Architectural Studies at Amherst College

Architectural Studies at Amherst College Architectural Studies at Amherst College

The Architectural Studies major at Amherst College firmly places the study of architecture in the liberal arts by encompassing the history, theory, philosophy, design, and science of the built environment. Amherst College participates in the Five College Architectural Studies major (http://arc5.org/), which draws on resources and faculty from a range of disciplines across the five colleges (Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College; University of Massachusetts-Amherst), including art history, cultural studies, history, literature, economics, urban studies, performance studies, visual and media arts, gender studies, physics, sociology, and environmental studies.

Mission: Each Amherst architectural studies major will create an individualized course of study with his or her major advisor that may include, for example, sustainable design; urban planning; forms of visual and spatial perception and representation; and architectural history, theory and criticism. At Amherst, a student wishing to pursue this major will first meet with a member of the Architectural Studies Advisory Committee, which includes Professor Heidi Gilpin, Chair (German and European Studies, Chair) and Professors Carol Clark (history of art and American studies), Nicola Courtright (history of art), Ronald Rosbottom (French and European studies), Kevin Sweeney (American studies and history) and Thom Long (Five College assistant professor of architectural studies). The student’s resulting proposal will be vetted both by this committee and by a Five College review committee. Each student will be required to take four foundational courses and five intermediate courses and complete a two-semester senior thesis project.

Space + Design: Studio Architecture students presented their work to visiting critics; both professional architects and ...
11/14/2019

Space + Design: Studio Architecture students presented their work to visiting critics; both professional architects and five-college architecture professors.

Each student presented their folded paper screens, made of 100+ sheets of folded 5.5” card stock, photo documentation showing light and shadow through their screen, dynamic drawings of the screen that captured movement, shaded planes and experimented with line weights, and the first concept models for their building systems, built of basswood and paper.

Their conceptual research will result in a dynamic and unique cabin design in a site of their choosing.
The final review of the cabin designs will be on December 10th.

Next UMASS Fall 2019 Lecture ~ November 5th, 2019 @ 5:30 pmJohn W. Olver Design Building, Room 170"Ada Tolla + Giuseppe ...
10/28/2019

Next UMASS Fall 2019 Lecture ~
November 5th, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
John W. Olver Design Building, Room 170
"Ada Tolla + Giuseppe Lignano"
Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano are the principals of LOT-EK Architecture & Design.

You are kindly invited to the talk by renowned Colombian anthropologist Arturo Escobar on ontological design.Thursday, O...
09/27/2019

You are kindly invited to the talk by renowned Colombian anthropologist Arturo Escobar on ontological design.

Thursday, October 3, 3:30 pm, Science Center, room A011.

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Design as the Healing of the Web of Life:
A Praxis for Regional Transitions in Colombia.

Arturo Escobar
Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Ad-hoc Professor, Ph.D. Program in Design and Creation, Universidad de Caldas, Colombia.

In the face of deepening social and ecological crises, design is emerging as a crucial domain of thought and praxis about life itself and the creation of worlds. This confers upon design/ing an ineluctable ontological-political dimension. This lecture outlines ongoing reorientations of design/ing as a relational praxis of ontological re-existence and repair, against the ravages of globalization, and describes the early stages of application of an “autonomous transition design” framework in the Cauca River Valley in Southwest Colombia.

Over the past twenty years, anthropologist Arturo Escobar has closely worked with Afro-Colombian organizations resisting the devastation of their territories and lives by extractive operations. His best-known book is Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World (1995, 2nd Ed. 2011), and his most recent book is Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds (2018).

Sponsored by: The Lamont Fund, the Lurcy Fund, and the Amherst College Architectural Studies Program.

In the Folded Planes Project, Space + Design: Introduction to Studio Architecture, students were asked to identify a dyn...
09/24/2019

In the Folded Planes Project, Space + Design: Introduction to Studio Architecture, students were asked to identify a dynamic concept word and to develop a study of folded paper modules to embody that concept. Each student folded and assembled one-hundred modules from 5.5" squares of cardstock to create a site-specific screen that would modify light and view, and create a sense of movement. They could choose to add translucent vellum in a selected color to enhance their design and concept. The installations are currently up in the Frost Library, and the students are investigating their work through photographic documentation, diagramming, and abstract drawings. The work will become the conceptual foundation for their building project this semester.

