The School of Architecture + Planning is one of five schools at MIT. The school comprises five main divisions:
- The Department of Architecture
- The Department of Urban Studies + Planning
- The Media Lab
- The Center for Real Estate
- The Program in Art, Culture and Technology
A Brief History
The first Department of Architecture in U.S, founded in 1868.
The oldest, continuous Department of Urban Studies and Planning, founded in 1933.
Ranked the top planning school in the US and Canada, Planetizen.
The first university Media Lab launched in 1980, funded by a research consortium of private companies.
The first academic Center for Real Estate offering a professional degree, founded in 1984; home of the Sam Tak Lee Laboratory for Real Estate Entrepreneurship.
Bachelor of Science in Architecture
Master of Science in Architecture Studies
Master of Architecture
Master of Science in Building Technology
Master of Science in Art, Culture, Technology
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies
Masters in City Planning
PhD in Urban Studies and Planning
Media Arts and Sciences
Master of Science in Media Arts
PhD in Media Arts
Center for Real Estate
Master of Science in Real Estate Development
Program in Arts, Culture and Technology
Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology
Tenured and Tenure track: 78
Professors of Practice and Lecturers: 39
Total enrolled: 622
Masters programs: 410
PhD programs: 176
2014 Financial Aid: Over $19 Million
2014 Research Funding: Over $45.5 Million
Foreign Federal Government: 1
Foreign Private Non-Profit: 3
Foreign Private Profit: 6
Institution of Higher Education: 12
Private Non-Profit: 11
Private Profit: 17
Consortium Sponsors: 85
A Selection of Research Labs and Centers
MIT Media Lab
SENSEable City Laboratory
Sam Tak Lee Laboratory for Real Estate Entrepreneurship
Center for Advanced Urbanism
Civic Data Design Lab
Community Innovators Lab
Self Assembly Lab
Mobility Futures Collaborative
Notable SA+P Alumni
Louis Sullivan, one of America’s most influential architects attended MIT in 1874.
Gilbert Cass, designer of the Woolworth Building, graduated MIT in 1880.
Sophia Hayden, first woman to study Architecture at MIT, graduated in 1890.
Robert Taylor, first African American professional architect, graduated in 1892.
Marion Mahony Griffin, was a long-time draftsperson in Frank Lloyd Wright’s office
and architectural partner of Walter Burley Griffin, graduated in 1894.
Rose Standish Nichols, Marion C. Coffin, Mabel K. Babcock, three women who
attended MIT’s Program in Landscape Architecture. They all went on to be well-known landscape architects and teachers.
John O. Merrill and Louis H. Skidmore, established Skidmore Owings and Merrill one of
the largest architectural firms in the US, graduated in 1922-23
I.M. Pei, winner of the 1983 Pritzker Prize in architecture, graduated in 1940.
Kevin Lynch, author of The Image of the City and seminal works in urban design,
joined the City Planning program in 1948. He graduated in 1947.