The Amherst Architectural Studies Program emphasizes not the techniques of architecture, but rather the ideas behind it. Students choose among courses in areas such as sustainable design, urban planning and architectural history, theory and criticism.
Address the architectural, social, cultural, and political issues surrounding a range of famous and lesser-known monuments, including the Eiffel Tower; the Taj Mahal; the Great Mosque of Mecca; and the Statue of Liberty.
Study the portrayals of Tokyo and its reinventions in art, literature, and politics as the city Westernized in the Meiji era, became the center of modern urban life in Japan, and rebuilt itself as part of the country’s postwar economic miracle.
Explore issues of trauma, memory, absence, perception and corporeality to understand how architecture is beginning to develop compositional systems in which to envision dynamic and responsive spaces in specific cultural contexts.