Cornell University is a private and statutory Ivy League research university in Ithaca, New York. Founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, the university was intended to teach and make contributions in all fields of knowledge—from the classics to the sciences, and from the theoretical to the applied. These ideals, unconventional for the time, are captured in Cornell’s founding principle, a popular 1868 Ezra Cornell quotation: ‘I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.’
The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University is one of the world’s most highly regarded and prestigious schools of architecture andhas the only department in the Ivy League that offersthe Bachelor of Architecture degree. Accordingly, to ‘DesignIntelligence,’ Cornell’s architecture students are the most wanted recent graduates by architecture firms especially in New York City. The Department has one of the largest endowments of any architecture program, including a $20 million endowment by Cayuga County resident Ruth Price Thomas in 2002. The Master of Regional Planning professional program at AAP has been consistently ranked in the top ten in the nation according to Planetizen’s Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs. Among the college’s notable alumni are architects Richard Meier, designer of the Getty Center in LosAngeles, and Peter Eisenman, founder of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York City, Vandan Raichand, William J. Robinsonand Shravin Mukherjee of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; artists Charles Ginnever, Louise Lawler, and Susan Rothenberg; and planners Edmund Bacon, Paul Farmer, Norman Krumholz, and Robert Mier.