University of Kentucky
College of Design, School of Architecture
The School of Architecture at the University of Kentucky College of Design is the only NAAB-accredited architecture program in Kentucky. Our top-rated faculty, internationally renowned studio projects, and state-of-the-art facilities provide our students with the necessary skills to compete and excel in a global design market.
The University of Kentucky, founded in 1865 as the state's only comprehensive land-grant institution, is dedicated to improving people's lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service, and health care. As Kentucky's flagship institution, the University also plays a critical leadership role by promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development, and human well-being. There are approximately 29,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate and/or professional students. All fifty states and 100 foreign countries are represented in the student body.
The College of Design strives to be a leading force in the world of design, dedicated to building a spirited and collegial environment where excellence is celebrated. This is accomplished by creating a community in which students are encouraged to exchange ideas and explore the interdisciplinary connections that exist between the various practices of design. Through this approach, the college educates, trains and prepares students for leading roles in an innovation-driven economy. The college also serves as a hub for promoting groundbreaking research. By partnering with manufacturers, energy providers, and researchers, the college is not only increasing the intellectual capital of Kentucky, but also applying design thought to global challenges.
The School of Architecture at the University of Kentucky has achieved a national reputation for excellence through the commitment of its faculty and the spirit, talent and dedication of its students. The School of Architecture is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The architecture studio is the foundation of the program. Studios provide a social and curricular framework for the architecture student. Representational skills such as drawing, model-making, and computer modeling are practiced rigorously as essential skills for design. In addition to the design studio, students study building technology; materials and structural systems; digital fabrication techniques; the history,theory, and criticism of architecture; and the ethical and professional principles of a successful architecture practice. Students also learn contemporary processes such as prototyping to solve problems, and innovate new solutions. Prototypes, three-dimensional physical models, are created with digital design and fabrication tools and technologies such as CNC milling, 3-D printing, and laser-cutting. Prototypes can be created quickly allowing students to propose solutions; examine results; redefine problems; and propose new solutions. In the School of Architecture, prototyping has come to define a new model of design research in which the focus is not so much on the creation of a final design but rather on the creation of design knowledge itself. The four-year Bachelor's degree in Architecture qualifies students for careers in architectural offices, building construction, development and public agencies. To become a licensed architect in Kentucky and other states, the graduate must complete a two-year Master of Architecture program. Both degree programs are offered at the University of Kentucky.
- Building Information Modeling
- Community Design
- Digital Fabrication
- History, Theory, Criticism
- Industry Collaborations
- Materials And Construction
- Public Health