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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.

Spring 2018

Making America Modern
Wednesday, May 2, 6pm

Marilyn F. Friedman will introduce her new book Making America Modern: Interior Design in the 1930s, which chronicles the evolution of modern interior design in the U.S. during the 1930s.

We Are What We Build: Sally Henderson Lecture on Green Design
Wednesday, April 25, 6PM

Please join Breeze Glazer, Program Director of Healthcare Design at NYSID and Sustainable Healthcare Leader, Senior Associate at Perkins+Will in a lecture and panel discussion about the transparency movement in a lecture to honor the memory of NYSID faculty member, Sally Henderson, who developed the College’s first course in green design. A moderated discussion will follow with panelists sharing a range of perspectives, insights and lessons learned including; Mary Holt, Executive VP, Creative Director of Carnegie Fabrics, Arjav Shah, Interior Project Designer, Perkins+Will, andEthan Lu, Program Director of the NYSID MPS in Sustainable Interior Environments Program.

Rethinking Luxury at One Hudson Yards
Wednesday, April 11, 6PM

Join Andre Kikoski, founder of Andre Kikoski Architect, as he gives an inside look into one of their recent high profile NYC projects, a residential tower at Hudson Yards. Andre will walk through the unique material palette crafted specifically for One Hudson Yards. As one of the first buildings built at Hudson Yards, Andre Kikoski Architect wanted to set the tone and future direction for what’s to come.

Michael Graves Architecture & Design: The Art of Integrated Design
Wednesday, April 4, 6pm

Join Karen Nichols, FAIA, Principal, and Donald Strum, IDSA, Principal at Michael Graves Architecture & Design discuss the firm’s integrated multi-disciplinary practice. Using specific examples from hospitality and the workplace Karen and Donald will show how the interior design of their projects marries architecture and products, promotes humanistic environments, and creates value for the user experience.

Wharton Esherick: Synthesizing Art, Design, Crafts, Architecture
Wednesday, March 28, 6pm

Design historian, Daniella Ohad will moderate a panel discussion between Carolyn Coal, filmmaker, Dr. Robert Aibel, collector, scholar, and dealer, and Paul Eisenhauer, former executive director and curator of the Wharton Esherick Museum following the screening of I Am Known as an Artist, a documentary focusing on the godfather of the Studio Furniture Movement and inventor of Art Furniture, Wharton Esherick. This program is sponsored by Rago Art and Moderne Gallery. Reception to follow the lecture.

When is White Light not White?
Thursday, March 1, 6pm

What is white light? When is white light not white? This lecture demo will explore and compare the differences between color temperature, “tuneable” white light, and color changing LEDs. The ways in which those choices affect the color of materials used in designing a space will be demonstrated. The angle of the light and how it impacts how we see texture will also be explored. The end result will show how color and angle can enhance the mood and create a “wow factor.”

Creating Places to Call Home: How Tradition, Style, and Memory Can Inspire Ways of Living
Thursday, February 15, 6pm

Join Gil Schafer, award winning architect and author of A Place to Call Home, as he opens the doors to his world of comfortable classicism, sharing some of the firm’s most recent, and exciting, projects from around the country and walking through the inner workings of his distinctive approach—from concrete techniques to the more emotional and intuitive aspects of his process—showing how he brings his projects to life and fills them with soul.

The Evolution of the Firm: Three Decades of Design with Cullman & Kravis Associates
Wednesday, January 31, 6pm

Join Ellie Cullman and the partners of the distinguished AD100 design firm Cullman & Kravis Associates as they share how the firm has evolved in the ever-changing landscape of Interior Design for this NYSID alumni lecture. Alumni Association President Lawrence Levy will introduce a panel discussion with Ellie and the partners, Alyssa Urban, Claire Ratliff, Sarah Ramsey and Lee Cavanaugh.

The Postmodern Phenomenon: from failure to fashion-forward
Wednesday, January 24, 6pm

Join the author of Postmodern Design Complete, which was recently selected by the New York Times as one of 2017's best Art Books in this dynamic and thought-provoking presentation. Judith Gura, design historian and author, will discuss the history, designers, and iconic designs of the Postmodern movement, and the reasons behind its current and well-deserved revival. A conversation to follow moderated by creative director of Metropolis, Paul Makovsky.

Fall 2017

New York Living: Re-Inventing Home
Wednesday, December 6, 6pm

Paul Gunther, co-author of New York Living: Re-Inventing Home will be joined by Tamara Eaton and David Mann, two designers featured in the book, to explore contemporary examples of residential design found amongst the five boroughs of New York City.

The Well-Dressed Window
Wednesday, November 29, 6pm

AD100 designer Thomas Jayne joins Winterthur Design Associates’ principal designer Sandy Brown in celebrating her new book The Well-Dressed Window: Curtains at Winterthur.  Jayne and Brown that will explore Henry Francis du Pont’s extraordinary taste and eye that has transformed interior design.

Rockefeller Family Garderns
Wednesday, November 8, 6pm

The contributors of The Rockefeller Family Gardens: An American Legacy, with photography by Larry Lederman; essays by Todd Forrest, Vice President of Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden and Cynthia Bronson Altman, Curator of the Collections at Kykuit will lead the panel discussion moderated by Louis Bauer, Senior Director of Horticulture at Wave Hill focusing on the horticulture and landscape mastery of the Rockefeller Family Gardens.

Sebastián Errazuriz: Monologues in the Artist's Studio
Wednesday, November 1, 6pm

A film screening of Sebastián Errazuriz: Monologues in the Artist's Studio by Palu Abadia. Sebastián Errazuriz is a Brooklyn-based artist/designer pushing the boundaries between art, photography, design, architecture, and fashion. A conversation to follow moderated by design historian, Daniella Ohad.

Making Places: Designing for the Non-Traditional Media Canvas
Wednesday, October 18, 6pm

In collaboration with Archtober, NYSID will present a lecture featuring Michael Schneider, ESI Design’s senior designer and AV technologist, who will explore how to navigate both architecture and content when designing in our current climate of non-traditional media and built environments.

Michael I. and Patricia M. Sovern Lecture on Design
Mitchell Owens
Wednesday, October 11, 6pm

Editor, reporter, curator, and scholar of subjects ranging from architecture and design to social history and popular culture, Mitchell Owens, decorative arts editor at Architectural Digest will speak on current interior design trends and the future of the field. 

Charles Le Brun and the Image of Louis XIV
Thursday, October 5, 6pm

A co-sponsored event with the ICAA and Royal Oak Foundation, Dr. Wolf Burchard will address the topics in his book, The Sovereign Artist: Charles Le Brun and the Image of Louis XIV. The book explores Louis XIV’s principal painter and how he sought to translate the King’s desire for power into a visual brand.

