Buell Hall, a small, domestic in appearance 3 story building, is lifted up on wood in preparation for a move.

College Hall moves closer to Low Library, September 19, 1905. Scan 2126. Historical Photograph Collection, University Archives.


The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture was founded at Columbia University in 1983, with a mission is to advance the interdisciplinary study of American architecture, urbanism, and landscape. A separately endowed entity within the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, it sponsors research projects, workshops, public programs, publications, and awards.

In recent years, the Center has convened issue-oriented conversations addressed to overlapping constituencies including academics, students, professionals, and the general public. The most recent project has addressed the relation of architecture and land in the Americas, approaching the topic through both historical  research and in its contemporary relevance. Through research and programming, the Center articulates frameworks that seek to modify key assumptions governing the understanding and design of the built environment. Buell Center projects utilize a variety of formats, such as specialized academic conferences, small meetings, larger public events, and publications, depending on the issues and audience at hand.

Its archive is held by the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library's Drawings and Archives. The finding aid can be found here.