AAP NYC: Academic Calendar and Activities
Spring 2017 Academic Calendar
|Facility introduction and orientation/classes begin||February 1|
|February Break||February 18–21|
|Spring Break||April 1–9|
|Last day of instruction||May 10|
|Final review period||May 11–19|
|Architecture studios final reviews||May 16–17|
|Students move out of AAP NYC studio||May 22|
Recent Tours and Visits In and Around New York City
Financial District Neighborhood Tour
Each semester students are led on guided tours through various New York City neighborhoods by Gensler Family Sesquicentennial Executive Director of AAP NYC Robert Balder. The tours serve both to situate students to their immediate environment, as well as help them develop a deeper understanding of, and appreciation for, the city as a whole.
Richard Meier's Model Museum
- Each semester students are guided on a free guided tour through Richard Meier's vast model museum in Jersey City.
The Armory Show, 12th Avenue and 55th Street
- The Armory Show is America's leading fine arts fair devoted to the most important art of the 20th and 21st centuries. In its 11 years, the fair has become an international institution. Every March, artists, galleries, collectors, critics, and curators from all over the world make New York City their destination during Armory Arts Week.
The Skyscraper Museum
- The Skyscraper Museum located in Battery Park City celebrates the city's rich architectural heritage and examines the historical forces and individuals that have shaped its successive skylines.
- The famous Coney Island neighborhood in Brooklyn includes an amusement park, aquarium, extensive public beach, a minor league baseball stadium, and one of the oldest boardwalks in New York City.
The High Line Park
- The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan's West Side. It is owned by the City of New York and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line's preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. This nonprofit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation continues to work to ensure that the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy.
The Architectural League of New York
- The Architectural League of New York nurtures excellence in architecture, design, and urbanism, and stimulates thinking and debate about the critical design and building issues of our time. As a vital, independent forum for architecture and its allied disciplines, the league helps create a more beautiful, vibrant, innovative, and sustainable future. AAP NYC has 25 student memberships with the league per year, allowing AAP students to attend lectures and events for free.
MoMA PS1, 22–25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
- MoMA PS1 is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the U.S. An exhibition space rather than a collecting institution, MoMA PS1 devotes its energy and resources to displaying the most experimental art in the world. A catalyst and an advocate for new ideas, discourses, and trends in contemporary art, MoMA PS1 actively pursues emerging artists, new genres, and adventurous new work by recognized artists in an effort to support innovation in contemporary art.
Municipal Art Society Annual Summit
- Graduate students enrolled in CRP's fall semester at AAP NYC attend the Municipal Art Society's (MAS) annual meeting in October. Each year has a different theme — for 2016 it is celebrating Jane Jacobs. The MAS fights for intelligent urban design, and planning and preservation through education, dialogue, and advocacy.
The Cooper Hewitt
- The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. Cooper Hewitt educates, inspires, and empowers people through design by presenting exhibitions and educational programs and maintaining active publications.
Storm King Art Center
- Widely celebrated as one of the world's leading sculpture parks, Storm King Art Center has welcomed visitors from across the globe for 50 years. It is located only one hour north of New York City, in the lower Hudson Valley, where its pristine, 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands provides the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time.