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.
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 >>
This fall, Ana Garcia '14 began her studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Before moving to Cambridge, Mass., she spent her summer in Hawaii as an intern for Minatoishi Architects, Inc. in Honolulu. A double major in architectural studies and Latin American Studies at HWS, Garcia is pursuing a master's in landscape architecture at Harvard with the hope of earning a dual degr... More >>
Mary McLoughlin '15 and Cameron Benoit '16 are spending the summer working as sustainability interns for the Finger Lakes Institute. Each is focusing on a different area of sustainability at the Colleges, from preparing the Eco Representatives to change student habits for a lifetime to working to curb greenhouse gases institutionally. Their internships are funded by the Office of Sustainability ... More >>
Andrew Hellmund '14 is currently pursuing graduate studies at the University of Alberta in Canada, but before he left Geneva he ensured that he would leave a lasting mark on the City he called home for four years. Two of Hellmund's metal sculptures will be installed at Geneva's Lakefront Park, between Castle Creek and the Events and Visitor Center. Hellmund has donated one of the pieces and the C... More >>
The Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center (GNRC) hosted the first of five focus groups for the City of Geneva Parks Master Plan on June 19. The discussion for the focus group was based around sustainability, and was facilitated by five interns from the Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Finger Lakes Institute Community Design Center, Stacey Davis ‘15, Caroline Demeter ‘15, Jordan Mueller ‘15, Shani... More >>
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)