Master of Architecture
The School of Architecture, Princeton’s center for teaching and research in architectural design, history, and theory, offers an undergraduate major and advanced degrees at both the master’s and doctoral levels. In the undergraduate major, architecture is taught in the context of a liberal arts education, emphasizing the complex interrelationship between architecture, society, and technology. The curriculum for the master’s degree emphasizes design expertise in the context of urbanism, landscape and new technologies. Architecture is understood as a cultural practice involving both speculative intelligence and practical know-how. Each student constructs a personal course of study around a core of required courses that represent the knowledge essential to the education of an architect today.
The four-year doctoral program focuses on the history, theory and criticism of architecture, urbanism, landscape, and building technology. The approach is interdisciplinary, covering a broad range of research interests from an architectural perspective. Working closely with the faculty of the School and allied departments in the University, students build individual programs of study involving at least two years of coursework, General Examinations, and a dissertation.
ABOUT THE SCHOOL
Princeton University, chartered in 1746 as the College of New Jersey, was British North America’s fourth college. Originally located in Elizabeth and later in Newark, the College moved to the town of Princeton in 1756 to occupy the newly completed Nassau Hall, one of the largest buildings in the colonies. Nassau Hall survived bombardment during the Battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777 (a cannonball scar is still visible on the exterior south wall of the building’s west wing) and served as the home of the Continental Congress in 1783. This historic building housed the entire College for nearly half a century, and it is still home to the office of the University’s president and other administrative offices.
Today, the Princeton campus covers more than 2,000 acres, 600 of which comprise the main campus. Its student body numbers approximately 7,912: 5,264 undergraduates and 2,648 graduate students, in 34 departments and more than 70 institutes, programs and centers. The University offers instruction in the liberal arts and sciences and in professional programs at the School of Architecture, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.