The Arts at Princeton
The Lewis Center for the Arts is home to Princeton’s academic programs in Creative Writing, Dance, Theater, Music Theater, and Visual Arts, as well as the interdisciplinary Princeton Atelier. Music composition and performance courses are offered through the Department of Music. Together with partners across campus, the Lewis Center puts the creative and performing arts at the heart of the Princeton experience. The School of Architecture, Princeton’s center for teaching and research in architectural design, history, and theory, offers an undergraduate major and advanced degrees at both the master’s and doctoral levels.With 100,000 works of art spanning the world of art from antiquity to the present, the Princeton University Art Museum is one of the finest university art museums in the world; it is currently constructing a new building by Sir David Adjaye slated to open in 2024. Princeton University Concerts and the McCarter Theatre Center present world class, professional music, dance and theatre performances.
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Monica Ponce de Leon is a professor and dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton University and founding principal of MPdL Studio. From 2008 through 2015, she was the dean of Taubman College at the University of Michigan. For over 12 years, Ponce de Leon taught at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard, where she became a professor and served as the Graduate Program coordinator and was director of the Digital Fabrication Lab. Prior to her appointment at Harvard, Ponce de Leon was an assistant professor at Northeastern University. She has been a visiting professor or scholar at various institutions across the United States, including SCI-Arc, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Houston, the University of Miami, as well as Georgia Tech. At Georgia Tech, she was the first Thomas W. Ventulett III Distinguished Chair in Architectural Design. In recognition of her extraordinary contributions in academia, Ponce de Leon received ACADIA’s distinguished teaching award.
As a practitioner, Ponce de Leon has been honored with the National Design Award in Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum; the Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the USA Target Fellow in Architecture and Design from United States Artists; and the Young Architects and Emerging Voices prize from the Architectural League of New York. Her work has received numerous awards, including 13 Progressive Architecture Awards, 14 awards from the American Institute of Architects, as well as the prestigious Harleston Parker Medal from the Boston Society of Architects. In 2016 Ponce de Leon was inducted into the National Academy of Design.
Ponce de Leon has a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard, as well as a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami.