Third Floor Hallway Gallery

For over three decades the School of Architecture has held exhibitions in the third floor hallway of the Foundation Building. The hallway, which is roughly 115 feet long, includes six large panels on its west wall and runs between the School’s shared design studio for 1st through 4th year students and separate studios for Thesis and graduate students. Dean Tehrani has encouraged and supported a robust hallway exhibition program, and three to four exhibitions are held in the Hallway Gallery each semester. These shows typically feature new work by faculty, invited guests, and students as well as material selected from the Architecture Archive’s Collections. Recent hallway exhibitions have included One to One | 1:1 (2020); Tailoring Form: A Brief History of the Template (2019); Gabriel Feld: Building Prints (2019); Pigs, Pots & Philodendrons: Pedro&Juana (2018); and New York City Beaches: Coney Island & Rockaway at the Turn of the 20th Century (2017). 

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