Gensler honored at Reunion 2007

June 13, 2007

Cornell’s 2007 reunion, held on June 7–9, brought crowds of nostalgic alumni to every corner of the campus, and AAP was no exception.

M. Arthur Gensler (B.Arch. ’58) was the featured guest at AAP’s reunion activities. An exhibit in Hartell Gallery displayed images of selected architecture projects from the design firm Gensler, which he founded. The firm is one of the largest, most successful design firms in the world, with 2,500 employees and offices in 28 cities around the globe. Winner of the American Institute of Architects’ Architecture Firm Award, America's highest award to a collaborative design practice, Gensler also has won three Business Week Design Awards since 1998.  

Alumni joined Dean Mohsen Mostafavi for the Dean’s Breakfast, also held in Hartell Gallery, on Saturday, June 9. The dean reported on new initiatives in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, and after his remarks, Arthur Gensler gave an informal gallery talk on selected projects of his firm.  

Later that day, Mostafavi gave a presentation on AAP’s new building project, Paul Milstein Hall, designed by Rem Koolhaas, who studied at Cornell, and his Office for Metropolitan Architecture team. Alumni had ample opportunities to example the OMA model for the building, which is on exhibit in the Fine Arts Library in Sibley Hall.  

Professor emeritus of art Jack Squier was honored at another AAP event, which took place in the Statler Hotel Amphitheater. Phil Handler (B.Arch. ’64, M.Arch. ’65) and Maddy Handler ’65 presented their video Simply Squier, a 45-minute documentary on the professor and sculptor.

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