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.
Identify innovations that characterize European art and architecture from the Renaissance to the French Revolution, examining the intellectual, political, religious and social currents that contributed to their creation.
Through artifact study and field trips, examine how social and cultural forces affected the design and use of domestic architecture, furnishings and technology in the Eastern U.S. from 1600 to 1960.
How are memories processed into memorials? Explore the transformation of private and public memories in architecture, performance, literature and the visual arts, primarily in Europe and the United States.