Parsons

  • BUILD SUSTAINABLE FUTURES

    Encompassing a unique array of design disciplines, Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments (SCE) guides you in creating socially and environmentally sustainable, technologically innovative buildings, interiors, lighting, and products. The SCE community helps you develop the skills, values, and vision that foster creative thinking and a more integrated, equitable, and aesthetically beautiful world.

    RESPOND TO AN EVOLVING LANDSCAPE

    SCE is a community that builds solutions together. In courses like the Allied Studio, in which students in all SCE programs collaboratively analyze complex design problems of actual NYC sites, you learn the power of integrated work in developing design concepts to address the cultural, environmental, and technological forces transforming contemporary human habitats.

    MAKE THE CITY YOUR CLASSROOM

    New York City is the site of your course-driven explorations of the urban built environment. The city’s renowned collections and archives — including MoMA and the Cooper Hewitt — and other local resources like Material ConneXion, New York Design Center, and Center for Architecture support your research. SCE also connects you to key industry-specific events like ICFF and WantedDesign.

    PRODUCE YOUR IDEAS IN 2D AND 3D

    A 13,000-square-foot open design studio encourages collaboration between SCE programs and throughout the university. Test new ideas and produce your projects using the school’s fabrication shops, computing labs, ceramics studio, the Light Lab, and the Angelo Donghia Materials Center. Visit Parsons Academic Resources to learn more. Our libraries, galleries, and research institutes also support your interdisciplinary learning.

    DISCOVER NEW VOICES

    Design lectureships, guest speakers, and symposia spur inquiry into outcome. Recent visitors include Enrique Norten, Shigeru Uchida, and Reiulf Ramstad. AfterTaste—the annual symposium exploring concepts in interior design—brings noted scholars and practitioners such as Claudy Jongstra, Mayer Rus, Jorge Otero-Pailos, and Linnea Tillett. SCE’s new journal container features theoretical writings from students across disciplines.

    OPEN A PATH TO YOUR FUTURE

    Parsons’ external partners and alumni offer you opportunities for internships, research, and career development. Collaborations with firms including Areaware and Poltrona Frau enable you to bring products to market. In the Design Workshop, SCE’s signature design-build program, and ongoing relationships with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and DIFFA, you gain professional experience in projects focused on social good.

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