Temperatures are rising.

Extreme heat is here, in our region and city. It reduces pro­duc­tiv­ity, exhausts green­ery, com­pro­mises infra­struc­ture, destroys prop­erty, and strains the econ­omy. Sci­en­tists pre­dict that extreme heat events – already more deadly than all other weather-related events com­bined – will only become more frequent.

On Novem­ber 12th, join a grow­ing con­tin­gent of archi­tects and land­scape archi­tects, plan­ners, engi­neers, and allied pro­fes­sion­als in gov­ern­ment, NGOs, research, acad­e­mia, and more for Extreme Heat: Hot Cities – Adapt­ing to a Hot­ter World, the first gath­er­ing of its kind.


Hosted at the New York City Col­lege of Tech­nol­ogy, this day-long sym­po­sium will cover top­ics rang­ing from urban cli­ma­tol­ogy to build­ing mate­ri­als, case stud­ies to rec­om­men­da­tions for the future. It will revisit prior extreme heat events such as the 1995 Chicago and 2003 Paris category-defining heat waves, what has changed since then, and what still needs to be done to address this increas­ing threat.

Hear from nearly 30 of the most informed pro­fes­sion­als, design prac­ti­tion­ers, and offi­cials cur­rently work­ing in this area, include:

  • Grimshaw Architect’s Andrew Whalley
  • NYIT’s archi­tect and urban extreme heat expert Jef­frey Raven, FAIA
  • Fatal Iso­la­tion: the Dev­as­tat­ing Paris Heat Wave of 2003 author Richard Keller
  • NASA’s Dr. Cyn­thia Rosenzweig
  • Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Dis­as­ter in Chicago author and New York Uni­ver­sity Insti­tute for Pub­lic Knowl­edge Direc­tor Dr. Eric Klinenberg
  • Geor­gia Tech Pro­fes­sor and Urban Envi­ron­men­tal­ist Brian Stone
  • NYC Depart­ment of Health Lead Sci­en­tist Katie Lane
  • Global Cool Cities Alliance Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Kurt Schickman
  • NYC ORR Direc­tor Dan Zarrilli, PE

Reg­is­ter today via AIANY

7.0 HSW learn­ing units will be offered.



“Extreme Heat: Hot Cities – Adapt­ing to a Hot­ter World” has been cre­ated and devel­oped by the Design for Risk and Recon­struc­tion Com­mit­tee (DfRR) of the Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Archi­tects New York Chap­ter (AIANY).

It is pre­sented in part­ner­ship with AIANY’s Build­ing Enclo­sure Coun­cil, AIANY’s Build­ing Codes Com­mit­tee, AIANY’s Com­mit­tee on the Envi­ron­ment (COTE), AIANY’s Design for Aging Com­mit­tee, AIANY’s Health Facil­i­ties Com­mit­tee, AIANY’s Hous­ing Com­mit­tee, AIANY’s Plan­ning and Urban Design Com­mit­tee, AIANY’s Trans­porta­tion and Infra­struc­ture Com­mit­tee, the Amer­i­can Soci­ety of Land­scape Archi­tects — New York Chap­ter (ASLA-NY), CUNY — New York City Col­lege of Tech­nol­ogy, the NYC Depart­ment of Health and Men­tal Hygiene, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Recov­ery & Resiliency, the NYC Office of Emer­gency Man­age­ment, the NYC Depart­ment of Parks and Recre­ation, the NYC Urban Heat Island Work­ing Group, The Rock­e­feller Foun­da­tion, The Nature Con­ser­vancy, and the Urban Green Council.