Exhibition Highlights Student-Faculty Collaboration in Architecture

A hallway with numerous posters and photos on both walls, an overhead LCD display, and a man approaching a doorway
Full Scale on display in the East Sibley Exhibition Hallway. William Staffeld / AAP
A poster on the wall next to an open doorway shows a grid of more than 100 square headshots and text in black-and-white
The students, alumni, and faculty who collaborated on each project were acknowledged in the exhibition. William Staffeld / AAP
Three large vertical posters depicting the inside of a church, and three smaller horizontal headshots and text are hung and pinned on a white wall
Detail of Reformation. William Staffeld / AAP
January 25, 2018

The fall 2017 semester exhibition titled Full Scale celebrated the collaboration of architecture students with department faculty and alumni on five recent design-build projects.

Exhibition curators Christopher A. Battaglia (M.Arch. '17) and Takuma Johnson (B.Arch. '17) focused on "the culture within architecture at Cornell AAP that is a desire to build and make." From conceptual design through physical construction, the five projects allowed students to have experiences outside the curriculum and for faculty to experiment and research at the full scale.

The spirit of collaboration embodied by Full Scale will continue with a design-build platform to be constructed atop of Rand Hall, where Buckminster Fuller's geometric domes were built almost 70 years ago.

Projects in the exhibition included:

Corbel-Kerf Cabin

A residential project by architecture faculty members Visiting Critic Leslie Lok and Assistant Professor Sasa Zivkovic, Corbel-Kerf Cabin explores corbelling in concrete and 3D printing at full scale and investigates log kerning — a technique for cutting and bending — using an open source robotic arm. Built on a site in Slaterville Springs, New York, many of the project components were fabricated in AAP's Robotics Construction Laboratory. Also participating were Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow Andrea Simitch, architecture, and Dax Simitch Warke, the firm of Associate Professor Val K. Warke, architecture, among others. Lok and Zivkovic are principals and cofounders of HANNAH, an architecture practice based in the United States and Germany.

Corbel-Kerf Cabin team:

Christopher A. Battaglia (M.Arch. '17), Kun Bi (M.Arch. '19), Jeremy Bilotti (B.Arch. '18), Elie Boutros (B.Arch. '18), Yuxin Chen (B.Arch. '18), Ethan Davis (M.Arch. '17), Justin Foo (B.Arch. '18), Ramses Gonzalez (M.Arch. '19), Justin Hazelwood (M.Arch. '18), Lingzhe Lu (M.Arch. '19), Alexandre Mecattaf (M.Arch. '19), Mitchie Qiao (B.Arch. '21), Russell Southard (M.Arch. '18), and Wangda Zhu (M.Arch.II '18).


Lumen, the glowing and misting fabric installation by Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Associate Professor Jenny Sabin, was the winning entry in the 2017 MoMA PS1 Young Architect's Program competition, involving the collaboration of 33 current architecture students and recent graduates. The interactive knitted-fiber installation in the museum's entrance courtyard functioned as a work of art and provided shade, seating, and cooling for visitors to the museum's summer music series in Long Island City, Queens. Incorporating fibers that reacted to and absorbed energy from the sun, Lumen provided different experiences by night and day. Solar-reactive fibers produced subtle colors in sunlight, and photo-luminescent fibers glowed brightly at night. More than 30 students and alumni worked with Sabin to create and install Lumen.

Lumen team:

Mike Babcock (M.Arch. '17), Jordan Berta (M.Arch. '16), Diego Garcia Blanco (M.Arch. '20), Elie Boutros (B.Arch. '18), Yuriy Chernets (M.Arch. '15), Daniel Villegas Cruz (B.Arch. '18), Omar Dairi (B.Arch. '20), Luke Erickson (M.Arch. '16), Alejandro Garcia (B.Arch. '21), Andres Gutierrez (B.Arch. '15), Rachel Kaplan (M.Arch. '14), Wenli Li (M.Arch.II '16), Mark Lien (M.Arch. '19), Jingyang (Leo) Liu (M.Arch. '15, M.S. '20), Mark Lien (M.Arch. '19), Jasmine Liu '18, Lauren Lochry (M.Arch. '17), Andrew Moorman (B.Arch. '17), Elisa Medina (B.Arch. '21), Christopher Morse (M.Arch. '17), Sophie Nichols (M.Arch. '17), Yueer Niu (B.Arch. '21), Bennett Norman '18, Marwan Omar (M.Arch.II '17), Dillon Pranger (M.Arch. '15), Sasson Rafailov (B.Arch. '18), Steven Ren (B.Arch. '19), David Rosenwasser (B.Arch. '18), Danny Salamoun (M.Arch. '14), Cole Skaggs (B.Arch. '16), Mat Sokol (M.Arch.II '16), Aishwarya Sreenivas (B.Arch. '21), Andrew Sullivan (M.Arch. '15), Raksarat Vorasucha (B.Arch. '19), Linshen Xie (M.Arch.II '17), and Youngjin Yi (M.Arch. '14).

