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Columbia GSAPP’s Design Create Engage Campaign builds on the School’s leadership in addressing contemporary issues and advancing new concepts to empower the next generation of architects, planners, urban designers and real estate developers.

The goals of the campaign are a direct reflection of the intellectual talents of the School’s faculty and students as well as the resolve of GSAPP’s alumni and friends to have a greater impact on the future of the built environment.

Thank you to all who have made an investment in the innovative work of Columbia GSAPP students, faculty and programs. As of June 2021, the Design Create Engage Campaign has raised $24.1M from over 2,460 alumni, parents, friends, foundations and corporations. Learn more about the Campaign and how their extraordinary generosity has provided inspiring energy and transformational opportunities.

Funding Priorities


To maintain the School’s leadership position in positively shaping the future of architecture and the built environment, GSAPP needs to significantly invest in its students and faculty.

With additional funding in support of Financial Aid, the School hopes to increase individual awards- including a minimum of three full-tuition scholarships- and incrementally increase the number of students who receive awards. Through the Core Excellence Scholarship Challenge all new gifts made in support of endowed financial aid will be matched - dollar for dollar- through discretionary funds made available by Dean Andraos.

Distinguished Faculty renew existing strengths and build new ones. The first professorship dedicated to the Architecture Program has been established through a generous grant from the IDC Foundation. The School has also been able to add a full time faculty position dedicated to the study of finance, a key goal for the Real Estate Development Program.

Support for the Student Experience has enabled interdisciplinary work on a number of faculty led research projects. Further support will allow for enhancements to Career Service programming and additional experiential learning during his or her time at the School.


Through the Design Create Engage Campaign, GSAPP has launched a series of new research initiatives that will build on its capacity to contribute to a more sustainable, equitable, and creative world.

Launched in 2018, the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes (CRCL) works across disciplines at Columbia by bridging design with science and policy to improve the adaptive capacity of people and places.

Researchers at the Center for Spatial Research are leading collaborations from across the University to map immigration and neighborhood change in New York City during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The Columbia GSAPP Housing Lab, located in 320M Fayerweather Hall, brings together faculty and students from across the disciplines represented at the School and Columbia University at large to leverage expertise around some of the most critical challenges facing urban housing today.

Join Us

Alumni from across programs and generations are lending their energy and expertise to the GSAPP community.

Involvement with the School builds connections, is an opportunity to join in the exceptional work of the faculty and students and an investment in educational opportunities for the future. During the campaign the School will look for measurable progress on how alumni are choosing to stay affiliated and engaged.

Gifts in Action


Leah Cohen
Associate Dean, Development & Alumni Relations
(212) 854-2227

Jillian Kincaid
Director of Development
(212) 854-7988

Leslie Kuo
Associate Director, Development & Alumni Relations
212- 854-0302

Esther Turay
Development Office Manager
(212) 854-9543