University of Maryland
School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation
The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation is an intimate academic environment committed to developing future leaders in four interdisciplinary fields with a strong foundation in history and the practical integration of technology and design. The School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Architecture, and graduate degrees in Urban Studies and Planning, Historic Preservation and Real Estate Development as well as Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning and Design. Dual Master's degree programs are available for interdisciplinary study in Architecture & Historic Preservation, Architecture & Planning, and Architecture & Real Estate Development.
The University of Maryland is located in the Baltimore-Washington, DC corridor. With more than 200 buildings on 1,300 acres, the campus has an enrollment of more than 35,000 undergraduate students, over 7,000 graduate students and a 4,000 member faculty. The Architecture Program within the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation is small and intimate with only 275 students. For exceptional undergraduate students, the University Honors Program and College Park Scholars Program offer a focused and personalized course of study. Transfer students are welcome and encouraged.
The multidisciplinary School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation offers collaborative research and education for a sustainable future.
Undergraduate - The Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree is designed to provide an intensive pre-professional education that prepares students for professional studies at the graduate level. Since architecture is both art and applied science, the undergraduate curriculum has been designed to expose students to the fine arts, history, the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences. Because the initial years at the University of Maryland permit a broads election of courses, students are able to tailor their education to best meet their needs and interests. The first two years of the program are primarily general university studies but include an introduction to the built environment, history of architecture, and drawing courses. The third and fourth year curricula have been designed to provide a solid foundation for architectural education. The architecture studio is the locus for the integration of knowledge. Introductory architecture studios expose students to the elements and principles of architectural design. Throughout the curriculum knowledge imparted through courses in architectural history, theory, technology, urban studies, site analysis, and drawing are integrated and tested in the architecture studios. The emphasis of the program is on developing and maintaining a reasonable balance among the theoretical, practical, technical, and aesthetic aspects of architecture. Students can minor in a variety of fields including Construction Management, Sustainability, and Real Estate Development. The Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree is designed to provide a liberal-educational introduction to architecture and its allied disciplines. Students who enroll in this track typically explore architecture at the undergraduate level and pursue graduate studies and/or careers in planning, landscape architecture, historic preservation, real estate development, business, and other fields. Graduate - Accredited by the NAAB, the Master of Architecture offers a rich and demanding mix of design studio, history and theory, and technology. The teaching-learning philosophy in design studio synthesizes aesthetic, historical, practical and technical issues, with an emphasis on urban design, site specificity, and architectural design development. Advanced studios focus on topical issues including: housing, urban design, international and regional architecture, and architectural competitions. The thesis is the culmination of graduate studies. Dual Master's degree programs are available for interdisciplinary study in Architecture & Historic Preservation, Architecture & Planning, and Architecture & Real Estate Development. A 39-credit program, the Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning and Design prepares students to teach at the University level in departments of urban planning, architecture, and/or historic preservation, as well as qualify graduates to conduct research and participate in high-level decision-making in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
- Art & Design
- Community Design
- Cross-Cultural Contexts
- Graphics And Visualization
- Historic Preservation
- History, Theory, Criticism
- Industry Collaborations