Andrea L. Simitch

Andrea Simitch teaches courses in architectural design, architectural representation, and furniture design. She served as director of the bachelor of architecture program from 2011–14, as director of undergraduate studies from 2007–08, and as associate dean of AAP from 2002–03. She has been a panelist on the New York State Council on the Arts, a department representative for the Cornell Council for the Arts, and was a faculty collaborator with the Andrew Goldsworthy workshop at Storm King. Val Warke and she partner in a collaborative architectural practice and recent projects include the Center for Promotion of Science of the Republic of Serbia Competition, Benetton Competition "Designing in Teheran," the Mill Center for the Arts Competition, and the Stockholm City Library Competition. She has taught extensively for Cornell in numerous international venues that include Europe and Central and South America. Student work from her furniture design course has been exhibited at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York. She received her B.Arch. from Cornell in 1979 and also attended Occidental College and l'Ecole Special d'Architecture in Paris.

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Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 1501 Drawing IIntroduction to freehand drawing as an analytical tool within the design process.
  • ARCH 4509/6509 Special Topics in Visual Studies: Tactics of RepresentationThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Visual Representation. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .
  • ARCH 2102 Architectural Design Studio: Integrative Design: Schoolhouse South Africa 2011In this Integrative Design Studio, the requirements of building systems are seen to both support and inform architectural concepts and form. One of the key design experiences during this semester will be the interaction of these concepts and building systems. Questions of energy, thermal comfort, sustainability, structure, material, and life safety will be addressed.
  • ARCH 4509 Special Topics in Visual Studies: Form, Color, CollageThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Visual Representation. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .
  • ARCH 5114 Architectural Design Studio: South Africa FIFA 2010Focus on the development of architectural ideas in constructed, material form. The studio explores emergent topics and constructive methods in contemporary architectural practice. Design study includes the creation of a comprehensive set of representations that describes an architectural project in detail. Students work in collaborative groups and in consultation with advisors drawn from professional practice to develop a project that engages a complex range of topical areas, including: structural and environmental systems, building envelope systems, materiality and construction, life-safety planning, and sustainability.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Outstanding Educator for Merrill Presidential Scholar Cornell (1995, 2000, 2013)
  • Martin Dominguez Teaching Award AAP (1990, 2000)
  • Cass Gilbert Visiting Critic, University of Minnesota (1992)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • "The Wall That Went for a Walk," International Workshop 2014: WallWalk, Rome (2014)
  • "Pedagogical Tactics," The Evolution of Pedagogy: Architecture at Cornell, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan (2013)
  • "Creating Classes in Studio Courses," Cornell Center for Teaching Excellence (2013)
  • "Collage," PechaKucha, Department of Architecture, Cornell (2012)
  • "The Evolution of Course Design and Pedagogy," Cornell Center for Teaching Excellence (2011)

Publications (Selected)

  • Language of Architecture: 26 Principles Every Architect Should Know, with V. Warke, Rockport Publishers; III Edition (June 2014)
  • "RE-Collage," Cornell Journal of Architecture 8: RE (2010)
  • "Aqueromane," a record of the urban ephemeral as recorded (photographed) through its aquatic infrastructures, blurb (2009)
  • "The Nomadic Surface," ed. Sheila Kennedy, The Luminescence Studio, Harvard GSD (2001)