Sandy Speicher, head of the Design for Learning domain at IDEO, a global design consultancy, extols design education because its principles are often at the nexus of so-called "21st-century skills."
"The process of design is inherently a process of learning," Speicher says. "It's well documented that the jobs of the future require the skills to collaborate, to learn quickly, to be adaptable, creative, [and have a] facility with technology. Learning through the design process is a way to teach all those skills and also how to lead, follow, how to interpret and synthesize."
Architectural Studies majors take an array of courses covering disciplines such as architecture history and theory, studio art, architecture design, environmental studies and sustainability, and urban and social sciences.
The Architectural Studies Department offers an interdisciplinary major, a B.A.; there is no minor in architectural studies.
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interdisciplinary, 14 courses
Two studio art courses, three architecture history and theory courses, two architecture design studios, one environmental design and sustainability course, one history course, one urban and social science studies course, and four electives selected in consultation with an adviser in the program.
For more information, see the complete list of the major course requirements for Architectural Studies.
Our students choose from a variety of introductory and advanced courses in architectural studies, each designed to provide students with a foundation in visual culture as well as the creative means of discovery and self-expression.
Below, you'll find a sampling of some of our most popular classes, as well as suggestions for making Architectural Studies a part of your larger interdisciplinary experience at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Explore the artistic, conceptual, poetic, creative and experiential side of architecture as a way of developing a rigorous process of architectural form-making. This studio is about object-making at both small and large scales and students will learn how to sketch ideas as two dimensional diagrams and as three dimensional perspectives.
This course will cover early park and city planning, the impact of the 60s environmental movement and reaction to modernist projects on the design professions, the historic preservation movement, and recent multidisciplinary design practice emphasizing ecological sensitivity. Further develop your understanding of development and enroll in ECON 344 Economic Development and Planning.
This course investigates the role that ideas can play in the making and interpretation of the built environment. Emphasis is placed on buildings and ideas that are crucial to the important theoretical debates of the 20th century. Enroll in HIST 215 American Urban History, and examine the urbanization of American society from the colonial period to the present, with emphasis on the development of the physical city.