"Architecture infiltrates most aspects of my waking lifework, reading, talking, photographingso I never really considered writing about anything else," he says.
The guide features more than 200 buildings and spaces in the five boroughs, ranging from the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park in Manhattan to what Hill calls a "cultural campus" of architecture in his Astoria, Queens neighborhood. All selections are accessible to the public and have longevity, meaning there are no trendy boutiques and fad restaurants. The buildings and spaces have a street-side façade, an interior open to the public, and/or an outdoor public space.
"Easily the best part of writing the guide was visiting buildings all over the city, which consisted of seeing about three times more projects than made it into the book," Hill says.
He also serves as the U.S. representative and editor for World-Architects.com, a Zurich-based Web site used by architects to share their work, and as a tour guide crafting architecture walks in New York City for local organizations.
At NYIT, Hill teaches a second-year design studio and has also taught a course on visualization for first-year architecture students. He brings more than 10 years of experience as a professional architect to the classroom.
"I'm able to bring my experience and ways of doing things to bear on the students," he says. "There are many ways to think about and do architecture, and I'm providing another means through my lectures, assignments, and commentary."