Upcoming Programs

The book talks and lectures below are held at The Skyscraper Museum from 6:30-8 pm and are free of charge, except when noted. The gallery and exhibition are open for viewing from 6 pm. To assure admittance, guests must either use the RSVP form on this site or send an email to [email protected] with the name of the program you would like to attend.

Please be aware that reservation priority is given to Members and employees of Corporate Members of The Skyscraper Museum. Not a member? Become a Museum member today!

Book Talks continue to be presented as webinars through the fall. Past lectures are posted on our website and YouTube channel for full online access. Curator's tours are held in-person in the gallery.

The Architectural Models of Theodore Conrad

RSVP Tue, Dec 7, 2021 at 6:00 PM

In her new book The Architectural Models of Theodore Conrad, historian and curator Teresa Fankhänel offers an alternative history of American modern architecture, highlighting the often-overlooked influence of architectural models and their makers. Fankhänel focuses on the work of Theodore Conrad (1910-1994), the most prominent and prolific American architectural model-maker of the 20th century, whose innovative work was instrumental in the design and realization of many icons of American Modernism, from the Rockefeller Center to Lever House and the Seagram Building. Conrad revolutionized the production of architectural models and became an entrepreneur. Fankhänel’s research is based on the recent discovery of his fully-preserved private archive-models, photos, letters, business files, and drawings.

In praise of her book, Barry Bergdoll writes: “Fankhänel pulls back the curtain in the theater of American modernist architecture to reveal the behind the scenes contributions of the star performer of a novel career path: the professional model maker. Theodore Conrad not only made models, he helped make careers with miniatures that could win over clients, dazzle exhibition goers, and sit for camera portraits that would travel the world in newspaper and magazine illustrations. A glimpse behind the scenes offers a whole new vantage point on the culture of mid-20th century architecture at nearly every scale.”

Teresa Fankhänel is a curator at the Architekturmuseum der TUM in Munich, Germany.

Curator’s Tour of SUPERTALL 2021

RSVP Thu, Dec 9, 2021 at 3:00 PM

The Museum’s director, Carol Willis, will offer a gallery tour of SUPERTALL 2021 that surveys 58 supertalls worldwide and highlights a dozen recently completed towers that represent some of the most stunning new forms and innovative approaches to structural engineering around the world today. Curator’s tours are FREE, but you must book a timed ticket at 3pm on Eventbrite, through the RSVP button.

Curator’s Tour of SUPERTALL 2021

RSVP Thu, Dec 23, 2021 at 3:00 PM

The Museum’s director, Carol Willis, will offer a gallery tour of SUPERTALL 2021 that surveys 58 supertalls worldwide and highlights a dozen recently completed towers that represent some of the most stunning new forms and innovative approaches to structural engineering around the world today. Curator’s tours are FREE, but you must book a timed ticket at 3pm on Eventbrite, through the RSVP button.

Architecture Unbound:
A Century of the Disruptive Avant-Garde

Tue, Jan 25, 2022 at 6:00 PM
Architecture Unbound: A Century of the Disruptive Avant-Garde examines the influence of twentieth-century avant-garde movements on the contemporary architectural landscape through the work of “disruptors” such as Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, and Zaha Hadid. With an irregular format designed by celebrated graphic designer Abbott Miller of Pentagram.

BUILT UP:
An Historical Perspective on the Contemporary Principles and Practices of Real Estate Development

RSVP Wed, Feb 23, 2022 at 6:00 PM
The history of speculative real estate development is an essential aspect of the histories of most cities, yet is a subject often ignored by academia. In her long awaited book Built Up, Patrice Derrington uncovers the roots of the global real estate industry in early modern London and seminal projects of private urban development such as Covent Garden. Derrington synthesizes economic history and the latest planning and finance literature in a work that codifies the principles and activities of real estate development as a foundation for future academic research and practical innovation.

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