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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Adult courses

How Modern Architecture Shapes Our World

Week 4: July 30-August 5, 2017

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City blocks of glass and steel and homes with open-concept layouts, efficient kitchens, and a place to store our cars: how did these become our architectural norms?

Guided by architectural historian and CAU favorite Roberta Moudry, we'll examine the design theories and practices of modern architecture from the early twentieth century to its post-World War II heyday. We'll talk about the works of Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Louis Kahn—giants in a movement that championed new technologies and a design revolution.

We'll analyze selected buildings and projects and consider the lasting ways that modern architecture changed the postwar American city as well as architectural education at places such as Cornell. Finally, we'll explore the work of internationally renowned architects like Richard Meier, Rem Koolhaas, and Thom Mayne—all of whom have built on the Cornell campus—to discover how their work is informed by the modernism that preceded it.

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 those staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) covers the course, lodging, sixteen meals, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, welcome and farewell parties, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees. Wednesday supper is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees. Weekly program rates vary with the accommodation you select:

Program fee including on-campus housing and meals

  • Court/Kay Hall: double occupancy per adult $1,932, single supplement $100
  • Room w/private bathroom: double occupancy per adult $1,990, single supplement $150

Program fee for commuters and for those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites*: $1,115

*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: $425. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week in order to enjoy the full CAU experience.