Architecture & Design Film Festival Announces Director Q&A’s and Design Talks

Architecture & Design Film Festival

September 28 – October 2, 2016
Cinépolis Chelsea
260 West 23rd Street, NYC

After a successful relocation last year, the 8th annual Architecture & Design Film Festival presented by A/D/O will return to Cinépolis Chelsea with compelling programming, adding depth and perspective to the screenings. Over the course of five days (September 28 – October 2), the festival will screen a total of 33 feature-length and short films, including three world premieres, seven New York premieres, and two sneak previews from over eight countries, exploring timely topics ranging from workplace and garden design to modernist architecture and storytelling. In addition to the curated selection of films, ADFF will present a series of intimate discussions with prominent architects, designers, industry leaders, and filmmakers. Tickets for specific film screenings are now on sale online at

Friday, September 30 (6:30 PM)
“Talking House: Eileen Gray & Jean Badovici” (Screening and Conversation)

Following the screening of Talking House: Eileen Gray & Jean Badovici, Juliet Kinchin, Curator of Modern Design at MoMA, will moderate a discussion with artist and Talking House director Elizabeth Lennard and architect Joseph Giovannini about Lennard’s 40-minute montage of Villa E-1027, the iconic modernist villa built by Eileen Gray and Jean Badovici on the Cote d’Azur in 1929.

Saturday, October 1 (4:00 PM)
“The Architects: A Story of Loss, Memory and Real Estate” (Screening & Conversation)

Following the sneak preview of The Architects: A Story of Loss, Memory and Real Estate, architect, urbanist and author Michael Sorkin will lead a discussion about the unrealized design proposal from United Architects for the competition to rebuild the site of The World Trade Center after 9/11. Speakers include film director Tom Jennings and architect Kevin Kennon.

Saturday, October 1 (4:30 PM)
The New Creatives: Designers, Incubators, and Cities to Watch (Panel Discussion)

Paul Makovsky, Editorial & Brand Director of Metropolis, will moderate this panel discussion with an emerging class of creative talent including: artist and designer Taylor Levy; artist, designer and architect Che-Wei Wang; CEO of A/D/O Daniel Pittman; and author and architectural historian Irene Sunwoo. Open to the public; RSVP at

Sunday, October 2 (3:00 PM)
“Where Architects Live” (Screening); Designers on Designing Your Own (Conversation)

Following the screening of Where Architects Live, Wendy Goodman, Design Editor of New York Magazine will moderate a conversation about how designers design their own spaces, taking inspiration from the homes of architects featured in the film such as Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, and David Chipperfield, among others. Participants include designer Amy Lau, film director Francesca Molteni, and garden designer Piet Oudolf.

In addition to these conversations, many filmmakers, directors, and producers will participate in Q&A’s following the screening of their films including: director Gary Hustwit (Workplace); director Peter Rosen and director of photography and co-producer Eric Saarinen (Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future); director Thatcher Bean (Design that Heals); co-directors Thomas Beyer and Adrian Dorschner (Bowlingtreff); director Elissa Brown (Windshield: A Vanished Vision); co-director and producer Ben Nabors (The Happy Film); and director Raymond Tells (Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey).


The Architecture & Design Film Festival is grateful for the generous support of its sponsors: presenting sponsor A/D/O, Cosentino, Humanscale, Molteni & C, Sciame, SHoP Architects, DS+R, Rockwell Group, Kevin Kennon Architects, Grimshaw and KPF. Media sponsors include Architectural Record, Elle Decor, Interior Design, Metropolis and New York Magazine. Additional support has been generously provided by Archtober, The American Institute of Architects and AIA NY.


Tickets for the 2016 Architecture & Design Film Festival can be purchased at the Cinépolis Chelsea Box Office (260 West 23rd Street, NYC) and online at Pricing is $16.50 for General Admission, $14 for AIA members (must inquire for discount code) and $11.50 for students with valid ID. Ticket packages are also available.


Founded in 2009, the Architecture & Design Film Festival celebrates the creative spirit that drives architecture and design. Through a curated selection of films, events, and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to educate, entertain and engage all types of people who are excited about architecture and design. It has grown into the nation’s largest film festival devoted to the subject with an annual festival in New York and satellite events in cities around the world. For more information, visit or @ADFILMFEST on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.