The Harvard Graduate School of Design (also known as The GSD) is a professional graduate school at Harvard University, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. The GSD offers masters and doctoral programs in architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, and design studies.
The GSD is recognized as one of the world's top design schools, and is consistently ranked number one in North America. The GSD has over 13,000 alumni and has graduated many famous architects, urban planners, and landscape architects. The school is considered a global academic leader in the design fields.
The GSD has the world's oldest landscape architecture program (founded in 1893), and North America's oldest urban planning program (founded in 1900). Architecture courses were first taught at Harvard University in 1874. The Graduate School of Design was officially established in 1936, combining the three fields of architecture, urban planning, and landscape architecture under one graduate school.
The market value of the school's endowment for the fiscal year 2013 was approximately $396 million.
Since its founding, the Harvard Graduate School of Design has been a crossroads of learning and intellectual debate. Today, the School continues to build on that legacy, firm in the conviction that a multiplicity of voices and viewpoints is essential to our mission of imagining and shaping the future of the built environment.
Just as the challenges we face are diverse, increasingly linked across cultural and geographic lines, so too must be our solutions and approaches. To foster innovation and bring about real change, we must ensure the expression of individual positions and come together across lines of difference. The simultaneous presence of these two conditions is at the heart of the GSD’s commitment to diversity. The degrees granted in the masters programs include the Master of Architecture (M.Arch.), Master in Landscape Architecture (MLA), Master of Architecture in Urban Design (MAUD), Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design (MLAUD), Master in Urban Planning (MUP), Master in Design Studies (M.Des.) in more than eight concentrations. The school offers a doctoral degree, Doctor of Design (D.Des.), and jointly administers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in architecture, urban planning, and landscape architecture with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
- Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)
- Master in Urban Planning (MUP)
- Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
- Master of Architecture in Urban Design (MAUD)
- Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design (MLAUD)
- Master in Design Studies (M.Des.)
- Doctor of Design (D.Des.)
- Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture, Urban Planning, and Landscape Architecture (PhD)