Navigating the New World of Design Media
Wednesday, September 20, 6pm

Join design-industry expert Margaret Russell, editor-in-chief of Galerie magazine and former editor-in-chief of Elle Decor and Architectural Digest, and Rizzoli editor Carl Dellatore, for a discussion on how shelter-brand content—both print and digital—is adapting to the new media landscape, and how this transition affects interior designers and architects. They will also offer insight on how to best navigate social media platforms, design blogs, public relations, and the world of book publishing; Q+A will follow the program.

Spring 2017

Joseph Walsh: Crafting the Contemporary
Wednesday, May 3, 6pm 

Joseph Walsh is an Irish master maker and furniture designer of an international acclaim, who has formulated a unique and personal language based on the art of bending and laminating ash and other indigenous timber, reflecting his heritage. This panel positions Walsh, who has exhibited internationally, and whose work is included in collections of many major museums, within the fabric of contemporary design and within that of Irish design and heritage.

Panelists include Joseph Walsh, furniture designer; Jennifer Goff, curator of furniture, silver, and the Eileen Gray Collection at the National Museum of Ireland; and Glenn Adamson, design curator and scholar. The discussion will be moderated by Daniella Ohad, design historian.This lecture is co-sponsored by the American Irish Historical Society

Nest Magazine - A Wild Adventure
Thursday, April 27, 6pm 

Nest Magazine was an outlier in the magazine world with a brief but impactful life from 1997-2003. Joseph Holtzman, founder and editor-in-chief, created an outrageously unique and provocative experience for readers, exploring and revealing every kind of dwelling, from the professionally designed and grand, to the humble yet beautiful. 

In this lecture, Lisa Zeiger, former decorative arts editor at Nest, will present a lecture that will explore Nest as a magnificently unified work of art reflecting the taste of its founder, and offer a rare glimpse into the magazine's photography, graphic design, and eclectic array of authors and interiors.

The lecture will be followed by a discussion with Mitchell Owens, decorative arts editor at Architectural Digest, and Glenn Gissler, president of ASID New York Metro, on the magazine’s creators, exuberant content and its influence upon design thinking and writing today

 Alumni Panel Discussion
Wednesday, April 12, 6pm 

As NYSID’s centennial year comes to an end, we take a moment to look at the past, present, and future of the interior design industry.

With NYSID as their springboard, this panel will discuss their own experiences within the field and the role that an education in interior design played. Susan Zises Green will moderate a discussion with Ann Pyne, Scott Sloat, and Timothy Whealon.

Re-imagining the Havana Home: Authentic Cuban Style Past, Present, and Future
Wednesday, March 29, 6pm 

Since 2010, Cuban-American Hermes Mallea, co-founder of M(Group), has been working with a handful of Cuban photographers to document the city’s rich architectural patrimony that was interrupted by the Cuban Revolution of 1959. In this lecture, Mallea will take us behind the scenes to visit landmark houses constructed between 1860 and 1960 highlighted in his book Great Houses of Havana (Monacelli, 2011).

He will also share his passion for the authentically Cuban style homes of the city’s artists, international residents, and cultural elite featured in his upcoming book Living in Havana Today (Rizzoli, September 2017) – personality-filled interiors that are a testament to Cuban ingenuity, created while working within the constraints imposed by Cuba’s economic and material isolation.

A Conversation with Rick Fedrizzi & Randy Fiser
Sally Henderson Lecture on Green Design
Wednesday, March 22, 6pm   

This annual lecture was established to honor the memory of the NYSID faculty member Sally Henderson who developed the College’s first course in green design. For this conversation Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and chairman, International WELL Building Institute, and former CEO and founder of the U.S. Green Building Council, and Randy Fiser, CEO, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), will discuss their visions for harnessing the power of design to transform the human experience. Both Fedrizzi and Fiser also serve on the advisory board of Delos™, a pioneer of Wellness Real Estate that has worked to transform our homes, offices, schools, and other indoor environments. The company is the 2017 recipient of NYSID’s annual Green Design Award.

From Stud to Stalled
Wednesday, February 22, 6pm

Joel Sanders, principal, Joel Sanders Architect, will present a lecture that traces the evolution of two decades of work on gender, identity, and design since the publication of his book of essays, STUD: Architectures of Masculinity (1996). The talk will look at shifting cultural conceptions about masculinity, femininity, and LBGTQ rights over the past 20 years. Divided into four chronological sections that correspond to four cultural issues that have shaped Sanders’ writing and projects, this talk will provide the audience with new ways of seeing important cultural issues that resonate today.

Fall 2016

Redefining Traditional Style for Today’s Modern World
Wednesday, September 21, 6pm

A preview of NYSID’s 2017 spring exhibition, this panel discussion will explore how the next generation of designers may adapt traditional styles to fit with a modern sensibility, featuring Laura Brooks, senior brand manager, Brizo; Jimmy DeBernardo, senior director, Ethan Allen; Rick Wiedemer, CEO, Hinkley Lighting; Wendy Kvalheim, president & design director, Mottahedeh; Sherri Donghia, designer, Sunbrella. Moderated by Tori Mellot, senior style & markets editor, Traditional Home magazine.

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.

Deborah Berke: Architecture Inside Out
The Michael I. and Patricia M. Sovern Lecture on Design
Wednesday, October 19, 6pm

Deborah Berke, FAIA, LEED AP, is an architect, educator, founder of Deborah Berke Partners and 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. Berke and her firm are the subject of two recent books: House Rules (Rizzoli, July 2016), and Working (Artifice, fall 2016).

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. Author Carl Dellatore will be joined by Penny Drue Baird (Paris), Glenn Gissler (Alchemy), Mariette Himes and Brooke Gomez(Neutrals), and Thomas Jayne (Provenance), as they discuss their work, chosen topics, and evolution of the interior design profession.

[Re] Defining & [Co] Living the [New] American Dream
Wednesday, November 2, 6pm

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. 

Primo Orpilla: Working Beautifully, Making Space for New Business Environments
Wednesday, November 30, 6pm

Every modern office is an ecosystem of interconnected activities. For 25 years Primo Orpilla and Studio O+A have designed work environments that promote the health and vigor of that ecosystem. Recognizing that a café can be as important to getting the job done as a conference room, Orpilla will disucss how O+A has developed a vocabulary of space types equally adaptable to start-ups occupying their first real office and to corporate giants hitting the refresh button

Spring 2016

Donald Kaufman: The Art of Custom Paint Colors
Wednesday, Februay 10, 6pm

A discussion with master colorist Donald Kaufman. He will be joined by interior designer Carey Maloney, M (Group), to discuss past collaborations and the impact of architectural color. There will be a book signing to follow, featuring the speakers’ books–Color Palettes: Atmospheric Interiors Using the Donald Kaufman Color Collection and Stuff  by Carey Maloney.

