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Terms and Dates:

  • Fall 2022
  • Summer 2022


Jenn Michael

Cornell Affiliations:

Architecture, Art and Planning


Opportunity Description

AAP's program in New York City (AAP NYC) offers AAP students a unique opportunity to live and study in one of the most vital urban centers in the world for one semester. Enriched by social and professional networking opportunities, the undergraduate and graduate student semester in New York City plays a key role in a Cornell education.

AAP NYC offers a full roster of classes enriched by New York City's unique artistic, historical, and cultural resources and by AAP's extensive alumni network of noted metropolitan professionals, who frequently teach and serve as guest critics and mentors.

Study at AAP NYC is an option for bachelor of architecture (B.Arch.), bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.), master of regional planning (M.R.P.), and master of landscape (M.L.A.) students, and mandatory for professional master of architecture (M.Arch.) and post-professional master of science in advanced architectural design (M.S. AAD) students.

M.S. AAD Summer Studio

New York City is an urban laboratory for the first semester of Cornell's advanced design research program, the post-professional master of science in advanced architectural design (M.S. AAD). The program makes full use of the city's intellectual and creative resources, as well as its dilemmas and challenges, to introduce students to terms, techniques, and problems of contemporary design inquiry. The intensive eight-week curriculum comprises a design studio and parallel theory seminar, and an advanced digital media class. The studio and seminar are structured to offer an overview of the program's four territories of investigation (TI): 

  • A+D: Architecture and Discourse
  • A+E: Architecture and Ecology 
  • A+R: Architecture and Representation
  • A+U: Architecture and Urbanism 

Upon completion of the New York City semester, students commit to one TI to define an individual trajectory of study for the subsequent two semesters on the Ithaca campus.

The M.S. AAD New York City semester offers students the opportunity to work with distinguished designers and thinkers drawn both from New York City and from Cornell's Ithaca campus. The semester's formal class work on and in the city is complemented by a series of weekend, on-site studies of New York City's fabrics, landmarks, and ecologies.