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. It is also home to the well-regarded Masters of Science program in Urban Planning, Urban Design, Historic Preservation, and Real Estate Development.
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.
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, and applying this research and knowledge towards design and the built environment, as students are prepared to become accomplished practitioners in their respective fields of specialization.
- Master of Architecture is a three-year professional degree program. Hilary Sample is the Director of Core Studios and Juan Herreros is Director of Advanced Studios.
- Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design is a three-term program. Enrique Walker is the Director of the program.
- Master of Science in Urban Design. Kate Orff is the Director of the program.
- Master of Science in Urban Planning is a two-year degree program. Weiping Wu is the Director of the program.
- Master of Science in Historic Preservation is a two-year degree program. Jorge Otero-Pailos is the current Director of the program.
- Master of Science in Real Estate Development is an immersive three-semester program. Patrice Derrington is the Director of the program.
- Master of Science in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture (CCCP) is a two-year degree program consisting of one year of academic study followed by one year of an independent research thesis. Felicity Scott and Mark Wasiuta are Co-directors of the program.
- Ph.D. in Architecture. Felicity Scott is the Director of the program.
- Ph.D. in Urban Planning. Robert Beauregard is the Director of the program.
As of 2016, the program's ten-year average ranking, places it 2nd, overall, on DesignIntelligence's ranking of programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.
*(T) denotes tie
Select Current Faculty
- Amale Andraos - Founder of WORKac Architects and Current Dean
- Barry Bergdoll - Former Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, MoMA
- Michael Bell
- David Benjamin - Founder of The Living
- Lise Anne Couture - Founder of Asymptote Architecture
- Patrice Derrington - Director of GSAPP's Real Estate Development Program
- Andrew Dolkart - James Marston Fitch Professor of Historic Preservation. Former Director of the Historic Preservation Program (2008-2016)
- Kenneth Frampton- Ware Professor of Architecture
- Mario Gooden
- Juan Herreros - Founder of Abalos & Herreros
- Steven Holl
- Jefferey Inaba
- Malo Hutson
- Andrés Jaque
- Laura Kurgan - Director of Center for Spatial Research
- Peter Marcuse
- Reinhold Martin - Director of Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture
- Mary McLeod
- Kate Orff - Director of GSAPP's Urban Design Program
- Jorge Otero-Pailos - Director of GSAPP's Historic Preservation Program
- Gregg Pasquarelli - Founding principal at SHoP Architects
- Michael Rock - Founder of 2 x 4, Director of Graphical Arch Studies
- Hilary Sample - Principal of MOS Architects
- Felicity Scott - Director of GSAPP's PhD Program in Architecture (History and Theory), and Co-Director of GSAPP's Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture (CCCP) Program
- Paul Segal
- Galia Solomonoff - architect of Dia:Beacon museum and founding creative director of Solomonoff Architecture Studio
- Bernard Tschumi - designed Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia's student center, former Dean (1988 to 2003)
- Enrique Walker
- Mark Wigley - directed the exhibition "Deconstructivist Architecture" at MoMA with Philip Johnson, former Dean (2004-2014)
- Mabel O. Wilson
- Gwendolyn Wright
- Weiping Wu - Director of GSAPP's Urban Planning Program
Notable Former Faculty
Includes past faculty associated with the school.
- Charles Abrams
- Stan Allen - Dean of Princeton School of Architecture
- William A. Boring
- Peter Cook Member of Archigram
- Harvey Wiley Corbett
- Mark Cousins - Director of the History/ Theory Department at the AA London
- Manuel de Landa (adjunct)
- Neil Denari
- Hernan Diaz Alonso
- James Marston Fitch
- Frank Gehry
- Romaldo Giurgola
- Percival Goodman
- Alfred Dwight Foster Hamlin
- Wallace Harrison
- Thomas Hastings
- Henry Hornbostel
- Bjarke Ingels
- Gerhard Kallmann
- Ada Karmi-Melamede
- Austin W. Lord - Dean 1912-15
- Greg Lynn
- Charles Follen McKim
- Michael McKinnell
- Joan Ockman
- James Stewart Polshek - designed the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas
- Hani Rashid - Asymptote
- David Reinfurt
- Jaquelin T. Robertson
- Linda Roy
- Christopher Sharples
- Michael Sorkin
- Robert A.M. Stern - Dean of Yale School of Architecture
- Marc Tsurumaki
- Raymond Unwin
- William Robert Ware - designed numerous Venetian Gothic buildings for Harvard University
- Michael Webb - member of Archigram
- Lauretta Vinciarelli
For a comprehensive list of individuals associated with Columbia University as a whole, see the List of Columbia University people.
