University of Virginia
PROGRAMS: University of Virginia School of Architecture
The department offers two degree programs: Master of Architecture, and Bachelor of Science in Architecture. These programs are anchored by a rigorous design curriculum that provides a forum for synthesizing parallel studies in history, theory, technology, and representation. In keeping with the public mission of the University of Virginia that dates to its founding, these programs are committed to developing the next generation of civic and professional leaders.
The Master degree is accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB). A post–professional degree in architecture is offered to applicants who hold a NAAB accredited degree in architecture. Graduate students also pursue degrees in more than one field with increasing frequency. In order to facilitate this offering, we collaborate with colleagues in the other departments to developed typical curricula for the pursuit of dual degree options, which require independent admission to both programs.
The Bachelor of Science degree is offered in a pre–professional program providing the balance of a broad liberal arts foundation with a rigorous studio preparation for graduate study in architecture. Undergraduate Minors in all disciplines, global sustainability as well as other fields throughout the University provide vehicles for focused complementary study. An Architectural Studies Concentration in the Bachelor of Science program offers an opportunity for design–oriented research outside of the studio curriculum in the final year.
ABOUT: University of Virginia School of Architecture
The Architecture Department is committed to advance knowledge in our discipline and practice through design pedagogies which critically engages three areas of research:
The interdependence of cultural forces, ecological processes, and ethical concerns
The relationship between architectural aesthetics and construction methodologies
The implications of emerging technologies for the design of structures and sites
These issues are developed across the program’s curriculum, as well as through student and faculty work in design studios and seminars. As these threads of design investigation interact, new poetic possibilities emerge that are visible in the products of our unique perspective.
In the design of buildings, landscapes and urban infrastructure, working simultaneously at the scale of the hand and that of the city, we share the responsibility for creating a stimulating and sustainable setting for the development of diverse cultural expression. We work close at hand and travel great distances, from Charlottesville, Washington and New York to Barcelona, Venice and Beijing. We apply our hands to the making of things, open our minds to the voices of multiple communities and extend our reach in a network of collaborations across the university and beyond. We study the dynamic fullness of the sites we enter, taking seriously our power to reveal and transform them.
This is our territory, from which we advance the critical significance and catalytic potential of our academic discourse and professional engagement. The Department of Architecture is situated in a multi–disciplinary school that also includes Departments of Architectural History, Landscape Architecture, and Urban & Environmental Planning. Cross–disciplinary engagement is a pervasive phenomenon, with each program benefiting from this rich context. The Certificate program in Historic Preservation brings together students and faculty from each of the four disciplines in a course of study overlaid on the curriculum of each field.
HISTORY: University of Virginia School of Architecture
The School of Architecture includes four disciplines—architecture, architectural history, landscape architecture, and urban and environmental planning—connected by strong commitments to the community of the School, and to working with communities beyond the School. A rich tapestry of interdisciplinary research themes, described on this website, connects the faculty’s research with the curriculum, and help us engage in the most important issues of the day.
For decades, sustainability—a shared dedication to meeting today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, balancing issues of ecology, economy, and social equity—has been central to the School’s mission. Sustainability and human health, infrastructure, and cultural preservation are particular strengths of the School.
Experiential education and its compliment, action research, are central to the School’s efforts. Challenging classes, stimulating seminars, and the rigorous design studio sequence produces some of the country’s most sought–after graduates. At the same time, workshops, theses and design–build projects are national models for faculty and student research successfully applied for the public good.
With the creation of the University of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson linked education, architectural space, and ongoing democratic citizenship in his Academical Village. As the University prepares to enter its third century, our country finds exciting new opportunities such as more nearly equal civic engagement, global networking, and the worldwide emergence of democracies following the American experiment. Testing Mr. Jefferson’s formula—education for citizenship set in a precise architectural construct—against today’s opportunities and challenges at the University of Virginia is an exciting opportunity to re–inscribe its historic leadership in this arena into its third century.
The School of Architecture community—our faculty, staff, and students—have created a strong, positive, and resilient community focused on envisioning and creating preferred futures. We look forward to including new members in this shared project.
VISIT: University of Virginia School of Architecture