The Architectural Imagination

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Architecture engages a culture’s deepest social values and expresses them in material, aesthetic form. In this course, you will learn how to “read” architecture as a cultural expression as well as a technical achievement. Vivid analyses of exemplary buildings from a wide range of historical contexts, coupled with hands-on exercises in drawing and modeling, bring you close to the work of an actual architect or historian.

Communication & Design: Leading-Edge Business Communications

Program Description

Ideas are the currency of the 21st century. The ability to communicate your ideas persuasively is the single greatest skill you can learn to succeed in a globally competitive world. Through stories, videos and case examples, this program offers an actionable, step-by-step method anyone can adopt to create and deliver inspiring presentations that are engaging, persuasive and memorable.

The American House: Urban Homes

Program Description

There is a long history of urban living in America. In Colonial times, row houses and stately mansions lined the streets of Philadelphia and New York; Boston developed double-deckers; Charleston invented the single house. But for decades after WWII, the suburban detached house dominated the American landscape and city living went into decline.

Find, Create, Operate: The Hotel Project Development Lifecycle

Program Description

Global tourism has experienced a steady growth over the past five years and is expected to continue. A two trillion dollar revenue in an industry that employs over 60 million people, the importance of where all these travelers stay has never been more relevant.

Learning Environments for Tomorrow: Next Practices for Educators and Architects

Program Description

Learning Environments for Tomorrow (LEFT) will explore four key themes emerging as defining elements of 21st century education: collaboration; technology; engagement; and sustainability. Through a research-based understanding of current and emerging best practices, participants will work with Harvard faculty and leading practitioners to envision how school buildings can most effectively support learning in the coming decade and beyond.

Urban Retail: Essential Planning, Design, and Management Practices

Program Description

Retailing—the exchange of goods, services and experiences—is in the midst of change unprecedented in modern times. In a time when the internet globally democratizes shopping, and social media exercises an outsized and immediate influence upon consumer behavior, the demand by people around the world for public places where both commerce and socialization thrive has never been greater.

Leadership and Design Thinking

Program Description

Leadership and Design Thinking is an intensive leadership development program tailored for senior leaders challenged with leading teams, organizations, and whole communities towards “better solutions designed in better ways.” Leadership and Design Thinking will allow you to explore, learn, and experience the theory and practice of Design Thinking, and to embed its relevant aspects in your own personal leadership practice.

Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate

Innovation in Action

At Harvard GSD Executive Education, industry and academia's foremost leaders join with accomplished design and real estate professionals from around the world. In this setting, complex challenges are addressed and innovative solutions are created. In our dynamic learning environment, you emerge with practical insights and valuable lessons that can be put into action, right away.

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