The mission of the School of Architecture is to educate leaders who will envision courageous new futures and who will build a better world that is more beautiful, sustainable, functional, and socially 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 in a social and cultural context. The urban and environmental planning major explores cities that are vital, livable, and sustainable, as well as rural landscapes that are productive and appropriately protected. The architecture major offers two pre-professional tracks: one that focuses on the design 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 that engage the disciplines of all three majors. Advanced courses are structured to promote a well-rounded liberal arts education with a broad choice of electives affording each student a customized course of study. Each of the three majors has a corresponding minor. Multidisciplinary minors in historic preservation and global sustainability also are offered. In addition, students are encouraged to explore courses and pursue minors in the larger University.
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 enjoy a close-knit community. Small class sizes afford them the experience of engaged learning and one-on-one dialogue with professors.
The school’s highly recognized faculty create an energetic and productive learning environment with an exciting and diverse curriculum. Many faculty members pursue advanced research as well as participate in design practices. They are innovators of new technologies and leading methods that change trends and trajectories.