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The Language of Architecture by Val Warke, Andrea Simitch

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THE LANGUAGE OF ARCHITECTURE
Andrea Simitch is an educator and an
architect. She is the Director of the Bachelor
of Architecture Program at Cornell Univer-
sity, and an associate professor with tenure.
She has also served as Associate Dean of
Cornell's College of Architecture, Art, and
Planning, and as Director of Undergraduate
Studies. She studied architecture at the École
Spécial d'Architecture in Paris and received
her B.Arch. degree from Cornell University
in 1979. She began her teaching career
at Cornell in 1983 and was the first female
architect to be granted tenure in the
Department of Architecture there. She
teaches courses in architectural design as
well as architectural representation and
furniture design, with works by her students
having been exhibited at the International
Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York.
She has taught extensively for Cornell in
numerous international venues that include
Europe, Central America, and South
Few books are solitary events, and this one,
especially, was a group effort. Everything
began when Sheila Kennedy sent this project
in our direction. Ashley Mendelsohn helped
us get started, plotting the original maps
so that we could trace a route. Mikhail
Grinwald and Natalie Kwee were with us for
the duration, and have done everything—
America. She has been a panelist on the New
York State Council on the Arts and a visiting
professor at numerous universities including
The University of Toronto, Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute, Tunghai University, and
The University of Minnesota. She is also a
principal of Simitch + Warke Architects, a
collaborative practice with work that includes
residential, commercial, and speculative
projects. Her collages have been included in
Joao Alvaro Rochas monograph Architectures,
and she has contributed several essays to the
Cornell Journal of Architecture, most recently
"Re-Collage" in number 8.
Val Warke is an associate professor at Cornell
University’s Department of Architecture, where
he has been a department chair, a director of
graduate studies, and the coordinator of the
first year B.Arch. program. In addition to
architecture, he is also a member of the
graduate field of Fabric Science and Apparel
technologically and logistically—we couldn’t
possibly have done. Anh Tran, Caio Barboza,
Mia Kang, and Mauricio Vieto provided
significant assistance along the way. Special
thanks are owed to Iñaqui Carnicero, Steven
Fong, Michael Hays, David Lewis, Richard
Rosa, Jenny Sabin, and Jim Williamson,
who spiced the broth with their insightful
Design at Cornell. Previously, he was an
assistant professor at Harvard University's
Graduate School of Design. He has authored
numerous essays on architectural design,
criticism, and theory, which have appeared in
journals such as Assemblage, A+U, Cornell
Journal of Architecture, and Harvard Design
Magazine, as well as in many monographs;
and he has collaborated with Thom Mayne in
writing the book Morphosis. Recently, his
research has focused on genre theory, including
issues of fashion, formalism, populism,
reception, and various associations to literary
theory and criticism, especially as related to
the work of Mikhail Bakhtin. As a partner in
Simitch + Warke, he has collaborated on
the design of numerous projects and
competitions from the scale of the house
to that of the city. He received his B.Arch.
from Cornell University and his M.Arch.
from Harvard University.
contributions. The Department of Architec-
ture and the College of Architecture,
Art, and Planning at Cornell generously
supported this project with additional
funding. And finally, we wish to recognize
our colleagues, whose banter and observa-
tions can undoubtedly be seen percolating
throughout these pages.
About the Authors
Acknowledgments

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