“Whither Criticism: Conversations about Criticism of the Built Environment,” FIU, Wednesday, October 21, 2020 @ 7PM via Zoom – on Youtube

“Assembled in Light: A Virtual Conversation between Alastair Gordon and Chris Coy,” BookHampton, October 15, 2020

Adaptive Reuse: An Architectural Conversation,” Moderator/Speaker, Harvard Club of New York: Thursday, February 13, 2020

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“Miami Rising: Modern Living in a Sinking City,” AG lecture / book signing, Books & Books, Coral Gables FL: Sunday, February 9, 2020



“THE ROAD TO INVERCOE: War, Memory & the Landscape of Extinction, Lecture,” Town Friday / Mildred’s Lane Complexity @ The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance Krauss Recital Hall, 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY: 6:30PM, Friday, June 29, 2019

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Weekend Utopias,” Lecture, Panel Discussion & House Tour, Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY: Saturday, May 11, 2019

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“Theater of Shopping,” Speaker and Panel Member, @ Bal Harbour Shops: Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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“Pattern Recognition: Works on Paper by Alastair Gordon,”  Sussex County Art Gallery, Newton, NJ: January 28 – March 8, 2019


“Art & Design: Museum Garage,” Speaker and Moderator, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Miami, FL: Wednesday, October 24, 2019

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“The Art of Architecture: Arquitectonica,” Speaker / Panelist, Miami Beach, FL: Monday, December 3, 2018

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  • “Arquitectonica: Lessons from the Sun,” Rizzoli reception & book launch/signing, Palazzo Michiel, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy: Saturday, May 26, 2018: 5PM – 7PM

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  • “Spirit of Place”: Alastair Gordon in Conversation with Chad Oppenheim, Luminaire, Coral Gables, FL, May 3, 2018

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  • Lecture Series / Visiting Scholar: Vincent Scully Seminar, University of Miami, School of Architecture: three public lectures: 1) “Discovery.2”, 2) “Naked Airport: The Architecture of Anxiety”, 3) “Liquidity”, January 29 to February 2, 2018.
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“In Conversation with Barbara Neski,” Speaker/Moderator, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University: April 11, 2017

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  • “The Past Ten Years”,  Alastair Gordon in conversation with Tracey Emin: Friday, December 8, 2017, 11AM, Soho House, Miami Beach, FL

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  • Conversation & Book Signing: “UNFOLDED: How Architecture Saved My Life” with Bart Voorsanger @ The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York City, NY 10012 [http://cfa.aiany.org/index.php?section=calendar&evtid=10387]Add Sketch_1 copy
  • Talk & Book Signing: “UNFOLDED: How Architecture Saved My Life” with Bart Voorsanger @ Bruckner Loft, Tribeca, NYC, June 14, 201
  • Moderator / Speaker: “Intuitive Alphabet” with Michele Oka Doner, David Martin, Carlos Rosso, @ Park Grove Center, Coconut Grove, FL, May 23, 2017
  • Moderator / Speaker: “New Ideas for the New Administration” (with David Martin, Terry Riley, Joanna Lombard, Andrew Frey), Miami Center for Architecture + Design, 100 NE 1st Street, Miami FL, Tuesday, January 24 @ 6PM.*****MCAD AD Correct.jpg
  • Speaker/Panelist: “Think Tank: Memory in the 21st Century City”, Metropolis Magazine, Shulman + Associates, 100 NE 38th Street, Design District, Miami, FL, December 8, 2016.
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  • Key Note Lecture: “Liquidity,” Art Basel Miami: Design Leadership Summit, Eden RocHotel, Miami Beach, November 30, 2016

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  • Speaker / Moderator: “In Conversation with Artist Mark Dion / Kampong Installation,” Soho Beach House, Miami Beach, FL, Monday, November 21, 2016, 7PM.*****IMG_1462.jpg
  • Moderator/Speaker: “South Florida and Sea Level: The Case of Miami Beach”, Colloquium of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in collaboration with FIU and the City of Miami Beach, @ Wolfsonian Museum, Miami Beach, Florida, February 23, 2016
  • Moderator / Speaker: “Radical Hive Symposium: Social Housing Experiments in Latin America: Architecture + Urbanism”, Miami Beach Urban Studio, Miami Beach, Florida, February 20, 2016


