At the ethical core of Hobart William Smith's liberal arts pre-professional program in Architectural Studies is social and environmental responsibility. We believe that today's pressing problems will be solved by college graduates with well-rounded design educations rather than narrow professional-school training. Larger and more established than any other liberal arts architecture program in the nation, HWS's degree has a 100% acceptance rate in M.Arch. programs and other design fields. Our students learn conceptual design but also tackle real world problems on a local level; all students do a green/community design-build project. Our graduates leave HWS ready to lead their chosen professions in architecture, landscape architecture, interiors, product design, urban planning, real estate, and preservation in the 21st century.


Christie '14 Pursues Architecture

Laura Christie '14 is putting her architecture skills to use in a unique way. She was recently hired as a full-time design assistant with David Howell & Company, where she is working to design and manufacture museum gifts. "I'm thrilled and so excited to start," says Christie, an architecture major. "I'm learning how a company produces a product from the generation of an idea to the actual f...  More >>

Chin’s Sentient Kitchen at Alfred

"Sentient Kitchen," by Assistant Professor of Art and Architecture Christine Chin, will be on exhibit at the Llewellyn Gallery at Alfred State College from Oct. 23 until Nov. 13. There will be an opening reception and artist talk on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. The exhibit examines the convergence between technology and biology. "As the machines that assist our lives become smarter and more archit...  More >>

Shafer, Students to Record Declaration

On the morning of July 19, 1848 Elizabeth Cady Stanton stood before an assembly of women and read the Declaration of Sentiments in the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, N.Y. On Saturday, Oct. 18, the public is invited to speak those same momentous words in that same historical space. Assistant Professor of Media and Society Leah Shafer and students Molly Naef '16, Julia Yenco '16 and Amber William...  More >>

Aub Exhibit to Open

A solo exhibition by Professor of Art and Architecture A.E. Ted Aub will open at the Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery on Friday, Oct. 3. An opening reception for "Objets Irreal" will take place that evening from 5 to 7 p.m. and the exhibit will run through Oct. 31. Aub will feature up to 12 of his pieces, with two debuting at the show. "lEsS iS mOrE" and "mOrE iS lEsS" are Aub's newest wor...  More >>

Makker Leads Geneva Sketch Crawl

From City Hall and the Smith Center for the Arts to Dove Block and Lakefront Park, downtown Geneva was host to a series of "sketch crawls" this summer, bringing together students, faculty, staff and community members of all ages at a variety of locations to create drawings of local sites. Led by Assistant Professor of Art and Architecture Kirin Makker, participants worked on drawings across a ran...  More >>

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Educators at professional programs of architecture repeatedly extol the virtues of integrating more liberal arts into the education of architects. Professors of Architecture at Syracuse University write:

"What additional areas of education do architecture students need in the 21st century and how are we preparing them for the ever-evolving landscapes of practice? Interdisciplinary educational models are imperative for the future of the profession. If architects are to remain vital to the built environment, we must cross disciplinary boundaries in order to broaden the discipline’s role politically, socially, and materially. In the face of rapid technological change, it’s imperative that architects learn to work collaboratively with a widening expanse of experts in other fields. Retreating into a disciplinary bubble is not an option." (Source)