AIGA National Design Center

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Located at 233 Broadway, 17th floor, in New York City, AIGA's headquarters serves as a base of operations for the national staff and home to the institutional archives.

Designed by architects Perkins Eastman, AIGA HQ has relocated to the historic Woolworth Building, a stunning Beaux-Arts tower in the heart of lower Manhattan that was the tallest building in the world from 1913–1930. Boasting a layout designed to foster communication and partnership, plus a plethora of meeting areas in which to collaborate, and suites for video streams, the space empowers the national office staff to chart a bold and dynamic course towards the future.

The Archives Room

AIGA archives and special collections

The Archives Room (Photo: © James Ewing. Courtesy of Perkins Eastman, 2015.)

The office boasts a collection of historical artifacts from its institutional archives, including works created by or for AIGA, stretching from 1914 to the present, documenting the organization’s extensive legacy with the century’s most influential designers.

Access to the archives at the AIGA HQ office is a benefit of membership, open by appointment only. Hours: Monday, Thursday, and Friday between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Appointments must be confirmed at least 24 hours in advance. AIGA is closed on weekends, national holidays, and the during the AIGA Leadership Retreat (one week each spring) and its AIGA Design Conference (one week each October), and the week between Christmas and New Years. Summer hours: Between July 4 and Labor Day, the office closes at 3:00 p.m. on Fridays. To schedule a visit or to ask a reference question, contact archivist Heather Strelecki or call 212 710 3145. Photo ID required for research appointments.

The Archives Room (formerly the AdamsMorioka Archives Vault, named for the donors of the first major grant toward the preservation of the institution’s archives), is an invaluable resource to AIGA staff, members, and design scholars. The archives complement the online AIGA Design Archives, documenting selections from AIGA's national juried design competitions. Physical artifacts from the competitions are housed at Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the Butler Library in New York City and in the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton building, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind.

For more information—including AIGA history, research guides, and other design resources and archives—visit AIGA archives and special collections.