Architecture is a practice. By this, we mean in simplest terms that we get better by doing it, like playing a sport or a musical instrument. More profoundly, architectural practice is a mode of understanding and operating within the world. Technique is important, certainly. We deploy an array of manual and digital techniques when designing a building just as we depend upon all manner of technologies to construct a building. Techniques and technologies are not mute tools, however, as they testify to our understanding of the world and our desire to project a world. We must examine our understandings of the world if we are to intelligently operate within it, particularly as that world becomes more diverse in its cultures and more constrained in its economies and ecologies. At the Knowlton School of Architecture, we are committed to all aspects of architectural practice: its techniques and technologies, its histories and capacities, and its central creative activity of design, which fuses all of these and answers our profound desire to address the present by building a future.
MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE
The Master of Architecture (MArch) program prepares students to engage in the cultural professional practice of architecture with critical ability, inventive curiosity and technical facility. Design studios and theory courses focus on the broader cultural implications of architecture, while courses in technology and professional practice prepare the student for the realities of architectural practice.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ARCHITECTURE
The Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BSArch) program provides a general liberal arts education through the study of architecture combined with broad general education requirements. As such, students receive a rigorous intellectual training in the sciences, the humanities, and the arts, as well as a direct, hands-on approach to synthesizing this knowledge in architectural design studios.
The Architecture Section has submitted a proposal to offer an Undergraduate Minor in Architectural Studies. If approved, the minor would be available autumn of 2013.