Drawings at Work: William Robert Ware and the Origins of American Architectural Education

Prior to the founding of MIT's Architecture Course in 1868, there was little opportunity in America for professional academic instruction in architecture. With the exception of apprenticeship in an architect's firm or study abroad, the aspiring architect had little opportunity to develop his craft.

In 1865, when asked by MIT's president and founder, William Barton Rogers, to organize the country's first formal architectural course, William Robert Ware began an intensive study of European architectural programs from which he would distill the first American curriculum.

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