Abstract is the yearly printed publication of student work from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. The catalog is produced through the Office of the Dean, Amale Andraos. The archive of student work, containing documentation of projects selected by faculty at the conclusion of each semester, is utilized in the making of Abstract.

Recent alumni should contact the GSAPP Alumni Office to obtain a copy.

Abstract 2015
Professor Submission Form
Faculty and Teaching Assistants can use this form to submit their course information and selected student work to the Abstract archive.
Student Submission Form
Students who have been notified by their Professors can use this form to submit student work
Submission Guidelines

Images that are submitted to ABSTRACT should follow these guidelines:


  • DO NOT SUBMIT wall-sized boards or multi-page PDFs. DO NOT submit multiple drawings or images in a single image file, as these files WILL NOT be accepted.
  • Raster images (images, such as renderings, photographs, or collages) should be saved with the following specs:
    • 8-bit TIFF files, CMYK colorspace—not RGB!
    • approximately 8x10” at 300 dpi, but no larger than 11x17” at 300dpi.
    • Files should not be compressed or contain layers or alpha channels.
    • Vector images (line work, such as AutoCAD or Illustrator drawings) should be saved as .AI (Adobe Illustrator) files, in CMYK color space (note: NOT RGB!)
  • Physical models should be photographed, color corrected in Photoshop, images converted to CMYK, and saved in an 8-bit TIFF format (300 DPI and approximately 8"x10"). The files should be flattened and not contain layers or alpha channels.


Label the files using these naming conventions:


For example:

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Use the following abbreviations for course type:
ARCH = Architecture Studio
ARCHPHD = Architecture Ph.D.
BST = Building Science and Technology
CCCP = Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices
HPSTUDIO = Historic Preservation Studio
HT = History/Theory
NYP = New York/Paris
UD = Architecture and Urban Design
UP = Urban Planning
VS = Visual Studies

And these to indicate term: SU = Summer FA = Fall SP = Spring

If the work was executed by a group, please include the names of ALL of the participants. Students’ names should be listed exactly how they should appear in ABSTRACT, including middle name or initial if desired, nicknames, etc.

Please do not submit individual files larger than 30 MB in size! Content that exceeds these limits or is not properly labeled will be rejected.


  • Make sure that all solid “black” areas are true black (C=0%, Y=0%, M=0%, K=100%), NOT “rich black” (C=100%, Y=100%, M=100%, K=100%)
  • For vector files, Make sure that ALL lines are at the very least 60% black, optimally 100% black. If you want to have line hierarchy, achieve that through lineweights, NOT through making lines gray.
  • Make sure that your image or drawing is cropped correctly, and there is no extra blank area on your artboard that is exported with the file
  • Please DO NOT include any text embedded in your images