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.


Fulbright Funds Historic Preservation in India

Through a 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Student Award, Katherine Cornell '15 is living among the cultural history and traditions she is researching and working to preserve. Based in Delhi, India, she is staying "across the street from a 14th-century mosque and across the main road from a 15th-century tomb complex. And Humayun's Tomb, the 16th-century site I extensively studied in my art history classes,...  More >>

Graham, Ruth Host Art Forger Film

There will be a screening of the film "Art and Craft," a documentary that follows Mark Landis - one of the most prolific art forgers in U.S. history - at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24 in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. This event is free and open to the public. "Art and Craft" offers an account of Landis, who is exposed as a forger and must confront the legacy of his 30-year ...  More >>

Service Learning Leads to Friendship

Although Elizabeth McCabe's '18 weekly visits with Geneva Living Center resident Mary Nolan '43, P'88 began as part of a service-learning course, the experience resulted in a meaningful friendship that McCabe is excited to continue long after the course requirement ends. Throughout the semester, the visits provided McCabe with a window into life at HWS more than 70 years ago, while allowing her t...  More >>

Cohler Interns Explore Art and Design

As the 2015 recipients of the Eric Cohler Internship and Travel Award, Zachary Birnbaum '16 and Paige Davidson '16 were afforded the opportunity to explore and refine their passion for design and the arts through a rare dual internship and study abroad experience. The annual award is made possible by gifts from one of the country's leading interior designers and an adjunct professor at HWS Eric C...  More >>

Prelude to Interior Design 101

Eric Cohler '81, one of the country's leading interior designers and an adjunct professor at HWS, discussed his prolific career and gave a preview of his spring 2016 Reader's College course on interior design. The Dec. 3 lecture in Houghton House was followed by presentations by Eric Cohler Internship and Travel Award recipients Paige Davidson '16 and Zachary Birnbaum '16. Dubbed the "Mixmaster" ...  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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