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Intro Program

Columbia GSAPP’s Summer 2024 Intro Program – including options for Intro to Architecture, Intro to Historic Preservation, Intro to Real Estate, and Intro to Urban Planning – is a 5-week, 3-point intensive course, held both online and in-person, allowing students to choose their preferred mode of study. The Intro Program builds on the successes of GSAPP’s online design studios and leadership in visual studies, representation, and technology to create new opportunities for students participating from their home locations. The School’s community of faculty and students remains as strong as ever, and special hybrid lectures offered by faculty, open courses made accessible to all students across the programs, thematic selections of past lectures and conferences from the rich media archive, recommended readings from the publications team, and more.

The 5-week course structure allows students to work with GSAPP instructors to develop their design skills in an in-person or online studio, as well as participate in virtual / in-person workshops, lectures, studio reviews, and “desk crits” to learn about visualization, technology, history/ theory, as well as the practice of architecture.


In Summer 2024, Introduction to Architecture program has a flat fee of $4,416 for the 3-point course. Please see the Tuition & Aid webpage for additional information.

The Hilyard Robinson Scholars Program offers full tuition scholarships for selected GSAPP’s Intro to Architecture summer program students. Named in honor of the School’s first Black graduate and former chair of the architecture department at Howard University, the Hilyard Robinson Scholars Program is intended to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity by introducing career paths in architecture and its related fields.

Admitted students are invited to submit a scholarship application for consideration prior to the May 15, 2024 deadline. Learn more about the Hilyard Robinson Scholars Fund or contact arch_admissions@columbia.edu with any questions.


More information about online registration and orientation will be shared with admitted students in June.

Orientation will include a lecture, an introduction to faculty and staff, as well as a presentation by GSAPP students of their design work.


Short-term summer housing is available through Columbia University. Admitted students will receive instructions for applying to housing in the spring. Housing applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all available units are filled.

Please note that students must be admitted to the program before applying for housing, so applying early is recommended.


The cost of studying in New York City is chiefly affected by the individual student’s budget. The cost of living in New York City, in general, is higher than that of other major American Cities.

In the Columbia University Morningside Heights neighborhood there are ample banks including Chase Manhattan, Washington Mutual, Banco Popular and Citibank. Students may opt to open a new bank account or use the ATM facilities to link their banks. Most of the restaurants and businesses in the neighborhood do not accept personal checks.

Students will be advised as to where to eat, shop, etc. during orientation. There are many good (and cheap!) restaurants in the Columbia University neighborhood as well as on campus.

Current Faculty

Summer 2024 Courses

Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A1003‑1 Summer 2024
Intro Design Studio
Danielle Smoller
M,TU,W,TH 2 PM- 5 PM
3 Points