Cornell AAP Executive Education provides Ivy League executive education for global architecture and urban design leaders to address the critical issues facing an urbanizing population in an age of technological revolution and constrained resources.

Executive Education participants on a tour of the model shop at Studio Daniel Libeskind. photo / Nancy Borowick


Cornell AAP Executive Education offers an intense nine-day program of custom designed courses dealing with urban architecture and planning. The program takes place in the summer, and is based in Cornell University’s New York City studio facility and uses the city as its subject and laboratory.


Program length 9 days (not including travel days to and from New York City)
Program size 24 students maximum
Number of programs Two per summer
2017 program dates Two sessions in July, specific dates to be determined
Personalization Instructional topics customized for client
Program structure
  • 12 instructional sessions
  • 6 lunchtime lectures
  • 4 office tours and professional practice meetings
  • 6 on-site educational tours
  • 1 waterfront boat tour of New York Harbor
  • Professional networking opportunities

On-Site Educational Tours

To enhance the program's lectures and presentations, special tours and on-site briefings are integrated into the daily curriculum. Featured locations and projects may include:

  • World Trade Center Complex
  • World Financial Center at Battery Park City
  • Fulton Transit Center
  • Wall Street and lower Manhattan financial district (with a special focus on privately owned public spaces)
  • High Line elevated park and Hudson Yards district
  • Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle (59th Street and Broadway)
  • New York City waterfront boat tour
  • Chelsea Piers and Hudson River Park
  • Times Square and Rockefeller Center districts
  • Various cultural venues (Jazz at Lincoln Center, Whitney Museum, Skyscraper Museum, etc.)

Sites of Instruction

Instruction occurs in two primary locations:

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    Seven days of the program are based in Cornell's New York City studio facility at 26 Broadway, a state-of-the-art teaching space in a 1928 landmark building.

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    Two days are based at Cornell University's Ithaca campus in the 2012 Milstein Hall designed by Rem Koolhaas / OMA.


  • Robert W. Balder
    Robert W. Balder
    Gensler Family Sesquicentennial Executive Director of AAP NYC
    Robert (Bob) Balder (B.S. URS '89) has held several important positions in New York City, including director of the Mayor's Office of Lower Manhattan Development, and executive vice president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Most recently, he was director of planning and urban design at Gensler, New York. As the executive director of AAP NYC, Balder's charge is to help advance and coordinate AAP NYC's programs, and to ensure that the AAP presence in New York City is optimized for all AAP students, faculty, and alumni.
  • Wu Wei Campanella
    Wu Wei Campanella
    Associate Director
    An architectural educator with expertise in sustainable building technology and building systems integration, Wu Wei Campanella holds a Ph.D. from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a M.Sc. from the National University of Singapore, and a B.Eng. from Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology. Campanella has consulted on building projects around the world, including the Asian Civilization Museum in Singapore, Guilford Technical Community College in North Carolina, and residential buildings for the Hong Kong Housing Authority. She divides her time between Ithaca and New York City.

About Cornell AAP


Cornell University's campus in Ithaca, New York.

Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (Cornell AAP) is home to almost 800 students and 100 visiting and full-time faculty dedicated to the study of the art and science of the built environment. A small and vital college in one of the nation's foremost research universities, Cornell AAP has educated many of the most influential theorists and practitioners in the United States.

We are committed to the belief that architecture, art, and planning are simultaneously intellectual and material practices, and that leadership in cultural production demands both expertise in a specific discipline and wide knowledge in the liberal arts. For this reason, Cornell AAP students and alumni are renowned for two qualities: deep expertise in their chosen field and life-long curiosity for learning. This combination of depth and breadth has never been more crucial: these fields of study are undergoing fundamental transformations wrought by a revolution in digital technologies, a rise in environmental consciousness, and an unprecedented surge in global urbanization. Traditional techniques of place making are severely challenged by a new scale and complexity of intertwined values that require more than just exceptional disciplinary proficiency. It requires intellectual audacity and creativity.