Timothy Rohan: NYC's Modernist Architectural Interiors
Wednesday, March 23, 6pm

Architectural historian Timothy Rohan lectures on Manhattan’s lost but remarkable Modernist domestic interiors. Between 1965 and 1985, New York architects such as Paul Rudolph, Robert A.M. Stern, Charles Gwathmey, and Alan Buchsbaum explored innovative aesthetic, spatial, and social dimensions for living when they renovated Manhattan apartments, townhouses, and lofts.

Sean Corcorran: Design for Learning Spaces
Wednesday, March 30, 6pm

Sean Corcorran, general manager of Steelcase Education Solutions, will discuss how space impacts behavior and how design thinking is transforming classrooms and learning spaces. This lecture will focus on how to best help schools, colleges, and universities design solutions for the many spaces where learning happens, from classrooms and libraries to in-between spaces and cafes.

The Evolution of Interior Design: Alumni Exhibition
Wednesday, April 6, 6pm

NYSID alumni Mariette Himes Gomez, founder and principal at Gomez & Associates; George Marshall Peters, interior design at Pamela Banker Associates; Erika Reuter, senior interior designer, HOK; and Therese Virserius, founder and principal of Virserius Studio, will discuss the evolution of the interior design profession and their experiences working at their respective firms. The discussion will be moderated by alumna Becky Button, principal at Gensler.

Creative Collaborations: Designing Signature Product Lines
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Designers Alexa Hampton and Laura Kirar, licensing agent Kate Verner, and designer Barry Goralnick will discuss the ins and outs and pros and cons of developing signature product lines. Moderated by Glenn Gissler, president of Glenn Gissler Design and president-elect of American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) NY Metro Chapter.

James Russell: Sustainability and Resiliency in NYC
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

James Russell, the newly-appointed director of Design Strategic Initiatives at the NYC Department of Design and Construction, will speak about the agency’s recently released Guiding Principles for Design Excellence; upcoming initiatives in environmental sustainability, resiliency, equity, and healthy living; and the potential impact for interior spaces.

Fall 2015

Timeless Design: Vladimir Kagan & Amy Lau
Wednesday, September 30, 6pm

Vladimir Kagan will talk about his retirement and reemergence, and the timelessness of good modern design, comparing notes with Amy Lau, one of today’s leading interior designers, and one of his biggest fans. Publisher and longtime design editor Suzanne Slesin will moderate the conversation.

Michael I. and Patricia M. Sovern Lecture on Design: Robert Stern
Wednesday October 7, 6pm

Robert A.M. Stern is a practicing architect, teacher, and writer. As founder and senior partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects, he directs the design of the firm’s architecture, planning, interior design, and landscape design projects. His talk will be based on his recent book, Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City, which considers the history of the garden suburb and how it serves as a guide for current and future urban planning.

Celebrate! Preserve! Protect! The Joys and Challenges of Designing Historic Interiors
Wednesday, October 14, 6pm

Designers of historic spaces face special needs and responsibilities. Designer Kitty Hawks and architects Hugh Hardy and David Rockwell will join author and historian Judith Gura to share experiences and advice on balancing “old” and “new.” Sponsored by The Monacelli Press and New York School of Interior Design, celebrating the publication of Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York.

Inside the Four Seasons and Others New York City Landmark Interiors
Tuesday, October 20, 6:30p

Design historian Judith Gura, preservationist Kate Wood, and photographer Larry Lederman, the team behind the new book Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York (published by the Monacelli Press and New York School of Interior Design), will take us behind the scenes in some of the city's most interesting spaces.

Designing Tomorrow's Library
Wednesday, October 21, 6pm

 Today, many libraries are transitioning into the digital age to provide services beyond book lending.  Architect Andrew Bermanand architect Chris McVoy, Steven Holl Architects  will be joined by David Giles, The Center for an Urban Future, to discuss designing libraries for New York’s diverse communities. The talk will be moderated by Raymund Ryan, curator of architecture at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Look Inside: Hudson Yards
Wednesday, October 28, 6pm

Hudson Yards will soon be an entirely new neighborhood on Manhattan’s far west side above an active train yard. Mark Boekenheide, design director, Hudson Yards/Related Companies; Joel Brenner, VP Project \Management, Time Warner, Inc.; Brian Tolman, global design director, Unispace; andMarianne Kwok, director, KPF Architects, will discuss design and planning of some of the first buildings opening in 2016.

Barbara Ostom: Curtain Up! Lecture and Book Signing
Wednesday, November 4, 6pm

In this lecture Barbara Ostrom  will talk about her experiences and how she transformed design disasters—from dank basement spaces and sad-looking garages—into inspiring and light-filled photo-perfect rooms. The talk will be illustrated with images from her book, Curtain Up: Thirty Years of Spectacular Showhouse Rooms, recently published by Pointed Leaf Press.

Beyond Aesthetics: Innovation in Materials
Wednesday, November 13, 6pm

Prior to new materials coming to market, researchers inform new development, incorporating the latest innovations in technology, sustainability, and more. Carol Derby, vice president of research and development, Designtex, and Andrew Dent, Ph.D. vice president, Library and Materials Research, Material ConneXion, will discuss their work at the forefront of material innovation and insights into the future of design.

Deconstructing Donghia: Stories Behind the Legend
Wednesday, November 18, 6pm

Designer Angelo Donghia was one of the country’s most celebrated designers, with a high-profile image to rival that of his celebrity clients. In this conversation, three designers who knew him and one who cites him as inspiration trade stories about Angelo’s innovative ideas, and his influence on design today. Panelists include Donghia design director Chuck Chewning, design luminaries Mario Buatta and Jamie Drake, and designer Antonino Buzzetta. Design writer Pilar Viladas will moderate.

Spring 2015

Love Going Home With Michael Bruno
Wednesday, June 10, 6 – 7:30pm

Join 1stdibs founder Michael Bruno as he presents his new venture Housepad app and shares how technology will revolutionize the way we manage our homes.

Workplace Design That Respects Human Nature
Thursday, April 30, 6pm

Christina Bodin Danielsson, PhD, researcher at School of Architecture, the Royal Institute of Technology, and the Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University, presented her research on the sorts of spaces where people do their best work and feel good, mentally and physically. A discussion featuring Bodin Danielsson; Sally Augustin, PhD, principal, Design With Science; Leigh Stringer, workplace strategist, researcher and author of upcoming book, The Healthy Workplace, followed.

Alumni Lecture - Charles Pavarini III: From NYSID to 17 Design Awards
Wednesday, April 22, 6pm

NYSID alumnus Charles Pavarini III is the founder and president of Pavarini Design, a firm specializing in architecturally-based interior design. He spoke about how to take your imagination and turn creative thoughts into the business of interior design.

