The Department of Architecture

“Not so skin deep: vernacularism in XL” by Ziwei Song (MArch '18), recipient of the James Templeton Kelley Prize.

“Not so skin deep: vernacularism in XL” by Ziwei Song (MArch '18), recipient of the James Templeton Kelley Prize.

The Department of Architecture is a unique community, rich in diversity, collaboration, and scholarship through design. Here, students explore today’s most creative design approaches, with an international faculty prominent across the field. More

Degree Programs

Together with visiting design critics and theorists from around the world, architecture faculty and students explore a range of design investigations, expand knowledge, and confront the challenges of the contemporary built environment. Collaboration thrives in Gund Hall’s distinctive trays, five continuous tiers of open studio space.

The Department’s philosophy of design excellence integrates the imaginative and skillful manipulation of form, as well as the ability to draw inspiration from a broad body of knowledge. The architecture curriculum includes design studio, theory, visual studies, history, technology, and professional practice, with design as the central focus of instruction.

Gund Hall’s studio trays form both the physical and pedagogical core of the GSD experience, drawing together students and faculty from across the departments of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning and design. The creative, collaborative atmosphere of the trays is supplemented by Gund Hall’s advanced information infrastructure, media-enriched presentation spaces, vast library resources, and open access to fabrication technologies, enabling architecture students to develop, discuss, exchange, and materialize ideas through a comprehensive range of platforms and media. The student experience is further enriched by the School’s renowned lecture and public program series, exhibitions, and publications, as well as the resources available across Harvard University and the nearby Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Students in the Department of Architecture are integrated into an active network of internationally recognized designers, dedicated to addressing the changing needs of the modern world.

As new ways of thinking emerge in the profession of architecture, the field grows increasingly complex and requires new techniques of inquiry and design. For generations, the GSD has educated committed individuals who have assumed leadership roles in shaping the built environment. Today’s graduates in architecture continue this tradition by pioneering new design approaches to the challenges posed by contemporary society.


Inside Architecture



“TEd’A arquitectes have revisited and evaluated sites and buildings, customs and memories,…

Public Lecture Series


Apr 29, 2019


GSD, Gund Hall Piper Auditorium


Department of Architecture

Free and open to the public


Platform 11: Setting the Table

The Platform exhibition represents a year in the life of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. Produced annually, the exhibition highlights a selection of work from the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and design, and design engineering. It exposes a rich and varied pedagogical…

exhibition dates: MAR 25 – MAY 17, 2019


How to See Architecture: Bruno Zevi (MArch ’42)

This exhibition begins with a 1941 student memo to the GSD, entitled “An Opinion on Architecture.” In this memo, Bruno Zevi, along with other student authors, states the importance of discourse in architecture in general, specifically calling upon GSD students to create their own publication.

exhibition dates: NOV 1 – DEC 20, 2018