Student Leaders: Cheryl Chan, Philip Batler, Harriet Tisch, Tristan Harris, Theodore Lau

Students in HIAA explore Western and non-Western areas ranging over a wide period of time (Ancient, Medieval, Islamic, East Asian, Latin American, Early Modern, Modern/ Contemporary). Concentrators often focus on a particular period (e.g. ancient, modern architecture), a particular branch of the field (e.g. urbanism), or a methodology (e.g. semiotics, critical interpretation, archaeology), but students may choose to create their own program of study. Concentrators will receive essential training in perceptual, historical, and critical analysis.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Examine visual cultures across historical periods and geographic regions
  • Develop an awareness of the history and theories of architecture and urban development
  • Understand how objects of material culture are made, viewed, and collected
  • Become conversant in perceptual, historical, and critical analysis
  • Engage in independent research


  • Architectural Studies

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates
2014 39 
2015 40   
2016 24   
2017 12   
2018 20   
2019 25   6

Alumni Pathways

HIAA alumni have earned graduate degrees in law, engineering, business, architecture, the history of art, and education. They work as curators, artists, designers, investment bankers, educators, and small business owners in the U.S. and throughout the world.

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Director of Undergraduate Studies/Advisor (History of Art and Architecture): Jeff Moser
Director of Undergraduate Studies/Advisor (Architecture): Dietrich Neumann