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School of Architecture

The mission of the School of Architecture is to educate the next generation of innovative leaders who will envision courageous new futures and build a world that is more compelling, resilient, sustainable, and equitable. The school offers three undergraduate majors: architecture, architectural history, and urban and environmental planning. 

The architectural history major examines the historic development of buildings, landscapes, and urban form through critical analysis of social and cultural contexts. The urban and environmental planning major explores the impact that global urbanization has on the built environment and develops strategies of design, policy, and community engagement to ensure healthy cities for the future. The architecture major offers two pre-professional tracks: one that focuses on design process and development at the scale of buildings and another that is a design-thinking track addressing broader issues of creative design and entrepreneurship.

For all students, the first year includes shared foundation courses. Advanced courses are structured to promote a well-rounded liberal arts education and a rigorous studio or research-based curriculum that synthesizes inquiry and application. Each of the three majors has a corresponding minor. Multidisciplinary minors in historic preservation and global sustainability also are offered, and students have many opportunities to participate in international study abroad programs.

With nearly 20,000 square feet of open studio space and state-of-the-art digital fabrication labs, the approximately 350 School of Architecture undergraduate students are part of and contribute to a dynamic collective community. Small class sizes allow for engaged learning and one-on-one dialogue with professors.

The school’s highly recognized faculty create an energetic and productive learning environment with challenging and varied curriculum. The award-winning faculty are leading practitioners, scholars, and researchers with a common goal to foster meaningful change through the transformation of the built environment.

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