Sasson Rafailov

Adjunct Instructor- Department of Architecture - Crosby Hall 325

Samina Raja engaged in conversation with student and faculty

Sasson Rafailov is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Architecture program at Cornell University. His work explores the development and evolution of architectural pedagogy in the United States, focused specifically on how a new educational model will redefine the role of the architect in the 21st Century. He has also worked alongside several practices which investigate the relationship between architecture, art, and the public domain. Most recently, he directed a project for Austin and Mergold entitled, Ten, One Hundred, and Ten Thousand Years/ American Spolia, which exhibited at the DET Center for Design + Tech in Detroit for two months. He also worked with Jenny Sabin Studio in the development of Lumen at MoMA PS1, and for the Office of Metropolitan Architecture in New York City as part of the winning team for an international design competition for a high-rise in San Francisco. 

Sasson is currently pursuing his interests in architectural pedagogy with his forthcoming publication, Education of an Architect: The State of the Art, which builds on the work developed in his undergraduate thesis project. This book chronicles the state of architectural education today through a series of interviews with faculty, students, and staff at the top ranked university in the country. His undergraduate thesis, which investigates historically influential pedagogical models through a series of sculptures, is published in six videos on Vimeo, as well as on his Instagram, @teaching.architecture.  

He is also concluding a project this Fall which will result in the first student-designed campus building in Cornell’s history. This design, developed with the Dilmun Hill Barn Project team, will provide a new facility for Cornell’s student farm, allowing them to continue in their role as a leader in ecological agricultural practices in the Unites States.