Architecture center opens on LaGuardia

The American Institute of Architects and the New York Foundation for Architecture will open a new Center for Architecture at 536 LaGuardia Pl. on Tues. Oct. 7 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. and an open house from noon to 6 p.m.

In connection with the event, Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council have proclaimed the city’s first annual Architecture Week.

The first program at the center will be a free all-day lecture series from 8 a.m. until midnight on Wed. Oct. 8 when 80 top professional designers and talented amateurs will speak on design issues.

Elementary school students from P.S. 20 on Essex St. will tour the new center from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thurs. Oct. 9. The students will spend part of the time designing a public space for the proposed Second Ave. Subway.

The New York Foundation for Architecture’s Learning by Design NY program and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum are sponsoring the school event at the center in collaboration with the Henry St. Settlement Art in Education Program at P.S. 20.