  • Moderator / Speaker: “The Walker Guest House and Replica”, (with Joyce Owens, Joe King, Kutzi Preist), Sarasota MOD Weekend, Sarasota, Florida, November 6, 2015

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  • Lecture: “Accidental Architect: Robert Motherwell, Pierre Chareau and the Quonset House of 1947”, Miami Beach Urban Studios (FIU), November 17, 2015
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  • Lecture: “Miami Rising”, School of Architecture, University of Miami, September 30, 2015
  • Keynote Lecture: “Call Me Trim Tab: Buckminster Fuller and the Art of Ephemeralization, Doing More with Less”, Mildred’s Lane Artists Complexity, Beach Lake, PA, June 20, 2015

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• Lecture: “Naked Airport: Continuity and Change”, National Arts Club, New York, NY, June 16, 2015

Lecture: “The Printed Book as Art Form,” lecture, School of Architecture, FIU, Miami, FL, May 11, 2015

Key Note Address: “Pattern Recognition”, Florida Historic Trust Convention, Miami, FL, May 7, 2015

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  • Moderator/Lecturer: “The Miami Marine Stadium”, with Hilario Candela, Miami Center for Architecture & Design, May 11, 2015.

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  • Panelist: “Learning from Lapidus Symposium”, W South Beach, April 30, 2015

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  • Lecture: “Prosperous Bohemians: The Convergence of Art, Architecture & Real Estate Speculation on Eastern Long Island: 1878-1993”, Miami Beach Urban Studios, April 7, 2015.

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  • Keynote Lecture, “Naked Airport”,  Aviation Conference, San Diego, March 10, 2015.
  • Visiting Juror/Speaker: Studio Design Review, University of San Diego, March 11, 2015
  • Lecture/Conversation: “Paul Andreu and the Modern Airport,” with Paul Andreu, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, March 3 2015: LINK TO VIDEO


  • Lecture/Discussion: “The Sterile Concourse”,  Loeb Library, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, March 3 2015.
  • Lecture: “Infinity Machines”, School of Architecture, FIU, Miami, FL, February 26, 2015.
  • To Be Heard Foundation, Board of Directors, New York, NY, January 30, 2015
  • Distinguished Fellow Lecture: “Naked Airports: The Architecture of Anxiety,”  Miami Beach Urban Studios (FIU), January 22, 2015.


  • Lecture: “Infinity Machines and Other Radical Environments of the Psychedelic Sixties,” Miami Beach Urban Studios (FIU), Miami, FL, November 12, 2014

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  • Panel Moderator/ Speaker: “The Future of Design”, with Ron Arad, Patrizia Moroso, Piero Lissoni, Art Basel (Ironside), Miami, FL, December 4, 2014.

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  • Moderator: “Art et Industrie”, Panel Discussion with Michele Oka Doner, Jim Cole, and Rick Kaufmann, Art Basel/Design Miami, December 3, 2014.


  • Distinguished Fellow Lecture: “Discovery.2”,  Miami Beach Urban Studios, October 14, 2014.

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  • Lecture: “Prosperous Bohemians: The Convergence of Art, Architecture and Real Estate Speculation on Eastern Long Island, 1928-1993”, Sarasota Modern Conference, Sarasota, FL, October 11, 2014.


  • Moderator/Speaker: “Power of (Complaints) Design: Air Travel,” symposium, Wolfsonian Museum, Miami, FL, March 22, 2014 – with Kurt Anderson, Todd Oldham, Nancy Novogrod and Dicki Davis



  • Key Note Lecture:Rediscovering Discovery”,  AIA Convention, Sarasota, FL, May 15, 2014.
  • Eulogy/Speaker: “Citizen Architect”, Fred Schwartz Memorial, Center for Architecture, New York, June 30, 2014.

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  • Lecture: “Eero Saarinen Goes to the Airport,” University of Kentucky / Kentucky Museum of Art, Louisville, KY, Jan. 18, 2014.

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  • Lecture/Conversation: “Wandering Forms”, with Wendell Castle, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA, January 24, 2014.