Next UMASS Fall 2019 Lecture ~ September 24th @ 5:30pm
09/16/2019

Next UMASS Fall 2019 Lecture ~ September 24th @ 5:30pm

05/07/2018
WMAIA's (Western MA chapter of the AIA) Women in Architecture's special event:In Conversation with Frances HalsbandThurs...
04/05/2018
In Conversation with Frances Halsband

WMAIA's (Western MA chapter of the AIA) Women in Architecture's special event:

In Conversation with Frances Halsband

Thursday April 26, 4:00 - 6:30PM at South College, UMass Amherst

Sigrid Miller Pollin FAIA talks with Frances Halsband FAIA about her distinguished career in architecture. The talk will be preceded by a self-guided tour of the recent South College renovation/addition by Kliment Halsband & followed by a reception (with cash bar) in the South College atrium.

The event is FREE for Five Colleges students, faculty, & staff, but registration is required.

Visit http://wmaia.org/event/in-conversation-with-frances-haalsbaand/ to RSVP.

Frances Halsband FAIA is an architect and a founding partner of Kliment Halsband Architects, a leading design firm in New York City known for its award-winning academic, cultural, and civic work. Frances is an expert translator between institutions and design firms.
Her varied roles as designer, member of the academic community, and advisor on academic and government review boards have provided her a unique perspective on the many voices that shape planning and design. She served as Dean of the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute and as an architectural advisor to Brown, Harvard, and Smith College. She is a former Commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and served on the Architectural Advisory Board of the U.S. Department of State Foreign Buildings Operations and the Architectural Review Board of the Federal Reserve Bank., Frances was the first woman president of the New York Chapter of the AIA and of the Architectural League of New York, and is a longtime board member and past president of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild.
Frances received a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University.

This program is generously supported by the Women for UMass Fund whose purpose is to promote the advancement of campus programs that provide access, support, and opportunity for UMass Amherst students, with preference to those projects that will positively impact UMass Amherst women.
Additional support is provided from the Five College Architectural Studies Program and by Marvin Windows & Doors.

WMAIA Women in Architecture presents: In Conversation with Frances Halsband Thursday, April 26, 2018 4:00 – 6:30 PM South College, UMass./Amherst The talk will be preceded by a self-guided tour of South College (renovation/addition by Kliment Halsband) & followed by a reception (with cash bar) in ...

02/12/2018

The Five College Faculty Seminar in Architectural History and Theory would like to inform you about some exciting upcoming events taking place at UMASS and Smith College.

On Thursday March 1st, architectural historian Mark Jarzombek from MIT will give a public lecture at 6pm in 170 at the Design Building at UMass. The talk is titled: "The Modern and the (Dis-)Locations of Architectural History." Attached is a flyer with details and we encourage you to share this poster with anyone and everyone. Free parking is available from 5 in the two lots at the back of the building and/or public transportation will bring you to the front door.

On Friday March 2nd Mark Jarzombek will lead a faculty seminar on the topic of architectural history and the geo-politics of cultural nationalism. Please pass on this information to faculty in other disciplines who you think may be interested in attending. This will take place from 9am-12pm in room 204 of the Smith College Campus Center. This seminar is limited to 20 people, so we please ask that you RSVP if you would like to attend. *Please RSVP directly and only to Erica Morawski at [email protected] if you plan to attend, and indicate if you would like to be provided with a parking permit*. Upon your RSVP, you will receive some readings that are pertinent to the seminar.

