Institute for Public Architecture

The IPA, based in the historic Block House on Governors Island, uses design to address social, physical and environmental inequities in the city through our signature Selected Topic Fellowship and Independent Project Residency programs, and related public lectures, exhibits, and publications.

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Visit an Open [Block] House Event this Summer 

Visit the Block House this Summer on August 10, 12pm–4pm for Open [Block] House. See final presentations and engage in conversation with the 2024 Summer Residency Fellows.

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Preserve your Memories with TSOTBQE Oral History Project

We are seeking participants for intergenerational audio interviews. Oral history facilitators Mitra Bonshahi and Adriana Gallardo are recording and archiving these interviews to preserve the collective stories of people living near the divisive BQE. Recordings will be available online and shared at a community listening event later this year.

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Film Screening: The Story of the BQE 

We held the first public screening of The Story of the BQE at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Williamsburg in partnership with Segregation by Design. Missed it? Another screening is planned for the Fall.  

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Janet Fink named Executive Director of the IPA

Ms. Fink’s involvement with the IPA extends back to 2020 when she joined as residency director, leading selected topic fellowships that explored alternatives to the BQE.

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The other of the other
︎︎︎ 2023 Fall Residency

Genius Loci & Imaginative Storytelling
︎︎︎ 2024 Spring Residency


Learn about our Programs

Learn more about our Independent Project Residency and Selected Topic Fellowship programs, and related public lectures, exhibits and publications.

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Institute for Public Architecture

45 E 20th Street Suite 500
New York, NY 10003

9 Nolan Park
Governors Island, NY