Cornell Future Architect Award

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About the Cornell Future Architect Award

The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) at Cornell University invites students from historically underrepresented backgrounds who may be interested in pursuing a degree or career in architecture to apply for the Cornell Future Architect Award (CFAA). Recipients can attend the Introduction to Architecture Summer Program on the Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York, at no cost.

The CFAA is a merit-based award specifically designed for students who have shown an interest in and a talent for design and architecture, and may not otherwise be able to attend a summer program. Participating in a summer program provides high school students with exposure to the rigors of a professional bachelor of architecture degree program and helps them to prepare elements of a competitive portfolio for application to design-based programs.

The CFAA was established in 2016 with seed funding from Bill ’69 and Catherine Perez. Thanks to the generosity of several firms, alumni, and friends, we currently offer nine scholarships per year. These scholarships include:

  • Winston Perez Ventura Cornell Future Architect Award, funded by Matthew (B.Arch. '79) and Lizanne Witte
  • KPF Cornell Future Architect Award
  • Perkins+Will Cornell Future Architect Award
  • FXCollaborative Cornell Future Architect Award
  • 450 Architects Cornell Future Architect Award, funded by Richard Parker (B.Arch. '84)
  • Jessica and Natan Bibliowicz Cornell Future Architect Award, funded by Jessica '81 and Natan (B.Arch. '81) Bibliowicz
  • Adamson Family Cornell Future Architect Award, funded by Michael and Kumi Adamson

What impact can a summer program have on a student's path? Mark Hill, a successful architect, graduate of the summer program, and alumnus of Cornell AAP, has this to say: "I am often asked what inspired me to become an architect. It was my guidance counselor who suggested that I attend the Cornell summer architecture program after my junior year in high school. I had never experienced creativity like that before, and I finished that summer with a new confidence and, more importantly, a portfolio that I used in all my college applications. Five years later received my professional architecture degree from Cornell — and it all began with the summer program."

How to Apply

The application process includes:

  • An online application form
  • Three short application essays (250 words or less)
  • Official high school transcript and current grade report
  • Teacher/guidance counselor recommendation
  • SAT/ACT scores (if available)

The application fee has been waived for CFAA applicants from AAP partnership institutions.* Applicants should use the code "SCMISC" in all caps on page 12 of the online application.

Applications are due by March 1.

*AAP partnership institutions include ACE Chicago, The Beacon School, Brooklyn Technical High School, City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, High School of Art and Design, and University of Michigan Architecture Prep.


Richardson talking with student after reviews in Milstein Hall dome, work pinned all around the dome.

Students, parents, and faculty socializing after final review in the Milstein Hall dome.

About the Introduction to Architecture Summer Program for High School and College Students

The Cornell Introduction to Architecture Summer Program is centered on the architecture design studio, which is held in the afternoon and puts into practice information learned in morning lectures and integrated workshops.

The studio is taught by Cornell Department of Architecture faculty members and recent graduates of Cornell's esteemed bachelor's and master's programs, and also incorporates periodic reviews by invited faculty and guest critics. Individual instruction and regular progress reviews prepare students for a final project presentation. Weekly field trips to local architecture firms and access to campus amenities round out the unforgettable summer experience.