The name “Edutecture” is a mix of education and architecture. We offer specialty walking tours in New York City, tours for student groups and professional development tours for educators. Our main focus is on using best practice educational strategies to help anyone, from students to adults, build a stronger understanding of New York City’s unique history and architecture. Whether it is your first time in New York City or you have been here your whole life, we promise to help you see New York City from a new point of view.
Michael Catelli, the founder and chief tour guide of Edutecture, began developing tours when he was a history teacher. After a few architectural visits to New York City with his students, other teachers began asking about these architecture strategies and Edutecture was born.
Michael is constantly exploring new classroom practices, new technology, and new neighborhoods of New York City. He shares his passion of architecture on the streets of NYC and also writes about architecture. He has presented at educational conferences, such as the New Jersey Council of Social Studies, on many topics including how teachers can bring architecture into their classroom.
Here is what some participants have said of their experience on our tours:
“I’ve lived in North Jersey my entire life, but never made time to learn about New York City’s history. This tour brought it to life for my son and I in an incredibly engaging way.” - Fundraiser Tour Participant
"I enjoyed the information and as a teacher I can make a connection for my students with the buildings of today to the buildings of the past." - Teacher Tour Participant
"I can't wait to share what I have learned with my classes." - Teacher Tour Participant
Frequently Asked Questions about Tours for Teachers
What is the refund policy and bad weather policy?
24 hours are required for cancellation. If you cancel on shorter notice you will be responsible for the price of the ticket. If there is rain in the forecast we will decide if the tour will be moved to the rain date. Poor weather decisions will be made 48 hours in advance, if necessary, and participants will be contacted through email. Cancellations and refunds will be accepted at that time if a participant cannot make the rain date.
Do I have to purchase a ticket beforehand or can I just show up?
You must purchase a ticket beforehand. We want to make sure that our group sizes remain enjoyable, but most importantly they allow us to be able to contact you incase something changes with the tour.
Are the tours wheelchair/stroller accessible?
It depends on the specific tour, but not every site is accessible for wheelchairs or strollers. The ticket page for a specific tour will detail accessibility. You can also contact us directly with any accessibility questions.
Should I bring anything to the tour?
Make sure you wear comfortable shoes. We will be outside walking most of the tour. Make sure you bring a water bottle and cash to buy a drinks or snacks during the break.
What happens if I arrive late to a tour?
If you miss the tour you will not be able to get a refund. We recommend showing up at least 15 minutes for a tour so you do not arrive late. Tours typically stay in the starting are for a brief time before moving along on the route, but you still do not want to be that person and interrupt the tour.
Can I bring a pet on the tour?
Please do not bring pets on any tour. Not all sites or tour guests will be pet friendly. Registered service animals are allowed on tours.
Can I attend a teacher tour if I am not an educator or bring a friend who is not an educator?
Of course. We still go over interesting history and architectural facts, but the theme of the walking tour is best practices for educators so you might not find it as interesting as a more "traditional" tour.