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Excitement Builds Around New Architectural Studies, Architectural History Majors

Over the past three years, a committee of faculty who teach courses on architectural history developed a proposal for changes to the art history curriculum. These included the renaming of the department as the Department of History of Art & Architecture and the creation of new concentrations/tracks. With these changes in place, a new era in the study of art and design has begun at CAS.

Undergraduates can now choose to specialize in either Architectural Studies or Architectural History. Students who intend to apply for professional study in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, or related disciplines after graduation from BU can now choose the Architectural Studies major. In the past, Director of Architectural Studies Keith Morgan has had to cobble together a course of study for those interested in a pre-architecture track.

There has been a very strong response to this new major, with 32 students registered for this option since the new programs became available in January 2011. It is also possible for students to specialize in the history of architecture at BA, MA and PhD levels, and the department has students in each of those categories. In addition, an Architecture Club has been organized and recently authorized by the Student Activities Office.

“The new Architectural Studies Program is following the One BU formula by connecting schools and departments at the University and by accessing the resources of the city and region at large for these future designers,” said Keith Morgan, Director of Architectural Studies.

Morgan’s colleagues Alice Tseng (Asian architecture), Paolo Scrivano (contemporary architecture), Claire Dempsey (colonial and vernacular architecture), and Will Moore (architecture as material culture) bring their special expertizes to the study of architecture.

Professor Fred Kleiner is the chair of the department, and Prof. Patricia Hills is the acting chair.

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