Architecture schools in NYC

Posted on 30th September 2011 in Architecture Schools in NYC

New York City’s postsecondary education system includes some of the most renowned architectural, design and engineering colleges and educational institutes.  In addition, many online architecture degree opportunities are available from architecture technical schools in additional to the traditional university model.

City Polytechnic High School , Brooklyn, NY

City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology (City Poly High) partners with City Tech, through CUNY’s Early College Initiative, preparing  students for further education and careers within the following technology fields:  Civil engineering; Architectural;  and Computer systems The curriculum is built in order for students to complete their academic, career and technical education high school requirements in three years.  Students can advance directly towards a full-time associate’s degree program at City Tech (CUNY’s NYC College of Technology).


Institute of Design & Construction, Brooklyn, NY


Registered by the New York State Department of Education, The Institute of Design and Construction (IDC) is a private, non-profit institution. Located in downtown Brooklyn, it is accredited by the NYS Board of Regents, authorized to confer Associate Degrees in Occupational Studies.  The Institute was founded in 1947 by Vito P. Battista, R.A.  IDC offers undergraduate and professional training preparing individuals in careers in the building and construction industry.



School of Archtitecture & Design (NYIT, New York Institute)

The curriculum reflects that of teaching students to respect both the human and physical environment which surrounds us.  It prepares students to fully appreciate that technology is a reality which will continue to play a major role as years progress.  To that end, our students are encouraged to develop more thoughtful and environmentally sound ways of managing and utilizing the resources that surround us.  One of these is sustainable design – utilizing and manipulating technology in a more socially and ethically responsible manner towards our environment.  This, above all, is of utmost importance for architecture and design students to appreciate how their actions (as future architects and designers) will impact their environment and the world.  NYIT has a campus in Old Westbury, NY and in Manhattan.

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Architecture schools in Miami

Posted on 27th September 2011 in Architecture Schools, Architecture Schools in Miami

Miami, a cosmopolitan city and the surrounding area is home to several fine architecture schools at both the high school and university level.

Design and Architecture Senior High, DASH, located in the heart of Miami’s design district, explores architecture, interior design, industrial design and more. Educating talented students to become confident and innovative thinkers they are linked to leaders in the different disciplines through professional mentoring and dual enrollment is available with local colleges.

University of Miami, a private research university just south of Miami has both an undergraduate and graduate architecture program in the School of Architecture. With its focus on New Urbanism, modern design is explored and studied with a synthesis of architecture practices through the lens of environmental responsibility, social equity and economic sustainability. With available local resources designers are highlighted through exhibits and lectures throughout the year. Recently, they held an exhibit that showcased architects forty years old and younger. Design ideas are encouraged from the traditional to modern design.

Florida International University, also just south of Miami offers  the study of architecture and interior design. Believing ‘architecture to be a conceptually based intellectual endeavor and a form of critical inquiry that addresses the physical environment from the scale of the city to the scale of the furniture.” the school encourages critical thinking and innovation through imagining beautiful and healthy environments. With both an undergraduate and master’s programs they encourage risk taking, a basic premise of modern design to satisfy both form and function while stretching the envelope of what is expected, what is possible. There are research opportunities at the Wolfsonian to explore topics of interest such as modern Italian design and furniture.

Northeast High School located in Oakland Park, north of Miami and directly adjacent to the City of Fort Lauderdale, is an all magnet high school offering the Academy of Architecture and Design. In preparation for a career in the visual arts designing modern buildings or exploring modern furniture design, this is a great high school program to begin to understand spatial and design relationships. With an opportunity for dual enrollment at local colleges, they can explore both theory and practice in the applied arts.

Florida Atlantic University is about 35 miles north of Miami offering an undergraduate degree in architecture. With the main campus located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, it emphasizes the concept of “learning by doing”, to follow through on intellectual, ethical and professional intention.



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Architecture schools in LA

Posted on 26th September 2011 in Architecture Schools, Architecture schools in Los Angeles

With many choices to choose from, Los Angeles is home to several architecture schools. One of the institutions that defines the edgy, eclectic modern design that is Los Angeles is the Southern California Institute of Architecture, affectionately known as SCI-Arc.

Originally opened in 1972 by a group of faculty and students who wanted to explore new ways of communication and design

“…a way of thinking critically, independently testing prospects which, in retrospect, represent a chronology of provisional paradigms…”

As one of the top architecture schools in the world, design ideas are given free reign encompassing societal and environmental concerns. Actively participating in urban and regional activities, they are yearly participants in the Solar Decathlon which rewards cutting edge innovation and technological advances in the use and incorporation of solar energy in residential design.

The UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture encompasses a wide range of academic programs including architecture and urban design, art, design/media arts and more. Located in the Westwood area of Los Angeles, they attract pioneers

“who embrace the forward-looking spirit, dynamism, freedom, and possibilities for innovation…”

As a leader in modern and contemporary design, the school prides itself on being a leader in the architecture community offering an undergraduate, masters and a PhD in architecture along with the opportunity for advance research. Take for example the 3M futureLAB that is currently examining one of the giants in modern design, Mies Van de Rohe. The MA and PhD programs in Critical Studies examines contextual contemporary design.

The Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design, LAIAD located in Los Angeles includes an architecture, interior design and advanced studies in American Space. Intended primarily as a transfer school, they emphasize quality education for a select number of students. Exploring modern design elements, it lays down a foundation to prepare for advance placement as an undergraduate or graduate student.

Woodbury University with a scattering of hubs around the Los Angeles area and in San Diego, the programs

“…emphasize the development of the architect-citizen as cultural builder and facilitator of situationally critical and responsive design.”

Offering degrees in architecture, interior architecture and landscape architecture they encourage the integration of the built environment with sustainability to develop new technologies to realize both sensitive and great works of art. The Center for Community Research and Design promotes pro bono work to affect change. Much of modern design has been actively engaged in producing designs with an acute understanding of cultural and political considerations. This school encourages the marriage of these ideas.



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