School of Architecture

Project Name

School of Architecture


Cornell University


Ithaca, New York

Market Sector

Building Size

8,000 sf

Project Completion


Construction Type


  • Merit Award, American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter, 2015


  • Architect: LEVENBETTS
  • Mechanical: LaBella Associates

Project Description

The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University is one of the world’s most highly regarded and prestigious schools of architecture and is the only department in the Ivy League to offer the Bachelor of Architecture degree. This historical renovation of the Sibley Hall serves as a “model in the campus for an academic space that is connective, collaborative, and vital with a strong material and design culture.” (LEVENBETTS)

The space houses faculty offices, collaborative space, and studio space for architecture students. To create a seamless integration of the mechanical systems into the wide-open, flexible floor plan, which features floor-length stretch of skylights, Acutherm’s EF model of Therma-Fuser™ diffusers were woven in, preserving the historic elements, while bringing the focal point to the contemporary architectural details. A combination of ceiling mounted and sidewall linear models were incorporated to accomplish this aesthetic, while bringing full-scale building automation functionality to the space.