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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

"There's No Place like Home": The Evolving Architecture of the American House

Week 3: July 19-25, 2015

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Our most personal encounter with architecture is our home—reflecting our attitudes about beauty, utility, security, and comfort. Our houses also speak a cultural and historical language, their gables and windows, interior spaces, and groupings the legacy of characters ranging from European colonists to cutting-edge modernists.

With Roberta Moudry, Cornell architecture PhD and esteemed leader of CAU's architecture walks, we'll investigate aspects of the American home, identifying materials and styles from different eras, learning the meaning of the look of homes, and considering how technologies from indoor plumbing to solar panels have altered house design.

We'll also visit excellent local examples of Greek Revival architecture, Gothic-inspired farmhouses, and modern homes.

Roberta offers invaluable insight to those who appreciate architecture generally and those considering the purchase or renovation of a home.

Roberta Moudry

Architectural and urban historian Roberta Moudry came to Ithaca as an undergraduate in 1977, and she’s been here ever since. She earned a bachelor's degree from Cornell in 1981, a master’s in 1990, and a doctorate in 1995. She has... > more


Once you've registered, we'll send you materials on the academic program and other information to help you prepare for CAU. A $50 per person, per class, non-refundable deposit is required with your registration. All deposits are applied to the full program charges. Register now!

Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

For adults staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) includes the course, lodging, fifteen all-you-care-to-eat meals, banquet dinner, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, evening lectures, walks and talks, welcome and farewell receptions, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees as noted. Wednesday dinner is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees.

Standard room, on-campus housing, and meals

$1,970 double occupancy, $100 single supplement

Standard room, on-campus housing with exclusive bath, and meals

$2,030 double occupancy, $150 single supplement

Course fee for commuters and those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites

$1,285. This fee does not include housing or meals. If you wish to stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, please call 607.266.0000 to make a reservation in the CAU block.

Commuter meal plan option

$327. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week in order to enjoy the full CAU experience. It includes six breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners.