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Archtober [ärk’töbər] is New York City’s Architecture and Design Month, the annual festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions taking place during the month of October.

Shown: Noguchi Museum Renovation. Renovation Architect: Sage and Coombe Architects. Original Architect: Isamu Noguchi. Photo: Peter Aaron/ESTO.

Snapshot

100k

Visitors

10

Years

700+

Events

100+

Partners

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Mission

Archtober, an annual celebration of architecture and design, takes place October 1-31. Organized by the Center for Architecture in collaboration with over 70 partners and sponsors, the festival gathers events ranging from daily building tours and lectures by design experts, to architecture-themed competitions and parties.

History

Archtober truly began in 2003 when the American Institute of Architects New York (AIANY) opened the Center for Architecture and openhousenewyork (OHNY) opened our city to architecture aficionados, the general public, and visitors from around the world. For the next seven years, Architecture Week took place in the second week of October concluded with the Annual OHNY Weekend. 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, which launched in 2011 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. One highlight is Building of the Day, the Center for Architecture's daily tours of notable buildings led by architects and other design professionals, which include contemporary buildings and historic sites. Many events are free; individual pricing and ticketing information is available on each organization’s website.