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Cocktails & Conversation is a series of dialogues about design that joins an architect with a critic, journalist, curator, or architectural historian to discuss current architecture design issues. Each program includes a custom-crafted cocktail—one inspired by the architect’s work and created especially for this event.

Vishaan Chakrabarti, FAIA, Founder, Practice for Architecture and Urbanism | PAU
Justin Davidson, Architecture Critic, New York Magazine

Vishaan Chakrabarti is the founder of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism | PAU. Simultaneously, he teaches design and urban theory at Columbia University. His book, A Country of Cities, argues that a well-designed urban world would result in more prosperity, sustainability, equity and joy. Chakrabarti and his team are desiging distinctive architecture projects that reflect and rethink global urban life in the 21st century, including the Domino site in New York, the beginnings of a new downtown for Philadelphia, and a remarkable urban village and cultural centre in Ulanbator, Mongolia.

Prior to founding PAU, Chakrabarti was a principal in major global architecture firms and served as the director of planning for Manhattan under Mayor Michael Bloomberg after the tragic events of 9/11, during which he helped to plan the High Line, the reconstruction of the World Trade Center, and the expansion of Columbia University. Chakrabarti has appeared on Charlie Rose, PBS, NPR, MSNBC, the main stage of TED, and the pages of the New York Times and the Financial Times.

Justin Davidson is the author of Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York, which paints a portrait of the city through its architecture, history, literature, art, music, and urbanism. He has been the architecture and classical music critic at New York magazine since 2007, writing about a broad range of urban, civic, and design issues. Before that, he spent twelve years as classical music critic at Newsday, where he also wrote about architecture and other cultural issues, ranging from gun ownership to television. He won a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2002.

A native of Rome, Davidson graduated from Harvard and later earned a doctoral degree in music composition at Columbia. His TED Talk has been viewed more than 1.5 million times. He has appeared frequently on WNYC and NPR and written for many publications, including The New Yorker, Smithsonian, New York Times Book Review, Slate, Los Angeles Times, Departures, Condé Nast Traveler, W, Pursuits, and Travel and Leisure. Davidson has taught at Columbia University, the School of Visual Arts, and the Goldring Arts Journalism Program of Syracuse University.

Note, from 2012 through 2018, the AIANY Architecture Dialogue Committee’s Cocktails and Conversation series has hosted some of architecture’s most interesting and provocative practitioners to discuss what informs their designs. These conversations have been collected into a book intended to inspire and delight its readers. You can purchase a copy here.

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