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  • “Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction”, talk and conversation with Christopher Rawlins, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL, January 31, 2014

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  • Key Note Lecture: “Future Archeologies: New, Next & Noteworthy,” , Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA, September 19, 2013.

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  • “Preserving the Modern,” panel moderator with Kelly Lynch, Michael Alderstein, Michael Webb, Kyle Bergman, Architecture/Design Film Festival, Tribeca Cinemas, New York, NY, October 20, 2013.

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  • “Mapping Fuller,” Key Note Lecture: Bear Island Design Assembly, Fuller Family Foundation, Bear Island, Maine, August 31, 2013

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  • “Infinity Machines,” Keynote Lecture, Mildred’s Lane Complexity, Beach Lake, PA, July 20, 2013

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  •  “Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island”, film screening and panel discussion, Architecture Center, NYC, July 6, 2012


  • “Wandering Forms”, Lecture & Panel Moderator (with Wendell Castle), Design Miami Exposition, Dec. 7, 2012

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  • Speaker / Moderator: “The Wandering Forms of Wendell Castle,” Aldrich Museum of Art, Ridgefield, CT, Oct. 20, 2012

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  • “Reinventing Artist’s Communities,” Lecture/Panelist: Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, November 8, 2010 (with Glenn Lowry, Mark Dion and Morgan Puett).
  • “Fluctuating Space Harmonies,” lecture, Mildred’s Lane Complexity, Beach Lake, PA, May 31, 2008.
  • “Infinity Machines & Time Chambers,” Lecture/Book Signing: Fauchére Hotel, Milford, PA, June 19, 2008.
  • “Frontier Mystics,” Lecture/Book Signing: East End Book Center, East Hampton, NY, August 8, 2008
  • “Houses Built on Sand,” lecture: Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY, August 9, 2008
  • “Soft Cities,” Lecture/Book Signing, R20 Gallery, New York, NY, September 30, 2008
  • “Outlaw Builders of the 1960s,” lecture: CCA, (Canadian Centre for Architecture), Montreal, Canada, Nov. 6, 2008
  •  “Peter Blake, Architect,” Memorial Lecture & Panel (with Barry Bergdol), Avery Hall, Columbia University, New York, NY, March 22, 2007

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  •  “Jackson Pollock’s Experiments in Space,” lecture: Columbia University, New York, NY, Feb. 15, 2006
  • “Modernism on Long Island,” lecture, Raymond Loewy Conference, Long Island Museum, Stony Brook, NY, April 29, 2006
  • “Visions of Utopia,” Key Note Lecture/Panel Discussion: Dwell On Design Conference, Palm Springs, CA, Dec. 1-3, 2006
  • “Light Interrupted,” lecture, R20 Gallery, New York, NY, October 18, 2005
  • “Bauhaus on the Beach,” lecture, Municipal Art Society, New York, NY, Nov. 16, 2005
  • “Weekend Utopia,” lecture, Center for Architecture, New York, NY, July 8, 2005
  • “Leisurama,” Lecture/Panelist: Center for Architecture, New York, NY, Jan. 14, 2005
  • “Kiss the Sky: Outlaw Architects of the 1960s,” lecture, Temple Hoyne Buell Center for American Architecture, Columbia University, New York, NY, April 7, 2004
  • George Soros Distingushed Lecture: “The Magic Garden: Le Corbusier, Bernard Rudofsky, and Costantino Nivola,“ Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY, August 14, 2004
  • “Housing in Vienna,” Keynote  Lecture & Panel Moderator: Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, NY, November 10, 2003
  • “Bauhaus on the Beach: William Muschenheim,” lecture/panelist: Buell Center for American Architecture, Columbia University, New York, NY, October 24, 2003
  • “Beach Houses: Andrew Geller,” lecture, R20 Gallery, New York, NY, November 16, 2003
  • “Vienna, Boiling Bubble,” lecture, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, NY, November 10, 2003
  • “Artists & Architects of Eastern Long Island,” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, June 23, 2000
  • “Convergence: Action Architecture and Jackson Pollock,” lecture, Nassau County Museum of Art, April 27, 2000
  • “Weekend Utopia,” lecture, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY, August 14, 2000
  • “The Lost Weekend,” lecture, R20 Gallery, New York, NY, September 18, 2000

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