University of Virginia: School of Architecture

Architecture

Overview

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.

Values

 

The discipline of Architecture is evolving in a broad field of buildings and constructions, city and urban space, site and landscape with deep cultural and social meaning.  Architecture addressed to collaborate in solving needs and problems in our contemporary world.  Architecture is:

  • culture and progress
  • service and commitment
  • necessary and meaningful
  • transformative and innovative

The Department of Architecture is actively engaged in research and education with the following understanding:

  • the condition of the social need and sustainable future
  • the interdisciplinary of Architecture/Landscape/Urban/Theory
  • deep architectural knowledge
  • technologies, applied to build thoughtfully and innovative for solving contemporary problems

The mission of the Department of Architecture to provide the students with:

  • a consciousness of the world and its diversity
  • the responsibility to choose their own path
  • a broad range of questions and scales
  • collaboration skills with interdisciplinary experience introducing external knowledge to design
  • historical and theoretical knowledge and the ability to find them
  • technical and foundational knowledge
  • analogical and digital representation and thinking
  • research skills to acquire knowledge and develop new methods and tools

Degrees Offered

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.

Graduate:

Master of Architecture 

Master of Architecture; Design Studies

The Master of Architecture (MArch) is a professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB). A non-professional Master of Architecture in Design Studies degree is offered to applicants who hold a degree in architecture or a related field. 

Graduate students can also pursue degrees in more than one discipline.  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.

Undergraduate:

Bachelor of Science in Architecture 

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.

Administration

Inaki Alday

Chair: Iñaki Alday

Director of Graduate Program: John Quale

Director of Undergraduate Program: Esther Lorenz

 

Accreditation

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, a preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The University of Virginia School of Architecture offers a Master of Architecture (MArch) degree that is NAAB accredited.  The Bachelor of Science in Architecture / Pre-Professional concentration at UVa is not an accredited degree, but offers the opportunity to receive substantial advanced standing in the top MArch programs around the country, including at UVa.   The paths to achieve the MArch degree and the total number of credit hours are described below.

The University of Virginia’s Master of Architecture program received a professional six-year term of accreditation in 2009. This program will be reviewed again in 2015.

For more information, visit the NAAB Website. For information on NAAB Procedures, visit the NAAB Procedure Page. For information on NAAB Conditions for Accreditation, visit the 2009 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation Page.

The University of Virginia School of Architecture offers a Master of Architecture (MArch) degree that is NAAB accredited.  The Bachelor of Science in Architecture / Pre-Professional concentration at UVa is not an accredited degree, but offers the opportunity to receive substantial advanced standing in the top MArch programs around the country, including at UVa.   The paths to achieve the MArch degree and the total number of credit hours are described below.

Visit our Master of Architecture, Professional Degree page

The University of Virginia’s Master of Architecture program received a professional six-year term of accreditation in 2009. This program will be reviewed again in 2015.

Annual Report (2012-2013)

Annual Report (2011-2012)

Annual Report (2009-2010)

Current Visiting Team Report

Final Decison Letter from the NAAB

ARE Pass Rates can be found by visiting the NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) Pass Rates Page

 

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Fellowships

see Fellowships page

Associated Faculty