Landmark Dash with Open House New York
Saturday, April 18

Weave your way across the city in a fun-filled adventure, looking for the hidden secrets in some of New York’s most daring and progressive interior landmarks. Participants will learn about how and why great architectural experiments were able to take place — the social forces they responded to, the engineering feats they achieved, the rules their architects broke — in a challenging and informative game, with friends. 

Public Lives: Preserving New York's Landmark Interiors
Thursday, April 16, 6pm

Kent Barwick, civic leader and former NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair; Roberta Brandes Gratz, journalist and urban critic; and Francis Morrone, architectural historian, join preservation historian Anthony C. Wood for a checkup on the interior preservation movement, with an introductory overview by Kate Wood, co-curator of NYSID’s exhibition, “Rescued, Restored, Reimagined: New York’s Landmark Interiors.”

Eileen Gray: Why Now?
Monday, April 13, 6:30pm

In a panel discussion — which includes Cloé Pitiot, curator at Centre Pompidou in Paris; Jennifer Goff, curator at the National Museum of Ireland; Adriana Friedman, DeLorenzo Gallery; and Sandra Gering, founder of the Friends of E1027 — design historian and educator Daniella Ohad moderated and addressed the question: “Eileen Gray: Why Now?”

Carolyn Englefield: A Passion for Living
Thursday, March 26, 6pm

Carolyn Englefield, interiors editor at Veranda, presented a lecture on her latest book, Veranda A Passion for Living (Sterling, 2014), which embraces the idea of what makes a home exceptional — one with an unforgettable sense of personality and ardor.

Changing Use: The Dilemma of Landmark Interiors
Wednesday, March 25, 6pm

Hugh Hardy, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture; Kitty Hawks, interior designer; and Justin Davidson, architectural critic, will join New York magazine design editor Wendy Goodman in a provocative discussion, introduced by Judith Gura, about the problems faced in preserving landmark interiors in an era of changing needs and a city committed to the pursuit of the new.

Behind the Scene: Set Decoration in TV & Film
Thursday, February 11, 6pm

Andrew Jackness, film production designer, lead a discussion with prominent set decorators George DeTitta, SDSA, Birdman (2014); Regina Graves, SDSA, The Knick (Cinemax); and David Schlesinger, SDSA, Annie (2014), about their work and creative process, from preparation to dressing and shooting the sets. This event was programmed in conjunction with the Set Decorators Society of America.

Dialogues on Design
Thursday, January 22, 4:30pm

Dialogues on Design is a new series of conversations with leading interior designers, landscape designers, and architects, moderated by Newell Turner, editor-in-chief of House Beautiful and editorial director of the Hearst Design Group. This discussion featured Tom Scheerer, Architect and Designer, and Victoria Hagan, Interior Designer, who discussed their work and current trends in design today. Attendees had the opportunity to meet and talk with the designers at a reception following the program.

NYSID is grateful for the generous support of Armani Casa.


Fall 2014

Michael Murphy, MASS Design Group
Sally Henderson Memorial Lecture on Green Design
Monday, December 8, 6pm

Michael Murphy is the executive director of MASS Design Group, which he co-founded with Alan Ricks in 2008. Since leading the design and construction of the critically acclaimed Butaro Hospital in Rwanda, Michael has become a thought leader in architecture and healthcare design and was recently listed in The Atlantic Monthly as one of the “Greatest Innovators of Today.”

Jared Goss – Décor à la Mode: Decorators and Clients in Art Deco France
Thursday, November 20, 6pm

This lecture derives from research undertaken for Jared Goss’s latest book, French Art Deco  (Yale University Press, Oct. 2014), which examines about 100 pieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s modern design collection. The talk focused on some of the most colorful figures from the roster of international clients who commissioned high-style French Art Deco interiors during the 1910s, ‘20s, and ‘30s, including silent movie stars, stage actresses, fashion designers, industrialists, explorers, courtesans, and even royalty.

Krista Ninivaggi: 20/20/Future/Focus
Wednesday, November 19, 6pm

Krista Ninivaggi, named Contract Magazine’s 2014 “Designer of the Year” and a “Young Gun” by, has worked at three influential firms in the first 12 years of her career: The Rockwell Group, AvroKo, and SHoP Architects, where she was the first director of the Interior Design Group. Each experience has profoundly influenced her opinions and methodologies of design. In this lecture, Ninivaggi distilled the lessons learned at each firm and how these created a road map in the founding of her own practice and newest venture, K & Co.

Barry Bergdoll – At Home in the Museum?: On the History and Actuality of Architecture on Display
Michael I. and Patricia M. Sovern Lecture on Design
Thursday, November 13, 6pm

Barry Bergdoll is Meyer Schapiro professor of art history at Columbia University.  He was from 2007 to 2013 the Philip Johnson chief curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art, where he continues to serve as a curator of architecture. His lecture examined the historical evolution of the modern practice of displaying architecture out of its original setting to create public debate.

Inside the New Whitney Museum
Wednesday, October 29, 6pm

The Whitney Museum of American Art – one of the only museums in New York City dedicated to American art – will move to its new home in the Meatpacking District in spring 2015. Scott Newman, partner at Cooper, Robertson & Partners and partner-in-charge of the new Whitney Museum in collaboration with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, provided a sneak preview of the building’s interiors.

Charlie Scheips – Elsie de Wolfe’s Paris: Frivolity Before the Storm
Wednesday, October 22, 6pm

Charlie Scheips – a well-known curator, art advisor, writer, and cultural historian – discussed his new book on the famous decorator Elsie de Wolfe. He revealed his major new discoveries as well as rare or never-before published images that dispel myths about the designer and her fabled house, the Villa Trianon, in Versailles.

Much About McMillen
Wednesday, October 15, 6pm

Panel discussion about what it was like to work at the first professional interior design firm from McMillen designers past and present.

Open House New York: The New Amsterdam Theater Tour
Sunday, October 12, 10:30 – 11:30am

Organized with Open House New York, an annual citywide cultural event in October that showcases hundreds of NYC’s most architecturally and culturally significant spaces and places.  Architect Hugh Hardy was scheduled to give a private tour of the landmark theater that sparked the revival of 42nd Street. Designed by architects Herts & Tallant, The New Amsterdam Theater is one America's few examples of the Art Nouveau style, with ornate interiors distinguished by intricately sculptured panels and painted allegorical murals. The event is in conjunction with NYSID’s exhibition Rescued, Restored, Reimagined: New York’s Landmarked Interiors, on view March 6 – April 24, 2015.  Presented in association with Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City, October 2014. 

