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 2016
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
Abstract Submission Guidelines

Images that are submitted to Abstract must 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
    • Raster 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
    • Vector images with line work, such as AutoCAD or Illustrator drawings, should be saved as .AI (Adobe Illustrator) files, in CMYK color space (note: NOT RGB!)
    • Any raster images embedded within Adobe Illustrator files should be converted to CMYK color space!
    • 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. Gray lines will have dropout when printed
  • 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.


  • 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%), especially if you have lines on black background.
  • 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
  • DO NOT include any text embedded in your images. Your image will very likely not be selected for publication if it contains lots of text within the image itself.
  • 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.


Label the files using these naming conventions:


For example:

ARCH_Rothstein_Ken Bohen_FA15_01_section.ai
ARCH_Rothstein_Ken Bohen_FA15_02_plan.tif
ARCH_Rothstein_Ken Bohen_FA15_03_render.tif

— OR —

ARCH_Kurgan_Erik F Collins_Jamie Behler Depue_SP14_01_detail perspective section.ai
ARCH_Kurgan_Erik F Collins_Jamie Behler Depue_SP14_02_diagram.tif
ARCH_Kurgan_Erik F Collins_Jamie Behler Depue_SP14_03_axonometric overview.ai

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.