Giving Day 2017

McEnaney and student on a street in Central Havana.
Giving Day gifts help fund traveling architecture studios, like this trip to Cuba in fall 2016. photo / Hannah Bahnmiller (M.R.P. '17)
Parents of a current student and text about why they give money to AAP
Michael and Kumi Adamson P '19 support the AAP Annual Fund.
student in an art museum with paintings on the wall and a snake-like sculpture on the floor
The annual M.F.A. trip to an international destination (Berlin pictured here) is funded in part by alumni gifts. photo / Jenn Houle (M.F.A. '15)
alumna headshot and text about why she supports AAP
Vernice Arahan (B.S. URS '14) supports the AAP Annual Fund.
gallery showing large carpets with city maps woven into them
The Urban Fabric exhibition in John Hartell Gallery was partially funded by the AAP Annual Fund. William Staffeld / AAP
Chad Oppenheim and text about why he supports AAP
Chad Oppenheim (B.Arch. '93) supports AAP's traveling studios.
a water park surrounded by houses built into the hills surrounding Bogotá, Colombia
Graduate students in architecture traveled to Bogotá, Colombia for a studio in the fall of 2016. Gifts to AAP on Giving Day help pay for international trips such as this. photo / Brian Havener (M.Arch. '19)

Giving Day is March 14

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You came to Cornell as an aspiring architect, artist, or planner and you left as part of the AAP family. Wherever your path has taken you since your time in Sibley, Milstein, Rand, or Tjaden halls, or The Foundry, we hope that you will support AAP on Cornell's annual Giving Day and show that the smallest college on campus can have the biggest impact.

Below is a sampling of the many activities supported by AAP alumni and friends:

Architecture travel studios

The Department of Architecture's option studios expose students to a range of built environments that help expand the foundation of their knowledge. Giving students the opportunity to connect their classroom experiences to the reality of the site of inquiry is an integral part of the department's approach. 

"It's an amazing opportunity to travel to Colombia and visit architects who will be working on the same projects that we are practicing in our studio work," says Amy Wood (B. Arch. '18), who will be participating in Visiting Critic Julian Palacio's option studio trip to Bogotá this semester. "It's a chance to see the real factors and conditions that will influence our design, and that have influenced the actual architects who have done the work — something not many architecture students get to do."

Recent trips have visited destinations including Cuba, Colombia, Germany, Norway, and Poland, among others.

Art Field Trips

Travel outside of campus immerses undergraduate and graduate art students in centers of creativity, broadening their experiences while expanding their visions.

The annual M.F.A. trip, for example, has "proven to be highly impactful both in terms of the ways it inspires and informs individual studio practices as well as the degree to which it allows for insight into the global nature of today's art world," says Carl Ostendarp, associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Art.

Trips in the past two years have visited Berlin and Mexico City.

CRP Field Trips

For students in the Department of City and Regional Planning, there is no substitute for experiential learning — trips into the field are the best way to truly appreciate the complexity of the built environment.

Dillon Robertson (M.R.P. '18), who participated in a CRP field trip to Boston last fall, says, "The opportunity to interact with accomplished planners has given me a more varied perspective and has confirmed for me the type of planner I would like to one day become."

Recent destinations for CRP field trips have included Boston, Brooklyn, and the Ithaca Chain Works.

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