Sandra Nunnerley – Interiors: Vision and Inspiration
Wednesday, October 1, 6pm

Sandra Nunnerley is the founder of Sandra Nunnerley, Inc., a residential design firm with commissions around the world – from urban apartments to tropical getaways to country homes. With her tome, Interiors, she presented her inspiration for such projects as the design for a thoroughly modern home featuring site-specific commissions by world-class artists and a glamorous duplex that once belonged to Hollywood producer Jack Warner in the Sherry-Netherland Hotel.

Day of Design @ New York Art, Antique & Jewelry Show
Thursday, September 18, 11am – 4pm

NYSID organized a Day of Design in conjunction with the New York Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, which took place at the Park Avenue Armory from September 17 – 21. Eric Cohler, Carey Maloney, Markham Roberts, and Hunt Slonem offered their personal takes on designing interiors. 


Spring 2014

Adam D. Tihany: Why Hospitality
Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 6:30pm

Adam D. Tihany told the fascinating story of how he began his career and how it evolved from restaurant designer, restaurateur, to hotel and cruise ship visionary. Through his work with some of the world’s most famous chefs, restaurants, and hotel brands he elaborated on what hospitality means and how great design can add value to a brand.

Contemporary Art in Healthcare Environments
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:30pm

Jennifer Finkel, curator, Cleveland Clinic Art Program, and Diane Brown, founder and president, RxArt, look at how contemporary art is integrated into healthcare environments and the affect it has on patients and their families.

Amy Azzarito: The History Behind the Trends
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 6:30pm

Amy Azzarito discussed those pieces you see everywhere—from inlay furniture (currently all the rage at Anthropologie) to the Crate and Barrel standby, the Windsor chair—and delve into the history of these iconic design objects.

Alumni Lecture: Susan Zises Green
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 6:30pm

For more than 35 years, Susan Zises Green has stood at the helm of classic interior design, earning critical acclaim and a dedicated client base throughout Manhattan, Southampton, Connecticut, Palm Beach, and Nantucket. Her work has been featured inArchitectural Digest, Traditional Home, The New York Times, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, Westchester Cottages & Gardens, Nantucket Magazine, and House Beautiful has recognized her as one of the “Top 100 Designers.”  A proud graduate of NYSID, she gave the inaugural alumni lecture at the College and discussed her career, recent projects, and inspirations.

Michael Graves: A Case for Humanistic Solutions in Healthcare Design
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 6:30pm

Michael Graves spoke about the foundation of his design philosophy and how a personal healthcare tragedy focused his attention on improving healthcare experiences by design. He presented recent projects that range from universally accessible homes as part of the Wounded Warrior Home Project at Fort Belvoir to a new hospital wheelchair, Prime TC,which aims to increase comfort, improve safey, and cut costs for hospitals, to performance textiles for all healthcare environments. 

Charles Jencks: Can Architecture Affect Your Health?
Thursday, March 6, 2014, 6pm

Many people presume there is a direct connection between an environment, feeling good, and your good health. The idea goes back to the Egyptians, if not before. But what are the true connections between the two professions? Charles Jencks—an architectural theorist, landscape architect, designer, and co-founder of Maggie’s Centres along with his late wife Maggie Keswick Jencks—spoke about the Maggie’s Centres and how they suggest several answers to this deep question.

Design Diplomacy: A New Look for US Embassies
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 6:30pm

With its recently-inaugurated Excellence in Diplomatic Facilities for embassies, the US State Department has been commissioning some of the country’s leading architects and designers to develop a new generation of overseas facilities that will be as noteworthy for their design as for their functionality, sustainability, and security. Panelists told the story behind the program and showed how it is being carried out in our new embassy in London.  

Made in New York
Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 6:30pm

Design Brooklyn authors Anne Hellman and Michel Arnaud lead a discussion of what it means to be a designer and maker in New York today. Hear firsthand how some of the city’s finest creators launched their careers and how each one of the distinguished panelists has contributed to the Made in New York movement, inspiring the next generation of makers across the country and around the world.


Fall 2013

Fantasy in Design: Retail Display and Holiday Windows
Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 6:30pm

Tom Beebe, Harry Cunningham, and Paul Olszewski talk about a fascinating category of show-and-sell, telling the stories behind some of their inspirations for traffic-stopping store windows and displays. Moderated by Eric Feigenbaum.

Designing for Dinner
Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 6:30pm

A discussion about just how much the design of restaurant interiors contributes to the enjoyment of the food they serve.Michael Anthony, chef/partner, Gramercy Tavern; Adam Farmerie, hospitality designer and co-founder AvroKO; Brian Guze, regional design director, Starbucks; and Tony May, celebrated restauranteur and owner of SD26, will bring their own perspectives. Moderated by Ariane Batterberry, publisher, Food Arts magazine.

Inside to Outside: Privacy and Public Space in the Sustainable City
Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 6:30pm

Leading architects Hugh Hardy and Calvin Tsao discuss the links between public and private, interior and exterior, and how creative planning in today’s cities can enhance human interaction and sustainable design. Moderated by John Czarnecki, editor in chief, Contract magazine.

Return of the Classics: Timeless Mid–Century Design
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 6:30pm

Why is 20th-century design still so appealing? Experts revisit the best designs of several decades past, some that never left and others just now being revived. Panelists include Susan Lyons, president, Designtex; Steven Stolman, president of Scalamandré Inc.; and Larry Weinberg, 20th-century design historian and dealer. Moderated by Donald Albrecht, curator of architecture and design, Museum of the City of New York.

Industrial Revival: The Brooklyn Navy Yard
Thursday, October 24, 2013, 6:30pm

The Brooklyn Navy Yard, long the embodiment of industrial decline in New York City, has become a symbol of the city’s manufacturing revival. Matthew Berman, workshop/apd; Elizabeth Leber, Beyer Blinder Belle; and Daniella Romano, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp., will discuss the adaptive reuse and renovation of BLDG 92, the new exhibition and visitors’ center at the Yard, and the role the Navy Yard will play for sustainable industrial growth, the future of designers, and the surrounding community.

Designing for the 21st–Century Family:From Modern Communes to Senior Living Centers
Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 6:30pm

This discussion will explore how residential planning is adapting to the needs of a changing population: seniors, singles, multigenerational groups, single communes, etc. Panelists include Randy Correll, Robert A.M. Stern Architects; Naomi Neville, architect and author; Richard Rosen, Perkins Eastman; and Caroline Vary, Jonathan Rose Companies.

Day of Design @ Antiques, Art & Design at the Armory
Friday, October 11,  10am – 3pm

Show and Tell — A series of presentations from five of New York’s leading designers—Geoffrey Bradfield, Mario Buatta, Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz,Sandra Nunnerley, and Vicente Wolf. They will share stories from their celebrated design careers; favorite projects, trademark styles, and foolproof techniques for creating beautiful interiors. Organized by the New York School of Interior Design.

