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New York City is one of the earliest examples of the modern metropolis. Its architectural landmarks include iconic Art Deco skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building; pioneering works of high modernism such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; important works of contemporary architecture such as Renzo Piano’s new Whitney Museum of American Art; and famous feats of engineering like the Brooklyn Bridge. These architectural landmarks are complemented by triumphs of landscape architecture and urban planning, such as Central Park and the High Line, and monuments to recent history, like the 9/11 Memorial and the Oculus. Through walking tours, site visits, and classroom lectures, this course will investigate both the historical and contemporary features of the New York City skyline, and how they contribute to modern life in the city.

What you will learn…

  • To identify key architectural styles in the development of New York, and to differentiate between the work of famous architects found in the city.
  • To understand the incredible feats of engineering that enabled the construction of skyscrapers and the Brooklyn Bridge, as well as the importance of urban planning in the conservation of open spaces like Central Park.
  • To appreciate how New York has responded to recent historical events through the design and development of the 9/11 Memorial and the Oculus.
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    2-week course
    June 17–June 28, 2019
    Monday–Friday; 2:30 PM–5:00 PM

    Enrollment for this course is now closed. Please write to if interested in our 2020 summer program.
  • Faculty


    Eric M. Wolf, Head Librarian, New York

    Click here to view all of our faculty members. Our instructors are award-winning Sotheby's Institute faculty, recognized thought leaders, and professional experts in the art world.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    • Infrastructure That Makes the Vertical City Possible: Mass Transit, Bridges, and Tunnels

    • Robber Baron New York: The Frick Collection, New York Public Library, and the University Club

    • The Skyscraper from the Woolworth Building to the Chrysler Building and the Freedom Tower

    • Icons of Modernism: From the Guggenheim Museum to the Lever House

    • Parks and Public Spaces: Central Park, Prospect Park, the New York Botanical Garden, and the Highline

    • Architecture and Arts: From Lincoln Center to Renzo Piano’s New Whitney Museum of American Art

    These topics are subject to change.
  • Further Program Details

    Further Program Details

    Summer - New York is part of Sotheby's Institute's continuing education programming and offers short, non-credit courses. We encourage you to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to find answers to some of the questions you may have about summer courses in New York, including international concerns and basic course advisement.

    Our Accommodations page provides essential information and external resources for students researching their options.
  • Course Fees & Enrollment

    Course Fees & Enrollment


    Add a second Summer New York course at a reduced rate:

    • Additional 4-week course +$3350 ($5700 Total)

    • Additional 2-week course +$1950 ($4300 Total)

    • Additional 1-week course +$1350 ($3700 Total)

    Tuition includes classroom and program lectures, site visits, and additional programming.
    Tuition does not include accommodation or travel.

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  • Contact Information

    Contact Information

    For further information or course advisement, please contact:
    Hayley Black, Admissions Advisor
    Tel: 212-897-6644 Or Request Information

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