Welcome to the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York! Our studios involve and invite collaboration from the disciplines and programs that we offer — the professional Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture, and Master of Landscape Architecture programs, and the post-professional Master of Urban Planning (Urban Design) and Master of Science in Architecture degrees. Affiliated programs in the Master of Science in Urban Sustainability and the J. Max Bond Center for Urban Futures lend expertise and focus across the curriculum. These built-environment disciplines are increasingly interconnected, and we are therefore increasingly as interested in the rich synergies among disciplines as we are in discipline-specific excellence.
We celebrate and value the unique experiences, identities, and backgrounds of our students and are committed to finding ways to translate those complex histories into our teaching practice. This is the school with the highest and most intense degrees of difference — no matter how you define the word. Race, class, ethnicity, identity, ancestry, language, belief, history, life experience — it’s all here. This difference shapes, changes, alters, tests, and enriches what we think we already know. For all of us teaching and working here, we see this school’s diversity as its most precious gift.
We favor dialogue, discussion, and conversation over top-down teaching where you’re told what to learn and do. We recognize that communication skills and the ability to collaborate under fluid and sometimes challenging conditions are highly important and valuable in today’s job market. We produce thought-leaders as well as practitioners, professionals for whom the common, public good lies at the heart of their endeavors. We are interested in helping shape the student of the future, who in turn will shape our future world.
Lesley Lokko, Dean