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Cocktails & Conversations
In order to foster dialogue about the design of the built environment, cultureNOW teamed up with the AIA NY Chapter's Architectural Dialogue Committee to start a new Friday night lecture series.

Cocktails & Conversations pairs an architect and a critic, journalist, or curator. Of course, it wouldn't be Friday night without a suitable beverage. A custom drink inspired by the architect's work was created especially for the occasion by bartender and author Toby Cecchini or Eben Klemm. The first program was held on Friday November 16th, 2012. Programs are scheduled about once a month.

February 21, 2020
The Pairing: Rafael Pelli, Partner, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Nico Kienzl, Director, Atelier Ten

November 1, 2019
The Pairing: Gisue Hariri, Hariri & Hariri Architecture
Mojgan Hariri, Hariri & Hariri Architecture
Julia Gamolina, Madame Architect

October 4, 2019
The Pairing: Marlon Blackwell, Marlon Blackwell Architects
Billie Tsien, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners

September 13, 2019
The Pairing: Wendy Evans Joseph, Studio Joseph
Rosalie Genevro, The Architectural League

June 14, 2019
The Pairing: Mehrdad Yazdani, Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
Sam Lubell, The Architect’s Newspaper

June 4, 2019
The Pairing: Marlon Blackwell, Marlon Blackwell Architects
Emre Arolat, Emre Arolat Architecture
Cathleen McGuigan, Architectural Record

May 4, 2019
The Pairing: Toshiko Mori, Toshiko Mori Architect
Fred Bernstein, Architectural Author and Journalist

March 22, 2019
The Pairing: Vishaan Chakrabarti, Practice for Architecture and Urbanism
Justin Davidson, New York Magazine

January 18, 2019
The Pairing: Hayes Slade, Slade Architecture
James Slade, Slade Architecture
Fred Bernstein, Author and Journalist

September 29, 2018
The Pairing: Signe Nielsen, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architect
Molly Bourne, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architect
David Burney, Pratt Institute

June 21, 2018
The Pairing: Eric Owen Moss, Eric Owen Moss Architects
Tom Kundig, Olson Kundig
Jim Russell, NYC Department of Design and Construction

April 27, 2018
The Pairing: John Ruble, Moore Ruble Yudell Architects and Planners
Mark Simon, Centerbrook Architects and Planners
Paul Makovsky, Metropolis

March 2, 2018
The Pairing: Tod Williams, Billie Tsien Architects
Billie Tsien, Billie Tsien Architects
Karen Stein, George Nelson Foundation

January 5, 2018
The Pairing: Tom Kundig, Olson Kundig
Cathleen McGuigan, Architectural Record

December 1, 2017
The Pairing: David Piscuskas, 1100 Architect
David Hollenberg, University of Pennsylvania

September 8, 2017
The Pairing: Peter Gluck, GLUCK+
Inga Saffron , Philadelphia Inquirer

June 16, 2017
The Pairing: Bartholomew Voorsanger, Voorsanger Architects PC
Alastair Gordon, Wall Street Journal

March 24, 2017
The Pairing: Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang
Michael Kimmelman, New York Times

Feburary 03, 2017
The Pairing: Steven Holl, Steven Holl Architects
Barry Bergdoll, Columbia University

November 18, 2016
The Pairing: Michael Murphy, MASS Design Group
Michael Sorkin, Michael Sorkin Studio

September 23, 2016
The Pairing: Shohei Shigematsu, OMA New York Architects
Amanda Dameron, Dwell

May 6, 2016
The Pairing: Frank Harmon, Frank Harmon Architect
Suzanne Stephens, Architectural Record

April 8, 2016
The Pairing: Bing Thom, Bing Thom Architects
Michael Heeney, Bing Thom Architects
Gina Pollara, Municipal Art Society

January 29, 2016
The Pairing: Thomas Balsley, Thomas Balsley Associates
Matt Shaw, The Architects Newspaper

Archtober 2, 2015
The Pairing: Marion Weiss, Weiss / Manfredi Architects
Michael Manfredi, Weiss / Manfredi Architects
Julian Zugazagoitia, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

September 11, 2015
The Pairing: Andrea Leers, Leers Weinzapfel Architects
Jane Weinzapfel, Leers Weinzapfel Architects
Susan Szenasy, Metropolis

April 24, 2015
The Pairing: Louisa Hutton, Sauerbruch Hutton Architects
Barry Bergdoll, Columbia University School of Arts & Sciences

March 27, 2015
The Pairing: David Adjaye, Adjaye Associates
Thomas Campbell, Metropolitan Museum of Art

December 12, 2014
The Pairing: Scott Marble, Marble Fairbanks Architects
David Benjamin, The Living
Kenneth Frampton, GSAAP Columbia University

November 7, 2014
The Pairing: Deborah Berke, Deborah Berke Partners
Cathleen McGuigan, Architectural Record

Archtober 17, 2014
The Pairing: Daniel Libeskind, Studio Daniel Libeskind
Brett Littman, The Drawing Center

September 19, 2014
The Pairing: Frances Halsband, Kliment Halsband Architects
Michael Crosbie, University of Hartford>

August 15, 2014
The Pairing: Ken Smith, WORKSHOP: Ken Smith Landscape Architect
Alan Brake, The Architects Newspaper

June 20, 2014
The Pairing: Morris Adjmi, Morris Adjmi Architects
William Higgins, Higgins Quasebarth & Partners LLC

May 16, 2014
The Pairing: Massimiliano Fuksas, Studio Fuksas
Gregg Pasquerelli, SHoP Architects
Paul Goldberger, Vanity Fair / The New School

March 28, 2014
The Pairing: Joel Sanders, Joel Sanders Architect
Barry Bergdoll, Columbia University
March 14, 2014
The Pairing: Enrique Norten, TEN Arquitectos
Pedro Gadanho, Museum of Modern Art
January 17, 2014
The Pairing: Belmont Freeman, Belmont Freeman Architecture
Cathleen McGuigan, Architectural Record
December 13, 2013
The Pairing: Hugh Hardy, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
James Sanders, Architect, Author, Filmmaker
November 15, 2013
The Pairing: William Pedersen, Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects
Carol Willis, Skyscraper Museum
October 18, 2013
The Pairing: Calvin Tsao, TsAO + McKOWN Architects
Karen Stein, Design Consultant + Writer
September 20, 2013
The Pairing: Todd Schliemann,Ennead Architects
Clifford Pearson, Architectural Record
July 26th, 2013
The Pairing: Robert Rogers, Rogers Partners (formerly Rogers Marvel Architects)
Susan Szenasy, Metropolis
June 28th, 2013
The Pairing: Richard Weller, Penn Design
William Menking, The Architects Newspaper
May 17th, 2013
The Pairing: Brad Cloepfil, Allied Works Architecture
David van der Leer, Van Alen Institute
April 17th, 2013
The Pairing: Audrey Matlock, Audrey Matlock Architect
Jason Sheftell, New York Daily News
February 22nd, 2013
The Pairing: Claire Weisz, WXY
James Russell, Bloomberg News
January 11th, 2013
The Pairing: Craig Dykers, Snøhetta
William Menking, The Architects Newspaper
November 16th, 2012
The Pairing: Charles Renfro, Diller Scofidio Renfro
Justin Davidson, New York Magazine