Introduction to Architecture Curriculum & Registration

Registration & Orientation

Registration will take place on Tuesday, July 7th in Avery Hall.

Orientation will include a lecture, an introduction to faculty and staff, as well as a presentation by TA's of work done at Columbia. The orientation will conclude with a walking tour of campus to familiarize students with the school's facilities and the Morningside Heights neighborhood.

After registration, students will be able to obtain a Columbia University student identification card. The Columbia University ID card will grant students access to the gym, libraries, various campus services and 24-hour access to Avery Hall where the studio is located.


Architecture A1003 - Introduction to Architecture - 3 pts

A course comprising studio and lecture formats, presenting a comprehensive experience in architectural design. The course meets five days or evenings a week for five weeks. Utilizing New York City as a laboratory, the morning sessions develop an awareness of the relationships between the history, theory, practice, and design of architecture. Seminars, workshops, and field trips to the offices of prominent professionals, to museums, and to buildings focus on these issues. The afternoon or evening sessions take place in the architecture studio, the basic environment in which architectural education takes place. Students work with studio critics on a series of projects presented by the studio director, presenting their individual designs to juries comprised of faculty and practitioners. Although the studio is structured to allow the development of design skills for those with no prior education in architecture, it also presents the opportunity for students with some background to improve their skills and gain further studio experience. In addition to the seminar and studio portions of the course, there are weekly lectures given by prominent architects from the New York metropolitan area.

Studio Culture

The studio will be divided into individual sections; each led by a studio Critic and a TA (graduate student at Columbia University's GSAPP). Studios will be divided according to skill and experience level and should not exceed 13 students.

The substantive method of instruction is that of desk crits, or dialogues between student and his/her Critic. At these sessions, previous design work is reviewed and discussion ensues about the direction that the student's project should take. Desk crits will be supplemented by Interim Reviews, or Pin-Ups, where all students in a section (sometimes teamed up with another section) pin up their design work for group critique and discussion. Final reviews are the culmination of each project; students present their work for public evaluation by a group of studio and visiting critics from New York City.

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