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Aarhus School of Architecture
The Aarhus School of Architecture is an institution of higher education under the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education, which has as its objective to offer, on an artistic and scientific level, education in architecture until the highest level, to practice artistic innovation work, and, on a scientific basis, to carry out research within the field of architecture. We carry out research and teaching on all levels of scale of the architectural profession — from design and architecture to urbanism, urban landscapes and physical planning. Regardless of the area of study, we always emphasize the core competences of the architect, the artistic approach to assignments and the ability to work spatially as well as visually. In our workshops scholars, teachers and students produce models and prototypes, often in full-scale. The School’s vision is “Engaging through Architecture,” which means that we focus on educating architects who are aware of the responsibilities they have as designers of our future material and immaterial surroundings and who are able to engage actively and critically with society. The School’s focus areas for the coming years will be Habitation, Transformation and Sustainability. We also focus on Research by Design and on developing new teaching methods (didactics).
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, School of Architecture
The CUHK School of Architecture is firmly committed to developing students’ core competency and critical thinking in order to achieve design creativity and leadership that enable lasting contributions to our built environment. The curriculum is structured not merely to train students to join the architectural profession, but to educate them in adapting to inevitable, future changes to be encountered during their careers. Under the leadership of Professor Nelson Chen, the School seeks to integrate design and research in its accredited professional programme comprising four-year BSSc in Architectural Studies and two-year MArch degrees. Other postgraduate degrees include the MSc in Urban Design; Architectural Conservation and Design; and Sustainable and Environmental Design, in addition to the MPhil and PhD research degrees. There is no more exceptional time and place to study and practice architecture and urban design than now in Hong Kong, situated at the heart of the region in China and Asia where 21st century cities are changing and growing with unprecedented speed and scale. Our graduates will be challenged to become both visionary and grounded in order to design buildings and cities both beautifully and responsibly while striving to shape a better world for their generation.
Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Founded in 1881, the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) confers Masters Degrees in Architecture, Advanced Architectural Design, Urban Design, Urban Planning, Historic Preservation, Real Estate Development and Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture, as well as Doctoral Degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning. As a leader in developing new forms of design research and scholarship to open up new territories for more meaningful practices of architecture and the design of cities, the school combines pioneering experimentation with an uncompromising engagement in New York and various cities across the world, offering students an unparalleled spatial network of resources and exchange. Under the leadership of Dean Amale Andraos, Columbia GSAPP is a laboratory for learning that weaves together cutting edge design skills, incisive critical thinking and new forms of knowledge as students and faculty engage one another in a spirit of intellectual generosity that strives to re-imagine the future of architecture, cities and the environment.
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
1172 Amsterdam Avenue, Avery Hall
New York, New York 10027
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering
The primary mission of the School of Architecture at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne is to train students to Bachelor’s and Master’s level. In fulfilling this mission it meets one of the objectives of EPFL whose mandate is to prepare professionals capable of practicing their profession from the time they obtain their Master’s degree. For SAR, this dual responsibility — academic and professional — means maintaining high standards in terms of both theoretical knowledge and practical competency. The school’s primary goal is to train architects who are able to adapt to a wide range of situations and issues by means of a structured methodological approach, requiring an in-depth understanding of the interdependence of the various levels of intervention: regional, urban, architectural. This guiding principle ensures optimum adaptability to challenges which are ever more complex — challenges which cannot be neatly pigeon-holed but increasingly call for a raft of interlinked knowledge and skills. The teaching of architecture is based on an ongoing dialogue between theory and practice. Students work in the architecture studio from their first year onwards. The teaching is mainly based on two complementary approaches: on the one hand, an apprenticeship in architectural practice; on the other the acquisition of a knowledge base in the discipline focused on various areas of expertise, which are explored progressively at the Bachelor’s level and revisited in greater depth in the Master’s course. Alongside the official teaching provision, SAR encourages students to develop their skills through practical exercises and project work. SAR welcomes a large number of invited design critics, who play a vital role in the school’s teaching provision, helping to drive the development of new visions and cutting-edge research projects for the architecture of the future.
