Aug '08 - Dec '08
i haven't been on here much since early this semester, which is truly a shame seeing as i joined this blog primarily because ccny tends to keep too low a profile for my taste. yes, our website sucks. i think the projects on there date back to the first graduating m.arch class. and, for the record, those students have now been gainfully employed for almost two years now (at SOM, and workAC to name two).
since andrew zago's departure, the program has been headed up by brad horn. he is a cooper union graduate and has taught at various architecture schools in the city - he also orchestrated everything surrounding our accreditation visit, proposed and produced ccny's first publication of student work and has continued to organize "conversations with students," an informal lecture series that was begun by andrew zago for members of the graduate program.
the studio curriculum is as rigorous as any i can imagine, and the emphasis placed on technical versus theoretical investigation ranges depending on the studio professor. much like the program at yale, ccny prides itself on creating an environment that produces graduates that can adapt to a multitude of working environments and who have had a chance to hone their unique talents and skills. i must also say that the caliber of the history professors is quite good and a notable amount of time and effort is dedicated to serious study of historic monuments and precedents.
perhaps our website has already given this away, but ccny does not engage in technology in a similar way to, say, columbia. we don't run or write scripts using sophisticated or even basic programs (although we got to see some interesting work in this vein during the spring '08 'conversations' series). on the other hand, familiarity with design software in general; rhino, maya, 3d max (etc, etc) is facilitated by one on one instruction when students desire it as an alternative to "just figuring it out." for me, this is more than adequate.
i am very satisfied with ccny so far and i encourage anyone interested to come visit the studios and take a look around. my assumption is that all programs have shortcomings, depending on who you talk to, but overall my experience has been challenging, fun, practical (but not overly-so) and therefore highly rewarding. despite being the reason i chose ccny, the affordable tuition is merely the cherry on top.