Vincent Mulcahy

In addition to architectural design, Vincent Mulcahy's research focuses on formal analysis, which he characterizes as the "unpacking" of form or "design in reverse." Mulcahy is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a registered architect. In addition to teaching, he maintains an active professional practice. Recent publication projects include ElementalInstrumental — one approach to foundational design teaching at Cornell — and Two More Ideal Villas Minus the Math — an argument for and an exercise in a comparative analysis of architectural form. He holds a master's degree in architectural design from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree from Cornell, majoring in intellectual history.

Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 1101/1102 First Year Design StudioIntroduction to design as a conceptual discipline directed at the analysis, interpretation, synthesis, and transformation of the physical environment. Exercises are aimed at developing an understanding of the issues, elements, and processes of environmental design.
  • ARCH 1301 An Introduction to ArchitectureIntended to familiarize non-architecture students with the art and science of architecture. The fundamentals of plan, section, and elevation, the primary elements that comprise an architectural form; basic organizational principles; the ways in which we perceive architectural space; and the various concepts of function in relation to form will be included among the topics to be covered, using examples from numerous times and cultures as well as from contemporary Cornell campus.
  • ARCH 2301 Architectural AnalysisAgendas and approaches to the making and "reading" of space and form in 20th- and 21st-century architecture. The analysis of canonical works and texts, with frequent reference to relevant works prior to the 20th century, and with an emphasis on buildings and drawings as the vehicles of study, with occasional citations from painting, film, literature, and other critical works.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Outstanding Educator for Merrill Presidential Scholar, Cornell
  • Best Teacher Award (five-time award recipient from the Pan Hellenic Council at Cornell)
  • Martin Dominguez Teaching Award, AAP
  • Rome Prize in Architecture and Environmental Design

Publications (Selected)

  • ElementalInstrumental (forthcoming)
  • Two More Ideal Villas Minus the Math (forthcoming)
  • A Defining Alliance: The Special Role of Architecture and Landscape in the Early Cornell Campus (forthcoming)