Murray Moss:A Conversation on New Directions in Design and Design/Art
Wednesday, September 28, 2013, 6:30pm

Murray Moss—founder of internationally renowned Moss design store and design consultancy Moss Bureau—will speak with NYSID faculty member and historian Judith Gura about his views on today’s innovations in design and what he thinks the future has in store.

Stephanie Stokes Elegant Rooms that Work: Fantasy and Function in Interior Design
Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 6:30pm

Stephanie Stokes is a renowned designer with a unique style that has earned her recognition in leading publications such as Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, and many others. Her work focuses on capturing elegance in a functional way—a premise that led to the publication of her new book, Elegant Rooms that Work: Fantasy and Function in Interior Design. Come hear Stokes discuss her book and sign copies at this book signing and reception.

Spring 2013

The Sally Henderson Memorial Lecture on Green DesignEmily Pilloton: Tell Them I Built This
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 7pm

Emily Pilloton is founder and executive director of Studio H, a non-profit charitable organization that supports, inspires, and promotes humanitarian and life-improving product design initiatives for humanity, habitats, health, and happiness. Trained in architecture (at the University of California, Berkeley) and product design (at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Pilloton believes in design as an honest process of building and activism for community benefit. She has appeared on the TED stage and on The Colbert Report, and has authored the books Design Revolution and Tell Them I Built This.

This lecture was in conjunction with NYSID’s Green Design Awards, an annual event that acknowledges individuals and businesses who have madeoutstanding contributions toward advancing the cause of sustainable design.

Nothing Like Home: Designing the Hotel Experience
Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 6pm

From old-world elegant to barefoot casual, hotels have always sought to create a unique experience for guests. Designers and a hotel historian will bring to life some classic examples and some cutting edge ones. Panelists include hotel historian Stanley Turkel, architect Todd Lee, FAIA, and senior designerJon Kastl of Champalimaud Design. Moderated by Judith Gura, author and NYSID faculty member.

Letting it All Hang Out
Co-hosted by NYSID and New York Design Center (NYDC)
Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 9:30am

What to do with those blank walls? Come see the exhibit of limited edition posters from Lincoln Center’s Vera List Project. Then hear top designers and a frame specialist tell you everything you need to know about decorating with interesting and affordable art.

Mohammed Ayoub: Designing Healthier Hospitals
Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 6pm

Mohammed Ayoub—NYC studio lead design principal and associate vice president at HDR Architecture Inc. — will talk about new approaches tohealthcare design and how it is being implemented in recent supersize and supermodern projects such as the Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi and others in Saudi Arabia as well as hospitals being developed in the US. In 2011, Ayoub received Building Design + Construction magazine’s prestigious 40 Under 40 award and he is well regarded for his dynamic and thought-provoking designs.

Timeless Principles of Design: Is The Decoration of Houses, the Seminal Design Manual by Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman, Jr.,Still Relevant?
Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 6pm

Join us as Richard Guy Wilson, noted architectural historian and author of Edith Wharton at Home, leads a discussion exploring the enduring principles of good, livable design through an examination of Edith Wharton’s and Ogden Codman’s 1897 treatise The Decoration of Houses. Panelists include design historian and author Pauline C. Metcalf, interior designer and authorCharlotte Moss, and Architectural Digest editor and author Mitchell Owens. Co-presented by NYSID and The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home.Discussion followed by a reception and book signing.

The Textured Interior: Fabric Design of D.D. and Leslie Tillett and the Next Generation
Thursday, January 31, 2013, 6:30pm

Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) and NYSID are co-hosting a special evening on how contemporary textile designers, fabric houses, and interior designers are approaching their work and building on the legacy of D.D. and Leslie Tillett, who recently had an exhibition at MCNY. Speakers includeSteven Stolman, president of Scalamandre Fabrics; textile designerLori Weitzner; and interior designer Susan Zises Green. Moderated by MCNY curator Donald Albrecht and Judith Gura, author and NYSID faculty member.

Ezra Stoller Photographs Interiors
Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 6pm

A great photographer can make beautiful spaces look even more so.Erica Stoller and Akiko Busch, co-authors of the new book Ezra Stoller: Photographer (Yale University Press, 2012), will show how the legendary architectural photographer Ezra Stoller did it, with published and unpublished photos from some of his celebrated projects including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building.

Fall 2012

Aspects of 20th Century Design
Friday, December 14, 2012, 6pm

Sotheby’s and NYSID are co-sponsoring a panel discussion in connection with their December design sale. James Zemaitis, senior vice president and head of 20th-century design at Sotheby’s and a panel of experts will discuss what’s hot and what’s warming up in the market for contemporary design.

Designing the Winter Landscape: From Private Gardens to Public Parks
Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 6pm

Though snow may coat the landscape, winter can bring new beauty to garden foliage. The special character of some exceptional gardens will be discussed and illustrated by the celebrated people who design and nurture them. Jack Lenor Larsen will speak about the gardens at LongHouse Reserve; Juan Montoya will discuss his gardens in Garrison, New York; and Thomas Balsley of Thomas Balsley Landscape Architects will talk about projects for Chelsea Waterside Park and Riverside Park South in New York. Moderated by Judith Gura, author and faculty member at NYSID.

Clive Aslet: An Era of Elegance, the Edwardian Country House from 1890 to 1939
Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 6pm

The Royal Oak Society and NYSID are co-presenting a lecture by award-winning writer and journalist Clive Aslet who will be speaking about his latest book, An Era of Elegance: The Edwardian Country House from 1890 to 1939. The book is a tribute to the magnificent country houses built in Britain that have often been seen as the lastmonuments to a vanishing Edwardian age, recounted in such dramas as Downtown Abbey and The Forsyte Saga.

Linnaea Tillett: The Practice of Everyday Light
Thursday, November 15, 2012, 6:30pm

Linnaea Tillett, founding principal of Tillett Lighting Design Inc. and daughter of renowned textiledesigners D.D. and Leslie Tillett, will speak about her early influences and her innovative approach tolighting design in the city—indoors and out. Local projects include The Battery, Brooklyn Navy Yard Visitors Center, and numerous private residences. Presented in partnership with the Museum of the City of New York in conjunction with their exhibition, “The World of D.D. and Leslie Tillett.”

Outside the Box
Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 6pm

The discussion will focus on how designers need to think outside the proverbial box to enhance and build their brands in today’s challengingenvironment. Books, products, television, socialmedia, and expanding your business acumen are just a few ways to solidify your design business and expand your recognition to a broader, globalaudience. Panelists include renowned interiordesigners Suzanne Kasler, Amy Lau, Amanda Nisbett, Campion Platt, and David Scott; moderated by design expert and author Susanna Salk.