Primitive Hut

A team of more than 40 students, alumni, and faculty collaborated to create Primitive Hut, a pavilion designed to simultaneously decompose and grow over and exhibited at Art Omi in Ghent, New York. The 160-square-foot pavilion consists of a structural lattice made from interlocking components carved from standard plywood; a secondary decomposing lattice constructed from a composite of sawdust (waste from the plywood components), bioresin, and hemp; and an infill of manure cylinders. As it decomposes, the sawdust lattice serves as a growth medium and nutritional source for four red maple saplings that will eventually grow up to provide the primary support for the pavilion. The organically shaped pieces were produced utilizing robotic technologies and a computer numerical control (CNC) machine and designed to interlock with one another without the need for glue or mechanical fasteners.

Primitive Hut team:

Dylan Arceneaux (M.Arch. '20), Diego Garcia Blanco (M.Arch. '20), Emma Boudreau (M.Arch. '19), Mwanzaa Brown (M.Arch. '18), Sarah Bujnowski (M.Arch. '19), Tess Clancy (M.Arch. '18), Stephen Clond (M.Arch. '18), Gretchen Craig (B.Arch. '13), Tianqi Cui (M.Arch. '19), Joseph Diamond (M.Arch. '20), Eliana Drier (M.Arch. '18), Olivier Ducharme (M.Arch. '20), Luke Erickson (M.Arch. '16), Lucy Flieger (B.Arch. '19), Vanille Fricker (B.Arch. '19), Ramses Gonzalez (M.Arch. '19), Brian Havener (M.Arch. '17), Poyen Hsieh (M.Arch. '19), Isabella Hubsch (B.Arch. '19), Isabel Branas Jarque (M.Arch. '19), Michael Jefferson, Eleanor Krause (M.Arch. '19), Wachira Leangtanom (M.Arch. '17), Nicolas Leonard (M.Arch. '19), Jason Lin (M.Arch. '20), Xiaoxue Ma (M.Arch. '19), Heather Mauldin (M.Arch. '18), Evan McDowell (B.Arch. '29), Alexandre Mecattaf (M.Arch. '18), Melanie Monastirsky (M.Arch. '18), Christopher Morse (M.Arch. '17), Hafsa Muhammad (M.Arch. '19), Travis Nissen (M.Arch. '17), Maureen O'Brien (M.Arch. '20), Anbar Oreizi-Esfahani (M.Arch. '20), Ximeng Pan (M.Arch. '19), Edward Aguilera Perez (M.Arch. '20), Pranger, Shovan Shah (M.Arch. '18), Alireza Shojakhani (M.Arch. '18), Visiting Critic Peter Stec, Alexander Terry (M.Arch. '19), Daniel Torres (B.Arch. '14), Kashyap Valiveti (M.Arch. '20), Haoran Wang (M.Arch. '19), Christopher Yi (M.Arch. '19), Derek Yi (M.Arch. '18), and Yang Zhao (M.Arch. '17).


Described as "two 'buildings within the building,'" Reformation occupies a former church in Buffalo, New York. It is a collaboration of M.Arch. students; John Zissovici, associate professor; and Dennis Maher (B.Arch. '99) of Assembly House 150, an experimental collective and museum founded by Mahar that is also the setting for the project that will house a building arts library and a presentation space in the transept of the former cathedral. The work is an example and continuation of what Mahar calls the "urban imaginary."

Reformation team:

Ethan Davis (M.Arch. '17) and Alex Jopek (M.Arch. '17).


Full Scale also included SuralArk, designed in 2014 by Assistant Professor Aleksandr Mergold (B.Arch. '00) and Jason Austin (B.Arch. '00) of Austin+Mergold. The winner of the 2014 Folly competition sponsored by The Architectural League of New York and Socrates Sculpture Park, the 55-foot-long SuralArk was an inverted interpretation of Noah's Ark. The structure had its origins in American suburbia, which has encroached on New York City and other major cities. With its name a combination of the terms "suburban" and "rural," SuralArk was sheathed in multicolored vinyl siding, a material increasingly popular in suburban housing.

SuralArk team:

Andrew Fu (B.Arch. '14), Spencer Lapp (B.Arch. '09), and Daniel Marino (B.Arch. '12).