Dean's Statement

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Although one of the smallest in the U.S., the Princeton University School of Architecture includes all the stages of architectural education: an undergraduate program with a heavy emphasis in the liberal arts, an accredited professional graduate program as well as a postprofessional program, and a rigorous doctoral program. All these programs benefit from the fact that the school exists in the context of Princeton University, a framework that provides the highest level of excellence in the discovery, production and transmission of knowledge in the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences.

The three programs not only share the space of the school; they are also engaged in an internal network of exchanges where students interact, bridging the different programs as teaching assistants, providing a unique armature of communicating vessels that connects all programs. Ph.D. students are teaching assistants for the master program students and the master students are teaching assistants for the undergraduates. Through the years, this particular functioning has prepared those students who plan to become teachers beside their engagement with the practice, another distinctive feature of the Princeton alumni.

The school prepares the students to confront an unpredictable future, a constantly changing world of practice, new emerging forms of urbanity, environmental challenges and the multiple effects of globalization by offering the most advanced and rigorous technology courses that promote experimentation and, fundamentally, a history and theory curriculum that has always been distinctive of the Princeton University School of Architecture. The work of the students reflects the rich culture of the school and the strong interdisciplinary ties that link it to other departments in an academic environment that encourages a continuing and fertile dialogue within the University.


Mario Gandelsonas
Acting Dean of the School of Architecture