Architecture Graduate Open House for Admitted Students, Spring 2019

A modern glass building cantilevered over a road with a metal stair tower attached

Exterior view of Milstein and Sibley halls. photo / provided

Please join us for our spring 2019 open house for admitted students. The event will include program overviews, highlights of our areas of expertise, Q&A sessions with faculty and current students, as well as an opportunity to sit in on our studios and tour our material fabrication shop and facilities. Our faculty and current graduate students make themselves available throughout the day. We hope that you will be able to attend this in-depth introduction to graduate studies at Cornell.

RSVP and learn more about complimentary bus service between New York City and Ithaca. (Please RSVP for the complimentary bus service by 12 p.m. on Thursday, April 4.)

Department Chair and Program Directors

  • Andrea Simitch, professor, chair of the Department of Architecture, and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow
  • Caroline O'Donnell, Edgar A. Tafel Senior Professor, director of the M.Arch. program
  • Jenny Sabin, Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Professor in Architecture, director of graduate studies

A full list of architecture faculty members is available in the Faculty Directory.

Schedule for Monday, April 8: Ithaca Campus

9 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
Milstein Hall dome

9:15 a.m.

Welcome Presentation and Faculty Introductions
Milstein Hall dome

  • Andrea Simitch, Caroline O'Donnell, Jenny Sabin, Esra Akcan, Timur Dogan, Tao DuFour, Alex Mergold, Martin Miller, and Sasa Zivkovic

10:15 a.m.

Professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch.):
Introduction by Director followed by Q&A Session with Faculty and Current Students

Milstein Hall dome

  • Caroline O'Donnell, Timur Dogan, Tao DuFour, Alex Mergold, Martin Miller, Jenny Sabin, Andrea Simitch, Val Warke, Sasa Zivkovic, Mwanzaa Brown (M.Arch. '18), Teaching Associate Brian Havener (M.Arch. '17), Alexandre Mecattaf (M.Arch. '18), Teaching Associate Warisara Sudswong (M.Arch. '16), and current M.Arch. students

Post-Professional Master of Science, Advanced Architectural Design (M.S. AAD); and Master of Science, Matter Design Computation (M.S. MDC):
Material Practices Facilities Tour

Tour of the digital fabrication lab, wood shop, metal shop, and work areas
The Foundry

History of Architecture and Urban Development (HAUD):
Guided AAP College and Campus Tour

Led by current Ph.D. students in the HAUD program.
Leaving from Milstein Hall dome

11:15 a.m.

Professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch.):
Material Practices Facilities Tour

Tour of the digital fabrication lab, wood shop, metal shop, and work areas
The Foundry

Post-Professional Master of Science, Advanced Architectural Design (M.S. AAD); and Master of Science, Matter Design Computation (M.S. MDC):
Introduction by the director followed by Q&A Session with faculty and current students
Milstein Hall dome

  • Timur Dogan, Jeremy Foster, Jenny Sabin, and current M.S. AAD and M.S. MDC students

12:15 p.m.

Lunch
Lunch with faculty and current M.Arch., M.S. AAD, M.S. MDC, and Ph.D. students
Milstein Hall dome

1 p.m.

Studio and Design Research Lab visits for M.Arch., M.S. AAD, and M.S. MDC programs
Led by Caroline O'Donnell and Jenny Sabin and current M.Arch. and M.S. AAD students
Leaving from Milstein Hall dome

Studios:

Design Research Labs:

  • Robotic Construction Laboratory (RCL)
    Sasa Zivkovic and current students
  • Timur Dogan's sustainable design research
    Timur Dogan and current students
  • Sabin Design Lab
    Jenny Sabin and current students

History of Architecture and Urban Development (HAUD):
Q&A session with Esra Akcan, Thomas Campanella, Lily Chi, and current Ph.D. students and candidates
261B Sibley Hall

3:45 p.m.

Coffee with M.Arch. Alumni Panel
Coffee and cookies with five Cornell AAP architecture department alumni — Mwanzaa Brown (M.Arch. '18), Mia Kang (M.Arch. '13), Suzanne Lettieri (M.Arch. '11), Alexandre Mecattaf (M.Arch. '18), and Leroy Patterson (M.Arch. '16)
Milstein Hall dome

4:30 p.m.

Guided AAP College and Campus Tours
AAP college highlights include Bibliowicz Family Gallery, Fine Arts Library, John Hartell Gallery, and East Sibley Exhibition Hallway. Also included are the Arts Quad, the Suspension Bridge, concluding at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art (I. M. Pei, architect). Led by current M.Arch., M.S. AAD, and M.S. MDC students.
Leaving from L. P. Kwee Studios, Milstein Hall

5:15–7 p.m

Reception
Wine and cheese with architecture faculty and current graduate students
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art (I. M. Pei, architect), lobby

7 p.m.

Rulloff's Restaurant
A chance to meet current M.Arch., M.S. AAD, M.S. MDC, Ph.D. students, and alumni in a relaxed, informal setting; dinner provided.
411 College Avenue, Collegetown

Exhibitions Throughout the Day

Schedule for Tuesday, April 9: New York City Studio Visit (optional with attendance at Monday's Ithaca open house)

For all students traveling to Ithaca for the April 8 open house, we are offering an optional post-open house visit to our AAP NYC studio spaces where M.Arch. and M.S. AAD students will spend one semester as a Cornell student.

8 a.m.

The bus departs Ithaca for New York City on Tuesday, April 9, at 8 a.m. from Milstein Hall loading dock and arrives at 26 Broadway at approximately 1:15 p.m.

1:30 p.m.

Lunch and introduction with J. Meejin Yoon, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of Architecture, Art, and Planning

2 p.m.

Presentation by Gensler Family Sesquicentennial Executive Director of AAP NYC Robert Balder, followed by Q&A with second-year students in the M.Arch. program

2:45–3:30 p.m.

Tour of the AAP NYC studio

3:30–6:30 p.m.

Free afternoon in New York City

6:30 p.m.

All admitted students who have participated in the Ithaca and New York City open houses are invited to the L. Michael Goldsmith lecture featuring Liz Diller and organized by Cornell AAP NYC.

Getting to Ithaca

Complimentary bus to and from Ithaca*

  • Bus departs Battery Park, New York City, on Sunday, April 7, at 5 p.m., and arrives in Ithaca at approximately 9 p.m.
  • Bus departs Milstein Hall loading dock, Ithaca, on Tuesday, April 9, at 8 a.m., and arrives in New York City at approximately 1:15 p.m. (followed by an AAP NYC studio visit). Please RSVP for details on bus departure location.

*To register for the bus and/or the New York City open house, please RSVP. (Please RSVP for the complimentary bus service by 12 p.m. on Thursday, April 4.)

By plane

Tompkins County is served by American Airlines, Delta, and United flights to and from major cities throughout the country. The Syracuse International Airport is an hour and a quarter drive from Ithaca.

By (other) bus or train

Cornell's Campus to Campus bus services runs from New York City to Ithaca. Ithaca is also served by the Greyhound, Trailways, and ShortLine bus systems. Visitors can reach the campus from the bus depot by taxi or the Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) bus service (many buses make campus stops). The nearest Amtrak connection point is Syracuse.

By car

The drive to Ithaca is beautiful, no matter what route you take. Parking on campus is limited. Metered parking on Thurston Avenue, just across the gorge to the north of Milstein Hall, is recommended.

Transportation Contact Information

Airport and airlines

Local and long-distance bus service

Taxi and limousine service

  • Airline Limousine (607) 273-3030 or (800) 273-9197
  • Blue Light Cab Company (607) 277-2227
  • Cayuga Taxi (607) 272-3333