David Salomon

Associate Professor, Art, Art History, Architecture
Phone: 607-274-1380
Office: Gannett Center G119, Ithaca, NY 14850
Specialty: Architectural Design, Architectural History, Architectural Theory, Patterns

My research looks at everyday artifacts found in the built environment that are ubiquitous but almost invisible. Topics include, 1) the history of symmetry in architecture, math and science in the 19th and 20th centuries,  2) the relationship between art, suburbia and architecture in the 1960s and 70s, 3) the use of aesthetic sensibilities to organize transportation and water management infrastructures; and 4) the history of the American driveway.

My courses focus on the underlying ideas and objects from which historical and contemporary architecture are made. In addition to reading, writing and talking, in my class we learn by doing and making: making drawings, making models, making buildings, making patterns, making portfolios, etc. 

Courses Taught

ARTH 11300 - Elements of Architecture

ARTH 11400 - Architecture Across Cultures

ARTH 20700 - The Architecture of Patterns

ARTH 27514 - Small Builds

ARTH 30100 - Architecture Studio I

ARTH 30200 - Architecture Studio II

ARTH 48000 - Senior Portfolio

Recent Publications


Symmetry: The One and the Many, 2018


"After Time," Cornell Journal of Architecture, 2021

"Of Pits and Pads," LA+, 2020

"Modern Mundi," New Geographies, 2019