Calendar and Activities

Richard Meier with students, wooden model in foreground
Richard Meier shows students around the Richard Meier Model Museum during a field trip. photo / provided
Six students and one faculty member wearing bicycle helmets taking a break during their bike excursion
Students on a bike tour of New York City, with program director Bob Balder. photo / provided
A group of people in an unfurnished high rise space, with glass walls that look out on the city
AAP NYC students tour new real estate development projects as part of the curriculum. photo / provided
students and a docent gathered around a model in MoMA
M.Arch.II students on a tour of an architectural exhibition at MoMA. Zachary Tyler Newton (M.Arch. '10)
A close-up of students in hard hats and neon vests touring a structure under construction.
Students get an up close look at the latest projects undertaken by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. photo / provided
students and SOM guide around a table filled with models and designs
Architecture students on an office visit to SOM, XX leading the tour. photo / provided
people gathered round a rare book on a table with bookshelves in the background
A group from AAP NYC received a private tour of the Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination, housed on the grounds of Jay Walker’s ’77 home in Connecticut. photo / provided
on left, view inside AAP NYC during a lecture and on right, a view outside the window at another tall building
Michael Manfredi (M.Arch. '80) and Marion Weiss gave the 2017 L. Michael Goldsmith Lecture at AAP NYC. William Staffeld / AAP
Bob Balder with students posing in front of a water taxi
The first group of M.R.P./M.L.A. students came to study at AAP NYC in 2014. Activities that semester included a trip on a water taxi to XX. photo / provided

While some students begin the semester with extensive knowledge of New York City, many are unfamiliar with the city and urban life. AAP NYC students receive a thorough introduction not only to the studio but to the city and neighborhood. Throughout the semester, staff provides support to help students negotiate the city easily and safely and take advantage of the endless cultural opportunities the city offers.

A detailed calendar will be sent upon registration in the program. Below is a sample academic calendar for each semester. All dates are subject to change.

Sample Fall Semester Calendar

Cornell Tech housing is available Late August
Facility introduction and orientation/classes begin September 1
Labor Day — no classes September 4
Professional placements begin September 5
Fall Break October 7–10
Professional placements end November 15
Thanksgiving Break November 22–26
Last day of instruction December 6
Final review period December 7–11
Final exam/submission period December 12–15
Students move out of AAP NYC studio                           December 18

Sample Spring Semester Calendar

Cornell Tech housing is available Late January
Facility introduction and orientation/classes begin February 1
February Break February 18–21
Spring Break April 1–9
Last day of instruction May 10
Final review period May 11–19
Architecture studios final reviews May 16–17
Students move out of AAP NYC studio                           May 22

Recent Tours and Visits in and around New York City

Each semester students are led on guided tours through various New York City neighborhoods by Gensler Family Sesquicentennial Executive Director of AAP NYC Robert Balder (B.S. URS '89). The tours serve both to situate students to their immediate environment, as well as help them develop a deeper understanding of, and appreciation for, the city as a whole.

  • Financial District Neighborhood Tour
  • Richard Meier's Model Museum
  • The Armory Show
  • The Skyscraper Museum
  • Coney Island
  • The High Line Park
  • The Architectural League of New York
  • MoMA PS1
  • Municipal Art Society Annual Summit
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • Storm King Art Center
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