Calvin Kim (B.F.A. '14)
AAP NYC is an experience that I will never forget. Everything I have seen, heard, felt, and learned here has become fodder for my artistic practice. The New York City program has exposed me to an environment that I was not aware of before, and has broadened my perspective and approach to art-making. The accessibility and opportunity to see exhibitions in Chelsea, the Lower East Side, as well as the multitude of other galleries and museums, has completely immersed me in the contemporary art world. Given the semester to explore and navigate my way around the bustling city has been an exciting learning process I could not otherwise have encountered.
Danlu li (B.Arch. '13)
As a fourth-year architecture student, I spent the second semester in New York City. Not only to escape Ithaca's cold weather, but because the city itself is like a big classroom; there are lots of great museums, galleries, and other shows around. Just simply wandering around the city, I see almost all of the architectural texts I've read about before coming to New York, making these texts suddenly come alive. Additionally, I was very lucky to have a part-time internship at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) through the AAP NYC program. At KPF I was exposed to the working environment of New York City architecture firms, and was able to meet a great group of people. Last but not least, the program was also able to bring in many interesting lecturers. I enjoyed the panel with Steven Holl, as well as Bart Lootsma's lecture about European Urbanism. In general, the program opened up both the the professional the conceptual worlds of architecture for me.
Natani Notah (B.F.A. '14)
AAP NYC is an unforgettable experience of which any undergraduate student in AAP should take advantage. By living,working, and studying in a new environment, I was able to grow as a person while meeting outstanding people and making impressive connections towards my future career as an artist. As part of my New York City curriculum I visited countless museums, artists' studios, and galleries; all of which enabled me to better understand not only how the art world works, but what it takes to be successful in the field. Coming to New York City as an art student and studying something I truly love was one of the best decisions I could have made. It gave me the chance to be in the heart of a city where art is heavily practiced, admired, and respected. If you decide to participate in the AAP NYC program, you are signing up for a semester that will change your life for the better by providing endless amounts of inspiration and extraordinary opportunities.
Melinda Zoephel (B.Arch. '13)The AAP NYC program broadened my understanding of art and architecture by seeing the interrelationship of the two throughout New York cultural life. My classes supplemented this appreciation by focusing on the representation of the city through art and the art market in the city. My internship was with a tiny firm that allowed me to be really involved with the daily activities there, which was great. I would suggest the AAP NYC program to anyone who wants to experience architecture in relation to other urban systems in a way that can't be explored in Ithaca.
Faculty Use New York City as a Classroom
Ben Gilmartin, Visiting Critic
ARCH 5110 / 8911 Thesis Proseminar
New York is the archetypal American city — endlessly diverse, vital, and in constant flux. As an urban situation, it provides direct access to endless sites for design action rich in history, kinetic in activity, and spatially distinctive. As a learning environment, it offers direct exposure to instructors and practitioners at the forefront of the design professions globally, and collateral exposure to practitioners in art, fashion, or media. You will be encouraged to explore New York City’s extensive resources and treat the city as a laboratory for design experimentation.