GC A2 402 (Bâtiment GC)
ETH Zürich, Department of Architecture
ETH Zurich is one of the leading international universities for technology and the natural sciences. It is well known for its excellent education and ground-breaking fundamental research, and for translating its results directly into practice. Founded in 1855, ETH Zurich today has more than 18,000 students from over 110 countries, including 3,900 doctoral students. To researchers it offers an inspiring working environment; to students, a comprehensive education. Twenty-one Nobel Laureates have studied, taught or conducted research at ETH Zurich, underlining the excellent reputation of the university. The Department of Architecture is one of the most highly regarded faculties of architecture in the world. It owes its prominent position to the fruitful intertwining of high-quality teaching and research: building praxis and in-house inquiry are both central to its teaching of design and construction, and building praxis solutions validated in the built environment coalesce with investigative findings to become cogent themes of architectural education.”
8093 Zürich Hönggerberg
Georgia Tech, College of Architecture
The College of Architecture at Georgia Tech has been a leader in design innovation since 1908. Students, faculty and researchers in the Schools of Architecture, Building Construction, City & Regional Planning, Industrial Design and Music work across boundaries to advance knowledge of designed environments at all scales, producing new realms of experience and creativity. Georgia Tech offers bachelors, masters and doctoral studies in architecture, building construction and industrial design; and masters and doctoral studies in planning and music. The College’s interdisciplinary research centers apply cutting edge research in partnership with corporate, government and nonprofit agencies. These centers include the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA); the Center for Geographic Information Systems (CGIS); the Digital Building Laboratory (DBL); the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology (GTCMT); the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development (CQGRD); and the Construction Resources Center (CRC).
245 4th St. NW
Atlanta, GA, 30332-0155
Lund University, School of Architecture and Built Environment
The School of Architecture and Built Environment offers the highest level of professionalism possible in the education and training of architects: a 5-year professional program leading to a Master of Architecture, a specific 2-year international Master of Science in Sustainable Urban Design (SUDes) and a 2-year international Master of Science in Architecture (MARCH); with the possibility of specialization in Advanced Architectural Design, Spatial Experiment, Architectural Conservation Design, or Human Shelter / Urban Space. All of our programs combine best practice with advanced research to help students develop into highly skilled professionals who are competitive at an international level. Further, the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, in whole, shows a wide range of research and PhD-education within the fields of Architecture, Urban Design, Architectural Technology, Environmental Psychology and History and Theory of Architecture. A national Swedish research school in architecture (ResArc) is also conducted from our department.
MIT School of Architecture + Planning
The MIT School of Architecture + Planning believes that design and policy interventions should be grounded in a commitment to improving individual human lives, equity and social justice, cultural enrichment and the responsible use of resources through creative problem-solving and project execution. The unifying theme of all our activities is design. Through the design of physical spaces, and through the design of policies and technologies that shape how those spaces are used, we aim to sustain and enhance the quality of the human environment at all scales, from the personal to the global. We believe that design and policy interventions should be grounded in a commitment to improving individual human lives, equity and social justice, cultural enrichment and the responsible use of resources through creative problem-solving and project execution.
Pennsylvania State University, Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
The H. Campbell and Eleanor Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, building on the excellence of our undergraduate professional programs, recognizes that design is a signifier for the great variety of means and methods with which we respond to the world and improve people’s living environments. By collaborating with an increasingly diverse range of professionals, communities, and individuals, we (students, alumni, staff, and faculty) aspire to become global citizens participating in the discovery and making of responsible living environments. We are creative and innovative scholars and stewards, with a vision expanding beyond landscapes and buildings. Our future embraces vibrant possibilities, benefiting from our ability to effect new and restored networks, systems and virtualities; exemplary manufacturing models; convivial and resilient environments; intelligent material and technology developments; adaptive ecologies and ecosystems. The programs of the School respond directly to major changes in the world of design. Curricula at both undergraduate and graduate levels should be regularly re-examined and adjusted. They are increasingly technology-based, explicitly interdisciplinary and targeted to new niches in our disciplines at the intersection of green technologies, economics, social and cultural change.
Pratt Institute, School of Architecture
Founded in 1887, Pratt Institute is a global leader in higher education dedicated to preparing its 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in architecture, art, design, information and library science, and liberal arts and sciences. Located in a cultural hub with historic campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Pratt is a living lab of craft and creativity with an esteemed faculty of accomplished professionals and scholars who challenge students to transform their passion into meaningful expression. The School of Architecture’s mission is to educate the future leaders in architecture, urban design, city and regional planning, construction and facilities management, environmental management, and historic preservation. This effort builds upon a strong context of professional education within Pratt that stresses the relationship between intellectual development, creative activity, and innovation. The importance of independent learning is emphasized through the School’s studio-based curricula and research-oriented bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.
