For more than 30 years, the Gensler family has helped provide vision, support, and a standard of excellence at AAP and the Department of Architecture.

The Gensler Visiting Critic program has allowed AAP to expand its faculty ranks with exceptional practitioners and industry thought leaders who immeasurably enrich the teaching and learning of our students on the Ithaca campus. This program has helped bring renowned national and international architects to campus to educate, exchange ideas, and build a powerful network of students, faculty, critics, and alumni. Each Gensler Visiting Critic has a full time appointment during the semester with teaching responsibilities, student engagement activity, and a community lecture. In many cases, a field trip or site visit is included for the students. This experiential learning opportunity has taken student from New York to Beijing and various places in between. Their presence is felt by our students who have a unique opportunity to connect with a leader in the field, while the critics engage with our outstanding students and see firsthand the caliber of an AAP education.

Below you will find a list of recent Gensler Visiting Critics from 2010–2023. Thank you for your generosity, leadership, and the indelible impact you have made at AAP:

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Adam Frampton

Gensler Visiting Critic (fall 2023)

Adam Frampton, AIA, is an architect and a principal of Only If, a New York City-based design practice for architecture and urbanism that he founded in 2013. Only If's work has been published in the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, Domus, Interior Design, Frame, Architect Magazine, Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, Fast Company, and The Architect's Newspaper, among others. Frampton is also currently a Design Critic at Harvard University GSD and has also taught as a Visiting Critic at Rice University, as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University GSAPP, and at Parsons, Syracuse University, and the University of Kentucky. He is the coauthor of Cities Without Ground: A Hong Kong Guidebook (2012) which maps Hong Kong's three-dimensional networks of pedestrian circulation and public space. His work and research have been exhibited in the 12th, 14th, 16th, and 17th Venice Biennale, the Museum of Modern Art, the M+ Hong Kong, the Lisbon Triennale, the Rotterdam Biennale, the Shenzhen Biennale, the Sao Paolo Biennale, the Seoul Biennale, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Center for Architecture, and the Van Alen Institute, New York. Previously, he worked as an associate at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam and Hong Kong from 2006 to 2013. He holds an M.Arch. from Princeton University and is a licensed architect in the United States and the Netherlands.

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