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.


Students Build Community Zen Garden

Offering community members a space for meditation and quiet moments of repose, students in Assistant Professor of Art and Architecture Gabriella D'Angelo's "Introduction to Architectural Design I" course recently constructed a meditation labyrinth at Jefferson Street Park in the Founders Square neighborhood. The class partnered with the City of Geneva, the Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center (GNR...  More >>

Student Art Curators for HWS Collection

This semester, two students have been given the opportunity to acquire a piece of artwork for The Collections of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Through extensive research into the current collection and various pieces being considered, Jacques Lane '16 and Savannah Reed '16 are gaining invaluable insight into the challenging and intricate process of obtaining art. "I hope Jacques and Savannah...  More >>

Wood '99 Exhibit Opens in London

Following his exhibit at the David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles and the Gagosian Gallery in Hong Kong this winter, Los Angeles-based artist Jonas Wood '99 premiered a new series of paintings at Gagosian Gallery in London, his first exhibition there. In its press release about the solo show, Gagosian compares Wood's "ongoing investigation of his intimate environment" to the work of Pierre Bonn...  More >>

Cruz '11 Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Walter Cruz '11 got his first taste of entrepreneurship as an undergraduate at HWS when he partnered with two of his housemates to create and sell shirts and sweatshirts to classmates, friends and family. Now, his sights are set on reaching a Kickstarter fundraising goal for his new venture, Superego, a creative collective that produces lifestyle products and content while providing top-of-the-li...  More >>

Davis Gallery Features Works by Kana '12

Studio Technician for the Art and Architecture Department and artisan woodworker Patrick Kana '12 has arranged a collection of his recent woodworks that are currently on display in the Little Gallery of the Davis Gallery at Houghton House this semester until Oct. 3. Titled "Form Exploration through Furniture and Objects," the gallery includes a range of cast and carved pieces, as well as assemble...  More >>

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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)