Architectural League’s First Fridays Series Gets Underway

By Abbey Cahill

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Happy hour + a behind-the-scenes peek at the leading design offices in New York? If this sounds like your kind of evening, the Architectural League of New York’s Spring 2015 First Friday program won’t disappoint. In a series of monthly open-offices, First Friday provides a unique opportunity to learn firsthand about effective organization and design processes in the architecture world. We’ve listed the full line-up after the jump.

On January 9th at 6:30 pm, the first host office will kick off the series, opening its doors for drinks, conversation, and an exclusive look at recent and upcoming projects. Located at 22 West 19th Street, FXFOWLE Architects is known for design inspired by urbanism, technology, and sustainable strategies. Exploring “the role of design in human settlement,” the firm’s work focuses on the interplay between form and function, a concept that is apparent in their commercial, education, and cultural facilities, multi-family residences, and city planning.

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Above: FXFOWLE Architects’ Museum of the Built Environment in Rayadah, Saudi Arabia, to be completed in 2017

Some of FXFOWLE Architects’ current projects include a commercial tower at 3 Hudson Boulevard in Chelsea, the Greenwich Lane residential complex in Manhattan’s West Village, the Museum of the Built Environment in Saudi Arabia (pictured above), and the Bilkent Erzurum Lower School in Turkey.

Reservations for the FXFOWLE First Friday session are open now. First Friday sessions are free for League members plus one guest—so be sure to create or renew your membership to stay engaged with the New York architectural scene and enjoy a range of benefits, from free or discounted entry to a variety of events and nice discounts on books.

The February to June events in the First Friday Spring series are:

02.06.15
Rockwell Group, 6:30 p.m., office of Rockwell Group, 5 Union Square West, #8. Reservations open on January 5th.

03.06.15
Ken Smith Landscape Architect, 6:30 p.m., office of WORKSHOP: Ken Smith Landscape Architect, 450 West 31st Street, 5th Floor. Reservations open on February 2nd.

04.10.15
Deborah Berke Partners, (observed on the 2nd Friday of April) 6:30 p.m., office of Deborah Berke Partners, 220 5th Avenue, #7. Reservations open on March 2nd.

05.01.15
Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, 6:30 p.m., office of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, 120 Broadway, 20th Floor. Reservations open on April 6th.

06.05.15
ABRUZZO BODZIAK ARCHITECTS, INABA, MESH Architectures, and Young Projects, 6:30 p.m., all offices are located at 68 Jay Street: ABRUZZO BODZIAK ARCHITECTS, #414; INABA, #427; MESH Architectures, #213; Young Projects, #302. Reservations open on April 27th.

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