Reduced Hours and Activities During Late July/August

We love to welcome campus visitors, but before you make your plans, please note that amazing changes are underway at the CIA campuses during the summer and our visiting hours and restaurant hours may be affected.

Please note that classes for degree and certificate program students at all of our U.S. campuses will not be in session from July 27–August 20, 2018. Classes will resume on August 21.


  • The Admissions Office at all three campuses will be open to welcome prospective students and their families.


  • Since many of our restaurants rely on our students for the full CIA dining experience, please refer to for the most up-to-the-minute information.
  • At the New York campus, all restaurants will be closed during this period.
  • At the CIA at Greystone in St. Helena, California, The Bakery Café by illy will be open, but Gatehouse Restaurant will be closed.
  • At the CIA at Copia in Napa, California, The Restaurant at CIA Copia and Contimo Provisions will be open.
  • At the Texas campus, the CIA Live Fire Kitchen will be open Thursday–Sunday, and Nao will be closed.

Shopping, Classes, and More for Enthusiasts

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Faculty Bio: Dr. Ela Poursani

Baking and Pastry Arts
Instructor—Baking and Pastry Arts

PhD, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey. MS, BS, Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Professional Experience:
Assistant Professor, Adjunct Faculty/Instructor and Graduate Faculty, University of Texas at San Antonio. Supervisor/Curriculum Development Team Member; Project Manager, Architecture in Schools, K.I.D.S. Collaborative Project/AIA San Antonio, Architectural Foundation of San Antonio, San Antonio Independent School District, Southwest School of Art, and University of Texas at San Antonio; Grant Team Member, National Endowment of the Arts; Architect-Artist Teacher, Mobile Arts Program; Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX. Assistant Professor and Founding Member, Department of Interior Architecture, Çankaya University, Ankara. Lecturer, Teaching and Research Assistant, College of Architecture, Gazi University, Ankara. Architect, MESA Group, Ankara. Architect Assistant to Dominque Delbrouck, Atelier d’Art Urbain Architects, Brussels, Belgium.

Faculty Award, University of Texas at San Antonio, College of Architecture, 2007. Scholarship for Scientific Activities on Abroad, Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), 1995. Doctoral scholarship, College of Science and Literature, Genoa University, Genoa, Italy, 1995. Second mention, with N. Bayraktar, “Adoration to Ankara,” Competition for Documentary Film Scenario, Municipality of Metropolitan Ankara and TURSAK, 1993. First place, “Revitalization of Kulliye of Taptuk Emre,” Student Design Competition, City of Nigde and Mimar Sinan University, 1985.

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