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 2010–2022. Thank you for your generosity, leadership, and the indelible impact you have made at AAP:

Current Semester

Gary Bates

Gensler Visiting Critic (Fall 2022)

Gary Bates cofounded SPACEGROUP in Oslo, Norway, in 1999. As architects and planners, SPACEGROUP originally made its mark with complex urban projects such as the Prostneset Ferry Terminal, Vestbane National Library, Filipstad Masterplan, and the Louisville 25-year Vision Plan. DEEP is the research arm of SPACEGROUP, managing the collective intelligence in the discourse between development, planning, politics, social equity, and architecture. In 2018, Bates founded Extrasolar, with the perspective of building alternative design-thinking business models within the "start-up" environment. Most recently (2021) Bates cofounded Make Make, an NYC-based design agency that unites architectural thinking and making in a contemporary framework. In parallel to practice, Bates teaches and lectures at various universities, including Syracuse University, The Cooper Union, the University of Texas in Austin, the University of Kentucky, The Oslo School of Architecture, and the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands. Bates studied at Virginia Polytechnic University and State University (1985–1990). He began his collaboration with Rem Koolhaas in 1992 at OMA, where he became a director and, from 1995-1998, a principal in charge of the Asian desk.

Previous Semesters

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