At the core of Hobart William Smith's liberal arts pre-professional program in Architectural Studies is a belief in the value of design as an iterative process and the importance of developing a critical eye on the art, architecture, landscapes, and cities of our time. Architecture is in a progressive and expanding state; those trained in the design process are involved in solving some of the most pressing problems of the twenty-first century. Visual thinkers, makers, and dreamers, we embrace creativity and innovation in our studios, and socio-critical analysis in our history and theory courses. Larger and more established than any other liberal arts architecture program in the nation, HWS's degree offers exceptional preparation for graduate school and creative careers.


Stewart '15 to Pursue Acting at USC

Throughout his four years at HWS, Nick Stewart '15 was a student leader involved in nearly every facet of campus life. After taking a year intermission from his studies to work on campus as a presidential fellow for the Office of the President, he heads to the University of South Carolina this fall, where he will pursue an M.F.A. in acting. "I am most excited to see how I transition myself from s...  More >>

Szymanek Named NEH Scholar

Angelique Szymanek, visiting assistant professor of Art and Architecture, has been selected as a 2016 National Endowment for the Humanities summer scholar. Chosen from a competitive national applicant pool, Szymanek will attend "Moral Psychology and Education: Putting the Humanities to Work," one of 23 seminars and institutes supported by the NEH. Each summer, the NEH supports these enrichment op...  More >>

Annual Student Art Exhibit Opens

From silkscreens, photographs and sculpture to works in charcoal, paint and digital media, the annual student art exhibition curated by the Department of Art and Architecture kicked off on April 29 with an opening reception at the Davis Gallery at Houghton House. Titled "Student Art and Architecture: Studio Work from 2015-2016," this year's exhibition will be on display until Monday, May 16. For ...  More >>

Charter Day 2016 and Medal of Excellence

During the 2016 Charter Day celebrations, the Hobart College Alumni Association presented its highest honor, the Medal of Excellence, to Eric Cohler '81, president of Eric Cohler Design and an adjunct professor of art and architecture at HWS. "Through your combination of contributions to design, the arts, and the communities you serve, and the future whom you teach, you have truly led a life of c...  More >>

Walker '16 Joins Harvard Grad Program

Amanda Walker '16 has dreamed of becoming an architect since high school, and she will soon take a significant step toward that goal. A double major in architectural studies and art history, Walker was recently accepted into six of the most prestigious architecture graduate programs in the country: Harvard Graduate School of Design in Architecture; the University of Pennsylvania School of Design;...  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)



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