Majoring in Architectural Studies

Architectural Studies Certificate

Overview

The built environment is created through a complex interaction of history, human cognition, economics and public policy. As an architectural studies major, you learn how to distinguish those forces and understand the interplay between them. You draw on many different academic fields to do this, from art and design to math and environmental studies. In the best tradition of the liberal arts, you are encouraged to take the broadest possible view. Your studies prepare you for professional school in architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation or urban planning, or to pursue a wide range of other careers.

Personalized learning

You work closely with faculty mentors who lead small courses and seminars. Your final integrative project might be an internship in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning or interior design. Students periodically visit firms and take trips to historic sites. Assignments often involve primary research. Recently, students worked with curator Stephen Fan on an exhibition at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum that explored architectural and social issues related to local Chinese immigrant communities.

International opportunities and study abroad

Most architectural studies majors spend time abroad, either in a semester-long program or a summer internship. You might take part in an archaeological field project in Greece, visit architectural sites in Italy with classmates, or complete an internship with an architectural firm in Germany, Spain or England.

What can you do with a majorcertificate in Architectural Studies?

Here are some of the positions our graduates have gone on to hold:

  • Owner/ Landscape Designer, J.C. Fiorelli Landscapes
  • Architectural Historian, Public Archaeology Lab
  • Senior Planning Aide, City of Jersey City
  • Associate, LDA Architecture & Interiors
  • Assistant Landscape Architect, Kent & Frost Landscape Architecture
  • Preservation Program Associate, Rockefeller Brothers Fund Inc.
  • Senior Associate, 4ward Planning LLC
  • Project Manager, Hoffman Architects
  • Web Designer and Developer, BPM Inc.
  • Real Estate Development, Environs Development
  • Architect, Moshe Safdie & Associates
  • CAD/CAFM Manager, Harvard University
  • Curatorial Research Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Museum
  • Engineer/ Designer, J.R. Folchetti and Associates
  • Industry Analyst, Google Inc.
  • Project Designer, Laguarda Low Architects
  • Project Engineer, Buzzutto Construction
  • Space Programming & Planning, Shepley Bulfinch
  • Director of Marketing, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture LLC
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Columbia University

Faculty

Joseph Alchermes, Associate Professor of Art History, Director of the Architectural Studies Program Joseph Alchermes, Associate Professor of Art History, Director of the Architectural Studies Program

Joseph Alchermes, Associate Professor of Art History, Director of the Architectural Studies Program
Late Roman art • Early Christian art • Byzantine art • Medieval architecture

Gregory A. Bailey, Associate Professor of Art, Art Department Chair 2014-2015 Gregory A. Bailey, Associate Professor of Art, Art Department Chair 2014-2015

Gregory A. Bailey, Associate Professor of Art, Art Department Chair 2014-2015
Sculpture • Mold making and casting • Ceramic shell foundry process • Welding and fabrication • Wood construction • Installation art • Conceptual art

Stephen Fan, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture Stephen Fan, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture

Stephen Fan, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture
Architectural design • Geography • Race and architecture • Community engagement

Emily C. Morash, Visiting Instructor in Art History Emily C. Morash, Visiting Instructor in Art History

Emily C. Morash, Visiting Instructor in Art History
Modern architecture • Contemporary architecture • Italian modern architecture and design • Architecture and media

Christopher Steiner, Lucy C. McDannel '22 Professor of Art History, Chair of Art History and Architectural Studies Christopher Steiner, Lucy C. McDannel '22 Professor of Art History, Chair of Art History and Architectural Studies

Christopher Steiner, Lucy C. McDannel '22 Professor of Art History, Chair of Art History and Architectural Studies
African art and material culture • Art market and collecting • Images of race and "otherness" in visual culture • Offbeat museums and visionary art • Censorship and museum controversies

Abigail Van Slyck, Dean of the Faculty, Dayton Professor of Art History Abigail Van Slyck, Dean of the Faculty, Dayton Professor of Art History

Abigail Van Slyck, Dean of the Faculty, Dayton Professor of Art History
American architecture • Gender issues in architecture • Vernacular architecture and cultural landscape studies • Spaces of childhood • Library architecture

Student profile


Elizabeth Venuti Elizabeth Venuti

Architectural studies, Italian studies


Q: Why architectural studies?
A: As a visual person, I started college by taking art courses. Since I was also interested in writing, history and the sciences, I decided to major in architectural studies because of the program's interdisciplinary nature. There are so many areas to explore – from history to design to preservation. The luxury of choice and flexibility are quite appealing. The professors are also passionate and dedicated. It's hard not to get pulled in!


Q: Did you study abroad?
A: I studied in Florence the spring of my junior year. As a double major in architectural studies and Italian studies, the location was a perfect fusion of my interests. I took courses on architectural history, preservation and art and spent most of my class time around the city exploring the urban fabric. I also interned for a museum, giving tours and helping with programs at Palazzo Vecchio.


Q: What research have you done?
A: I've participated in several projects. The summer between junior and senior year, I worked for a historical society near Boston. I conducted research on noteworthy mid-century modern developments in the area and collected material for the society’s archives. Near the College, I've researched houses in and around historic districts for a local preservation organization, New London Landmarks.

Selected courses


  • Survey of the History of Art
  • Architecture, 1400-Present
  • New London: A Cultural Landscape Approach
  • The Arts & Crafts Movement in America
  • 20th-Century Architecture & Design
  • Landscape Architecture Design Studio
  • Three-Dimensional Design and Sculpture
  • Urban and Regional Economics
  • Environmental Psychology

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Student research


Choreographing Space
By: Alec Harris '14
Advising Faculty: Joseph Alchermes and Emily Morash

Building Stories: Cummings Arts Center
By: Andrew Nathanson '13
Advising Faculty: Bridget Baird

Domesticating Materials and Construction: American Prefabricated Homes, 1900-1960
By: Alison Thomson '13
Advising Faculty: Emily Morash

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