Current Work | NYC: Building Community

Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 7 - 9pm

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NYC: Building Community

This event will be conducted in person in the Scholastic Big Red Auditorium. Please register in advance here

As a counterpart to the League’s recent PILARES program, this event explores several new New York City community spaces and the diversity of programs, stakeholders, and constraints that have shaped their designs. Currently in various stages of completion, the featured projects represent a wide breadth of typologies, from large-scale athletic facilities to temporary neighborhood activations.

The program will consist of five presentations by the projects’ architects and designers, followed by a moderated roundtable discussion. The presenters will include:

Andrea Steele Architecture
Bagchee Architects
di Domenico + Partners
Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers
Sage and Coombe Architects


Nandini Bagchee is the founding principal of Bagchee Architects and an associate professor of architecture and the director of the master of science in architecture program at the Spitzer School of Architecture.

Alan Chan has worked on several architectural and urban design projects at di Domenico + Partners in Long Island City. He is currently leading the design team for the Chinatown Night Market.

Peter Coombe and Jennifer Sage are the founding partners of Sage and Coombe Architects. Coombe is a member and former chair of the Harvard GSD Alumni Council. Sage was recently appointed as the chair of the board of trustees for the Center for Architecture in New York.

Rob Rogers is the founding partner of Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers. He is president of the board of Open House New York and chairs the advisory board for the Rice School of Architecture.

Andrea Steele is the founding principal of Andrea Steele Architecture. She is an advisor to both the Urban Design Forum and Pioneer Works.

The program will be moderated by Mariana Mogilevich. Mogilevich is editor-in-chief of Urban Omnibus and the author of The Invention of Public Space: Designing for Inclusion in Lindsay’s New York.


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

The event is co-presented by The Architectural League of New York.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

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