At the ethical core of Hobart William Smith's liberal arts pre-professional program in Architectural Studies is social and environmental responsibility. We believe that today's pressing problems will be solved by college graduates with well-rounded design educations rather than narrow professional-school training. Larger and more established than any other liberal arts architecture program in the nation, HWS's degree has a 100% acceptance rate in M.Arch. programs and other design fields. Our students learn conceptual design but also tackle real world problems on a local level; all students do a green/community design-build project. Our graduates leave HWS ready to lead their chosen professions in architecture, landscape architecture, interiors, product design, urban planning, real estate, and preservation in the 21st century.
Artwork thrives on its ability to make its viewer draw connections between what is visually represented and visceral life experiences. This winter, visitors to the Davis Gallery at Houghton House will be introduced to an artist who embodies that connection. From Jan. 23 to Feb. 27, artist Kate Gridley will exhibit her collection, "Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults." The exhibit featur... More >>
Professor of Art and Architecture Nicholas Ruth was awarded "Best in Show" at the 2014 Southern Printmaking Biennale. As the recipient, Ruth has been given a solo exhibition at the University of North Georgia in the fall of 2015, and will be the juror for the next Southern Printmaking Biennale, to be held there in 2016. The exhibition was juried by Ericka Walker, assistant professor of art at t... More >>
What often lies behind art and architecture is an experience that transports a viewer into the creative mind of a particular artist. Through Dec. 5, art goers have the opportunity to take this artistic journey through Cletus Johnson's mixed-media exhibit, "Abiding art + architecture" at the Davis Gallery at Houghton House. "The portal aspect is a primary interest of mine in these designs and thea... More >>
Professor of Art and Architecture Nick Ruth was invited to have his work included in the 9th Trienniale Mondiale de l'Estampe, in Auvergne, France. The international printmaking show ran from Oct. 11 through Nov. 9. Ruth had five prints in the show, all of which were made specifically for the exhibition. "I'm very excited, and honored to be included in the show," says Ruth, who explained organize... More >>
Laura Christie '14 is putting her architecture skills to use in a unique way. She was recently hired as a full-time design assistant with David Howell & Company, where she is working to design and manufacture museum gifts. "I'm thrilled and so excited to start," says Christie, an architecture major. "I'm learning how a company produces a product from the generation of an idea to the actual f... More >>
Educators at professional programs of architecture repeatedly extol the virtues of integrating more liberal arts into the education of architects. Professors of Architecture at Syracuse University write:
"What additional areas of education do architecture students need in the 21st century and how are we preparing them for the ever-evolving landscapes of practice? Interdisciplinary educational models are imperative for the future of the profession. If architects are to remain vital to the built environment, we must cross disciplinary boundaries in order to broaden the discipline’s role politically, socially, and materially. In the face of rapid technological change, it’s imperative that architects learn to work collaboratively with a widening expanse of experts in other fields. Retreating into a disciplinary bubble is not an option." (Source)