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  • AIGA National Design Center

    Located at 164 Fifth Avenue in New York City, the AIGA National Design Center serves as a base of operations for the national staff as well as a source of inspiration for members and the public. The AIGA National Design Center features a gallery open to the public during exhibitions throughout the year, an extensive library available by appointment to members only, the AdamsMorioka Archives Vault and a green roof.

    Gallery

    Past exhibitions in the AIGA Gallery

    The Gallery at the AIGA National Design Center in New York City is an exhibition space dedicated to presenting examples of outstanding contemporary design. These examples are not just displayed, but placed in context through dedicated, clear narratives that explain the process of designing and the different roles of the designer as an influential member of the community, business force and society at large. The following criteria are used to select exhibitions other than those that result from AIGA competitions:

    • The subject matter and content are in keeping with the mission of the organization.
    • The content is either current or presents the work an AIGA medalist.
    • The work shown is original work, not images of actual work.
    • The content is presented in a distinct way, with narratives that place it in context and explain its relevance.
    • The exhibition itself is treated as a design piece.
    • There hasn’t been a similar exhibition in the venue in the past three years.
    • If a multi-part exhibition, the AIGA exhibit must open at the same time or before the others.
    • The presenting organization will undertake the promotion and public relations for the exhibition.
    • The project is fully funded by sources other than AIGA.

    The Gallery at the AIGA National Design Center hosts a range of design exhibitions throughout the year. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. AIGA is closed on weekends, national holidays and during AIGA's biennial design conference.

    AIGA National Design Center is located at 164 Fifth Avenue (between 21st and 22nd Streets) in New York City. The nearest subway station is on the N/R/W line at 23rd Street.

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    AdamsMorioka Archives Vault

    The AdamsMorioka Archives Vault (Photo: © Peter Mauss/Esto)

    The AdamsMorioka Archives Vault, named for the donors of the first major grant toward the preservation of the institution’s archives, are invaluable to AIGA members and design scholars. Including works from 1914 to the present, the vault's artifacts document the organization’s extensive history and association with the century’s most influential designers. The archives complement the online AIGA Design Archives, documenting selections from AIGA design competitions. Artifacts from the competitions are housed in the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton building, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind.

    The vault is open Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., by appointment only. Use of the vault is a benefit of AIGA membership and is also made available to nonmembers whose focused research into the history of AIGA, the profession or design may be assisted by this resource. To schedule an appointment or for questions about the AdamsMorioka Archives Vault, contact Heather Strelecki at 212 710 3145 or send her an email. Appointments must be confirmed at least 24 hours in advance. AIGA is closed on weekends, national holidays and during AIGA's biennial design conference.

    Library

    AIGA Library

    The AIGA Library is located on the second floor of the AIGA National Design Center. It is a repository of rare and popular books, from 1900 to the present, that serves to document the design profession throughout history. While it is a rich collection of more than 2,000 titles, the library offers but a limited selection of resources for AIGA members only. Included are instructional and inspirational texts, as well as recent issues of periodicals such as CMYK, Eye, Fast Company, Good, HOW, Inc., Metropolis, Print, and Wired.

    The library is open Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This non-circulating collection is accessible to all AIGA members by appointment only, through the New York chapter. To schedule an appointment, contact Heather Strelecki. Appointments must be confirmed at least 24 hours in advance. AIGA is closed on weekends, national holidays and during AIGA's biennial design conference. For questions about the collection, contact Heather Strelecki at 212 710 3145 or send her an email.

    Green roof

    The green roof at AIGA

    In 2007 AIGA installed a green roof—a vegetated roof cover—at the AIGA National Design Center in New York City. AIGA contracted Weston Solutions, Inc., to create the 1,156 square foot GreenGrid roof system to top its historic, four-story headquarters. Eight varieties of sedum were planted in four-inch-deep containers, lined by a walkway of recycled rubber pavers.

    By “greening” its roof, AIGA pursues its ongoing environmental stewardship effort. Green roofs have been shown to reduce heating and cooling loads on a building, counter the urban heat island effect, filter pollutants and carbon dioxide out of the air, as well as filter pollutants and heavy metals out of rainwater.

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