The shift from insular modes of action to the global has demanded broad changes in the study and teaching of design, history and planning. Among schools of architecture, UVa’s School of Architecture stands as a leader in this paradigm shift. Indeed, the School has become a model for 21st-century engaged public universities, with a curriculum that emphasizes interdisciplinary, collaborative “action” research on such issues as global and human health, community engagement, infrastructure and cultural preservation. For decades we have been known nationally and internationally for our strengths in sustainability and balancing issues of ecology, economy and social equity. We are a leader at UVa in offering global programs that give our faculty and students the necessary skills and fluency to envision and create preferred futures around the world. And we encourage collaborations across Grounds, as well as with communities of alumni, firms, industry and public partners that advance innovative research and develop real solutions.
Teaching in the School of Architecture is integrally connected to research and community engagement, and reflects the diverse perspectives and experience of faculty and students. Faculty engage a variety of research models in pursuing research on the built environment, including humanities models of critical analysis in architectural history and theory, social science models of demographic analysis in urban and environmental planning, and design thinking as a form in inquiry in architecture and landscape architecture.
As a result, research projects take many forms, including traditional scholarly publication; built or speculative design or other visual work; and multidisciplinary design-build projects that engage students, and faculty across the university, in partnership with non-profits and other outside agencies. As a result of being a small school including three very distinct modes of academic performance framed around the subject of the constructed environment we in the School of Architecture are by design an interdisciplinary community.
Urban and Environmental Planning