61 St. James Place
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Southern California Institute of Architecture
SCI-Arc is internationally renowned for its innovative pedagogy, advanced technologies and an emphasis on design. An independent, accredited degree-granting institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs in architecture, SCI-Arc brings together accomplished architects who educate a new generation by cultivating intellectual confidence and the ability to conceive, produce and defend new ideas. SCI-Arc is an experimental laboratory that arises from an educational model that is informal, collaborative and supportive. Our students share their commitment in a rigorous, immersive studio culture with a palpable energy. Each student has a dedicated workspace where faculty engage in one-on-one dialogues guiding students through contemporary thought, practice and expertise. The studio culture is supported by a lecture and gallery exhibition series, as well as state-of-the-art facilities that include a robot lab, the latest in analog and digital fabrication equipment, print center, and library. Located in a quarter-mile-long former freight depot in Downtown Los Angeles, the school is praised as a bottom-up phenomenon where conceptual and intellectual diversity in the faculty and student body helps shape the direction of the school and that of the architecture profession as a whole.
960 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Stanford University Architectural Design Program
The Architectural Design Program at Stanford is a supportive and ethical learning community working at the intersection of design, innovation and engineering. Our program cultivates adaptive, investigative and creative thinkers who, through analysis and design, will shape the future of a rapidly changing world. Combining hands-on architectural design studios with a wide variety of courses, students can choose from a broad mix of elective courses concerning energy conservation, sustainability, building systems, structures, along with design foundation and fine arts courses. In addition to preparing students for advanced studies in architecture and construction management, the program’s strong math and science requirements prepare students well for graduate work in other fields such as civil and environmental engineering, law and business. The major provides a background for individuals wanting to explore a diversity of careers in architecture, engineering, construction and structures.
Environment & Energy Building, Room 265
Stanford, California 94305
Tulane School of Architecture
We envision a generation of architects dedicated to crafting buildings, places and institutions that create vibrant, vital, and sustainable cities. Using the rich environmental, historic and cultural landscape of New Orleans as a laboratory, framed by the effects of a natural and human-produced catastrophe, our programs engage students in an ongoing effort to reconsider and rebuild New Orleans. Students learn that architects are uniquely suited to be leaders in a movement toward an urban renaissance of sustainable design and community engagement. Outreach and other forms of engagement through sustainable design investigations, community planning, building construction, and preservation practices are integral to our mission in preparing students for leadership positions in design professions and in their communities. Degrees offered included: Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Master of Architecture (undergraduate and graduate), Master of Preservation Studies, and Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development.
Richardson Memorial Hall
6823 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70118-5698
University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design
The Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas houses professional design programs of architecture, landscape architecture and interior design together with liberal studies programs. All of these programs combine studio design education with innovative teaching in history, theory, technology and urban design. A broad range of course offerings equips graduates with the knowledge and critical agility required to meet the challenges of designing for a changing world. Their training prepares students with critical frameworks for design thinking that also equip them to assume leadership roles in the profession and in their communities. The school is housed in the recently renovated Vol Walker Hall and the Steven L. Anderson Design Center addition. Students have dedicated studio desks, with the design disciplines integrated throughout the building. Curriculum is enhanced by a robust lecture and exhibition series. The school’s architecture program was ranked 26th in the nation, and the 12th best program among public, land-grant universities, in the 16th annual Survey of America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools, a study conducted in 2015 by the Design Futures Council and published in DesignIntelligence.
University of British Columbia, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
The School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture contributes significantly to the dialogue, education, research and innovation within the architecture and landscape architecture professions and plays a positive role at the University and in the wider community. Through its undergraduate, professional and research programs, the School aspires to produce outstanding graduates equipped to provide the necessary design, technical and intellectual leadership that will contribute to a built environment supportive of civil and sustainable patterns of living.
402 - 6333 Memorial Road
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
University of California-Berkeley, College of Environmental Design
The first school to combine the disciplines of architecture, planning, and landscape architecture into a single college, the College of Design led the way toward an integrated approach to analyzing, understanding, and designing our built environment. CED was also among the first to conceptualize environmental design as inseparable from its social, political-economic, and cultural contexts.
