Avery Library Events

Upcoming Events:

May 9, 2014 6:00 PM
Frank Lloyd Wright and The New Deal
Co-sponsored with Columbia University's Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture
Speaker: Professor Ira Katznelson
at Bartos Theater, The Museum of Modern Art

May 19, 2014 3:00-8:00 PM
Display of Recent Acquisitions 2014
Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library

Fall 2014
Future of the Architectural Periodical Symposium
A Celebration of Avery Index: 80 Years and 800,000 Records

Past Events:

Guast photo panelists Image credit: Jonathan Alger

Guastavino's Palaces for the People: from archive to exhibition

April 11, 2014  Noon-2:00 PM
Butler Library, rm. 523

The speakers discussed the history of the Guastavino archive, from its last-minute discovery and rescue by Columbia University professor George R. Collins to the creation and design of the exhibition, Palaces for the People.

John Ochsendorf, MIT
    The Guastavino Company and the exhibition, Palaces for the People
Janet Parks, Avery Library, Columbia University
    The Guastavino Archive: from acquisition to exhibition
 Chysanthe Broikos, National Building Museum
    Nature of Architectural Exhibitions
 Daniel Fouad, C&G Design
   Designing for architectural exhibition



Andy Warhol’s Photographic Legacy

Friday, April 4, 2014, 4:30 pm – 8 pm

One-Day Exhibition of Works from Art Properties, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, and Public Program Sponsored by the School of the Arts, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, and the Department of Art History & Archaeology, in conjunction with The Brant Foundation Art Study Center

Art Properties page on exhibition

Exhibition website

Image credit: Roberto Ferrari


Practice post-50: Edgar Tafel in New York


Co-presented by AIA-NY at Edgar A. Tafel Hall
January 23, 2014   6:00 PM
Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place



Selections: Avery Special Collections

Avery welcomed members of the Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation to a display of Selections: Avery Special Collections.

The October 30th evening exhibit and reception showcased highlights from Avery Classics (rare books) and Avery Drawings & Archives. The program included remarks by Carole Ann Fabian (Director) and Curators Carolyn Yerkes and Janet Parks.


Photos from the Exhibition

Frank Lloyd Wright and His Taliesin Letters

"Frank Lloyd Wright and His Taliesin Letters"

On October 8, 2013, Avery Library hosted a lecture by Anthony Alofsin, Roland Roessner Centennial Professor in Architecture, Professor of Art and Art History, The University of Texas at Austin.


Piranesi for web

Piranesi Day 2013

Avery's annual exhibition of prints, drawings, and books by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) was held this year on Thursday, September 26, from 4:00pm-5:30pm. It combined favorites like the rare first and second states of the Carceri series with a selection of highlights on this year's special theme: infrastructure. Held in the Wallach Seminar Room and in the Drawings and Archives reading room, this event was organized to coincide with GSAPP professor Mary McLeod's survey on the History of Architecture.

Photos from the Exhibition

New Acq 2013 postcard

Avery Library New Acquisitions Event 2013

On Monday May 20, 2013, Avery Library hosted our annual Recent Acquisitions event. Featured were a selection of works by Frank Lloyd Wright, Hugh Ferriss, John Russell Pope and others.

Sponsored by Avery Friends & the Friends of the Columbia University Libraries.


Photos from the Exhibition


Celebrate: Avery Hall at 100 !!!

Graduate School  of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Columbia University
November 10, 2012

November 10, 2012 marked the first day of Avery Hall’s second century. Designed by the legendary architecture firm McKim, Mead, and White, Avery Hall is home to the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and the renowned Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library. Together, the School and the Library support a culture of innovation and discovery of the ever dynamic fields of architectural practice and research. GSAPP and Avery Library hosted a symposium, exhibition and celebratory reception to honor Avery Hall’s storied history with remarks by faculty, scholars and staff who’ve participated in the life of the building throughout its hundred-year history.

Event website


Piranesi Day 2012

On Thursday, September 27, Avery Classics hosted its annual Piranesi Day event, a one-day exhibition that celebrates Avery's spectacular collection of works by the architect-etcher Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778). Held in conjunction with GSAPP professor Mary McLeod's History of Architecture lecture course, Piranesi Day is an opportunity to share highlights from this collection with students, faculty, and staff.

This year's display, which was exhibited in the Wallach Seminar Room and in the Drawings and Archives reading room, included first- and second-state examples from the Carceri series of etchings, presentation drawings of Piranesi's project for San Giovanni in Laterano, the monumental prints of the Columns of Trajan and Marcus Aurelius, and many bound volumes of prints, among other highlights.


Photos from the Exhibition

Acquisitions 2012

Avery Library New Acquisitions Event 2012

This one-night only exhibit featured a selection of highlights acquired this year in each of Avery’s collections: Avery Classics (rare books), Drawings & Archives, Art Properties, and Avery’s research collections in art and architecture.

Photos from the Exhibition

Felix Candela Symposium

Felix Candela Symposium Feb. 11, 2012

In conjunction with the exhibition Felix Candela, the Wallach Art Gallery and the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library present a symposium on his life and work. 

Avery Library New Acquisitions 2011

Avery Library New Acquisitions Event 2011

Amidst treasures from across Avery’s collections, selections from Avery Classics included items from the Herbert Mitchell bequest, early to mid-20th century works on city planning and the modern housing movement in Europe and Latin America,  contemporary artist books on architectural subjects, and an extraordinary display of Japanese architecture and design from the interwar period.

Photos from the Exhibition

Avery Library New Acquisitions 2010

Avery Library New Acquisitions Event 2010


Photos from the Exhibition

Avery Library New Acquisitions Event 2009

Avery Library New Acquisitions Event 2009