For High School Students
The Introduction to Architecture Program is an intensive six-week class that introduces high school students to ideas, principles, and methods of exploring architectural problems in a studio setting. Through a graduated sequence of exercises culminating in a final project, students study architectural concepts of space, form, function, environment, and technology. Field trips investigate contemporary architecture within the context of Upstate New York sites of production, fabrication, and resources.
High school students spend mornings in lectures and integrated workshops exploring architectural principles including composition, history, preservation, landscape architecture, planning, and urban design. The afternoon studio puts into practice the information learned in morning lectures. The studio is taught in the Rem Koolhaas–designed Milstein Hall, by Department of Architecture faculty members and recent graduates of Cornell's esteemed bachelor's and master's programs. The program also incorporates periodic studio reviews by invited faculty and guest critics. Intensive individual instruction and regular progress reviews prepare students for a final project presentation.
Concurrent with the studio, drawing classes provide additional support in experimental architectural drawing and pragmatic drafting, while small design seminars and discussion groups contextualize the design process in relation to contemporary architectural practice.
The final portfolio review prepares prospective architecture students for their futures in the field.
Students can expect to learn the fundamentals of the architectural program including:
- The art of making and the importance of craft
- The relationship between the two-dimensional and three-dimensional design
- Drawing and model making as a means of discovery and exploration
- Analog and introductory digital representation
- Conceptual clarity and expression
- The basics of architectural composition
The program is open to high school students who are interested in a career in architecture — no specialized knowledge or background beyond a serious interest in architectural design is required.
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- Additional program information for high school students
High School Student Work
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Joseph McGranahanhttps://aap.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/Joseph%20McGranahan-1_870x450.jpg https://aap.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/Joseph%20McGranahan-2_870x450.jpg https://aap.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/Joseph%20McGranahan-10_870x450.jpg https://aap.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/Joseph%20McGranahan-11_870x450.jpg
Christina Xiehttps://aap.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/Christina%20Xie-3_870x450.jpg https://aap.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/Christina%20Xie-2_870x450.jpg https://aap.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/Christina%20Xie-9_870x450.jpg https://aap.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/Christina%20Xie-11_870x450.jpg
Jian (Davis) Kun Zhuhttps://aap.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/Combined%20Drawing_870x450.jpg https://aap.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/DSC01630_870x450.jpg https://aap.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/IMG_3847-Edit_870x450.jpg https://aap.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/Tool%20Relief%20-%20Top%20Down_870x450.jpg