CANCELED: Rooms for the Younger Generation
Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 6pm

Designing for children is not the same as designing for adults. A panel of experts will discuss the differences and will show examples of rooms and furnishings that make both youngsters and parents happy. Panelists include Aidan O’Connor, co-curator of “Century of the Child: Growing By Design, 1900-2000,” on view at MoMA through November 5; Wendy Goodman, design editor, New York magazine; Penni Morgenstein, Psy.D., licensed psychologist; and Nancy Frank Breslin, cohabiTOT,interior designer specializing in children’s rooms. Moderated by Judith Gura, author and faculty member at NYSID.

Rosalyn Cama: Designing for Healing
Monday, October 22, 2012, 6:30pm

Rosalyn Cama is the president and principal interior designer at CAMA, Inc., an interior planning and design firm based in New Haven, CT. Cama has been a practicing healthcare designer for 30 years and has worked on projects throughout the U.S., includingYale-New Haven Hospital, the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, and the University Medical Center at Princeton. She will be speaking about evidence-based design and the role of interior design in creating healing environments.

Helen Drutt English: Rooms of Revelation, Environments of Contemporary Crafts
Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 6pm

Helen Drutt English—a renowned gallerist,educator, curator, and leading authority oncontemporary crafts—will discuss the evolution of crafts collections and show how they are presented in residences ranging from a contemporary Richard Meier home to an 1847 Philadelphia townhouse.

Geoffrey Bradfield: A 21st Century Palace
Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 6pm

Celebrated interior design Geoffrey Bradfield—who is known for creating daring, luxurious residences and offices for an international clientele—will discuss his new book, A 21st Century Palace, the first in a series documenting five exceptional homes that he created worldwide.

Jack Lenor Larson: 40 Years
Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 6 – 9pm

A discussion on the career and contributions of innovative craftsman anddesigner Jack Lenor Larsen. Panelists include Hugh Hardy, principal of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture; Louis Oliver Gropp, former editor of House Beautiful; and textile designer Sherri Donghia. Moderated by Judith Gura, author and faculty member at NYSID.

Spring 2012

Young Interior Designers Making Their Mark
Co-presented by NYSID and the Museum of the City of New York
Saturday, April 28, 2012, 12:30 – 5:00pm

This panel discussion will bring together up-and-coming interior designers--including Fitzhugh Karol and Lyndsay Caleo from Brooklyn Home Company and interior designer Britt Smith--to speak about their latest projects and approach.

Jack Elliott: Ecofeminism, Design, and the Future of the Planet We Live On
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Jack Elliott, who teaches ecological design at Cornell University, will discuss Ecofeminism--a fusion of feminist and ecological thinking that was founded on the belief that the social constructs that lead to the domination and oppression of women also lead to the abuse of the natural environment. In the past, much of the ecofeminism has been focused on the differences between men and women, and civilization and nature. More recently, a new form of ecofeminism is looking at eradicating the dualisms. Elliot will discuss how Ecofeminism is evolving and the impact it may have on re-imagining of the design profession as a true agent of change for our biophysical world.

Francesca Russo: Restoring Broadway Theatres: Evoking the Past
Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 6 – 8pm

Barry Lewis: The Music Halls of 6th Avenue
Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 6pm

Sixth Avenue in Midtown played a brief role in the early 20th century as New York City’s boulevard of music halls. It began with the short-lived Crystal Palace, America’s first world’s fair, and continued on with the 4,000-seat Hippodrome with its wondrous mechanical stage, the Ziegfeld Theater that was as extravagant as the Follies themselves, and, of course, the landmark Radio City Music Hall. 

Reagan Fletcher: An Insider’s Guide to the Interiors of Shubert Theatres
Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 6pm

Reagan Fletcher—longtime archivist of the Shubert Archive and co-author of The Shuberts Present: 100 Years of the American Theatre—will discuss the history of the Shubert Organization, as well as the interiors and restorations of various Shubert theatres. In conjunction with the exhibition Theatrical by Design: A Century of The Shubert Organization’s Theatre Interiors at NYSID.

20th Century Post-War Ceramics: The Next Big Thing
Presented in partnership with Sotheby’s
Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 6pm

A group of esteemed gallery owners, ceramic specialists, and designers will gather to discuss the rise of 20th century European and American Post-war ceramics. Panelists include design writer and curator Larry Weinberg; James Zemaitis, SVP and Director of 20th Century Design at Sotheby's; Kim Hostler of Hostler-Burrows, a gallery specializing in Scandianvian artists and architects; Lee Mindel, architect and ceramics specialist; and Ben Williams, ceramics specialist at Philips de Pury. Moderated by Judith Gura, professor of design history at NYSID.

Mitchell Owens: Center Stage: The Sets and Costumes of Cecil Beaton
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 6pm

Cecil Beaton was perhaps best known as a fashion and portrait photographer, but he also had a successful career as a stage and costume designer for Broadway, ballet and opera. Mitchell Owens, special projects editor of Architectural Digest, will speak about Beaton’s relentless energy and creativity and some of his most memorable scenic and costume designs.

Fall 2011

Stanley Abercrombie: The Case Study Houses
Presented in partnership with the Museum of Arts and Design 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 6pm

Stanley Abercrombie was for 14 years editor-in-chief of Interior Design.  He is the author of 13 books on architecture and design and of more than 1500 articles in 46 different publications. He is an honorary Fellow of the ASID, a Fellow of the AIA, and a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. He has twice given the Commencement Address for NYSID and has been honored by the School with an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts.  

The Return of Modernism
Presented in partnership with the Museum of Arts and Design
Saturday, November 12, 2011, 3pm

Modernism was the go-to style of the mid-20th Century, with famous designers such as Russel Wright, Eero Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames. By the end of the century, however, its glow had faded. Some 60 years later, modernism is enjoying a second life.  Raising the question, why now? Five experts, including participants in the original design revolution and others who are involved in its revival, will take a look back – and forward – to offer answers to this provocative question. Moderated by Judith Gura, Professor of Design History at the New York School of Interior Design.

Modern in the Past Tense: Revisiting a Landmark Exhibition “Design 1935-1965: What Modern Was” at the Le Musee des Arts Decoratifs Montreal, 1991
Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 6pm

Amy Lau Expressing Modernism
Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 6pm 

Amy Lau is principle of Amy Lau Design and serves as an independent advisor to collectors of 20th Century decorative arts.  Ms. Lau is a cofounder of Design Miami, which assembles the most significant galleries specializing in design from the post-war period to the present.  Her first design book is being published this fall.

Simon Seligman Custodians, Collectors, and Taste-makers: The Cavendish Women at Chatsworth
Presented in partnership with The Royal Oak Foundation
Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 6pm

Simon Seligman offers a fresh perspective on the great house and collections at Chatsworth – the stately home in Derbyshire UK - looking at their evolution through the eyes and actions of the Cavendish women.  Seligman,  who worked at Chatsworth for 19 years as Education Manager and recently as Head of Communications,  is a frequent speaker in both the United Kingdom and US.

