The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning

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In 1967 the College of Architecture became the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. During this period Cornell achieved national and international prominence, resulting from a combination of the liberal educational philosophy of President James Perkins and Dean Burnham Kelly, the talented and energetic faculty, a more diverse student body, and Cornell’s long tradition of excellence. Innovative programs like Colin Rowe’s Urban Design Studio enriched the curriculum. The College prepared students for a changing profession, one that included the application of the social sciences, the shift of focus from the construction of individual buildings to the whole building process, the evolution of design methodology, and the revival of large-scale design. In general, architects designed less and less for individuals; the client was now society at large.

In the next decades, under the direction of Deans K.C. Parsons, Jason Seley, and William McMinn, the College expanded outside Ithaca with programs in Washington, D.C. and Rome. New courses included preservation planning, the architectural aspects of archaeology, social planning, urban environmental policy, and community development. The fine arts course provided intensive studio experience in painting, sculpture, photography, and the graphic arts. By the 1980s computers became ubiquitous, with the advent of courses in computer-aided design, microcomputer applications, and computer art. While retaining its basic mission, the College initiated new programs in the 1990s which further emphasized the application of technology, diversity, and a greater cultural and social awareness.

Today the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning continues to fulfill the mission set out by Andrew Dickson White. Over the years its programs have given life to Ezra Cornell’s ideal of combined liberal and practical study. Other architecture schools have emulated Cornell’s programs, major architectural firms have used the principles formulated at Cornell, and the College’s alumni have used these ideals to change the face of the built environment.

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