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NYC Schools Tour

MBB Architects and Perkins Eastman Architects:
NYC Schools Tours

On Monday 5 February, Tour some of New York’s most innovative and cutting edge schools, as designed by MBB Architects and Perkins Eastman. See firsthand examples of how good design supports school mission and culture through varied and inspiring adaptive reuse projects. Tours will also feature some local sightseeing along the way to your destination.

There are two (2) tours occurring simultaneously in the morning. Each tour runs approximately 3 hours. Attendees will begin tour from Marriott Marquis at 9 am, ride NYC subway to destinations and see local sights along the way, such as High Line, Oculus Terminal and the historic Columbia College campus.

Free registration for Conference Attendees and Guests Spaces are limited to 25 seats per tour, so sign up soon to ensure your place! Registration will close once both are full, and an 'Alternates Sign-Up' will be available at the AAIE Registration Desk in NYC for filling any last minute cancellations.

Downtown Schools Tour


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Downtown Schools Tour

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School Visits:
Avenues: The World School
Green Ivy & Pine Street School
AltSchool

For its inaugural campus in New York City, Avenues creates a physical environment that supports the curriculum and provides a high-performance stage for 21st century learning. A landmark Cass Gilbert warehouse was transformed into a school for the future. At ten stories, the building’s verticality allowed for four distinct schools in the one building of 1,600 students from grades Pre-K through 12. With high ceilings and an abundance of natural light, the school emphasizes its urban location through constant visual connection to the outdoors due to its location on the High Line.

Green Ivy Schools reflect the values of community while promoting an active and engaging learning experience, an international worldview, social and environmental awareness, and thoughtful use of the latest technology. The Pine Street School emphasizes through its design the unique philosophy of the Green Ivy School brand— emphasis on community, connection to nature, and collaborative creativity.

Founded by Silicon Valley innovators, AltSchool is a new paradigm in learning, utilizing a custom platform to enable students and educators to collaborate on personalized learning. The interior is organized around a central, stepped seating area that functions as gathering space and stage, highlighting the importance of community. Technology is seamlessly integrated in the service of personalization and continuous improvement in this unique learning environment while the focus on the student takes the foreground throughout the design.

DOWNTOWN Schools -- Timing: Leaving Marriott at 9 AM return by 13:00

Marriott Marquis -> Avenues, 259 10th Ave
7 train from Times Square to new Hudson Yards 34th street station Walk The High Line to Avenues
(17 min travel + 45 min tour = 62 min)

Avenues -> Green Ivy, 25 Pine Street
E train from 8th and 23rd to new WTC / Oculus Stop (28 min travel + 30 min tour = 58 min)

Green Ivy -> AltSchool, 90 Fifth Ave 4 train to USQ
(14 min travel + 45 min tour = 59 min)

Alt School -> Marriot Marquis Q to Times Square
(11 min travel)

TOTAL: approx 190 min, or 3 – 3.5 hrs

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Uptown Schools Tour


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UPTOWN School Tour:

St. Hilda’s and St. Hugh’s School is an independent school that occupies a seven story, 1960s era building on a dense urban site. Over the course of nearly two decades and five major renovation and expansion phases, the school transformed from a conventional mid-20th century model to a progressive 21st century paradigm that facilitates a “green curriculum.” The new immersive learning environment includes technology centers, fitness room, 32 high-tech academic classrooms, science labs, cafeterias, and private dining room. The school’s underutilized rooftops now accommodate a landscaped play deck and professional-grade greenhouse.

As one of the nation’s premier post-graduate education programs, Columbia Teacher’s College offers a diverse range of programs from its historic campus in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights Neighborhood. As a leader in educational theory, Teachers College requires learning environments at the cutting edge of pedagogical and technological trends. New, high performance classrooms feature a modular wall system that maximizes writeable surfaces and supports evolving technologies. This helps support a broad range of methods and teaching styles, while providing flexibility to support special events and workshops.

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UPTOWN Schools – Timing:

Leaving Marriott at 9 AM return by 13:00

Marriott Marquis->St. Hilda’s St. Hugh’s School, 619 West 114th St 1 Train to 116th St Station
(25 min travel + 50 min tour = 75 min)

SHSH->Teacher’s College at Columbia University
(15 min walk through Columbia Campus + 45 min tour = 60 min)

Teacher’s College->Marriott Marquis 1 Train from 116th St to Times Sq
(30 min travel)

TOTAL: approx 165 min; 2.5 – 3 hrs

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hosted by:


Murphy Burnham & Buttrick (MBB)
, a multidisciplinary architecture firm based in the heart of New York City, offers a full range of design services for a broad spectrum of building types. MBB’s diverse portfolio includes educational, institutional, cultural, residential and civic projects, which range from planning and new construction to renovation and adaptive reuse. The three partners—Jeffrey Murphy, Mary Burnham, and Sara Grant—each bring unique perspective and skill to all of the firm’s projects and share an urban sensibility that manifests in a highly contextual approach to design. Integral to MBB’s approach is a belief that sustainability is an essential component of architecture, one that extends beyond environmental stewardship to express the vital connection between our buildings and their surroundings.

With a strong knowledge base and commitment to design excellence, MBB has been recognized with numerous design awards that celebrate their creative expertise, as well as their high level of client service and consummate professionalism. At the core of MBB’s ethos is the belief that inspired design can positively impact the human experience. Architecture is the setting for life.




Perkins Eastman
is an international planning, design, and consulting firm that was founded in 1981. Today, the firm has ten offices across the US and five overseas.

The firm has a professional staff of almost 1000 made up of architects, interior designers, planners, urban designers, landscape architects, graphic designers, construction specification writers, construction administrators, economists, environmental analysts, traffic and transportation engineers, and several other professional disciplines.

In order to reflect the enhanced capabilities that have come from mergers with other organizations, these broader services are in many cases offered through our affiliate firms. While Perkins Eastman is the parent firm with proven depth in 15 major project types, we believe a multi-brand firm is stronger and better illustrates the full range of our capabilities.

The firm has completed projects in 46 states and more than 40 countries. These have ranged from small buildings and interiors for non-profit organizations to large new healthcare and educational campuses, major mixed-use commercial developments, and entire new cities.



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