Princeton University School of Architecture is the school of architecture of Princeton University. The School of Architecture offers an undergraduate major and advanced degrees at the master's and doctoral levels.


In 1832, Professor Joseph Henry, who later became the first secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, taught the first course in architecture at Princeton University. By 1915, a committee was formed to consider the establishment of a school of architecture. In 1919, the School of Architecture formally opened.

During its formative years, the School of Architecture's pedagogy was guided by some of the best architectural educators of the time: Howard Crosby Butler, E. Raymond Bossange, Frederick D'Amato, Sherley Warner Morgan, and Jean Labatut. Visitors and teachers included leaders like Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Richard Neutra, and R. Buckminster Fuller.

Robert Geddes was appointed the first Dean of the School of Architecture. Under his direction, the School of Architecture grew in size and became more fully integrated with other departments within Princeton University. As the School of Architecture expanded, it began attracting notable architects as teachers, including Louis I. Kahn, Mario Salvadori, Michael Graves, Kenneth Frampton, Peter Eisenman, Diana Agrest, Robert Geddes, Alan Colquhoun, Michael Hays, Scott Cohen, and Anthony Vidler.

School of Architecture Building and Facilities

School of Architecture Building The School of Architecture building was dedicated in 1963. New York City architecture firm ARO designed the first significant addition to the building since it was first constructed in 2007.

Embodied Computation Lab The Embodied Computation Lab, located off the School of Architecture grounds proper, is a teaching and research facility dedicated to the interface between computation and design and the development of knowledge in the fields of digital fabrication and remote sensing. It combines architectural and engineering experimentation to utilize computation design, digital fabrication, and sophisticated sensing, actuation, and control electronics that make the Lab a center for interdisciplinary design exploration and prototyping.[1]

5,000 square feet of space is available for heavier fabrication work, hands-on material experiments, and the construction of full-scale mock-ups. Also housed within the Lab are facilities for building in wood, plastic, metal, and concrete that enable students to learn general model theory, build and test models of actual buildings, and study current building systems and technology.

The Lab serves a project space for developing and testing large-scale architecture and engineering prototypes inside and outside or as facade elements. Additionally, it serves as a state of the art research environment with digital fabrication equipment for full scale material prototyping, such as a water jet cutter, large-scale metal laser cutters, multi-use robotic arm platforms for milling, additive fabrication and human machine collaboration for research in construction, and an electronics workbench for the development of sensing and control and physical computing applications.

In 2017, the Lab won the 2017 Best of Design Awards for Green - Civic from The Architect's Newspaper.[2]

VSL Woodshop

The VSL Woodshop, located in the basement of the Architecture Building, is a small but well-equipped 24-hour accessible shop maintained and monitored by the School of Architecture Shop Monitor program.

School of Architecture Library

The School of Architecture Library opened in 1964 as the Library for Urban and Environmental Studies, with the Bureau of Urban Research constituting its charter collection. Today, the library, still familiarly referred to as UES, is one of fourteen libraries within the Princeton University Library system. The collection’s strengths include modern and contemporary architecture and urban design, architectural history, theory, and practice. Additionally, the Library supports green design, sustainable architecture, social factors in design, architecture and the visual arts, architecture in developing countries, landscape architecture and building technology. Together, with the resources housed throughout the Princeton University Libraries, the School of Architecture Library provides access to a comprehensive collection supporting the fields of architecture, architectural research and theory, urban planning and design.


Notable faculty

This list contains both current and former faculty.

Notable alumni

  • Kunle Adeyemi, Founder, Principal, NLÉ
  • Hilary Ballon, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Programs and Campus Planning, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Matthew Bannister, Co-Founder, dbox
  • Arindam Dutta, Associate Professor; Director, History, Theory & Criticism Group, MIT Architecture
  • Keller Easterling, Principal, Keller Easterling Architect; Professor, Yale School of Architecture
  • Hayley Eber, Assistant Professor, The Cooper Union Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture; Principal, EFGH
  • Eva Franch, Chief Curator and Executive Director, Storefront for Art and Architecture
  • Hugh Hardy, Founding Partner, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
  • Dirk Hebel, Founder, Principal, DRKH
  • J. Robert Hillier, Co-Founder, studiohillier
  • Jason Johnson, Co-Founder and Design Partner, Future Cities Lab
  • Martin Johnson, Founder and CEO, Isles, Inc.
  • Greg Lynn, Principal, GREG LYNN FORM
  • Johnathan Massey, Dean of Architecture, California College of the Arts
  • Jurgen Mayer, Principal, J. Mayer H.
  • Charles Moore
  • Yusuke Obuchi, Principal, ObuchiLab; Professor, University of Tokyo Department of Architecture
  • Caroline O’Donnell, Principal, CODA; Edgar A. Tafel Assistant Professor, Director of the M. Arch Program, Cornell University
  • Reinhold Martin, Associate Professor of Architecture, Columbia GSAPP
  • Felicity D. Scott, Associate Professor of Architecture, Director of the Ph.D. Program in Architecture (History and Theory), Co-Director of the Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture Program at Columbia GSAPP
  • Jonathan D. Solomon, Associate Professor and Director of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Robert Venturi
  • Sarah Whiting, Dean, William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture, Rice University School of Architecture
  • Adam Yarinski, Principal, ARO
  • Michael Young, Founding Partner, Young & Ayata


  1. ^ "The Embodied Computation Lab by David Benjamin at the Princeton School of Architecture". Architecturalrecord.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. 
  2. ^ "2017 Best of Design Awards for Green - Civic". Archpaper.com. Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  3. ^ "Why You Should Get to Know Princeton's New Architecture School Dean (It Involves Robots.)". Curbed.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. 

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