Architectural Studies

The Five College Architectural Studies Program embraces the complexity of the process and practice of architecture and attempts to convey—to students and to the community—the many sides of design.

What is architecture? The objective of the Five College Architectural Studies program is to cultivate concerned architectural designers and thinkers through a flexible yet rigorous interdisciplinary course of study. Our cross-disciplinary approach to architectural education introduces students to a multitude of ways of thinking about design in history, in theory and in the studio. The program encourages students to explore a broad cross-section of courses—both in and beyond the architecture discipline of architecture across the Five Colleges—and introduces students to a diverse collection of faculty members, methodologies and design approaches.

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Faculty

Gabriel Arboleda 
Associate Professor of Architectural Studies, Art and the History of Art, Amherst College
Member of the 5 College Architectural Studies Committee 
garboleda@amherst.edu

Dwight A. Carey
Assistant Professor of Art and the History of Art, Amherst College
dcarey@amherst.edu

Nicola M. Courtright
Professor of Architectural Studies, Art and the History of Art, and European Studies, Amherst College
nmcourtright@amherst.edu

 

Karen Koehler
Professor, Architectural and Art History, Hampshire College
Visiting Professor of the History of Art; Chair of Art and the History of Art, Amherst College
kkHACU@hampshire.edu; krkoehler@amherst.edu 

Thom Long
Associate Professor, Architecture and Design, Hampshire College

Member of the 5 College Architectural Studies Committee 
tlHA@hampshire.edu

Naomi Darling
Five College Associate Professor, Sustainable Architecture, Mount Holyoke College      Five College Associate Professor of Architecture, UMass Amherst
Chair of the 5 College Architectural Studies Committee
ndarling@mtholyoke.edu

Jessica Maier
Associate Professor of Art History and Architectural Studies, Mount Holyoke College
jmaier@mtholyoke.edu

Ajay Sinha
Professor of Art History and Architectural Studies, Mount Holyoke College
asinha@mtholyoke.edu

Elisa Kim
Assistant Professor of Architectural Studies, Smith College
Member of the 5 College Architectural Studies Committee
emkim@smith.edu

Frazer Ward
Professor of Art, Art Department Chair, Smith College
fward@smith.edu

Caryn Brause
AIA LEED-AP
Associate Professor, Architecture, UMass Amherst
cjbrause@umass.edu

Carey Clouse
Associate Professor, Architecture and Landscape Architecture, UMass Amherst
clouse@umass.edu

Jordan Kanter
Assistant Professor, Architecture, UMass Amherst
jkanter@umass.edu   

Joseph Krupczynski
Professor, Architecture, UMass Amherst
josephk@umass.edu  

Sandy Litchfield
Associate Professor, Architecture, UMass Amherst
slitchcfi@umass.edu  

Ray Kinoshita Mann
Professor, Architecture, UMass Amherst
rkmann@umass.edu  

Ann Marshall
Lecturer, Architecture, UMass Amherst
awmarshall@umass.edu 

Patricia McGirr
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, UMass Amherst

mcgirr@larp.umass.edu  

Pari Riahi
Associate Professor, Architecture, UMass Amherst

priahi@umass.edu

Stephen Schreiber
Professor and Chair, Architecture, UMass Amherst
Member of the 5 College Architectural Studies Committee
schreiber@umass.edu  

Eldra-Dominique Walker
Assistant Professor, Architecture, UMass Amherst
eldrawalker@umass.edu

Robert Williams
Assistant Professor, Architecture, UMass Amherst
roblwilliams@umass.edu

Erika Zekos
Senior Lecturer, Architecture, UMass Amherst
Member of the 5 College Architectural Studies Committee
ezekos@umass.edu 

About the FC Architectural Studies Program

About the Program

The Five College Architectural Studies program encourages a serious commitment to the study and practice of architecture. It also opens students to discovering the ways in which architecture effects change in—and is affected by—its surrounding environment. Students are strongly encouraged to explore, study and analyze elements of the design process, including urban fabrics, social structures, environmental systems and economics of building. While immersed in a diverse cross-section of courses in a multitude of disciplines, students are encouraged to identify and develop their individual role as designers and thinkers. The impact of their actions on an individual, community and national level are probed.

The Five College architecture program embraces the complexity of the process and practice of architecture and attempts to convey—to students and to the community—the many sides of design. We explore architecture through: art, technology, environmental studies, history, theory, psychology, physiology, physics, media design, sociology, semiologylinguistics, politics, science and math; we consider creative modes of operation while we look at creativity, patterns, actions, weight, power, force, light, memory, time, sound, color, language, programming, syntax, form, environment, resources, humanity, struggle, infrastructure, consciousness, perception, networks, materials, transport, commodities, community, marketing, family, public-ness and private-ness. Students will find a personal connection to architecture by investigating the many ways in which the built environment impacts their lives and the ways in which they as students of architectural history, theory and practice might, in turn, change that world.

The Major

Amherst College, Hampshire College and Mount Holyoke College participate in the Five College Architectural Studies (FCAS) major. 

Please contact your advisor for more information about how the major works at your school or email us at fcas@fivecolleges.edu.

