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The Architecture concentration allows students to develop a broad understanding of the concepts and methods for the planning and design of buildings, landscapes, and cities. The concentration was planned with the explicit goal of connecting architectural training firmly with the humanities and providing a greater awareness of global, environmental, social and economic issues in the built environment. This approach to the education of architects and urban planners is meant to provide them with the tools needed in today’s urban global society. Students who complete a specific track within the concentration will have the option of transitioning into a 2-year Masters of Architecture program at the Rhode Island School of Design or several other architecture schools. 

Concentration Requirements

Two RISD double-credit Design Studios: Students will take the courses at the Rhode Island School of Design but will register at Brown.4
Architectural Design
Advanced Design Studio
Six Core Requirements: 6
Select Four (4) courses from RISD: Students will take the courses at the Rhode Island School of Design but will register at Brown
Architectural Projection (alternative IntAR Intro to Drawing)
Architectural Analysis
Structural Analysis
Wood Structures
Environmental Design II
Select Two (2) Courses from Brown:
A Global History of Art and Architecture
Islamic Art and Architecture
Architecture of the House Through Space and Time
Architecture and Urbanism of Africa
Modern Architecture
Contemporary Architecture
Contemporary Architecture
Prefabrication and Architecture
Six Additional Electives: 6
Two courses from History and Theory:
Introduction to American Art: The 19th Century
Architecture of the House Through Space and Time
Constructing the Eternal City: Popes and Pilgrims in Early Modern Rome
Architecture and Urbanism of Africa
Contemporary Architecture
Prefabrication and Architecture
The Architecture of Solitude: The Medieval Monastery
Providence Architecture
Water and Architecture
Two Classes from Engineering and Design:
Introduction to Engineering
Dynamics and Vibrations
Mechanics of Solids and Structures
Appropriate Technology
Projects in Engineering Design I
Structural Analysis
Design of Civil Engineering Structures
Renewable Energy Technologies
Four Additional Electives from the following:
The Archaeology of College Hill
Tales of Two Cities: Havana - Miami, San Juan - New York
Reading New York
Humans, Nature, and the Environment: Addressing Environmental Change in the 21st Century
Environmental Stewardship
Social Entrepreneurship
Japanese Cities: Tokyo and Kyoto
Urban Latin America
City Politics
Politics of Globalization
Principles and Methods of Geographic Information Systems
Stage Lighting
Performance Historiography and Theatre History
Introduction to Set Design
Advanced Set Design
The City: An Introduction to Urban Studies
Fieldwork in the Urban Community
The Environment Built: Urban Environmental History and Urban Environmentalism for the 21st Century
Studio Foundation
Digital Printmaking
Sculpture II: Conceptual Propositions
Total Credits16


For students in the concentration who intend to go to architecture school afterwards, typically their design project in their double credit second RISD studio will be ideal for a capstone or honors project.  For others, who might tend towards theory or history of architecture, an honors thesis is still a valid option.