Lectures / Events

“Domestic City: Ugo La Pietra,” Alastair Gordon in conversation with enigmatic Italian artist/designer/urbanist Ugo La Pietra: Thursday, December 9, 2021 @ 12-Noon EST, Sponsored by the Italian Consulate, Boston & Harvard University

Podcast Interview by AG: “Poetics of Place: Fifty Shades of White, Calvin Klein in the Hamptons,” Alastair Gordon in conversation with Calvin Klein, Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY, November 26, 2021, link

Lecture by AG: Costantino Nivola’s Secret Garden, Springs, East Hampton, NY”: Nivola Study Day, Magazzino Italian Art Center, Cold Spring, NY, September 25, 2021

“Road Rage,” Alastair Gordon in Conversation with Robert Rubin, The Church Artists’ Center, Sag Harbor, NY, Saturday, August 14, 2021ist

“Contemporary Gardens of the Hamptons,” Moderator, Virtual Conversation with Christopher LaGuardia, Dan Thorp & Ian Hanbach, presented by Book Hampton: 7PM, May 5, 2021

“Whither Criticism: Conversations about Criticism of the Built Environment,” Virtual Lecture, Wednesday, October 21, 2020 @ 7PM, on Youtube

“Assembled in Light,” Virtual Conversation between Alastair Gordon and Chris Coy,” presented by 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 @ 11AM



“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, 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 Panelist, Bal Harbour Shops: Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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“Pattern Recognition: Works on Paper by Alastair Gordon,” AG Lecture & Solo Exhibition, (works on paper), Sussex County Art Gallery, Newton, NJ: January 28 – March 8, 2019


“Art & Design: Museum Garage,” Speaker and Moderator, Panel Discussion with Terrence Riley, Nick Gelpi, Germane Barnes & Kevin McAlarnen: 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


“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, New York City

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Talk & Book Signing: “UNFOLDED: How Architecture Saved My Life” with Bart Voorsanger @ Bruckner Loft, Tribeca, NYC, June 14, 2017

Moderator / Speaker: “Intuitive Alphabet” with Michele Oka Doner, David Martin, Carlos Rosso, @ Park Grove Center, Coconut Grove, FL, May 23, 2017TRA-Web-ProductPage-Alphabet-Images-1-SAT.jpgIMG_08201

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.

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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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Moderator/Speaker: “Into the Mysterium,” AG interviews Michele Oka Doner about her new book, Books & Books, Coral Gable, FL, September 9, 1016, 

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, 2015LECTURE FLYER - Alastair-Gordon-Accidental-Architect

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: “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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