AAP NYC kicks off another packed semester

September 17, 2009

There’s nothing like preparing newly arrived students for the bustling Manhattan tempo than packing their AAP NYC orientation day tight with information sessions, course presentations, walking tours, and an evening reception with alumni.

This fall — the beginning of program’s fourth year — 17 M.Arch.1 students and 19 B.Arch. students are taking a range of studios and seminars taught by a roster of faculty made up of some of New York’s most prominent practitioners and educators.

For the undergraduate studios Michael Manfredi (M.Arch. ’80) of Weiss/Manfredi is teaching Sectional Ecologies: Waterfront Architectures with teaching assistant Justin Kwok; and Craig Dykers of Snøhetta is teaching The Big & Small Studio with teaching assistant Liz Burow. Ben Gilmartin of Diller, Scofidio, and Renfro (DSR) returns to teach the thesis proseminar.

For the graduate studio Shohei Shigematsu from the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) along with his colleague Christy Cheng is teaching Integrative Design Practices; while Mark Rakatansky is teaching the graduate proseminar.

Other courses being taken by both M.Arch. and B.Arch. students include: a history of architecture course focused on Gordon Matta-Clark with Professor Mary Woods; professional practice with Jill Lerner (B.Arch. ’76); photography with Douglas Ross; and architecture theory with Sulan Kolatan.

On orientation day, prior to the faculty presentations, students took a walking tour of the nearby High Line park with Nahyun Hwang of James Corner Field Operations, lead project designer and design project manager, and with Matthew Johnson of DSR. Students also took a tour of the new Standard Hotel which straddles the High Line. The tour was organized by Stephanie Goto (B.Arch. ’97) and was led by Christine Gachot from Andre Balazs Properties and Michael Tavani from Nadine Johnson & Associates, Inc. and joined by Tara Leibenhaut (B.Arch. ’00) from Polshek Partnership Architects.

Students this fall are making use of facilities upgrades made to the AAP NYC studio this summer including a laser cutter, a new workbench with basic hand tools and power equipment, and upgrades to memory and software in the computer labs. And, most noticeable to returning visitors: the loft is home to improved studio work surfaces and lighting.

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