AAP NYC Set to Expand Offerings in New Space
Before the year is out, AAP NYC — the New York City–based program of Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning — will have a new home at historic 26 Broadway in Lower Manhattan.
The freshly signed 10-year lease is for the entire 20th floor — 11,114 square feet of studio, classroom, gallery, and lecture space to house graduate and undergraduate programs in architecture, planning, and art.
"The mission of AAP NYC is to offer Cornell design and planning students the opportunity to study complex urban design challenges in situ, so we are delighted to be moving to this spectacular space in a landmark building in the heart of a burgeoning creative community," says Kent Kleinman, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of AAP. "We will have sweeping 360-degree views, natural light for all our studios, and a network of subway connections under our feet."
Each semester, AAP NYC at 26 Broadway will be home to around 50 students majoring in architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, and fine art. Students will spend a semester in residence in New York City taking a full complement of course work taught by a combination of Ithaca-based and New York City–based faculty and expert consultants and critics.
Designed by a Gensler team led by Maddy Burke-Vigeland, the new AAP NYC space will be customized to meet current and future programming needs. It will feature studio workstations, a 1,000-square-foot lecture room that will be dividable into classroom space, along with meeting and art studio space and crit areas. The increase in square footage will give AAP NYC more flexibility for additional programming without disrupting classroom and studio activity.
"Helping to realize the vision of a robust New York City presence for my alma mater has been exciting and rewarding," says Gensler's founder Arthur Gensler (B.Arch. '57). "I've long supported AAP NYC and believe this new location will elevate it to the level and prominence it deserves."
The building at 26 Broadway was the home of Standard Oil from 1885 to 1956 and was designated a New York City landmark in 1995.
The program has been housed on the 5,000-square-foot second floor of 50 West 17th Street since it was founded in 2006.