Milstein Hall

Since its opening in 2011, Milstein Hall continues to transform education and training by stimulating inventiveness and interaction through its interior and exterior spaces.

Designed by Rem Koolhaas and OMA, the 47,000-square-foot building includes 25,000 square feet of flexible studio space that connects to Rand and Sibley halls, and a 250-seat, state-of-the-art auditorium that functions as a central events location within the college.

In the words of Kent Kleinman, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of Architecture, Art, and Planning from 2008 to 2018, "Milstein Hall is an extraordinary new addition to AAP's suite of buildings, providing the academic and physical 'center of gravity' for the design arts at Cornell. Milstein Hall makes it possible for AAP to radically reconfigure the way design is taught. From a pedagogical point of view, the building is transformative."

About Paul Milstein

A generous commitment

Milstein Hall at Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning was made possible by a generous commitment from Paul and Irma Milstein through the Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation.

About Milstein Hall

An Innovative Design 

Milstein Hall's 47,000-square-feet weaves its definitively contemporary architecture through the college's historic buildings, creating a dynamic landscape and a vibrant central meeting place that lends itself to collaboration.

Milstein Hall Studio Overhead

A special look at a special space. This composite image — the entire 25,000 square feet of Milstein Hall's L. P. Kwee Studios — was taken by photographer Brett Beyer over the course of three days in November 2011.

Approximately 250 photos were captured by a camera suspended 12 feet above the floor and triggered remotely with a laptop. White areas in the image represent parts of the building that intersect the ceiling; for example, the white "H" marks are the building's columns and trusses. Creating the single seamless image took 10 days of post-production. Beyer used a Canon 5D Mark II with a Canon 17–40mm L lens. Editing was done using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. A 26-1/2" x 38" version of the image was published in the Winter 2011 issue of AAP News.

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