Harvard Undergraduate Architecture Studies

Harvard Undergraduate Architecture Studies is a 4 year long degree program that teaches design thinking through making within the liberal context at Harvard College. This program is collaboratively run by the Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) and the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences History of Art and Architecture Department. The four making-based courses of the program explore various scales and motivating agents of design by emphasizing architectural disciplinary specific things that can productively engage other disciplines across Harvard College.  The design work produced within this program address a series of assignments that begin more abstractly, studying the relationship of material, form, effect and means of assembly and build up to applying discoveries made in these exercises to the design of an intervention for a physical site that accommodates various scales of registration of its context as well as the human body as an occupant of it.   In this program, design is taught by Harvard GSD faculty and advanced degree students in ways that leverage intersection with the brightest minds and scholars from across Harvard.   This is a non-professional degree program in Architectural Studies. 

Students of the program receive a Harvard A.B. degree in History of Art and Architecture, Design Studies. Because this program is part of a degree-earning concentration at Harvard College, admission questions and processes go through Harvard College.   

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Image of folded paper three-dimensonal models on a studio desk with drawings showing the precise dimensioning of paper that constructed them.

Architecture Studies at Harvard

This track within the A.B. History of Art & Architecture concentration (or major) at Harvard College has its own website. We invite you to visit this space for much more information on our undergraduate design courses, student work, and faculty engaged with this program.

Image of six Harvard College undergraduate students arranging paper models on studio desks inside a classroom in Gund Hall at Harvard.
Photograph of a three-dimensional ball-shaped design model fabricated out of laser cut chipboard in the Harvard Undergraduate Architecture Studies design studio.
Photograph of a three-dimensional pentagonal volume made out of laser cut plexi glass in the Harvard Undergraduate Architecture Studies design studio.