M.Arch. students engage NYC in and out of studio

July 6, 2011

A group of 22 students began the post-professional master of architecture (M.Arch.2) program this summer at AAP NYC in Manhattan. The cohort, which includes students from India, China, Turkey, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, is spending the first semester in New York City and will head to Ithaca for the remainder of the three-semester M.Arch.2 program.

This intensive summer program is taught by visiting critics and Ithaca-based faculty Kevin Pratt and Mark Morris. Leading the summer studios are visitors William MacDonald, Sulan Kolatan, Laurie Hawkinson, Thomas Lesser, and Andrew Zago. The seminars, which are divided into four post-professional concentrations including discourse, urbanism, ecotechnology, and design research, are taught by Anthony Vidler, Joan Ockman, Michael Osman, Pratt and Morris.

Students are getting to know the city outside the studio as well. Newly arrived executive director of AAP NYC Bob Balder (B.S. URS '89) is leading tours some with limited access: the renovation at Carnegie Hall, the newly opened section of the High Line, the new Brooklyn Bridge Park, the World Trade Center site, lower Manhattan's waterfront, DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), and more.

Throughout the summer AAP NYC will host eight lectures given by the visiting faculty as well as Henry Smith-Miller and Mark Rakatansky. The summer lecture series is meant to augment the studio theme of urban sections and is open to alumni and invited guests. Beyond highlighting the pedagogical themes, the lecture series gives students the opportunity to network with practicing architects and leading critics in the field. The semester's events will conclude with the second annual L. Michael Goldsmith Lecture featuring Charles Renfro and Craig Dykers on July 28.

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