Aurélie Frolet
Assistant Teaching Professor

M.Arch, Cornell University; B.A. in Comparative Literature, University of Georgia

Aurélie Frolet joins Syracuse Architecture as an assistant teaching professor. She will teach courses in architectural design and representation.

From 2018-2020 Frolet was an adjunct faculty member at Syracuse University’s architecture program in Florence. Her course examined the history of Italian hydrological architectures in order to speculate on new potentials for water infrastructure in Florence, a city that has had a fraught relationship to water since the Renaissance. A selection of the drawings produced by students in the course was exhibited at the 2019 Biennale di Architettura di Pisa: Tempod’acqua, as part of an exhibition whose theme centered around the built environment’s relationship to water. Previously, Frolet taught a summer introduction to architecture studio and drawing classes at Cornell University. In addition to her academic experience, she has also practiced in architectural offices such as Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Morris Adjmi, and Halard-Halard.

Frolet’s work and research focuses on the intersection of urban water infrastructure and architectural design. She asks what present-day resilience design can learn from the rich history of hydrological architecture—from the aqueducts and fountains of Rome, to the cisterns of Istanbul, to the stepwells of India—about how water infrastructure can be designed to enhance the social and civic life of the city.

Frolet is currently conducting research for the Robert James Eidlitz Travel Fellowship, which she was awarded by Cornell University for her proposal Acqua Urbana: Architectural Potentials for Water in the City. Her research examines how historical hydrological architectures throughout the former Roman Empire achieved their infrastructural functions while also producing novel conditions of public space in the city. For this research proposal, she was also named a finalist in the 2018 Steedman Fellowship awarded by Washington University in St. Louis. Through her travels to visit many wells, cisterns, fountains, and baths from Italy to Spain, North Africa, and Turkey, she is analyzing these precedents through drawing, extracting tactics with which to speculate on how the contemporary city can learn about how to intersect infrastructural hydrology with architecture.

Frolet earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Georgia where she was awarded the HOPE full-tuition scholarship. During this time, she spent one year studying Chinese literature and language at Tsinghua University in Beijing. In 2018, she received her M.Arch from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning where she won the Richmond Harold Shreve Award for her thesis project, which proposed an architectural response to contemporary issues of urban water management in the city of Los Angeles.