Courses

Spring 2023 Architectural Studies Courses

Subject Course # Sect # Course Title Instructor(s) Institution Meeting Times
ARCH 105 01 Space and Design Gretchen Rabinkin Amherst College M/W | 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
ARCH 135 01 Renaissance to Revol. Nicola Courtright Amherst College TU/TH | 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM
ARCH 135 01F Renaissance to Revol. Nicola Courtright Amherst College W | 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
ARCH 135 02F Renaissance to Revol. Nicola Courtright Amherst College TH | 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
ARCH 157 01 PostColonial City Dwight Carey Amherst College M/W | 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM
ARCH 159 01 Modernity and Avant-Gard Karen Koehler Amherst College M/W | 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
ARCH 202 01 Architectural Anthro Gabriel Arboleda Amherst College M/W | 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM
ARCH 204 01 Housing Urbanization Dev Gabriel Arboleda Amherst College TU/TH | 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
ARCH 232 01 Cartographic Cultures Dwight Carey Amherst College TU/TH | 3:00 PM - 4:20 PM
ARCH 236 01 Ruins, Rubble & Rupture Karen Koehler Amherst College TU/TH | 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
ARCH 241 01 Italian Renaissance Nicola Courtright Amherst College M/W | 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
ARCH 321 01 Architecture & Violence Ludmila Ferrari Amherst College TU/TH | 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM
ARCH 360 01 Performance Heidi Gilpin Amherst College F | 12:00 PM - 2:45 PM
ARCH 205AD 01 Intro to Architecture: Design Naomi Darling Mount Holyoke College MW 08:45AM-11:15AM
ARCH 311TH 01 Design-Build Studio:Tea House Naomi Darling Mount Holyoke College MW 01:45PM-04:15PM
ARTH 100WA 01 Western Art: 1400-2000 Paul Staiti Mount Holyoke College MW 10:00AM-11:15AM;F 10:00AM-10:50AM
ARTH 100WA 02 Western Art: 1400-2000 Caroline Dubinsky Mount Holyoke College MW 03:15PM-04:30PM
ARTH 101 01 The Built Environment Samuel Barber Mount Holyoke College TTH 03:15PM-04:30PM
ARTH 290AM 01 Architecture in Miniature Ajay Sinha Mount Holyoke College TTH 01:45PM-03:00PM
ARTH 290JA 01 Sacred Space in Jewish Antiq. Instructor To Be Announced,Mara Benjamin Mount Holyoke College TTH 01:45PM-03:00PM
ARTH 290MV 01 Medieval Landscapes Samuel Barber Mount Holyoke College MW 11:30AM-12:45PM
ARTH 302RM 01 Great Cities: Rome/EternalCty Jessica Maier Mount Holyoke College TTH 10:30AM-11:45AM
RELIG 225JA 01 Sacred Space in Jewish Antiq. Instructor To Be Announced,Mara Benjamin Mount Holyoke College TTH 01:45PM-03:00PM
ARCH 211 01 The City Eldra Walker UMass Amherst M W F 9:05AM 9:55AM
ARCH 404 01 Design VI Caryn Brause UMass Amherst M W 1:00PM 3:45PM
ARCH 597L 01 ST-Fundamentals/Graphic Design Jan Sabach UMass Amherst M W 4:00PM 5:15PM
ARCH 597M 01 ST- Drawing the City Sandra Litchfield UMass Amherst TU TH 2:30PM 5:15PM
ARCH S690D 01 DesignBuild Design Robert Williams UMass Amherst F 9:05AM 12:05PM
LANDARCH 197Z 01 ST-Lecture Series in LANDARCH Frank Sleegers UMass Amherst TU TH 4:00PM 5:15PM
LANDARCH 503 01 Studio III Michael Davidsohn UMass Amherst M W F 1:25PM 5:15PM
LANDARCH 504 01 Studio IV Carey Clouse UMass Amherst M W F 1:25PM 5:15PM
LANDARCH 592M 01 S-MaterialExperiments/Landarch Carolina Aragon UMass Amherst M W 9:05AM 10:20AM
REGIONPL 545 01 Introduction to Land-Use Darrel Ramsey-Musolf UMass Amherst TU TH 10:00AM 11:15AM
REGIONPL 625 01 Intro to GIS Systems/Planning Henry Renski UMass Amherst M W 2:30PM 3:45PM
REGIONPL 643 01 Econ Dev Iss In Plan Henry Renski UMass Amherst M W 9:05AM 10:20AM
SUSTCOMM 125 01 Global Cities & Global Issues Darrel Ramsey-Musolf UMass Amherst TU TH 1:00PM 2:15PM
SUSTCOMM 197Z 01 ST-Lecture Series in LANDARCH Frank Sleegers UMass Amherst TU TH 4:00PM 5:15PM
SUSTCOMM 205 01 Dynamics of Human Habitation Michael DiPasquale UMass Amherst TU TH 11:30AM 12:45PM
SUSTCOMM 232 01 HistorySustainableCommunityDev UMass Amherst TU TH 10:00AM 11:15AM
SUSTCOMM 297G 01 ST-ClimChange&ResilientCities Alexandra Smialek UMass Amherst TU TH 11:30AM 12:45PM
SUSTCOMM 333 01 Intro/CommunityEconDevelopment Wayne Feiden UMass Amherst M W 4:00PM 5:30PM
SUSTCOMM 544 01 Hist Arch & Ldscp II Ethan Carr UMass Amherst TU TH 5:30PM 6:45PM

Contact Us

Program Chair:

 Naomi Darling, Five College Associate Professor of Sustainable Architecture, Mount Holyoke College

Five College Staff Liaison:

April Shandor, Academic Programs Coordinator

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