• School of Constructed Environments

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  • Encompassing a unique array of design disciplines, Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments (SCE) guides you in creating socially and environmentally sustainable and 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.

  • School Highlights

    An Evolving Landscape

    SCE builds solutions as a community. In collaborative courses like the Allied Studio, you learn the power of integrated work in developing design concepts to address cultural, environmental, and technological forces transforming contemporary human habitats.

    The City as Your Classroom

    NYC is the site of your course-driven explorations. The city’s renowned collections and archives, including MoMA, the Cooper Hewitt, and other local resources like Material ConneXion, New York Design Center, Center for Architecture, ICFF, and WantedDesign, support your research.

    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 Healthier Materials Library.

    Discovering New Voices

    Lectureships, guest speakers, and symposia spur inquiry into outcome. Recent visitors include Enrique Norten, Shigeru Uchida, and Reiulf Ramstad. AfterTaste, a recurring interior design symposium, brings noted scholars and practitioners; SCE publications feature writings from students across disciplines.

    A Path To Your Future

    Parsons’ external partners and alumni offer 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, our signature design-build program, you gain experience in social good projects.

  • Student Work

  • SCE Faculty

    At Parsons, your mentors include world-renowned designers, scholar-practitioners, and industry leaders who at the forefront of their fields. Every day, you’ll benefit from their real-world experience and expertise in small collaborative classes.

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