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.
Survey the architecture, painting, sculpture, textiles, decorative arts, and photography of South Asia, from 2300 B.C., touching on the present and considering the role of tradition in the broader history of art in India.
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 conceptions of time as they have informed and influenced thought and creativity in the fields of cultural studies, literature, architecture, urban studies, philosophy, neuroscience, performance, and the visual, electronic, and time-based arts.