Mitchell Owens George IV: Connoisseur with a Crown, Part II
Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 6pm

Rebellious, licentious, and steeped in scandal, England's George IV was also a tastemaker extraordinaire. Mitchell Owens, special projects editor of Architectural Digest, will continue his discussion from the spring on how the monarch's free spending ways and desire to dictate the style de jour resulted in some of his country's most astounding royal residences.

Duane Hampton Is Less More?
Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 6pm

Writer and editor Duane Hampton has lectured extensively across the United States on the subject of her husband Mark Hampton’s work and the design community they both knew so well.  Ms. Hampton will use her most recent book, Mark Hampton: An American Decorator (Rizzoli, 2010) as a jumping off point for this vividly illustrated lecture.

Spring 2011

Gerard ‘Guy’ Geier, FAIA, LEED, FIIDA, and senior partner at FXFOWLE
April 27, 2011, 6pm

An architect and interior designer, with over 25 years of experience in the design and management of corporate and institutional projects, Guy Geier is a strong proponent of the value design plays in creating a healthy and productive workplace.

Mitchell Owens
March 30, 2011, 6pm

A design lecture presented by Mitchell Owens of Architectural Digest, who writes and lectures on interior, landscape, and fashion design, as well as social history.

What Modern Is: True Stories of Mid-Century Design
Presented jointly with Sotheby's Institute of Art
March 4, 2011, 6pm

Panelists include pioneering dealer, Mark McDonald, legendary collector, John Waddell, and Sotheby’s Senior Vice President, 20th Century Design, James Zemaitis. Moderated by author and NYSID professor, Judith Gura. Previews the Sotheby’s exhibition and March 10 sale of objects from the Mark McDonald collection.

Snøhetta: Work
March 2, 2011, 6pm

Presented by Craig Dykers, co-founder of the firm responsible for such diverse projects as the Alexandria Library in Egypt and the upcoming redesign of Times Square.

The Accidental Designer
February 9, 2011, 6pm

Presented by Adam Tihany, one of the most respected hospitality designers in the world, will focus on some of his world-renowned projects as he discusses his career as both restaurant owner and interior designer.

The Julie Pietri Lecture: Where is Your Money Corner?
February 2, 2011, 6 pm

Presented by The Feng Shui Detective, Catherine Brophy, who provides feng shui and interior design services for residential, commercial, and hospitality projects.

Fall 2010

The Dream Cube & Collective Composition
Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 6 pm

Join Edwin Schlossberg of NYC-based ESI Design for a behind-the scenes look at the Dream Cube – one of the standout Pavilions at the 2010 World Expo in China. Inspired by Shanghai and its citizens, the Dream Cube leads visitors through a beautiful story of the city’s past, present, and future, which transforms moment-by-moment via their collective participation.

Catherine the Great’s Neoclassical Interiors
Anne Odom, Curator Emerita, Hillwood Museum, Washington, DC
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Catherine the Great came to the throne in 1762 as the excesses of the rococo style began to wane. She looked to a new group of architects, but especially to the Scot, Charles Cameron, for completely new ideas based on those of ancient Rome. The interiors at the Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo reveal the height of the Adam style in Russia. Cameron made use of Russia’s newly discovered variety of hard stones as part of the interior décor. He was the first in Russia to create a Gesamtkunstwerk, that is, designing all the interiors right down to the fireplace mantels, chandeliers, and furniture.

Wild Air: Living, Learning and Building the Museum of Islamic Art
Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 6 pm

The crown jewel of a multi-billion dollar cultural development initiative in the emirate of Qatar, the Museum of Islamic Art is the last major work of the famed architect, I.M. Pei. Hiroshi Okamoto, the project representative for the Pritzker-Prize winning architect reflects on his experiences from the design synthesis resulting from Pei’s search for the “Essence of Islam,” to the challenges of supervising the successful completion of the project while living and working in the capital city of Doha.

The White House as a Reflection of Our Presidents and Our Country
Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 6 pm

The White House is a residence as well as a national museum, a national park, and perhaps the most recognizable building in the United States. What does it take to make the famous building reflect all of those roles and who are those behind the effort to make the White House a presidential home and a national treasure? Dr. Martha Joynt Kumar explores these questions and more in her illustrated lecture.

The Private Worlds of Madame de Pompadour
Alden R. Gordon, Gwendolyn Miles Smith Professor of Art History,Chairman, Department of Fine Arts, Trinity College
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Marquise de Pompadour, official mistress of King Louis XV of France from 1745 to 1764, led two lives—a public life at court and an entirely different private life in her own residences. Some of her houses were intended to be refuges in the event she outlived the king and had to retire. This lecture will illustrate the palaces and decoration of her apartments at the court at Versailles and her private houses at Bellevue, the Hermitage at Fontainebleau, and the Chateau de Menars.

Lecture Series
Presented jointly by NYSID and the Museum of the City of New York
Saturday, October 2, 2010, 1 – 5:30 pm

This series of lectures, held at the Museum of the City of New York, will feature leading designers, writers, educators, and curators, each of whom will give a short illustrated presentation discussing a New York interior that has either been historically significant or, more importantly, inspiring to him/her personally or professionally. Moderated by Donald Albrecht, MCNY curator of architecture and design, and Judith Gura, writer and professor, NYSID. Participants included Scott Ageloff, NYSID; Jeffrey Bilhuber, Interior Designer; Albert Hadley, Interior Designer; Amy Lau, Interior Designer; Jayne and Joan Michaels, 2Michaels Design; Anthony Victoria, Frederick P. Victoria & Son, Inc.; Larry Weinberg, Dealer and Writer; James Zemaitis, Sotheby’s.

Americans Designing Abroad - Tailored Spaces
Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 6 pm

In his illustrated lecture featuring design projects in Europe and around the world, internationally renowned interior designer Juan Montoya will address the importance of custom-tailoring individual projects to fit the client’s specific needs.

The Jill Ford Murray Lecture: Royal Style in Europe as Defined by Three Powerful Women
Helen Costantino Fioratti, L’Antiquaire & The Connoisseur, Inc., New York
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Behind the scenes in 16th century Florence, where Cosimo I became the first Medici Grand Duke, his daughter Isabella was known as the “star” of the Medici house. What happened to cause the policy of “Damnato Memoria” to be invoked to eradicate her from history? Isabella de Medici, a free-spirited heiress and beauty, was central to Tuscan cultural life. She was an intellectual, linguist, musician, poet, collector, and equestrian. This lecture will cover Isabella’s influence on artistic circles, her residences, the Medici family, and the jealousies she engendered.


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