Five College Architectural Studies Faculty

Amherst College Faculty
*Gabriel Arboleda
Assistant Professor of Architectural Studies, Chair

Dwight Carey
Assistant Professor of Art and the History of Art

Nicola M. Courtright
Professor of the History of Art and European Studies

Heidi Gilpin
Associate Professor of German

Ronald C. Rosbottom
Winifred L. Arms Professor in the Arts and Humanities and Professor of French and European Studies

Hampshire College Faculty
Myrna Breitbart
Professor Emerita, Geography and Urban Studies

Donna Cohn
Associate Professor of Applied Design

Karen Koehler
Professor of Architectural and Art History

*Thom Long
Associate Professor of Architecture + Design

James Miller
Professor of Communications

Mount Holyoke College
*Naomi Darling - Mount Holyoke, UMass
Associate Professor of Sustainable Architecture

*Michael T. Davis
Professor of Art History and Architecture (Medieval, Modern, Islamic)
Chair, Architectural Studies Program

Jessica Maier
Associate Professor of Art History and Architecture (Early modern, Baroque, History of maps)

Ajay Sinha
Professor of Art History and Architecture (Indian art, Asian art, Indian films)

Joseph Smith
Professor of Art (Studio art and sculpture)

Paul Staiti
Professor of Art History and Architecture (American art, cultural history, film studies)

Smith College
Bridget Buettner 
Professor of Art and Chair of Department

Laura Kalba 
Associate Professor of Art

Barbara Kellum 
Professor of Art 

Dana Leibsohn 
Professor of Art

*Elisa Kim
Assistant Professor of Architectural Studies

John Moore 
Professor of Art, Associate Chair of the Department

Frazer Ward 
Associate Professor of Art

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Ajla Aksamija, PhD
Associate Professor, Architecture

*Caryn Brause, AIA LEED-AP
Associate Professor, Architecture

Carey Clouse
Associate Professor, Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Naomi Darling, AIA
Five College Professor, Architecture

Joseph Krupczynski
Associate Professor, Architecture

Sandy Litchfield
Assistant Professor, Architecture

Kathleen Lugosch
Professor, Architecture

Ray Kinoshita Mann
Associate Professor, Architecture

Max Page
Professor, Architecture

Sigrid Miller Pollin
Professor, Architecture

Pari Riahi
Assistant Professor, Architecture

*Stephen Schreiber Professor and Chair, Architecture

Erika Zekos
Lecturer, Architecture

*Member of the 5 College Architectural Studies Committee


Five College Architectural Studies majors will be offered an advisor from their home campus. Students in their capstone year will select an advisor from their home campus as the chair of their thesis and Division III projects.

The program liaisons for each campus are listed below. Please contact them directly to organize your advisory committee.

Hampshire College:
Thom Long, Associate Professor of Architecture + Design
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Mount Holyoke College: 
M. Naomi Darling, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Architecture
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Amherst College
Gabriel Arboleda, Assistant Professor of Environmental Design
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How To Apply

The FCAS major is offered at Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College and Amherst College. Students interested in this unique program must apply to one or more of these schools.

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About the Program

The FCAS program engages in myriad of questions about architecture and design. It encourages students to define and engage with the aspects of history, theory and design that they find most compelling. The program provides the essential concrete foundations, but an open-ended curriculum.

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The Major

The FCAS major is a liberal arts degree designed to provide students the essential foundations in architectural history, theory and studio design, but allows students to develop their own area of study with the broader discipline of architectural studies.

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The Five College program provides a wide array of creative resources for students. There are studios on all five campuses, digital fabrication maker spaces and advanced computer labs open to all students. As well, student have access to five full library collections and research materials, delivered to their home campus library.

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The Five College Architectural Studies program is an interdisciplinary course of study that bridges five campuses and is available to students currently enrolled in Hampshire College, Amherst College or Mount Holyoke College.