Festival. Participating organizations in this first year include AIA New York Chapter; Architecture & Design Film Festival; Architecture for Humanity; The Architectural League of New York; BMW Guggenheim Lab; The Bronx Museum of the Arts; Brooklyn Bridge Park; Brooklyn Historical Society; Center for Architecture Foundation; Checkerboard Film Foundation; Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution; CultureNOW; Design Trust for Public Space; Docomomo; The Drawing Center; Forum for Urban Design; Friends of the High Line; Historic Districts Council; IIDA New York Chapter; Institute for Urban Design; The Municipal Art Society; The Museum of Arts and Design; The Museum of Modern Art; Museum of the City of New York; New York Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects; New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation; New York Transit Museum; The Noguchi Museum; openhousenewyork; The Skyscraper Museum; Storefront for Art and Architecture; Van Alen Institute; and The Waterfront Center.

Building of the Day

The Archtober "Building of the Day" celebrates contemporary architecture in New York City. Check the Archtober calendar for special tours and lectures each day.

Support Archtober

Contact Jen Apple to learn the benefits of Archtober sponsorship.

212.358.6108 or

Media Inquiries

Contact Nicole Friedman for press information.

212.358.6126 or

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I pick up an Archtober guide?

The Center for Architecture will be home to an Archtober lounge where guides and program information will be available. Archtober guides will be distributed at all participating organizations. Check the online Archtober calendar for the most up to date listing of activities.


Does every "Building of the Day" have a daily tour?

Check the AIANY and openhousenewyork calendar for tour details on selected days. Visit the cultureNOW website for daily building features and podcasts.


How can I get involved?

Contact Edith Bellinghausen (212.358.6114or if you are interested in volunteering.


How can I list my program on the Archtober calendar?

Contact Laura Trimble (212.358.6111 or for information about becoming a participating organization.


How much does it cost to attend Archtober programs and exhibitions?

Entrance to the Center for Architecture Archtober lounge and exhibitions is free and open to the public. Other program and exhibition entrance costs vary. Check the websites of participating organizations for ticket information.


Is there a pass for special entrance to Archtober activities?

There is currently no pass for Archtober admission.