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Todd H. Schliemann

Todd is a design partner of Polshek Partnership Architects. He attended the College of Architecture, Art and Planning from 1973- 1979. In his final year of the Bachelor of Architecture program, he was enrolled in an overlap program in the College’s graduate school, and in 1979, he studied urban design at the Architectural Association in London. Upon graduation, he moved to New York City to work for Polshek, where he has practiced ever since. Todd is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

As a Design Partner, Todd both designs buildings and sets design direction for the 150-person studio, which is known for its buildings in the public realm principally for public and private cultural, educational and scientific institutions. His building design, urban design and planning efforts are directed toward improving the immediate physical context as well as reinforcing and creating architectural identity in the public realm. Todd’s buildings are recognized for technical and artistic excellence, for their contributions to the cultural life of their communities and for their powerful expression of institutional missions. His designs elevate public awareness of architecture’s value as a catalyst for change and exemplify his ability to transcend pure utility and style to explore the techniques and art of architecture and their potential for edifying and enriching the experience of the common culture.

Among his award-winning projects are the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History, the Standard Hotel New York, University of Michigan Biomedical Sciences Research Building, Center for the Arts Theater at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, Queens Borough Public Library Flushing Branch, New York Hall of Science, Burgin Center for the Arts at The Mercersburg Academy, and The Ohio State University Scott Laboratory.

Since 2000, Todd has designed several projects for Cornell: a master plan for the Weill Cornell Medical School campus on Manhattan’s Upper East Side; the Weill Greenberg Center, an ambulatory care building that opened in 2007 and a new Biomedical Research Building on the campus to open in 2014; and the new Computing and Information Sciences Building on the Engineering Quad of the Ithaca campus. He is a member of the Cornell’s Architectural Advisory Committee. Other current work includes the Utah Museum of Natural History, University of California San Diego Biological and Physical Sciences Building and Tisch School of the Arts Institute for Performing Arts at New York University.

Todd has taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Harvard Graduate School of Design; and Cornell; and has served as Visiting Juror at numerous colleges of architecture, including Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, NJIT, Parsons, Pratt, Rensselaer, Syracuse and University of Toronto.

Todd lives in Manhattan with his sons Luca and Giancarlo.