Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

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Parent institution
Columbia University
DeanAmale Andraos
Academic staff
195 (academic staff)
Students629 (total enrollment)
Avery Hall, Columbia University.

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][5] It is also home to the well-regarded Masters of Science program in Advanced Architectural Design, Historic Preservation, Real Estate Development, Urban Design, and Urban Planning.

GSAPP Architecture Studios at Avery Hall.

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.[6]

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.[7]


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.[8]


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.[9]


Columbia GSAPP has been ranked #2 among the Top Architecture Graduate Programs five times over the past ten years on DesignIntelligence's ranking of programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, including the 2020 rankings.[5][10][11][12][13][14][15][16]

Notable faculty[edit]

Current faculty[edit]

Former faculty[edit]

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Research Centers[edit]

Center for Spatial Research[edit]

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.[23]

Center for Urban Real Estate[edit]

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.[24]

Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture[edit]

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.[25]

Columbia Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting[edit]

Columbia Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting (also known as C-Lab[26]) was founded in 2005 by Jeffrey Inaba.[26] It is an experimental research unit which investigates how cities would evolve and studies urban and architecture issues related to new technologies.

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 "Design Intelligence" as reported by "Architectural Record." Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  5. ^ a b Architecture Graduate School Rankings, America's Top Architecture Schools 2016, referencing "Design Intelligence" as reported by "Architectural Record." Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  6. ^ Collections & History | Columbia University Libraries
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-26. Retrieved 2014-10-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Chewning, J. A. "William Robert Ware at MIT and Columbia."Journal of Architectural Education, v33 n2 p25-29 Nov 1979
  9. ^ Why Design Education Matters
  10. ^
  11. ^ America's Top Architecture Schools 2014 | 2013-11-19 | Architectural Record
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  13. ^ New Leaders in Annual Design School Rankings - DesignIntelligence
  14. ^ Top Architecture Schools of 2018 | 2017-09-01 | Architectural Record
  15. ^ Top Architecture Schools of 2019 | 2018-09-04 | Architectural Record
  16. ^ Top Architecture Schools of 2020 | 2019-10-01 | Architectural Record
  17. ^ "About".
  18. ^ "A History of Swan Point Cemetery". Swan Point Cemetery. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  19. ^ Finding aid for the Richard F. Bach records (1913-1953). Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ Hamlin, Prof. A.D.F. (January 1923). "The State Architect and His Works" (PDF). The Architectural Record. LIII (1): 27–43. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  22. ^ Hoffman, Milt (2012-09-01). "Former White Plains Mayor Sy Schulman dead at age 86". The Journal News. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  23. ^ "Laura Kurgan by Noah Chasin". Bomb Magazine.
  24. ^ "Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE.)". Columbia University. Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  25. ^ "Buell Center". Columbia University. Archived from the original on 3 September 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  26. ^ a b "Columbia Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting (C-Lab) : Columbia Abstract".

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