Architectural Studies Track

About the Program

From the earliest days of civilization, architecture has enabled humans to create spaces that express their deepest beliefs about their lives. The Architectural Studies track combines the study of the history and theory of architecture with a rigorous sequence of studio courses in architectural design taught by practicing architects.  Additional perspectives come from renowned architects in the Cameron Visiting Architects Program. While some students pursue Architectural Studies as a rewarding liberal arts major, for others it serves as a pre-professional path to an architectural career. .

Architecture and the Environment

Some architectural studies majors choose to focus on architecture and the environment by declaring a joint major in architectural studies/environmental studies.

Study Abroad

Architectural studies majors at Middlebury usually augment their on-campus study with study abroad, either in English or in a foreign language. Program possibilities include the Danish International Studies Program in Copenhagen, the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in ParisUniversity College Dublin and the Facoltà di Architettura at the Università di Ferrara, Italy.

Cameron Visiting Architect Program

Studio courses in architectural design are enriched by visits from nationally renowned architects who work directly with students, offering additional perspectives and exposure to the real-world practice of architecture.more info here

Island Design Assembly

Island Design Assembly brings together a team of students and architects for eight intensive days to live off-the-grid while designing and building a project for an island community in Penobscot Bay, Maine. The program is open to students from all colleges and universities, and no experience with design or construction is necessary. Student participants experience a real-world project, hands-on learning, and a professional externship with our firm. In 2017, the American Institute of Architects New England Region bestowed an award for Excellence in Architecture on the IDA projects completed over the past five years, and the program was one of sixteen international case studies featured in the book The Design Build Studio: Crafting Meaningful Work in Architecture Education.

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