- Max W. Strang (M.Arch 1988) Miami based architect known for his Regional Modernist design and waterfront residential homes. In 2013, Strang received the Silver Medal from the Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
- Max Abramovitz (1931) – 1961 Rome Prize; designed Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, the United Nations complex, and the Assembly Hall
- David Aldrich, artist and architect
- Grosvenor Atterbury (1884) – worked for Columbia campus architects McKim, Mead & White; designed Forest Hills Gardens
- Richard F. Bach (1909) - curator of industrial arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Turpin Bannister (M.S. 1928) – was one of the leading American architectural historians of his generation
- Donn Barber (post-graduate architectural courses) – architect
- William A. Boring – was an American architect; noted for, among other work, codesigning the Immigration Station at Ellis Island in New York harbor
- Temple Hoyne Buell – designed over 300 buildings in Colorado; designed the first ever shopping mall
- Paul Byard (M.S.) – a lawyer and an architect
- Rosario Candela (B.A. 1915) – was an Italian American architect; achieved renown through his apartment building designs in New York City
- Eric Cantor (M.S. 1989) - Congressman from Virginia and United States House Majority Leader
- Minsuk Cho - Founder of Mass Studies
- Brad Cloepfil – architect, educator
- Angela Co (MA, 2005) – 2011 Rome Prize
- Jonas Coersmeier – award-winning architect and designer; a finalist and first runner-up in the World Trade Center Memorial Competition
- Lonn Combs (MsAAD, 2001) – 2011 Rome Prize
- William Adams Delano (1896) – architect, partner with Chester Holmes Aldrich in the firm of Delano & Aldrich
- Andrew Dolkart (M.S. 1977) – authority on the preservation of historically significant architecture
- Harry E. Donnell (Ph. B. 1887) - Beaux-Arts architect who designed The Grand Madison
- Alden B. Dow (B.A. 1931) – architect; known for his prolific architectural design
- Boris Dramov (M.Arch. 1970) – architect, urban designer, and President of ROMA Design Group
- Peter Eisenman (1960) - designed the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, amongst other work
- Doug Farr (M.Arch. 1970) - architect and urban planner
- Romaldo (Aldo) Giurgola (M.Arch) - Italian-American-Australian academic architect, professor, and author.
- Nabil Gholam - a Lebanese architect; founder of one of few international award-winning young architecture firms in the Middle East region
- Philip L. Goodwin (1912) - co-designer of the original Museum of Modern Art, New York
- Ferdinand Gottlieb (1953) - designed the original Rizzoli Bookstore
- Eric Gugler (1911) - designed the West Wing of the White House
- Frances Halsband (M.S.) – architect who has served on juries for design awards and chaired the 1999 American Institute of Architects Committee on Design
- Michael Hansmeyer (M.S.) – post-modern architect; utilizes algorithmic architecture techniques, generative art mentalities, and CAD software to generate complex structures
- Arthur Loomis Harmon (1902) - co-designed Empire State Building; most famous as design partner of the firm Shreve, Lamb and Harmon
- Henry Hornbostel (Ph. B. 1891) - American architect who designed the campus for Carnegie Mellon University and Emory University
- Mitchell Joachim (M. Arch. 1997) – acknowledged as an innovator in ecological design, architecture, and urban design
- Rockwell Kent (1902) - painter
- Robert Kohn (1890) - designed Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York, the world's largest synagogue
- Joseph Kosinski (1999) - directed Tron: Legacy; best known for his computer graphics and computer generated imagery work
- Sylvia Lavin – a leading figure in contemporary architectural history, theory, and criticism
- V. Everit Macy (1893) - industrialist and philanthropist; benefactor to Teachers College, Columbia University
- Henry C. Pelton (1889) - co-designed Riverside Church in New York
- Lewis F. Pilcher (1895) - State Architect of New York in the 1910s
- Campion A. Platt (B.S. Arch) - architect; included in Architectural Digest (2010) as one of Top 100 Architects and Designers in the world
- John Russell Pope (1894) - Rome Prize; designed the National Archives and the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC
- Antoine Predock (B. Arch.) – architect, Rome Prize (1985); AIA Gold Medal (2006), National Design Award (2007)
- Wallace A. Rayfield (B. Arch. 1899) – was the second formally educated practicing African American architect in the United States
- Charles Renfro (1994) - principal, Diller Scofidio + Renfro; among the first architects to win a MacArthur Prize "genius grant"
- Marcus T. Reynolds (1893), architect who designed the SUNY System Administration Building and The Albany Academy
- James Rossant (1928 - 2009) – architect; best known for his master plan of Reston, Virginia, Lower Manhattan Plan, and UN-sponsored master plan for Dodoma, Tanzania
- Friedrich St. Florian (M. Arch. 1961) – Austrian-American architect; Rome Prize; National World War II Memorial, Washington, D.C.
