For students entering Fall 2019

First Year

32 units        Electives or Distributional Requirements*

Second Year

Coursework Track:
16 units        Electives or Distributional Requirements*


Thesis Track:
16 units        Electives or Distributional Requirements*
8 units          GSD 9304        Independent Thesis for the Degree Master in Design Studies

*Students must take 12 units of the following Distributional Requirements:

4 units          GSD 4121        Buildings, Texts, Contexts I
4 units          GSD 4141        Histories of Landscape Architecture I
4 units          GSD 4122        Building, Texts, Contexts II
4 units          GSD 4142        Histories of Landscape Architecture II
4 units          GSD 4223       Buildings, Texts, Contexts III

Recommended Research Methodology Course
Courses that teach skills of potential relevance to theses projects

HIS-4395 Environmentalisms

Other Recommended Courses

HIS-4115  History and Theory of Urban Interventions
HIS-4350 Michelangelo Architect: Precedents, Innovation, Influence (not offered in 2019/20)
HIS-4362  Structuring Urban Experience: From the Athenian Acropolis to the Boston Common
HIS-4385  Mountains and the Rise of Landscape
HIS-4386  Domesticity, Privacy, Transparency, Performance (not offered in 2019/20)
HIS-4387  Topology and Imagination: Between Chinese Landscapes and Architecture
HIS-4388  Architecture in Early Modern England: Themes and Methods (not offered in 2019/20)
HIS-4394 Once Century of Modernization in Latin America
HIS-4395 Environmentalisms
HIS-4428 Visionary Architecture
HIS-4551 Materiality, Visual Culture, and Media
HIS-4453 Manfredo Tafuri and the Historiography and Criticism of Architecture 1960-1990

(Required courses for students who entered in Fall 2017.)

(Required courses for students who entered in Fall 2018.)

Students contemplating cross-registering for courses at another Harvard school must abide by the dates and policies of the school in which the course is offered. Priority for enrollment may be given to the other school's students first before cross-registrations are accepted — enrollment is not guaranteed. See