College Mission

In Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP), we teach and practice architecture, fine arts, and city and regional planning as creative and powerful forces with the potential to improve the world. We prepare our students to address the complex problems of the 21st century through the application of the art and science of design. Providing rigorous theoretical training and studio experiences, we encourage imagination, technical creativity, critical thinking, a sense of history, and the development of a social, ethical, and artistic perspective. We advocate for the rights of all communities and all individuals to participate in the planning of their futures. We prepare our graduates for their role as world citizens in a diverse yet inclusive society.

AAP Statement of Inclusion

AAP is committed to an inclusive and diverse student body and an open learning environment that is free from bigotry and bias. We will not tolerate prejudice in any form or discrimination on any basis. We embrace creative practices that challenge preconceptions and prejudice; encourage boundless curiosity about the many forms of built culture; and defend the prerogative of the arts to ask difficult and provocative questions.