Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

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The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in New York City, also known simply as GSAPP, is regarded as one of the most important and prestigious architecture schools in the world.[1][2][3][4] It is also home to the well regarded Masters of Science in Urban Planning, Urban Design, Historic Preservation, and Real Estate Development.

The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) has evolved over more than a century. It was transformed from a department within the Columbia School of Mines into a formal School of Architecture by William Robert Ware in 1881 -- making it one of the first such professional programs in the country. While the number of specialized programs being offered by the school has multiplied over the years, architecture remains the intellectual core of the school, providing the central focus for more than half of the students and faculty, in addition to conferring a unique identity onto each of the other affiliated programs. All programs share a commitment to both professional training and research. The curriculum and philosophy stress the necessity of analyzing and challenging the underlying history, premises, and future directions of the design professions, even as students are prepared to become accomplished practitioners in their respective fields of specialization.

Among the school's resources is the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, the United States' largest architectural library and home to some of the first books published on architecture, as well as the origin of the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals.

Recent deans of the school have included architect James Stewart Polshek, noted architectural theorist and deconstructivist architect Bernard Tschumi and Mark Wigley. The current dean is Amale Andraos.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

Includes present as well as past faculty associated with the school.[9]

For a comprehensive list of individuals associated with Columbia University as a whole, see the List of Columbia University people.

Research Centers[edit]

Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE.)[10]

Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Americas Best Architecture Schools, 2012 Most-admired graduate architecture programs. Architectural Record. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  2. ^ Americas Best Architecture Schools, 2011 Most-admired graduate architecture programs. Architectural Record. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  3. ^ Best Architecture Graduate Schools,, referencing "2010 DesignIntelligence rankings" as reported by "Architectural Record". Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  4. ^ Architecture Graduate School Rankings,, referencing "DesignIntelligence" as reported by "Architectural Record". Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  5. ^ "A History of Swan Point Cemetery". Swan Point Cemetery. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  6. ^ Finding aid for the Richard F. Bach records (1913-1953). Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  7. ^ a b "The Rome Prize in Architecture has been awarded to UK/CoD Instructor Angie Co and Alumnus Lonn Combs | University of Kentucky". Archinect. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  8. ^ Hoffman, Milt (2012-09-01). "Former White Plains Mayor Sy Schulman dead at age 86". The Journal News. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  9. ^ GSAPP History of the School
  10. ^ "Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE.)". Columbia University. 
  11. ^ "Buell Center". Columbia University. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 

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Coordinates: 40°48′26″N 73°57′38″W / 40.80734°N 73.96049°W / 40.80734; -73.96049