Welcome to the Fisher Center

Trustee Winston Fisher ’96 along with fellow alums and New Yorkers, Trustee James Kuhn ’70, G’72 and Hal Fetner ’83 established a space in New York City that will serve as the academic hub for experiential learning programs in the region.

The Fisher Center features classrooms, studios, and event space, and will help students make critical connections with Big Apple alumni who can assist them in forging their chosen careers. “The value of immersion experiences in the heart of NYC is that they afford SU students the opportunity to enhance critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills while receiving a hands-on introduction to the workplace of their choice in their discipline,” Fisher said. “New York City is full of SU alums, 40,000-plus, many of whom are leaders in their fields. It’s the contact with these leaders, SU’s community of experts, that creates the best possible real-world learning environment.”

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The Syracuse University School of Architecture hosts year round academic and public programs at the Fisher Center. The Spring 2014 faculty include Angela Co, Nina Rappaport, and Jeffrey Shumaker who are working with ten students from across the world and New York City.

Co - headshot photoAngela Co is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and the Coordinator of the NYC Architecture Program at Syracuse University School of Architecture. She is a principal at Co-Lecavalier, a design studio concerned with transforming everyday life at a range of scales, including furniture, buildings, and urban design. Her research into speculative architectural artifacts and their effects on space, bodies, and perception has been supported by the MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH), the Eyebeam Institute of Art + Technology (NYC, NY), and the Festival of Lively Architectures (Montpellier, FR). In 2011, she was the recipient of the Arnold W. Brunner Rome Prize in Architecture, and spent 11 months at the American Academy in Rome researching the Baroque city and constructing large balloon domes and donuts.

Outside of Co+LeCavalier, Co has worked on both theoretical and built projects in the offices of Bernard Tschumi Architects and Asymptote Architecture.

Co holds a Master of Architecture Degree from Columbia University’s GSAPP, where she was awarded an Honorary Design Award and the Loewenfish Memorial Prize for Design Excellence, and dual Bachelor Degrees in Architecture and Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught design at the University of Kentucky, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania.

rappaport_ninaNina Rappaport is an architectural critic, curator, historian, and educator. She is publications director at Yale School of Architecture, for which she edits the bi-annual magazine Constructs, exhibition catalogs, and the Studio Books series. Rappaport teaches an urban theory seminar in the Syracuse School of Architecture in New York City program called Industrial Urbanism and has taught urban theory and structural theory at Yale School of Architecture, City College, Barnard College and an advanced studio at Parsons School of Design on industrial urbanism and on the Vertical Urban Factory. She directs the project, Vertical Urban Factory, sponsored with the New York Foundation for the Arts. It includes an exhibition, public events, and a book (Actar 2014). The exhibition was first shown in New York at the Skyscraper Museum (2011) and traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Toronto Design Exchange, and Urban Space Toronto through April 2013. It was reviewed widely.

She was a Design Trust Fellow leading the project, Long Island City: Connecting the Arts, with Colin Cathcart and David Reinfurt and was published with Episode Books, 2006. She has also received grants from the Graham Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.

shumaker jeff - headshotJeffrey Shumaker is currently the Acting Chief Urban Designer for the City of New York’s Department of City Planning. Under the direction of Mayor Bloomberg, Commissioner Burden and the previous Chief Urban Designer, Alex Washburn, Jeffrey joined the city in 2007 to help reestablish the Urban Design Office with the purpose of bringing a design focus to the City’s most significant projects. Over the last seven years, he has contributed extensively to numerous citywide initiatives including many of the sustainability efforts coming out of PlaNYC, such as the City’s first-ever Street Design Manual, the Active Design Guidelines and the adAPT NYC micro-unit initiative. Jeffrey also played a significant role in shaping countless neighborhood-scale projects including masterplans for Coney Island, West Chelsea and the High Line, Hudson Yards, Hunters Point South in Queens, and HUD/EPA-funded studies focusing on the creation of more sustainable and resilient neighborhoods in the Bronx and Brooklyn. In 2010, Jeffrey received the Michael Weil Award, the Department’s highest honor recognizing excellence in urban design in the public realm.

Prior to his role in public service, Jeffrey garnered more than 12 years of experience working in the private sector for a variety of architecture and planning firms including Skidmore Owings and Merrill in New York, Goody Clancy in Boston, and Wallace Roberts and Todd in Philadelphia. Alongside his present post, he also maintains an urban design consulting practice, urbanscape, which he founded immediately after graduating from MIT in 2001.

Jeffrey holds dual Master’s Degrees in Architecture, Planning and Urban Design from MIT and a Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from Syracuse University. Jeffrey has also lectured at MIT, Columbia, Parsons, Fordham, FIT and NYU.

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