Contributors to the Fall 2014 edition of the Cornell in Rome blog are Cornell University Architecture, Art, and Planning students Jose Ibarra, Anna Orlando and Vinayak Portonovo. Anna Orlando will also be contributing visuals this term along with Andres Romero Pompa and Erin Soygenis. Follow them through the semester to learn more about the Cornell in Rome program, the Eternal City, and of course, the bloggers themselves.
ANNA ORLANDO – blogger & photographer
Ciao a tutti! Mi chiamo Anna Orlando.
I am currently a third year architecture student and will be graduating in 2017. I come from a huge Italian American family in Cleveland, Ohio, and I am completely ecstatic to explore my roots in Rome this semester. In the past I have traveled to Italy, France, Spain, and China, but this will be my longest and surely most life-changing trip yet.
Besides studying architecture, I love painting, traveling, running, swimming, and eating (especially gelato-pistacchio per favore!). So far, Rome has exceeded my expectations in many of these areas, and I can’t wait to discover new passions while I am here. I will be taking five classes for the next four months that include Studio Design, Architectural Analysis, The Topography and Urban History of Rome, Italian, and Drawing (my favorite). In addition to taking classes and learning to live like the Romans do, I will be going on class field trips and exploring other European cities. Looking forward to sharing with you!
VINAYAK PORTONOVO – blogger
Ciao! My name is Vinny Portonovo. I am a third year Cornell architecture student from Ohio, USA. This will be my first experience in Europe and I am excited to grow within the lively city of Rome over the course of the semester. In addition to the exceptional opportunity to immerse myself amongst the dynamic layers of Roman architecture, I look forward to experiencing and analyzing the presence of fashion and art in Italy. As I continue my studies of the Italian language and plan for all my trips through Italy, I cannot wait to begin this multifaceted journey in such a vibrant city.
ANDRES ROMERO POMPA – photographer
Ciao. My name is Andres Romero Pompa. Third year architecture student. I’d say I’m from Mexico, but really I’m from Tecate/Tijuana/San Diego. I really enjoy food, at some point I really wanted to go to culinary school, but I guess cooking has become a rather delicious hobby, and more so in Rome with so much culinary inspiration surrounding me.
JOSE IBARRA – blogger
Dear Reader —My name is José, and I’m a third-year Cornell Architecture student from Venezuela who moved to Miami a few years back. Having been surrounded by the hectic streets and people of Caracas most of my life, and subsequently living in spread-out (but hectic) Miami, and later desolate Ithaca; my blog will try to compare places/people/things, and tell you about personal experiences within Roma and cities I visit, as well as their inhabitants, and other items related to our architectural studies in Italia.
ERIN SOYGENIS – photographer
Ciao! My name is Erin Soygenis. I am a third year architecture student and I am from Istanbul, Turkey. I enjoyed growing up in a crowded and vibrant city and like to travel to new places, and experience different cities and lifestyles.I am really excited to explore Rome and other parts of Italy through photographs and share my experiences with you.