The SoA Student Work Archive
The School of Architecture (SoA) Student Work Archive contains studio and thesis projects from the 1930s to the present.
Between c. 1930 and 1980, undergraduate and graduate students documented studio and thesis projects by submitting hand-illustrated 30"x40" (or larger) boards to the School. These projects reflect the shifting pedagogical focus of Princeton Architecture faculty, including Jean Labatut, Neville Epstein, Robert Geddes, Alan Chimacoff, and Michael Graves. The archive also provides a window onto the development of Modern architecture more broadly, as it features early work of key 20th century American architects such as Charles Moore, Hugh Hardy, and Robert Venturi. These early MFA thesis and studio projects have recently been digitized thanks to the generous support of the David A. Gardner '69 Fund in the Humanities Council. To arrange to view historic projects in the VRC please contact the Visual Resources Curator.
After 1980, students continued to produce large drawings but documented their projects on 35mm film. With the shift to all digital design in the 1990s, the School collected CDs and DVDs. Now, students upload pdf, tiff and ai files. In addition, most studio and thesis reviews from the last ten years or so have been photographed to document past presentations. Projects submitted as 35mm slides in the 1980s, or more recently, .pdf, .tif and .dwg files, are available for study in the VRC.
For more information please fill out an Archive Image Request Form.