Architectural Studies

Architectural Studies

Submitted by Heidi Gilpin on Monday, 7/27/2015, at 9:29 AM

Advisory Committee:  Professors Clark, Courtright, Rosbottom, and K. Sweeney; Associate Professor Gilpin (Chair); Five College Associate Professor Long: Five College Assistant Professor Arboleda.

Amherst College participates in the Five College Architectural Studies (FCAS) major with the unique requirements indicated below.

The FCAS major firmly places the study of architecture in the liberal arts by encompassing the history, theory, philosophy, design, and science of the built environment. The major draws on resources and faculty from a range of disciplines across the colleges, which include art history, cultural studies, history, literature, economics, urban studies, visual and media arts, gender studies, physics, sociology, and environmental studies. With the guidance of their Amherst FCAS advisor, Amherst students create an individualized course of study that may include, among others, sustainable design, urban planning, and architectural history, theory, and criticism.

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Department Chair

Professor Heidi Gilpin
B3 Converse Hall
AC# 2213, Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
Telephone: (413) 542-8503

Office Hours:  F 9:00-10:00, 11:00-Noon and by appointment

Academic Department Coordinator

JoAnn Lawrence
101 Barrett Hall
AC# 2255, Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
Telephone: (413) 542-2312

Office Hours (academic year)MWF 8:30-2:30; TTH 8:30-4:00
Office closed June 1 - August 16


Follow the driving directions to Amherst College. When you reach the intersection of Rtes. 9 and 116 (at the top of the hill), take Rte. 116 south away from the Town green. Take first left into Amherst College and proceed counter-clockwise around the Main Quad. Barrett Hall, distinguishable by its gray stone, is the building in the northeast corner of the Quad, next to Frost Library.