- Ashley Schafer (1998) - founding editor of PRAXIS journal and curator of the US Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale
- Sy Schulman (1954) - civil engineer and urban planner, Mayor of White Plains (1993-1997)
- Ricardo Scofidio (1960) - founder, principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, first architects to win a MacArthur Prize "genius grant"; Royal Institute of British Architects
- SHoP Architects (each of the six founding partners has a M.Arch. from GSAPP) - 2009 National Design Award for Architecture Design; firm's work in permanent collection, Museum of Modern Art
- David Serero (M.S. Arch) – French architect; Rome Prize
- Lawrence L. Shenfield (B. Arch. 1914) - advertising executive, instrumental in promoting Radio broadcasting during the 1920s and 30s; prominent philatelist, collector of Confederate postage stamps
- Norma Merrick Sklarek (M.Arch 1950) – African American architect who accomplished many firsts for black women in architecture
- Galia Solomonoff (M.Arch 1994) - architect, founder of Solomonoff Architecture Studio
- Laurinda Hope Spear (M.S. Arch 1975) – architect and landscape architect; Rome Prize; one of the founders of Arquitectonica
- Gustave E. Steinback (B.S. 1900) – architect; particularly known as designer of Roman Catholic schools and churches
- Chauncey Stillman - American heir, grandson of James Stillman
- Arthur Alexander Stoughton (Ph. B. 1888) - partner of Stoughton and Stoughton; founded the architecture department at the University of Manitoba
- Sharon Sutton (M.Arch 1983) – professor, architecture and urban design; first African American woman to become a full professor in accredited architectural degree program
- Alexander Tzannes (M.S. Arch & Urban Design) – Australian architect; founder of high-profile, multi-award-winning architectural practice Tzannes Associates
- Samuel Breck Parkman Trowbridge (1883), partner of Trowbridge & Livingston; designed the St. Regis Hotel, American Red Cross National Headquarters, and 23 Wall Street
- UrbanLab (both founders, Martin Felsen and Sarah Dunn, graduated in 1994) – 2009 Latrobe Prize from the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows
- Franklin B. Ware (B.S. Arch) – American architect best known for serving as the State architect of New York (1907–1912)
- Alexander McMillan Welch (1890), American architect who designed the Benjamin N. Duke House
- Jan V. White (1952) - communication designer, educator and writer
Center for Spatial Research – The Center for Spatial Research was established in 2015 as a hub for urban research that links design, architecture, urbanism, the humanities and data science. It sponsors research and curricular activities built around new technologies of mapping, data visualization and data collection and data analysis. CSR focuses on data literacy as well as interrogating the world of 'big data,' working to open up new areas of research and inquiry with advanced design tools to help scholars, students as well as our collaborators and audiences, to understand cities worldwide – past present and future. 
Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE) – The Center for Urban Real Estate was founded in 2011 in order to address the challenges of a rapidly urbanizing world and the most complex problems of the real estate industry. From the concerns of inequitable socio-economic outcomes in the urban environment, through the spectacular revitalization of urban centers, such as Lower Manhattan, after the devastation of terrorism, natural disaster, and deteriorating infrastructure, to creating technological systems for optimized investment decisions, the Center serves as a forum for robust discussions and rigorous analysis by real estate professionals and scholars. A major current focus of the Center is the development of advanced applied technology that can be achieved by bridging the gap between the compelling needs of the real estate industry and the advanced research and resources in technology within the extensive Columbia University ecosystem. 
The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture – The Buell Center was founded in 1982. Its mission is to advance the interdisciplinary study of American architecture, urbanism, and landscape. In recent years, the Center has convened issue-oriented conversations around matters of public concern, such as housing, that are addressed to overlapping constituencies including academics, students, professionals, and members of the general public. The Center’s research and programming articulate facts and frameworks that modify key assumptions governing the architectural public sphere—that is, the arena in which informed public analysis and debate about architecture and urbanism takes place.
Collecting Architecture Territories Initiative, Mark Wasiuta
Conservation Lab, Dr. George Wheeler
Death Lab, Karla Rothstein
Embodied Energy Initiative, David Benjamin
Extraction Lab, Christoph Kumpusch
Fabrication Lab, Joshua Jordan
Global Africa Lab, Mabel O. Wilson and Mario Gooden
Hudson Valley Initiative, Kate Orff
Urban Community and Health Equity Lab, Malo Hutson
Waste Initiative, Tei Carpenter
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