Christopher Alexander: The Timeless Way of Building

Christopher Alexander’s “The Timeless Way of Building” was never marketed as a self-help book, a utopian novel, a treatise on any named philosophy, or even as a book for the social scholar. In actuality, it was written as a work on architecture and design theory, now widely referred to by many (often confused) designers and software engineers alike. However, it offers more insights into the social and economic groundwork of our daily lives than most books befitting those labels. It could easily be said the core of this book, isn’t drafting techniques or geometry, but rather people- emotion and the environmental patterns that can drive and channel it.

Laure Katsaros Receives Mellon New Directions Fellowship to Study Architectural Design

Associate Professor of French Laure Katsaros has received $262,500 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through its New Directions Fellowship program, which exists to “assist faculty members in the humanities … who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest.” Katsaros’ award will support her in earning a master’s degree in the history and philosophy of design from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 2014–15, and in traveling around France to visit several distinctive architectural sites. Her goal is to produce a final project for the master’s program, and eventually a book, tentatively titled Glass Architectures: Utopian Surveillance from Fourier to the Surrealists.   

Architectural Studies is Now a Major

By William Sweet

Architectural studies, the newest major available to Amherst students, is more than what its name implies. Students concentrating on architecture won’t just draw on drafting boards or in digital design studios; they will draw on multiple disciplines, including art history, environmental studies, performance studies, history and economics.

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Architecture, Seen Beyond the Drafting Table: A New Major

Submitted on Monday, 8/27/2012, at 4:35 PM

By William Sweet

Architectural studies, the latest addition to the list of majors available to Amherst students, is more than what its name implies. Students concentrating on architecture won’t just draw on drafting boards or in digital design studios; they will be drawing on multiple disciplines, including art history, environmental studies, performance studies, history, economics and more.

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Architectural Studies Major

Submitted by Heidi Gilpin on Friday, 11/13/2015, at 11:44 AM

Advisory Committee:  Professors Clark (Emerita), Courtright, Rosbottom (Chair), & K. Sweeney; Associate Professor Gilpin; 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.