11/08/2017

UMass Architecture Department is hosting a Graduate Programs Open House on November 16th from 11:30 - 5:00pm. They invite all interested students to join to learn about their Master of Architecture, Master of Design Historic Preservation, and dual degrees with Landscape Architecture, Regional Planning, and Historic Preservation. They will offer opportunities to meet with faculty and current grad students, tour their beautiful new building, and visit studios. Guests are welcome to stay for the David Leatherbarrow lecture in the evening as well.

Open House Schedule:

11:30 Registration and Welcome

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch and Programs Overview

1:00 - 2:00 Faculty Presentations

2:00 - 3:45 Building Tour and Graduate Studio Visits

3:45 - 4:45 Meet with Current Graduate Students

6:00 - 7:00 Five Colleges Architectural Studies Lecture: David Leatherbarrow

Please RSVP to Jean Crossman ([email protected]).

10/12/2017
Graduate Programs Open House | Architecture | UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, Department of Architecture, Graduate Programs Open House
Thursday, November 16th, 11:30am-5:00pm
https://www.umass.edu/architecture/event/graduate-programs-open-house-1

We invite all those interested in UMass graduate architecture programs to join us Thursday November 16th from 11:30am to 5pm. The day will provide opportunities to meet informally with faculty and students, preview our new state-of-the-art Design Building, tour the studios and campus, attend a class...

10/02/2017
HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE EVENT
04/24/2017

HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE EVENT

Friday, April 142:00 p.m.Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather) Kennetta Hammond Perry, Ph.D.Associate Professor of History,...
04/10/2017

Friday, April 14
2:00 p.m.
Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather)
Kennetta Hammond Perry, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History, East Carolina University
“London is the Place for Me: Black Britons, Citizenship, and the Politics of Race”

Bernard Tschumi, famed architect and theorist, is coming to Amherst Thursday, April 13 at 6:00. Former Dean of the Gradu...
04/10/2017

Bernard Tschumi, famed architect and theorist, is coming to Amherst Thursday, April 13 at 6:00. Former Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia, his lecture will be at the University of Massachusetts, in the Design Building Common Area.

Hope to see you there!

03/22/2017

CELEBRATING ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES
AT AMHERST COLLEGE:
Perspectives from Young Alumni
Friday, March 31, 2017
2:00-4:00 pm
Fayerweather Hall
Room 117
Reception with wine & cheese to follow
All are welcome

11/17/2016
films

WMAIA/Five College Architecture’s Architecture Through Film series
“Moshe Safdie: The Power of Architecture” (2005)

Tuesday November 22nd at 6:30 p.m.
Room 113, Fayerweather Hall, Amherst College

The Power of Architecture is a film portrait of the dynamic, Canadian-Israeli architect who first burst on the world stage while still in his twenties with the groundbreaking building, Habitat '67. The film follows Safdie to his head office in Boston, to Israel, where he is involved in a number of projects, including the new Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem, and the new city of Modi'in, which he planned. The film also incorporates Safdie's thoughts on the art of architecture and the state of architecture today.
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
http://www.wmaia.org/films.html

Films not sponsored by the WMAIA are listed as a courtesy; the list is neither exhaustive nor complete. We can use your help!

10/20/2016
films

WMAIA/Five College Architecture’s Architecture Through Film series
“How Much Does Your Building Weigh Mr. Foster?” (2010)
Tuesday October 25th at 6:30 p.m.
Room 113, Fayerweather Hall, Amherst College

The film traces the rise of one of the world's premier architects, Norman Foster and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design. Portrayed are Foster's origins and how his dreams and influences inspired the design of emblematic projects such as the largest building in the world Beijing Airport, the Reichstag, the Hearst Building in New York and works such as the tallest bridge ever in Millau France. In the very near future, the majority of mankind will abandon the countryside and live entirely in cities. Foster offers some striking solutions to the problems that this historic event will create.

FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

http://www.wmaia.org/films.html

Films not sponsored by the WMAIA are listed as a courtesy; the list is neither exhaustive nor complete. We can use your help!

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General information

Amherst College faculty approved participation in the Five College Architectural Studies major on May 2, 2012. For a news release about the new major, see: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2012/08/node/428494

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