The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in New York City, also known simply as GSAPP, is regarded as one of the most important and prestigious architecture schools in the world.[1][2][3][4][5] It is also home to the well-regarded Masters of Science program in Advanced Architectural Design, Historic Preservation, Real Estate Development, Urban Design, and Urban Planning.

GSAPP Architecture Studios at Avery Hall.
Among the school’s resources is the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, the United States’ largest architectural library and home to some of the first books published on architecture, as well as the origin of the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals.[6]
Recent deans of the school have included architect James Stewart Polshek, noted architectural theorist and deconstructivist architect Bernard Tschumi and Mark Wigley. The current dean is Amale Andraos.[7]

The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) has evolved over more than a century. It was transformed from a department within the Columbia School of Mines into a formal School of Architecture by William Robert Ware in 1881—making it one of the first such professional programs in the country.[8]
While the number of specialized programs being offered by the school has multiplied over the years, architecture remains the intellectual core of the school, providing the central focus for more than half of the students and faculty, in addition to conferring a unique identity onto each of the other affiliated programs. All programs share a commitment to both professional training and research. The curriculum and philosophy stress the necessity of analyzing and challenging the underlying history, premises, and future directions of the design professions, and applying this research and knowledge towards design and the built environment, as students are prepared to become accomplished practitioners in their respective fields of specialization.[9]
Columbia GSAPP has been ranked #2 among the Top Architecture Graduate Programs five times over the past ten years on DesignIntelligence’s ranking of programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, including the 2020 rankings.[5][10][11][12][13][14][15][16]
Notable faculty[edit]
See also: List of Columbia University people

Current faculty[edit]

  • Amale Andraos, Dean – Founder of WORKac Architects[17] and Current Dean
  • Barry Bergdoll – Former Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, MoMA
  • Andrew Dolkart – James Marston Fitch Professor of Historic Preservation. Former Director of the Historic

Preservation Program (2008-2016)

  • Kenneth Frampton – Ware Professor of Architecture
  • Mario Gooden
  • Juan Herreros – Founder of Abalos & Herreros
  • Steven Holl – Founder and Principal of Steven Holl Architects
  • Andrés Jaque – Director of GSAPP’s Advanced Architectural Design Program, Founder and Principal of Office for Political Innovation
  • Laura Kurgan – Director of Center for Spatial Research
  • LOT-EK – Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano
  • Reinhold Martin – Director of Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture
  • Kate Orff – Director of GSAPP’s Architecture and Urban Design Program, Founder and Principal of SCAPE
  • Jorge Otero-Pailos – Director of GSAPP’s Historic Preservation Program
  • Richard Plunz – Director of Urban Design Lab at the Earth Institute and Former Director of GSAPP’s Architecture and Urban Design Program
  • Aexandra Quantrill – Director of the Masters program in Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture
  • Michael Rock – Founder of 2 x 4, Director of Graphical Arch Studies
  • Karla Maria Rothstein – Director of Columbia University’s DeathLAB; co-founder of Latent Productions
  • Hilary Sample – Founder and Principal of MOS Architects
  • Galia Solomonoff – architect of Dia:Beacon museum and founding creative director of Solomonoff Architecture Studio
  • Bernard Tschumi – designed Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia’s student center, former Dean (1988 to 2003)
  • Mary McLeod – Co-curator of the exhibition Charlotte Perriand: Interior Equipment,
  • Mark Wigley – directed the exhibition “Deconstructivist Architecture” at MoMA with Philip Johnson, former Dean (2004-2014)
  • Gwendolyn Wright
  • Weiping Wu – Director of GSAPP’s Urban Planning Program

Former faculty

  • Charles Abrams
  • Stan Allen – Dean of Princeton School of Architecture
  • Tatiana Bilbao
  • William A. Boring
  • Peter Cook – Member of Archigram
  • Harvey Wiley Corbett
  • Mark Cousins – Director of the History/ Theory Department at the AA London
  • Manuel de Landa (adjunct)
  • Neil Denari
  • Hernan Diaz Alonso
  • James Marston Fitch
  • Frank Gehry
  • Romaldo Giurgola
  • Percival Goodman
  • Zaha Hadid
  • Alfred Dwight Foster Hamlin
  • Wallace Harrison
  • Thomas Hastings
  • Henry Hornbostel
  • Bjarke Ingels
  • Gerhard Kallmann
  • Ada Karmi-Melamede
  • Michael David Kirchmann – Founder and CEO of GDSNY
  • Austin W. Lord – Dean 1912-15
  • Greg Lynn
  • Peter Marcuse
  • Charles Follen McKim
  • Michael McKinnell
  • James Stewart Polshek – designed the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Hani Rashid – Asymptote
  • Jaquelin T. Robertson
  • Philippe Rahm
  • Michael Sorkin
  • Robert A.M. Stern – Former Dean of Yale School of Architecture
  • Marc Tsurumaki
  • Raymond Unwin
  • William Robert Ware – designed numerous Venetian Gothic buildings for Harvard University
  • Michael Webb – member of Archigram
  • Lauretta Vinciarelli