Cornell University has retained Helbling to conduct an executive search for a Senior Director/University Architect (UA) who will lead, promote, and direct a comprehensive, customer sensitive unit for one of the university’s core functional facilities areas, Campus Planning and Design. As such, the Senior Director/UA will contribute significantly to the overall direction of architectural design, campus planning, landscape architecture, and capital planning.
The Senior Director/UA reports to the Vice President for Infrastructure, Properties, and Planning and will also be responsible to the Capital Funding & Priorities Committee, and the Buildings and Properties Committee of the Board of Trustees. The Senior Director/UA is expected to be highly credible and able to inform the administration, as well as the Architectural Advisory Committee, on sensitive design matters and to build consensus. The Senior Director/UA is to be the architectural conscience of the institution and the steward of sound architectural design standards, ensuring a cohesive campus that promotes the university's educational mission. The Senior Director/UA will adjust to changing needs of programs and faculty by translating programmatic needs into physical space with a sensitivity to adaptive reuse of historic buildings, historic preservation, aesthetically pleasing grounds and greenspaces, and focusing on the campus as a place for students to study and learn. Significant upcoming projects include:
Cornell is a world-class research institution known for the breadth and rigor of its curricula, and an academy dedicated to preparing young people to be well-educated and well-rounded citizens of the world. Its faculty and students believe in the critical importance of knowledge—both theoretical and applied—as a means of improving the human condition and solving the world’s problems.
Among the Ithaca, NY campus, the Weill Cornell Medicine campuses in New York City and Qatar, and the new Cornell Tech campus in New York City, the university enrolls a diverse student body of more than 14,300 undergraduates and 8,900 graduate and professional school students. Cornell employs some 8,100 staff and 1,600 professorial faculty members in Ithaca and at Cornell Tech, and an additional 5,000 staff and 1,700 faculty members at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. The university is governed by a 64-member board of trustees, which includes representatives from the faculty, students, staff, alumni, and New York State.
Founded in 1865, Cornell University is a private, Ivy League, research university and the land-grant institution of New York State. Three of its undergraduate colleges and its graduate veterinary college are “contract colleges” (operated by Cornell under contract with New York State). As a land-grant university, Cornell operates a cooperative extension outreach program in every county of New York State and has operated the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York for 125 years, developing cutting-edge research and technologies essential to feeding the world and strengthening New York economies. Also, Cornell’s impact in New York City is growing, with a new graduate campus, Cornell Tech, set to move this summer from its temporary facility in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan to its permanent home on Roosevelt Island.
Annually, the university generates more than $3 billion of economic activity statewide through its payroll, purchasing, and construction expenditures. Cornell counts more than 245,000 living alumni, and its former and present faculty and alumni include 46 Nobel laureates, 34 Marshall Scholars, 29 Rhodes Scholars, seven Gates Scholars, and 14 living billionaires.
Cornell has a rich history of architecturally significant buildings. Of 40 all-time Pritzker laureates, six have buildings on Cornell’s campus, one of the highest proportions of any school in the world. The six buildings are Uris Hall (1972), the Johnson Museum of Art (1973), the Schwartz Center (1989), Weill Hall (2008), Milstein Hall (2011) and Gates Hall (2013). Other buildings on Cornell’s campus, with many early examples being designed by professors and students, run the gamut of architectural styles prevalent in the past 150 years.
The campus of Cornell University is renowned for the quality of its buildings, the vitality of its outdoor spaces, and the drama of its topography. This physical setting contributes significantly to the reputational excellence of the university by providing an inspiring and supportive armature for the intellectual and social life of the university community. The University Architect must be committed to preserving and enhancing Cornell’s long tradition of balancing historic and contemporary architectures; adaptive reuse and historic preservation; constructed open spaces and raw nature; and critical interventions and humble repairs.
In the central Finger Lakes Region of New York State, Tompkins County and Ithaca exemplify a small-town atmosphere, while showcasing the qualities of a larger metropolitan city. The Finger Lakes Region is made up of 14 counties that occupy 9,000 square miles of the state. Tompkins County measures 476 square miles. Ithaca sits at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake, the longest of the 11 Finger Lakes. By car it is just four hours from New York City, one hour from Syracuse, two hours from Rochester, and four hours from Philadelphia, PA.
The climate of Tompkins County provides for a variety of outdoor activities ranging from boating, swimming, biking, and hiking in summer, to cross-country skiing and ice-skating in winter. “Ithaca is Gorges” aptly describes the area, which is known for its deep cut gorges and spectacular waterfalls.
Specialized shopping and restaurants provide a unique and exciting variety for all tastes and ages. The state parks and many lakes offer the best in fishing, hunting, swimming and boating. Local wineries, art galleries and museums provide something for everyone.
More information on relocation to Ithaca can be viewed by clicking this link: http://www.tompkinschamber.org/relocatetoTC
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