University of Virginia
School of Architecturehttp://www.arch.virginia.edu/
The University of Virginia is distinctive among institutions of higher education. Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University sustains the ideal of developing leaders, through education, who are well prepared to help shape the future of the nation. It is consistently ranked as one of the strongest public universities in the country. The University is renewing its commitment to the Fine and Performing Arts with current plans for a new arts precinct.
Design is the central mode of inquiry in architecture. Graduate and undergraduate students investigate vital issues that shape our built environment, representing their ideas through design. Design interprets the past and projects an ethical future for urban and rural landscapes. Students are immersed in a studio culture that values the artful making of inventive physical and digital representations of cities, buildings and landscapes. Students have the advantage of a close affiliation with Landscape Architecture, Architectural History and Planning. We endeavor to provide students with the skills needed to assume leadership roles in architecture and other disciplines that engage the physical environment.
The Bachelor of Science in Architecture Program is a rigorous pre-professional curriculum with a strong liberal arts component. The prime objective of the first three years is to provide a framework for the study of contemporary culture through observation, analysis, and design of the built environment. This exploration uses design as a mode of critical inquiry from the scale of the city to the scale of the hand while maintaining its focus on the value of this effort to the community and the land, both immediate and extended. The curriculum is based on the foundation of a liberal arts education formed broadly during the first two years of study, after which students are able to choose between two degree concentrations: Pre-Professional and Design Thinking. Both provide a foundation for a professional graduate degree, though the Design Thinking concentration moves away from the design of buildings and structures, and focuses on design as a device for problem solving. Practitioners of Design Thinking delve into fabrication, education practices, and the relationship of design and health, among other topics. Pre-Professional students are required to take more classes relating to structures and construction techniques, while focusing on architecture as it relates to a building, neighborhood, or city.
The Master of Architecture emphasizes strong foundation studies in design with support courses in architectural history, theory, building, and technology. To gain a broader understanding of the relationships within and parallel to the field of architecture, students take courses in Architectural History, Landscape Architecture, and Urban and Environmental Planning. The Department is committed to the development of architectural pedagogy and upper-level graduate students are encouraged, through an optional teaching elective, to expand their knowledge by serving as teaching assistants to undergraduate design, theory or technology courses. The Master of Architecture Program attracts a diverse range of students with undergraduate degrees ranging from liberal arts to architecture. After an introductory summer session, students with liberal arts degrees typically complete their courses in six semesters, while those with pre-professional degrees frequently gain advanced standing. A two-semester Master of Architecture Post-Professional Degree Program, directly tailored to the interests of each student, is available for those with an undergraduate professional degree in architecture.
- Building Technologies
- Community Design
- Digital Fabrication
- Graphics And Visualization
- History, Theory, Criticism
- Public Health