Globally recognized for its distinguished academic reputation, Pratt Institute is one of the most prestigious independent specialized colleges in the United States. Founded in 1887, Pratt offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in architecture, art and design, information and library science, and liberal arts and sciences to 4,700 students from around the world. Pratt’s programs are consistently ranked among the best in the country, and its faculty and alumni include the most renowned artists, designers, and scholars in their fields. Its interdisciplinary curriculum promotes collaborative and creative strategies for design thinking and provides students with unparalleled training facilities. Pratt’s inspirational campus in the beautiful Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn and in Manhattan on West 14th Street places it in one of the world’s multicultural epicenters for arts, culture, design, and business and provides its students an exceptional learning and working environment that extends beyond its campus.
The mission of Pratt Institute is to educate artists and creative professionals to be responsible contributors to society.
With a firm grounding in the liberal arts and sciences, a Pratt education blends theory with creative application in preparing graduates to become leaders in their professions. Pratt enrolls a diverse group of highly talented and dedicated students, challenging them to achieve their full potential.
Pratt seeks to instill in all graduates aesthetic judgment, professional knowledge, collaborative skills, and technical expertise.
The School of Architecture’s mission is to educate the future leaders of the design, planning and management disciplines in the professional fields of architecture, urban design, city and regional planning, construction and facilities management, environmental management and historic preservation. This effort builds upon a strong context of professional education within an art and design institute that stresses the relationship between intellectual development and creative activity. The school offers a broad cultural and analytical base in the liberal arts and sciences, while providing the specialized knowledge unique to individual disciplines. The importance of independent learning is emphasized through studio based curricula and research-oriented thesis programs.
The School of Architecture at Pratt Institute seeks to create a culture of research and innovation in both the faculty and student body. The School of Architecture recognizes that in the design world of the 21st century, important research is being conducted around the world by innovative professionals and educators, and that traditional academic categories of research are giving way to "research-driven practice", particularly in the areas of sustainability, digital design, material research, sustainability and community planning. The School of Architecture can therefore play a pivotal role in the development of this emergent research culture by creating a flexible, adaptable and technically supportive environment where students are engaged in studio and research courses with teaching professionals in their respective discipline. The School of Architecture will maintain its commitment to professional evaluation and accreditation standards, but will augment these standards with educational experiences in the form of "think tank" or "incubator" models.
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