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.


HWS Rome Program in ArchitectureBoston

The HWS Rome study abroad program was recently featured in the Summer 2015 edition of the magazine, ArchitectureBoston. The article, "At Issue: Sit. Look. Sketch.," highlights the travel-sketching component of the program and includes reflections from Assistant Professor of Architecture and Chair of Urban Studies Kirin Makker as well as an online gallery of sketches featuring work from students o...  More >>

Wu '12 Noted in Washington Post

Jenny Wu '12 was recently noted in The Washington Post for being a featured artist in an exhibition titled, "Alchemical Vessels," which was held at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery in Washington, D.C. The annual exhibit showcases 125 artists who transform ceramic bowls "by means of his or her own personal aesthetic and medium, drawing inspiration from the bowl as a place of holding, open com...  More >>

An Evening of Jazz and Art

During Reunion, alumni, alumnae and other HWS community members had the opportunity to enjoy an evening of live jazz and art at the Davis Gallery at Houghton House. Held in memory of the late Bob Masteller '60 and the late Al Scheeren '60, the event featured the special exhibit, "Mark Jones '72: A Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings and Photographs," as well as music from renowned jaz...  More >>

Faculty Promotions

During the spring meeting of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Trustees, the Board, upon recommendation of President Mark D. Gearan, has approved the promotion of three faculty members to the rank of Full Professor, as well as granted Emeritus/Emerita status to four other faculty members. Effective July 1, 2015, Nan Crystal Arens and Neil Laird, both associate professors of geoscience, and Ma...  More >>

Wu '12 Reflects on Art, HWS

When Jenny Wu '12 arrived at Hobart and William Smith Colleges from Nanjing, China, she was surprised by three things: the snow, the squirrels and her friends' excitement of sharing her first time experiences like going to coffee-chain Dunkin' Donuts. Wu quickly adjusted to life at HWS, double majoring in studio art and architectural studies, while getting involved on campus. After graduation, Wu...  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)