Architecture Lectures


Each semester the Department of Architecture hosts a rich and varied lecture series that serves to extend the pedagogy of classes and design studios. Invited speakers represent a range of professional, teaching, and research interests that engage issues vital to the study and practice of architecture.

Named Lectures

Edgar A. Tafel Lecture Series

Edgar Tafel was a noted architect and former visiting instructor, and one of the last members of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin Fellowship. Prior to his death in 2009, Tafel made a charitable gift of his brownstone home in New York City to AAP, the proceeds of which established the Edgar A. Tafel Professorship in Architecture and the Edgar A. Tafel Lecture Series.

FXCollaborative Lecture in Sustainability, Urbanism, and Design

Dan Kaplan (B.Arch. '84), a senior partner at FXCollaborative, established this lecture series on behalf of the firm whose primary goal is to create projects with social, environmental, and aesthetic integrity. Through the series, FXCollaborative hopes to expose AAP students to the importance of sustainability and design.

Glanzer-Curtis Family Lecture Series

The lecture series was named for Marla Glanzer Curtis (B.Arch. '80) and Larry Curtis in recognition of their giving to Milstein Hall. The Curtis's live in Boston where Marla is an architect and Larry is president of Winn Companies.

Preston H. Thomas Memorial Lecture Series

The lecture series explores areas of knowledge related to architecture and brings outstanding speakers to campus whose presence, thoughts, and expertise might otherwise not be available to AAP students. The series is made possible by a generous gift to the college from Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Thomas of Auburn, New York, in memory of their son, Preston H. Thomas.

Strauch Visiting Critic in Sustainable Design Lecture

The Strauch Visiting Critic in Sustainable Design Lecture was established by Hans (B.Arch. '80) and Roger '78 Strauch to ensure that Cornell Department of Architecture students and faculty are supported in their efforts to advance research and innovative design solutions associated with consequences of global climate change.

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