Advisors: Craig Barton, Dietrich Neumann, and Julian von der Schulenberg
The Architecture concentration introduces students to a broad understanding of concepts and methods for the planning and design of buildings and urban environments. It connects architectural education firmly to the humanities and provides a greater awareness of historical, global, environmental, social and economic issues in the built environment. This approach to the education of architects and urban planners aims to provide them with the tools needed in today’s fractured urban society. Apart from training careful observation, critical analysis and problem solving, students will acquire skills in sketching, drafting, model-making, and digital rendering. By combining a carefully selected range of classes in architectural design, the humanities, engineering and technology, and urban life and theory, students will acquire necessary proficiency for pursuing a graduate degree in architecture after Brown.
Interdepartmental & RISD Courses
Our program gives credit to classes taken in RISD’s Architecture, Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture Departments, as long as they can work as substitutes for similar classes in our course sequence. Concentrators are also encouraged to take courses related to structural engineering in the engineering department.
For students in the concentration who intend to go to architecture school afterward graduating from Brown, typically design a project in their double credit second RISD studio as a capstone or honors project. For others, who might tend towards theory or history of architecture, may complete an honors thesis that would replace the double credit second RISD studio.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of our Architecture concentration from Leyla Tara Suyabatmaz.