Study Tour

Philip Johnson’s Manhattan

Visit several important examples of architecture designed by Philip Johnson on a half day walking tour of mid-town Manhattan. The tour, which will be led by noted Johnson scholar Hilary Lewis, will include the MoMA Sculpture Garden, exterior of the Rockefeller Guest House, AT&T (now Sony) Building, Lipstick Building, Seagram Building, and the Four Seasons Restaurant. Ticket includes walking tour and access to all spaces as well as a glass of wine at the Four Seasons Restaurant.

Hilary Lewis is an expert on architecture, urban planning and real estate development who has produced books, articles, magazines, websites and film. Trained in public policy, urban planning and history of architecture, she examines and comments on the challenges confronting the 21st-century city.

Lewis has collaborated with leading figures of the building industry. With eminent architect Philip Johnson, she wrote two books, multiple articles and produced a short film during twelve years of ongoing work. Lewis recorded extensively Johnson’s memoirs and ideas on architecture, making her today the premier source for information on the late architect. Johnson and Lewis co-authored pieces for magazines and exhibitions, including work for The New York Times Magazine, Details and the Venice Biennale. Following Johnson’s passing in 2005, Lewis curated a major museum exhibition on the architect and served as the Philip Johnson Scholar at the Glass House.

A specialist on real estate development as well as the aesthetics of architecture, Lewis has also served as a consultant to Hines, the international real estate firm led by Gerald D. Hines and known for its dedication to design excellence in commercial development. After the tragic events on September 11, 2001, she co-authored THINK New York: A Ground Zero Diary, a major book on the master planning and rebuilding at Ground Zero, produced with Rafael Viñoly Architects and published by Images Publishing.

She was a founding member of the editorial board and a contributing editor at two monthly publications launched in 2003 and 2004, HOME Fort Lauderdale and HOME Miami. Both of these magazines explored new ideas on architecture, real estate and design in Florida, achieving readership of 200,000 before being acquired by media giant Bonnier Corporation. In 2009, she began work on Esplanade as its founding Senior Editor. Esplanade celebrates the architecture and design of the Boston region.

In addition to research, consulting and writing, Lewis is a skilled public speaker. Her talents in this area were developed over years of teaching, first at MIT, then at Harvard.