Princeton School of Architecture
The undergraduate program at the School of Architecture is known for its rigorous and interdisciplinary approach to preprofessional education. The four-year undergraduate program leads to an A.B. with a concentration in architecture and offers an introduction to the discipline of architecture within the framework of a liberal arts curriculum. In addition to architectural design and the history and theory of architecture and urbanism, undergraduates study a range of disciplines that contribute to an architect’s knowledge and vision, including courses in architectural analysis, representation, computing, and building technologies. Such a broad academic program also prepares students for a graduate program in architecture and other related disciplines such as landscape architecture, urban planning, civil engineering, art history, and the visual arts.
The courses in architecture develop a broad understanding of the concepts and methods for the planning and design of buildings, landscapes, and cities. They include the history of architecture, the history of urban form, analysis of contemporary urban problems, analysis of modern architecture and visual studies, related social sciences, and building technologies. Drawing skills are not required before entering the program; they are developed as an essential part of the course work and design studios.
Students in the School of Architecture find the design studios the most unusual part of their campus experience. In these studios individual designs of buildings and urban areas are prepared by students and then analyzed and critiqued by the faculty. The studios meet with the faculty for three-hour sessions every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons. The studios are the School’s equivalent of independent work.
General Prerequisites. Students who wish to enter the school are normally required to complete two courses: ARC 203 Introduction to Architectural Thinking, and ARC 204 Introduction to Architectural Design. Students are encouraged to enroll in ARC 203 and 204 in their sophomore year. All A.B. students who complete the prerequisites may enter the major; no application or portfolio needed.
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