Arthur Platt, AIA, and Julie Ann Engh, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, co-chairs of the AIANY Architectural Tourism Committee, will lead the AIA NY architectural boat tour in connection with Building Design+Construction’s Under40 Leadership Summit in New York.
The tour, which will circumnavigate Manhattan, will provide U40 Summit attendees with information about the history and architectural details of numerous buildings visible from the 1920s-era yacht. The tour leaves the dock at 10 a.m. Friday, September 19. Attendees will earn 1.5 AIA CES learning units. To register, go to:
Arthur Platt, AIA co-chair of AIANY’s Architecture Tour Committee, administers and regularly leads the Around Manhattan Architecture Boat Tour. He also created and hosts the Featured Guide Series. The series, introduced in 2012, invites a diverse range of recognized NYC waterfront experts to narrate a tour and share firsthand insights about their work along the city’s ever transforming edge. The 2014 series will focus on the crucial role ecological landscape design as a mediator between waterfront development, estuary health and climate change.
Through the AIA, he also leads walking tours and organizes tours of notable new buildings. Arthur’s early professional experience at Platt Byard Dovell Architects and Robert A. M. Stern Architects helped foster his interest new York City’s architectural history. He started his own practice in 1996 and in 1998 co-founded Fink & Platt Architects. Fink & Platt Architects creates highly crafted spaces, integrating a sustainable approach to architecture, restoration, and interiors. The firm recently completed a renovation and addition for JBI International, a nonprofit providing the blind and visually impaired with books in audio, large print, and Braille. At present, the firm is working on a master plan for Coney Island USA, the creator of the Mermaid Parade.
Julie Ann Engh, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, works in the architecture department at Highland Associates and studied architecture history at New York University. Julie is particularly interested in historic buildings and their potential for adaptive reuse projects. Her professional experience includes new construction and adaptive reuse residential, mixed-use, hospitality, retail, and medical projects.
Projects in New York City include the 57-story W Downtown Hotel and Residences and residential conversions of multiple Landmark Art Deco Jazz Age towers. Julie was the 2013 AIA New York State Associate Director and is an active member of the AIANY Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee. She helped plan the 2012 ENYA Biennial Design Ideas Competition The Harlem Edge: Cultivating Connections and assists with the ENYA | FIGMENT | SEAoNY City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition, which annually selects a winning entry to build on Governor's Island. A founding member of the AIANY Architecture Tour Committee and now its co-chair, Julie is a frequent contributor to AIANY's e-Oculus. In 2014 Julie was honored with the AIA Associates Award, the highest award given to individual associate AIA members.