The Department of Architecture

“Not so skin deep: vernacularism in XL” by Ziwei Song (MArch '18), recipient of the James Templeton Kelley Prize.

“Not so skin deep: vernacularism in XL” by Ziwei Song (MArch '18), recipient of the James Templeton Kelley Prize.

The Department of Architecture is a unique community, rich in diversity, collaboration, and scholarship through design. Here, students explore today’s most creative design approaches, with an international faculty prominent across the field. More

Degree Programs

Together with visiting design critics and theorists from around the world, architecture faculty and students explore a range of design investigations, expand knowledge, and confront the challenges of the contemporary built environment. Collaboration thrives in Gund Hall’s distinctive trays, five continuous tiers of open studio space.

The Department’s philosophy of design excellence integrates the imaginative and skillful manipulation of form, as well as the ability to draw inspiration from a broad body of knowledge. The architecture curriculum includes design studio, theory, visual studies, history, technology, and professional practice, with design as the central focus of instruction.

Gund Hall’s studio trays form both the physical and pedagogical core of the GSD experience, drawing together students and faculty from across the departments of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning and design. The creative, collaborative atmosphere of the trays is supplemented by Gund Hall’s advanced information infrastructure, media-enriched presentation spaces, vast library resources, and open access to fabrication technologies, enabling architecture students to develop, discuss, exchange, and materialize ideas through a comprehensive range of platforms and media. The student experience is further enriched by the School’s renowned lecture and public program series, exhibitions, and publications, as well as the resources available across Harvard University and the nearby Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Students in the Department of Architecture are integrated into an active network of internationally recognized designers, dedicated to addressing the changing needs of the modern world.

As new ways of thinking emerge in the profession of architecture, the field grows increasingly complex and requires new techniques of inquiry and design. For generations, the GSD has educated committed individuals who have assumed leadership roles in shaping the built environment. Today’s graduates in architecture continue this tradition by pioneering new design approaches to the challenges posed by contemporary society.

 

Inside Architecture

exhibition

Dazibao

Dazibao (大字报;  Chinese: “big character report”)  proposes a selection of 360 student drawings spanning a decade of GSD option studios taught by George L. Legendre.  Themes include the legacy of High Modernism (“Mies Immersion II,” 2009), form vs. function (“Real and Imaginary Variables: Art Spaces,”…

exhibition dates: AUG 28 – OCT 14, 2018

George L. Legendre, Curator

exhibition

Inside Architecture

Organized by artist Luisa Lambri, with Mark Lee, Chair of the Department of Architecture and Professor in Practice of Architecture. Based on a workshop conducted by artist Luisa Lambri in January 2018, this exhibition features students' photographs of the interior of Harvard University's Carpenter Center designed by Le Corbusier. The project…

exhibition dates: AUG 31 – OCT 14, 2018

Mark Lee, Contributor