AIA New York seeks to cultivate an architectural community that is adept, influential, and just, empowering its members to work at the apex of their abilities. A professional association at its core, AIA New York is dedicated to three goals: design excellence, public outreach, and professional development. Founded in 1857, AIA New York is the oldest and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Chapter’s members include over 5,500 practicing architects, allied professionals, students, and public members interested in architecture and design. With an objective to empower architects and design professionals through career advancement, AIA New York is dedicated to cultivating a membership that is age, race, and gender diverse.

AIANY collaborates closely with the Center for Architecture, which endeavors to be the most compelling, relevant, and open place to learn about architecture and urbanism in New York City. Opened in 2003, it set a precedent as the first cultural institution within the AIA network of regional chapters. Focused on public outreach and education, this active venue welcomes architects, design professionals and the general public to engage through a diverse range of activities. Robust K-12 education programs teach over 8,000 children a year from throughout New York City, while a grants program provides scholarship and educational opportunities for college students and scholars. Yearly, a dozen public exhibitions and hundreds of public programs explore topics including sustainability, resiliency, new technologies, housing, historic preservation, and urban design.

Together, AIA New York and the Center for Architecture advocate for the relevance of architecture and design in the midst of a powerful and ever-changing city. These organizations fundamentally believe that design can improve lives.

Founded by Garanti BBVA in 2011, Salt is a cultural institution that develops innovative programs to create a free platform for encounters, research, and expression for its users and visitors. Salt’s programs comprise exhibitions, publications, digital projects, talks, conferences, film screenings, performances, and workshops.

Salt explores intersections and interactions between various disciplines and focuses on art, architecture, design, and social and economic history. The institution supports the production of knowledge by fostering the dialogue between the past and the present while addressing contemporary culture through new approaches and interpretations.

Salt’s expanding archive and library brings together resources focusing on Turkey as well as the geographies of East Mediterranean and East Europe from the late 19th century to the present. The institution’s research projects offer a platform for co-learning and discussion among peers.

Salt’s activities take place in its two buildings in Istanbul and online. Salt Beyoğlu on Istiklal Street comprises exhibition spaces, Walk-in Cinema, Kitchen, Winter Garden and Robinson Crusoe 389 bookstore. Salt Galata on Bankalar Street in Karaköy houses Salt Research, a specialized library, the Salt Research Ferit F. Şahenk Hall for registered researchers, an Auditorium, exhibition and event spaces, as well as the Ottoman Bank Museum, Robinson Crusoe 389 bookstore, café and Neolokal.

Since 2013, Salt is the only member of the European museum confederation L’Internationale from Turkey.

Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul is part of a network of 11 global centers of Columbia University in the City of New York, one of the world's leading academic institutions. The centers serve as knowledge hubs that aim to educate and inspire through research, dialogue, and action. They advance understanding, facilitate partnerships, and build the bridges necessary to tackle our changing world.

Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul was established in 2011 to serve as a hub for Columbia University’s programs and initiatives that relate to Turkey and the region. Since its inception, the Istanbul Center has embarked on a wide range of programs, including key issues of our times: from refugee health to gender equality; entrepreneurship to arts and culture; politics of memory to archaeology, civil society to sustainability.

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