• Rensselaer School Architecture / Greene Building

    “Architecture is situated at a unique moment in history where a convergence of global interests demand that our discipline responds in a critical and innovative manner… ” (Evan Douglis, Dean)

  • Study Abroad Programs

    International study is a defining aspect of Rensselaer’s architectural education. The School of Architecture offers international semester long programs in Italy, India, China, and Latin America. (Photo: Emmanuel Amerise)

  • [Recent Lecture] Kunlé Adeyemi: Waterfront Atlas

    Kunlé Adeyemi is an architect, designer and urbanist, and founder of the firm NLÉ.. His recent work includes ‘Makoko Floating School’, an innovative, prototype, floating structure located on the lagoon heart of Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city.

  • Craive Lab (Center for Cognition, Communication & Culture)

    The Craive Lab provides students and researchers “a specialized virtual-reality system for the study and enabling of communication-driven tasks with groups of users immersed in a high-fidelity multi-modal environment.”

  • [Recent Lecture] Jenny Sabin: Matter Design Computation

    Jenny Sabin is at the forefront of 21st century architectural practice, investigating the intersections of architecture and science, and applies insights and theories from biology and mathematics to the design of material structures.

  • SoA / RPI design-build projects among the best worldwide

    ArchDaily has highlighted two recent pavilions constructed by Rensselaer School of Architecture students. The pavilions are comprised of upcycled, organic materials and hold a great significant in a global context.

  • Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center

    EMPAC opened its doors in 2008 and was soon hailed as a “technological pleasure dome for the mind and senses… dedicated to the marriage of art and science as it has never been done before” (NY Times).

  • [Recent Lecture] Angelo Bucci: Recent Projects

    Angelo Bucci (São Paulo) has emerged as one of the most significant architectural voices from Brazil. His practice is deeply rooted in the “Paulista” tradition of muscular structural formalism and indoor / outdoor spatial fluidity.

... we take pride in preparing our students to become future leaders in the profession. We aspire to creating an environment and culture throughout the School that rewards the nobility of ideas, the roots of theoretical inquiry, and the merits of social responsibility. (Evan Douglis, Dean)

The School

Rensselaer Architecture ranks 13th best school in the U.S.

DesignIntelligence, the primary organization that issues yearly rankings of architecture schools throughout the U.S., had informed that Rensselaer’s School of Architecture is 13th in the nation. This is the highest ranking the school has ever received. Rankings for DesignIntelligence’s “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools 2017-18” list were based on surveys of architecture and design professionals, which asked […]

Fall 2017 Lecture Series

SO-IL; LTL Architects; Qingyun Ma; Rozana Montiel; and Skylar Tibbits. All events start 6:00pm at EMPAC (110 8th Street / Troy, NY). Admission is free.

Post Professional Program in Architecture & Urbanism

Geofutures endeavors to convert crisis into opportunity by harnessing both the pressures of a planet at risk and the promise of emerging environmental technologies to generate a broad spectrum of possible, if not probable, urban and architectural futures for the twenty-first century. CHRIS PERRY, Director.    

Master of Architecture [Professional Degree]

The practice of architecture in the 21st century is increasingly driven by heightened cultural, social and environmental issues. Our top-tier program offers a comprehensive and dynamic curriculum comprised of digital design, emerging fabrication technologies, environmental simulation software, new materials, and the opportunity to engage in a range of cross-disciplinary collaborations. LONN COMBS, Director.

Architecture at Rensselaer

“The education of the architect at Rensselaer is looking ahead. It is looking into the future to prepare students to go out to the world and do something transformative. We are preparing students not only to become future practitioners, but to become future leaders.” EVAN DOUGLIS, Dean.


Evan Douglis, Professor


School of Architecture
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street - Greene Bldg.
Troy, NY 12180 - USA

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