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Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture
The College of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, about a century old, offers undergraduate degrees in architecture, building construction, and industrial design. Graduate programs lead to master's and doctoral degrees in architecture and city planning. The college is home to more than 850 students and 100 full- and part-time faculty.
The Beaux-Arts Years
When the Georgia School of Technology was founded in 1888, there was no architecture program.
The Bauhaus Influence
After the three-year headship of John Llewelyn Skinner (1922-25), Harold Bush-Brown began the longest term of leadership of the school's history. During Bush-Brown's directorship the Beaux-Arts tradition
One of Bush-Brown's last contributions was to establish a city planning program in 1954. Two years later he retired, and Paul Heffernan took over as director of the School of Architecture (which had been raised from department status in 1948). Heffernan's tenure resulted in the establishment of a building construction program in 1958 and expansion from a school in the College of Engineering to the College of Architecture. In 1975, on the eve of his own retirement, Heffernan established the Paris Study Abroad Program.
The Modern College
Recent emphasis on computer-aided design has overtaken freehand drawing, watercolor rendering, and analytiques as visual skills of representation developed for all architecture students. But the school retains its focus on design with strengths in history, theory, and criticism, and it has maintained a high national ranking and a consistent tradition of excellence.
Harold Bush-Brown, Beaux-Arts to Bauhaus and Beyond: An Architect's Perspective (New York: Whitney Library of Design, 1976).
Warren Drury, "The Architectural Development of Georgia Tech" (master's thesis, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1984).
Elaine Luxemburger, "The Transition from the Beaux Arts Tradition to the Bauhaus Influence in American Architectural Education" (master's thesis, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1986).
Robert M. Craig, Georgia Institute of Technology
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