Since the League’s founding in 1881, New York City has served as a stimulating and fascinating home base for the Architectural League’s various programs and events. Drawing from New York’s thriving design community, the League provides a forum for those interested in architecture and its associated arts. A large number of programs are focused on the development and evolution of the city, ranging from symposia on current events and urban issues to ongoing New York Designs building visits and the New New York exhibitions, the next installment of which will appear in Spring 2010.

    The League encourages community and professional development through competitions for architects and designers at different stages in their careers, and through lectures that are valid for continuing education credits. The Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers (formerly known as the Young Architects Forum), open to designers out of school for 10 years or less, recognizes specific works of high quality and encourages the exchange of ideas among young people who might otherwise not have a forum.

    Emerging Voices recognizes and encourages architects who are beginning to achieve prominence in the profession, focusing primarily on built work at a variety of scales. The Deborah J. Norden Fund awards travel grants to encourage the research of students or recently graduated professionals exploring issues of architecture, architectural history, and urban design. New York Designs spotlights innovative and accomplished built work in New York City.

    In addition to lectures by competition winners, the League presents Current Work, a series of lectures by well-known architects invited to speak about projects in process, and also smaller programs associated with exhibitions. Additionally, the League hosts tours of exhibitions and galleries. Many of the League's programs are available as podcasts. Visit to view our extensive podcast library.

    In order to foster a multidisciplinary discussion on urbanism and New York City, the League created Urban Omnibus delivers weekly multimedia features on new projects and people doing interesting things in and with the city, as well as providing art and performance reviews and a general discussion forum.

    The League is a membership organization. For more information about  programs, or to join, visit the Web site.