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  • Type: Private
  • Degree(s): Graduate


The investigative, speculative aspect of the work of the Graduate School of Design is akin to Walter Benjamin’s wresting of tradition from its tendency to conform. Rethinking the conventions of design practice is, for us, an optimistic and essential project, undertaken with the knowledge that our efforts make a difference in the physical environment. The GSD offers an exciting setting for interaction and the exchange of ideas through the combination of disciplines —architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning and design—together with the research of our studio-based as well as MDes and Doctoral programs. Working in collaboration with colleagues in other schools at Harvard and beyond the University, they see it as their responsibility to define the necessary framework for an intense yet engaging advancement of transdisciplinary research—providing multiplicity and consistency, singularity and diversity.

Core Focus

Landscape Architecture
Urban Planning and Design
Design Studies
Design Engineering
Doctoral Programs

Program Highlights

For more information on a specific area of study, please see school link.


*This information is based on the school's 2017/2018 program and may not reflect changes, updates or deletions to the programs.