All students required or encouraged to take a particular course will have been notified to do so in their individual acceptance information.
History of Architecture I & II
These non-credit survey courses are an option for new MArch I students who have been admitted on the condition that they must satisfy one or both of the history prerequisites (indicated on a blue form enclosed with your acceptance packet) before matriculating into the first year. Please refer to the course registration form for detailed instructions. Enrollment deadline is June 14, 2013.
The first portion of the course will be online, with the second in-person at Harvard. Students required to take the summer history course will need to complete both parts.
The first part will run from July 23 - July 29, 2013 (weekdays only), online: During this period, students will access lectures given by the teaching staff at Harvard. These lectures will introduce a series of themes central to the understanding of architecture. These will include, but will not be limited to: form, history, language, tectonics, representation, subjectivity, society, and politics.
While it is not necessary for students to be present in Cambridge for this part, the course will require the student's full attention during this period (we estimate a time commitment of 8-10 hours for lectures, readings and assignments per each day of the course).
The second part will run from August 1 - August 8, 2013 (weekdays only), on campus at Harvard: During this period, students will attend daily lectures and discussions led by Jason Nguyen and Peter Sealy. These sessions will build on the themes from the first part by introducing a range of case studies from the history of western architecture.
In addition to the lectures and discussions, daily readings and written assignments will be required for both parts of the course. All pertinent information will be uploaded on a course website (known at Harvard as an iSite), which we will share with the class closer to the July start date.
Students who have never taken a course in the history of architecture are strongly encouraged to purchase a survey text for review and reference. For this, we recommend the following:
For prehistory through 19th century:
Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman, Architecture: From Prehistory to Postmodernism, 2nd edition (Pearson, 2003). Amazon link
For twentieth century:
Alan Colquhoun, Modern Architecture (Oxford History of Art) (Oxford University Press, 2002). Amazon link
History Survey I (Ancient to Baroque), July 23-29, $475, online
History Survey II (Enlightenment to Modern), August 1-August 8, $475
Additional Options for those required to fulfill the history prerequisites:
- You may enroll in the course(s) at any accredited school or college, for credit, achieve a grade of B or above, and provide us with a transcript before registering for the fall semester. For approval of any course you plan to take, please send a syllabus to the Admissions office by April 30, 2013. Our fax number is 617-495-8949.
- You may provide us with a syllabus of any course(s) already taken or currently in progress that you believe satisfies the prerequisite. Materials must be submitted by April 30, 2013 so that faculty may review the information before the spring semester ends.
Digital Media Skills Workshop
The Harvard Graduate School of Design offers a pre-semester Digital Skills Workshop to incoming MArch I students. This workshop is required for any entering Master in Architecture student who finds it noted on the conditional admission form. In addition to working with the software used to design and represent architectural projects (Rhino, V-Ray, AutoCAD, Illustrator, Photoshop), students will set up their computers, their GSD network accounts, and familiarize themselves with the GSD’s Digital facilities prior to the start of classes. Most importantly, the workshop allows incoming students to gain a basic knowledge of the workflows and digital techniques used in the context of studios: 3D software basics, rendering basics, data-transfer from 3D software, output and model building techniques using CAD/CAM facilities.
The workshop will include an orientation session in the woodshop and on using laser cutters.
The workshop will be held in the GSD on August 12-22 (weekdays, 10am-5pm). For questions or clarification, please contact Jen Swartout.
Landscape Architecture Drawing Workshop
The mandatory MLA Pre-Semester Drawing Workshop for students entering Landscape Architecture I Studio (GSD 1111) is an intensive introduction on the fundamentals of digital and analog orthographic drawing in landscape architecture. Mornings will consist of a presentation and an assignment hand-out; the afternoons will be spent working in studio. We will be using digital media immediately, so students should bring drawing tools, computers, and locks to the school on the morning of August 19th. The workshop culminates in a pin-up on Friday, August 23rd. A detailed list of required and suggested tools will be circulated early in the summer.
This workshop is required for all incoming MLA I students.
Instructors: Jane Hutton (coord), 1111 studio faculty
August 19-23, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Landscape Architecture: Indexing Ecologies
This mandatory pre-semester workshop for students entering the Landscape Architecture III Studio (GSD 1211) focuses on the indexing and imaging of ecological flows and processes through an introduction to geospatial data and large scale information systems in urbanism, landscape and ecology. Following methodical procedures and software protocols, the workshop aims to advance critical knowledge and develop practical techniques for design at a range of scales from the geographic to the topographic. Together with Workshop II: Indexing Topographies, the workshop series advance digital methods of landscape representation including two-dimensional layering, three-dimensional modeling and four-dimensional imaging methods in preparation for the core design studio GSD 1211–Landscape Architecture III.
This workshop is required for all incoming MLA I AP and MLA II students.
Instructors: Pierre Bélanger (Coordinator)
August 19-23, 2012, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
"English for Design" Summer Course
This course, provided by the Harvard Summer School, has been developed specifically for students entering the Graduate School of Design. The seven-week course focuses on topics and situations that all GSD students encounter. For those of you who were admitted conditionally upon taking a summer English course, this is the course in which you are required to enroll. A description of the course and complete registration and payment information can be found on the Harvard Summer School website.
If this course is a requirement for you, you must successfully complete it in order to enroll in the fall semester. On occasion, students have been required to take additional English language courses during the academic year based on their performance in the English for Design summer program.
All application and housing forms should be submitted to the Summer School; Please see the calendar on their website for deadlines.
To process your I-20 (the form needed to obtain your student visa) you must complete the GSD's Financial Certification Form (included in your acceptance packet), certifying funding for both summer school and the academic year ($75,132, plus dependents, if any). Your I-20 will be issued by the GSD, not the Summer School. You must submit the required financial documents to the GSD by May 1, 2013.
Send Financial Documentation to:
Harvard Graduate School of Design
48 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Online registration begins March 4, 2013. Students should register and pay in full early. Placement is based on the English language placement test that students must take on Sunday, June 23, 2013, during the opening weekend of the program.
Please follow the steps on the Harvard Summer School website in order to register.