Domestic Offsite Program; faculty-led design studio course
Website: Climate Adaptive Design Studio
The Climate-Adaptive Design (CAD) studio is a research effort in partnership with Cornell Landscape Architecture, Cornell Water Resources Institute and the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program. The CAD Studio links Cornell students in landscape architecture with flood-risk Hudson Riverfront communities to explore design alternatives for more climate resilient, connected waterfront areas.
Between 14-20 students have participated within three design studio courses,
Travel Logistics and Checklists
- Students are typically driven to the project sites by faculty or graduate teaching assistants.
- Students don’t bear much personal expense for the trips, as the program is funded through Cornell’s Water Resources Institute and USDA NIFA Smith-Lever grants.
- Most travel costs (transportation, hotel, food, etc.) are put on faculty member’s personal credit card for later reimbursement by the department.
- Cornell’s Fleet Services is used to book ground transportation for faculty, staff, and students traveling to the Hudson Valley.
- Student health insurance information is not collected before students are taken off-site. However, students fill out a waiver (see attached example) before leaving campus.
HR and Staffing
- MOUs are established with local partners and Cornell is invoiced, accordingly.
- The program makes extensive use of WebEx video conferencing technology to conduct interviews, listen to presentations, and have discussions with participating stakeholders.
- Faculty and staff who drive the fleet cars are covered under Cornell’s liability policy
- Honoraria are paid to some visiting experts to cover travel expenses to the design classroom or offsite location. A W-9 form is filled out for all of these transactions.
Interview with Joshua Cerra from the Hudson Climate Adaptive Design (CAD) Studio