The Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and PlanningAAP) has announced Starting in the fall semester, eight new faculty members will take on a handful of initial roles. This includes five professors that will make up the AAP. social justice cohort working across disciplines to “advance scholarship, research, creative practice, and critical dialogue on social justice, equity, and identity.” Also joining is the college’s first-ever Associate Dean for Diversity and Equity along with two new professors—one a member of the Department of Art and the other a member of the Department of City and Regional Planning—who will join Critical Inquiry into Values, Imagination, and Culture (CIVIC), which is part of the Office of the Provost’s Radical Collaboration initiative.
“We are thrilled to welcome an extraordinary group of new faculty and fellows whose critical scholarship and creative practices, rigorous research, and lines of inquiry advance equity and justice across our disciplines,” said AAP Dean J. Meejin Yoon, in a statement. “As practitioners and educators, the work they do in and out of the classroom yields actionable knowledge and meaningful impact that has the potential to transform our cities, communities, and constructed environments both now and well into the future.”
These are the new faculty members:
AAP Associate Dean for Equity and Diversity:Associate Professor in Art Provost New Faculty Fellow City and Regional Planning Professor of ArtAssistant Professor, City and Regional Planning
Jen Delos Reyes | Associate Professor, Art
Social justice cohort:
Peter Robinson | Assistant Professor, Architecture
Ife Vanable | Assistant Professor, Architecture
Oscar Rene Cornejo | Assistant Professor, Art
Oasa DuVerney | Assistant Professor, Art
Jocelyn Poe | Provost New Faculty Fellow, City and Regional Planning
Keith Obadike | Professor, Art
Wenfei Xu | Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning
Although Cornell AAP has just announced the appointments, the new hires were officially accepted into their respective departments earlier this year. Poe will be appointed as an assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning as a Provost Fellow in New Faculty. She will start her position in 2024.
Cornell AAP announced the inaugural Strauch Fellows in addition to its new faculty members. Per the school, the Strauch Fellowship was established to “advance inclusion, equity, and justice in architecture and planning by providing pathways to successful academic careers for emerging and impactful scholars and practitioners in these disciplines.” The fellows are: Sydney Maubert (Strauch Fellow in Architecture) Zakhary Mallett (Strauch Fellow for City and Regional Planning).
Earlier this summer, the Ithaca, New York–based university—the only within the Ivy League with an architecture department offering Bachelor of Architecture degrees—revealed It has been awarded $30 million to create a new department, Paul Rubacha Department of Real Estate. This will be managed jointly by Cornell AAP, Cornell SC Johnson School of Business.
Read more about Cornell AAP’s new faculty and Strauch fellows here.