230 Wurster Hall #1820
Berkeley, CA 94720-1820
University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Architecture
University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture
The University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture is the first faculty in Canada to offer four post-graduate, built-environment professional degree programs: Architecture, City Planning, Landscape Architecture and Interior Design. All of these are based on a comprehensive non-professional Environmental Design undergraduate program that results in a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree. The Faculty of Architecture also offers a Ph.D. Program. The Ph.D. in Design and Planning in the Faculty of Architecture focuses on research in the following areas: Planning and Design Theory; Sustainable Planning and Design; Planning and Design Education; Planning and Design Practice; and Design and Planning Technologies. Through its focus upon design excellence, teaching and research, the faculty demonstrates its commitment to improving the quality of the built environment and associated ecological, economic, physical and social well-being of the global community.
University of Miami School of Architecture
At the University of Miami School of Architecture, our rigorous curriculum is rooted in the historical and theoretical framework at the core of intelligent and thoughtful design but also looks to the future, with optimism and excitement about the role of design in shaping and stewarding the environment. Our students learn about the latest trends, techniques, and tools from faculty who have active practices and are leaders in their fields. After completion of the core curriculum, which emphasizes both hand-drawing and digital media, students have the opportunity to study abroad and the freedom to explore a variety of aspects of research and practice in their upper levels: healthcare design, urban design, design build, historic preservation, furniture making, interior design, sustainable design, computational design, and more. Whether designing a public promenade on Miami’s waterfront district or using drones to map an informal city in Colombia, students dig into real-world learning and community service activities steered by a philosophy of learning from and investing in the world around us.
University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Taubman College seeks to improve the human condition through thoughtful design and planning for the built environment. Its academic programs prepare graduates for positions of responsibility within a wide spectrum of professions, organizations, and institutions that shape the built environment at scales ranging from local to global. Taubman College conducts innovative design and policy research and serves the community, the state, the nation, and the world through outreach and partnerships. In pursuit of these ideals for over 100 years, Taubman College offers students from the state, the country, and around the globe a complement of disciplinary and interdisciplinary degree programs ranging from pre-professional to post-professional to Ph.D. Our committed and energetic faculty, staff and students form a diverse, creative, and collaborative community within the University of Michigan, one of the world’s largest research universities. Taubman College has a long educational tradition that combines design and technology. Today, it continues to foster a broad view of architecture and urban and regional planning in the context of a major research university where interdisciplinary initiatives are encouraged and supported.
2000 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069
University of Pennsylvania, School of Design
PennDesign is an inventive place of learning where the many fields of architecture, planning, preservation, landscape and the fine arts come together on shared ground. At PennDesign, we are dedicated to design that is creative in nature and transformative in impact. In a collaborative environment that fosters inquiry and experimentation, faculty and students seek to recast the distinction between theory and practice, expand knowledge and invention through research, and contribute works of value and beauty.
University of Southern California, School of Architecture
The USC School of Architecture has achieved a more than 90-year tradition in educating and cultivating some of the finest architectural minds, in addition to contributing to the development and construction of the city of Los Angeles. This tradition is built on a foundation that integrates exemplary instruction, design, research, and technology. The USC School of Architecture offers a 5-year professional undergraduate degree, Master’s degrees in the areas of architecture, building science, historic preservation and landscape architecture, and a new Ph.D in Architecture. As Los Angeles claims a double frontier in both America and the Pacific Rim, USC is reaching afar to new territories and cultures. In conjunction, the School of Architecture is launching new initiatives in cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary discourses, including the USC American Academy in China.
Watt Hall, Suite 204
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0291
UT Austin School of Architecture
The UT Austin School of Architecture melds theory and practice. The faculty include many reflective practitioners who are accomplished in the fields of architecture, planning, landscape architecture, preservation, and interior design. The faculty also advance theory through research, writing and exhibitions, and have a broad range of expertise in architectural history, building systems, technology, sustainability, transportation, Latin American architecture, and urbanism, and the built environment. This scholarship is advanced through the Center for American Architecture and Design, the Center for Sustainable Development, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The school has made a conscious effort to reject disciplinary boundaries along departmental lines. This unique organizational structure promotes collaboration and affords students an integrated understanding of the design of meaningful places at all scales, from rooms to cities and regions. The enrollment is approximately 750 students, evenly divided between undergraduate and graduate programs. The school offers undergraduate degrees in architecture and interior design; master’s degrees in architecture, community and regional planning, landscape architecture, historic preservation, architectural history, sustainable design, urban design, and interior design; and doctoral degrees in planning, architectural history, preservation, and sustainability.”
