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December 4, 2013
by scloonan
A prospective student and parent speak with Dustin Atlas, a 4th- year at Cooper UnionCredit: Courtesy of Sarah Cloonan, Center for Architecture Foundation
Donna Lewis attended along with her students from the High School of Art & Design.Credit: Courtesy of Sarah Cloonan, Center for Architecture Foundation
Students met representatives from eleven schools including Emily Moss and Alexis Kraft faculty members at Parsons The New SchoolCredit: Courtesy of Sarah Cloonan, Center for Architecture Foundation
Panelist Elizabeth O’Donnell, Acting Dean, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at Cooper Union Credit: Courtesy of Sarah Cloonan, Center for Architecture Foundation

On 11.22.13, the Center for Architecture Foundation (CFAF) hosted an Architecture College Fair. More than 100 high school students and families from New York City, Connecticut, and Northern New Jersey attended the event held at the Center for Architecture. Faculty, admissions officers, and alumni from 12 schools offering degrees and/or majors in architecture at the undergraduate level participated, including Boston Architecture College, University at Buffalo, City College, Cooper Union, Cornell University, Drexel University, NYIT, NJIT, Parsons The New School, RPI, Roger Williams, and Tulane. This year marks the first time CFAF has hosted the event, taking over from the AIA New York Chapter and the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA). The transition coincides with the announcement of a new scholarship to be awarded in 2014. The Walter A. Hunt Jr. Scholarship fund was established to honor the retirement of Walter A. Hunt Jr., FAIA, Vice Chairman Emeritus of Gensler. The scholarship will assist New York City public high school students pursuing a degree in architecture at an NAAB-accredited school of architecture in New York State.

The event also included a screening of the film, Archiculture, by Arbuckle Industries, directed by David Krantz and Ian Harris, a 2010 recipient of the Brunner Grant for advanced architectural study. The film, which follows a core group of architecture students in their final semester at Pratt Institute, provides an honest look at the studio environment, and the critical review format that is central to the architecture curriculum. After the screening, representatives from each university spoke briefly about his/her school and what sets it apart. Following the panel, the floor was opened to questions from the audience, sparking a wonderful dialogue between educators and prospective students. As the event wound down, many students and faculty lingered in the gallery to admire the student work on view in the “Arch Schools 2013” exhibition. Thanks to all who attended and we look forward to hosting the event again next year.

Event: Architecture College Fair
Location: Center for Architecture, 11.22.13
Speakers: Faculty, admissions officers, and alumni from Boston Architecture College, University at Buffalo, City College, Cooper Union, Cornell University, Drexel University, NYIT, NJIT, Parsons The New School, RPI, Roger Williams, and Tulane
Organizers: Center for Architecture Foundation

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