AIA New York: Center For Architecture


Minoru Yamasaki: Humanist Architecture for a Modernist World

Date: Wednesday, February 13, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Location: At the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Pl., NYC

Credits: 1.5 LU 
Price: Free for AIA members, DOCOMOMO members, and students; $10 for general public

Architectural historian Dale Allen Gyure will discuss the career and life of Minoru Yamasaki (1912–1986), best know as the architect of the World Trade Center. Born to Japanese immigrant parents in Seattle, Yamasaki became one of the towering figures of midcentury architecture, even appearing on the cover of Time magazine in 1963. His self-proclaimed humanist designs merged the modern materials and functional considerations of postwar American architecture with traditional elements such as arches and colonnades. Yamasaki’s reputation began to decline in the 1970s with the mixed critical reception of the World Trade Center and the spectacular failure of St. Louis’s Pruitt-Igoe Apartments, which came to symbolize the flaws of midcentury urban renewal policy.

Gyure is the author of the first book to examine Yamasaki’s life and career, Minoru Yamasaki: Humanist Architecture for a Modernist World, published in November 2017 by Yale University Press. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing from Yale University Press.

Speakers: Dale Allen Gyure, PhD, Professor and Associate Chair of Architecture, Lawrence Technological University; author, Minoru Yamasaki: Humanist Architecture for a Modernist World

Organized by: AIANY Historic Buildings Committee and DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State


AIA: The Birth of Hip Hop Architecture

This is a program of  Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip Hop Architecture.

The Birth – Part 2 is the second of two conversations exposing deeper investigations into Hip-Hop Architecture. Speakers will discuss their associations with the architectural movement and share projects and ideas connected with their work in the exhibition.

This panel will feature Los Angeles-based artist Lauren Halsey, whose early education in architecture and identification with hip-hop culture now guide her large-scale urban installations, along with University of Cincinnati Assistant Professor, Stephen Slaughter, one of three professors currently teaching courses on Hip-Hop Architecture.  Syracuse Architecture Assistant Professor, Lawrence Chua, PhD, who writes about hip-hop and Modernism, will moderate the session.

Lauren Halsey, Artist
Stephen Slaughter, Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati

Lawrence Chua, PhD, Assistant Professor, Syracuse University


Date: Wednesday, December 5, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Location: At the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Pl., NYC
Price: Free for AIA members and students; $10 for general public