310 Inner Campus Drive Stop B7500
Austin, TX 78712-1009
University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
The fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design are characterized today by exceptional pressure for change. Globalization and the convergence of new media, materials, and building technologies have led to radical change in economic, technical, and aesthetic formations in the design fields. The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design is responding to these shifts. As the largest city in Canada and one of the most dynamic in North America, Toronto is a thriving metropolis, providing exceptional resources for the aspiring architect, landscape architect, or urban designer to study the early twenty-first-century human condition. Daniels has a global orientation in its teaching and research while simultaneously believing in the importance of sensitively addressing local forces. In this context, Daniels strives to harness the potential of Toronto’s distinctive multi-ethnic and multicultural society. The greater Toronto region serves as a dynamic laboratory for critical studies and the imaginative exploration of design alternatives that will be of consequence internationally. Students not only have the city to use as a resource, but also have access to Toronto’s large professional design community, many of whom teach at the school. In addition, the city’s multicultural networks and international connections make Daniels a powerful place to start a career. Daniels’ focus on interdisciplinary training and research will test your limits and challenge you to rethink design for the 21st century.
University of Virginia, School of Architecture
Catalyzed by Thomas Jefferson’s radical vision for new social, political, and architectural conditions, the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia is a small and nimble school focused on understanding architecture, landscapes and urban traditions of the past, analyzing spatial conditions of the present, and projecting provocative potentials for future living. Our long-standing foci in design and health, sustainability, cultural landscapes, and community engagement provide strong foundations for our emerging strength in Urban Design on a local, national and global stage. As a school with four distinct but highly collaborative departments, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Architectural History and Urban and Environmental Planning, we are committed to building, planning, researching, preserving and interpreting the constructed environment with one another, the humanities and sciences, and the world of action.
P.O. Box 400122
Charlottesville VA 22904–4122
University of Washington College of Built Environments
Located in Seattle on the shores of Union and Portage Bays, bounded by the Cascade and Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound, the College of Built Environments offers students the opportunity to study design and construction at one of the nation’s preeminent public research universities. CBE houses four departments — architecture, construction management, landscape architecture, and urban design and planning — comprising fourteen degree programs, including four accredited professional degrees and two interdisciplinary PhDs. Built on a tradition of discovery anchored in principled design and community engagement, students at CBE enjoy sustained interaction with civic and professional leaders in one of the world’s most geographically diverse and dynamic metro regions. Seattle serves as a singular laboratory for critical exploration of the interdependent roles of design, planning, urban ecology and construction in the resilience of twenty-first century cities. Practice internships in and around the Pacific Northwest supplement coursework, and students pursue global interests through foreign study in Rome, Copenhagen, Mexico City, Chandigarh and cities throughout Asia. A dozen sponsored research and entrepreneurial centers further enrich professional education and scholarship in the college, including the Integrated Design Lab, the Urban Ecology Research Lab, the Green Futures Lab, the Urban Form Lab, the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies and the Pacific Northwest Center for Construction Research and Education.
Woodbury School of Architecture
The School of Architecture is a network of hubs strategically sited within the larger Southern California megalopolis: Los Angeles, Burbank and San Diego. Together, these sites form a critical infrastructure for architectural investigations. The school’s undergraduate and graduate programs in architecture and interior architecture train students as entrepreneurs, architect citizens and cultural builders. Our Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture, Master of Architecture and post-professional graduate programs in architecture and real estate prepare students to effect positive change in the built environment, to tackle theoretical debates and to take on architecture as a critical practice. Our faculty is composed of active and prolific architects, designers and academics practicing in Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana. Internationally recognized and award winning, the faculty works closely with students, teaching the skills required to expand the limits of practice and debate the possibilities of our disciplines.
7500 N Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91504
Norman Millar, 1953 – 2016
Norman Millar, award-winning Los Angeles architect, national academic leader, and esteemed board member of Places Journal, died on April 14, 2016, from cancer.
University of Virginia
Ila Berman Named Dean of UVA School of Architecture
Berman is an architect and theorist whose research explores the relationships between contemporary culture and the material practices of architecture, urbanism, and landscape.
Jorge Otero-Pailos Named Preservation Director at Columbia
As scholar, architect, and artist, Otero-Pailos has been in the vanguard of experimental preservation and worked to strengthen the field as an academic discipline.