Public Programs


Witold Rybczynski  

Witold Rybczynski: A Tool for Sitting

Wednesday, October 5, 6pm

The distinguished architect and writer Witold Rybczynski talks about the history of the chair from the folding stools of pharaonic Egypt to the ubiquitous stackable monobloc chairs of today. The history of the chair is a social as well as a technological history—of different ways of sitting, of changing manners and attitudes, and of varying tastes.

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Debra Berke  

Michael I. and Patricia M. Sovern Lecture on Design
Deborah Berke: Architecture Inside Out

Wednesday, October 19, 6pm

Deborah Berke, FAIA, LEED AP, is an architect, educator, founder of Deborah Berke Partnersand dean of the Yale School of Architecture, the first woman to hold the position. She has been a professor (adjunct) at Yale since 1987. In 2012 she was the inaugural recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Prize at the University of California at Berkeley, which is given to an architect who has advanced the position of women in the profession and whose work emphasizes a commitment to sustainability and the community.

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Interior Design Master Class  

Interior Design Master Class

Thursday, October 27, 6pm

Poised to become the essential book on design, Interior Design Master Class (Rizzoli, October 2016) collects the expertise and knowledge of the best interior designers working today. The book features 100 essays by America’s top designers—from established design legends to members of the new guard—each of whom have chosen a single subject to explore.

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[Re] Designing & [Co] Living the [New] American Dream

Wednesday, November 2, 6pm

What used to be seen as the antithesis to the classic American dream, moving to the city instead of buying a home and settling down in the suburbs, has become the new norm. Jeff Wilson, CEO, KASITA; Darrick Borowski, principal, ARExA; and Brad Hargreaves, founder & CEO, Common and co-founder, General Assembly, will discuss trends driving innovation in the housing industry and the response to the issues that arise from the desire to live in tight-knit urban neighborhoods that are close to work and filled with amenities.

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Primo Orpilla  

Primo Orpilla: Working Beautifully, Making Space for New Business Environments

Wednesday, November 30, 6pm

Every modern office is an ecosystem of interconnected activities—some in harmony, others in conflict—all requiring designated spaces for those functions. For 25 years Primo Orpilla and Studio O+A have designed work environments that promote the health and vigor of that ecosystem.

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View past NYSID Events

Missed one of our lectures? Watch them online! For those of you who couldn't make one of NYSID's public programs this year, we have added a number of our lectures to the NYSID YouTube channel.