Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

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TypePrivate architecture school
Parent institution
Columbia University
DeanAndrés Jaque
Academic staff
195 (academic staff)
Students629 (total enrollment)
Avery Hall, Columbia University.

Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) is the architecture school of Columbia University, a private research university in New York City. It is regarded as an important and highly prestigious architecture school.[1][2][3][4][5] It is also home to the Masters of Science program in Advanced Architectural Design, Historic Preservation, Real Estate Development, Urban Design, and Urban Planning.

GSAPP Architecture Studios at Avery Hall.

The school's resources include 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 (1972-1987), Bernard Tschumi (1988-2003), Mark Wigley (2004-2014), Amale Andraos (2014–2021),[7] Weiping Wu (Interim Dean, 2022),[8] and Andrés Jaque (2022-). [9]


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.[10]

While the number of specialized programs being offered by the school has multiplied over the years, architecture remains the intellectual core of the school.[11]


Columbia GSAPP has been ranked #2 among the Top Architecture Graduate Programs five times over the past ten years on Design Intelligence's ranking of programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, including the 2020 rankings.[5][12][13][14][15][16][17][18]

Notable faculty[edit]

Current faculty[edit]

  • Amale Andraos – Founder of WORKac Architects[19] and former Dean (2014–2021)
  • Barry Bergdoll – Former Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, MoMA
  • 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 Emeritus
  • Mario Gooden – Interim Director of GSAPP's Master of Architecture Program
  • Juan Herreros – Founder of Abalos & Herreros
  • Steven Holl – Founder and Principal of Steven Holl Architects
  • Andrés Jaque – Dean of GSAPP, Director of its Advanced Architectural Design Program, Founder and Principal of Office for Political Innovation
  • Laura Kurgan – Director of GSAPP's Computational Design Program and Director of the Center for Spatial Research
  • LOT-EK – Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano
  • Reinhold Martin – Former Director of the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture
  • Kate Orff – Director of GSAPP's Architecture and Urban Design Program, Founder and Principal of SCAPE
  • Jorge Otero-Pailos – Director of GSAPP's Historic Preservation Program
  • Richard Plunz – Director of Urban Design Lab at the Earth Institute and Former Director of GSAPP's Architecture and Urban Design Program
  • Alexandra Quantrill
  • Michael Rock – Founder of 2 x 4, Director of Graphical Arch Studies
  • Karla Maria Rothstein – Director of Columbia University's DeathLAB; co-founder of Latent Productions
  • Hilary Sample – Founder and Principal of MOS Architects
  • Felicity Scott – Co-director of GSAPP's Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture Program
  • 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)
  • Marc Tsurumaki
  • Mary McLeod – Co-curator of the exhibition Charlotte Perriand: Interior Equipment,
  • Mark Wasiuta – Co-director of GSAPP's Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture Program
  • Mark Wigley – directed the exhibition "Deconstructivist Architecture" at MoMA with Philip Johnson, former Dean (2004–2014)
  • Gwendolyn Wright
  • Weiping Wu – Director of GSAPP's Urban Planning Program and former Interim Dean

Former faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Research Centers[edit]

Center for Spatial Research[edit]

The Spatial Research Center was established in 2015 as a center for urban research that combines design, architecture, urbanism, humanities and data science. It sponsors research and curricular activities built around new technologies of mapping, data visualization, data collection and data analysis.[29]

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.[30]

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.[31] The center is located in Buell Hall.

Columbia Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting[edit]

Columbia Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting (also known as C-Lab[32]) was founded in 2005 by Jeffrey Inaba.[32] 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]


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  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
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  8. ^ "Weiping Wu Appointed Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation | Office of the President".
  9. ^ Russell, James S. (18 August 2022). "Columbia names Andrés Jaque Dean for the Architecture School". The New York Times. Retrieved 2022-08-20.
  10. ^ Chewning, J. A. "William Robert Ware at MIT and Columbia."Journal of Architectural Education, v33 n2 p25-29 Nov 1979
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  18. ^ Top Architecture Schools of 2020 | 2019-10-01 | Architectural Record
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