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Our design pedagogy is founded on a philosophy of Creating_Making which is grounded in experience; a tangible connection between the creative endeavor and the physical act of making. As such, we are committed to maintaining a foundation in the material practices of design, in promoting intellectual engagement with creative processes, in providing both alternative cultural and professional work experiences, and in fostering intra-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary opportunities for collaboration. The philosophy of Creating_Making encourages diverse research, critical inquiry, and informed experimentation dedicated to reinforcing our core beliefs; a commitment to fostering critical engagement, material aptitude, manual competence, and most importantly an ethical commitment to the real, the tangible, and the human capital that is architecture.

Professional Mentoring Program


The mentoring program is a partnership with the Division of Architecture Professional Advisory Board. The purpose is to familiarize architecture students with the practice of architecture through mentoring with local professionals. Several levels of mentoring and support are available through this program to provide a link to the profession to students at beginning of the program, for students at upper year levels and to provide direct assistance to studio and other class activities. Learn more.

Study Abroad in Rome

COA Rome

As Goethe describes, "the experience of living in Rome has the power to change us, to teach us how to really live." For architecture students, the city has a special allure. The city of Rome has played a central role in the development of architecture and urbanism for millennia. Furthermore, the legendary urban spaces, streets, and monuments of the city provide invaluable lessons on urban development through history.

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