Message from the Dean
While the School of Architecture + Planning is known primarily as a graduate school, we also maintain an abiding commitment to undergraduate education—a fact that was underscored this year when Meejin Yoon, director of our undergraduate program in architecture, was presented with the Institute’s Irwin Sizer Award for the Most Significant Improvement to MIT Education. (See the story in this issue).
In addition to this new prize-winning architecture curriculum, the department also offers undergraduates the option to focus on the arts through SA+P’s Art, Culture and Technology program, offering a range of subjects including photography, video, sound, cinema and public art.
In the urban studies and planning department, undergraduates can choose from three different minors, pursue a bachelor’s or enroll in a joint program to complete their undergraduate and master’s work in just five years; the department also hosts MIT’s Scheller Teacher Education Program, an option for students interested in exploring new ideas in teaching math and science K-12.
In our media arts and sciences program, undergraduates get involved through the special MAS Alternative Freshman Year Program by which first-year students engage with researchers at the Media Lab on project-oriented work through the Institute’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.
In all of these programs, undergraduates interact on a regular basis with world-class graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in their fields, a source of inspiration and instruction not every school can offer. With the Sizer Award drawing new attention to our programs, we look forward to a growing presence of undergraduates in our school.