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.
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.
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
New York Design Center, and
Center for Architecture support your research. SCE also connects you to key industry-specific events like
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
research institutes also support your interdisciplinary learning.
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.
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.