Facilities and Resources

student in a photo studio taking pictures

Final documentation of student work at the end of a semester. William Staffeld / AAP

In March of 2015, AAP NYC moved into a new studio space located at 26 Broadway, the former headquarters of Standard Oil and a city-designated landmark. Located in what was traditionally known as lower Manhattan's financial district, the surrounding area is now an emerging location for many architecture, design, and engineering firms whose proximity enhances both the professional practice element of the AAP NYC experience, as well as the accessibility of visiting lecturers and critics.

  • AAP NYC Studios and Classrooms
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    The architecture studio at AAP NYC. photo / Yuriy Chernets (M.Arch. '14)

    The 11,114-square-foot studio at The Gensler Family AAP NYC Center encompasses the entire 20th floor of 26 Broadway and is customized to meet a full range of programming needs for all three departments of AAP with gallery space, a multi-use room for lectures and public events, and ample studio and classroom areas for up to 50 students. With moveable wall panels, the center's space is easily adaptable for various uses during and between semesters. Its natural lighting and 360-degree views, including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, enhance the experience of the city as an extension of the classroom. 

    AAP NYC maintains a modest shop with hand tools for model making and art projects, as well as a laser cutting shop. The studio also includes a collection of New York City history books and maps and access to Cornell's lending library.

  • Digital Resources
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    Students prepare for a photo shoot in the AAP NYC studio.

    Students studying at the Gensler Family AAP NYC Center have access to the same digital resources as their Ithaca-based colleagues. This includes cloud-based rendering, file storage on the local AAP NYC server, and the same level of student laptop support as Ithaca-based students (students can ship their laptops to AAP IT Services free of charge for repairs, though students pay for any new parts). All printing is through Papercut/Netprint. Instructions for setting up an account can be found on the AAP IT Solutions tutorials page.

    Color, Black and White Printing and Copying: There are standard black and white and color laser printers available for student use.

    • 8-1/2" x 11" = $.25 per color sheet (non-duplex printer)
    • 11" x 17" = $.25 per color sheet (non-duplex printer)
    • 8-1/2" x 11" = $.09 per sheet (non-duplex printer)
    • 11" x 17" = $.09 per sheet (non-duplex printer)

    Plotter Printing: Students can send their jobs wirelessly to AAP NYC's two plotter printers. Heavyweight coated 42" paper is preloaded at $2.16 per linear foot. Anything printed at more than 100" is at the user's own risk and will not be refunded.

    Digital Classrooms: The Gensler Family AAP NYC Center includes three classrooms that can collapse into one large room for special events and lectures. There is a 12' retractable presentation screen with ceiling-mounted speakers. Additionally, AAP NYC has two mobile TVs that can be used throughout the studio.

    Digital Photography: The center has five Canon DSLR cameras and tripods available for students to borrow on a limited basis. The studio also has lighting and backdrops available for model photography.

    All students are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop with all appropriate software to AAP NYC.

  • Housing

    AAP currently does not have access to institutional housing in New York City. Students who plan to attend AAP NYC can consider the following additional resources in their housing search and are encouraged to start making make arrangements several months prior to arrival. 

  • Library Resources
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    The Gensler Family AAP NYC Center's on-site library.

    Books from Cornell's libraries in Ithaca are available to students through an online request system. The books are shipped to and from the AAP NYC center free of charge. In addition, Cornell is a member of the SHARES network of libraries, which allows AAP NYC students visiting and borrowing privileges at Columbia University. Access hours and policies vary, and students are encouraged to call ahead or visit the library websites for detailed information. AAP NYC students can also register for borrowing privileges with the New York Public Library (NYPL).

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