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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

Architecture (ARCH)

School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
1200 Architecture Building, 301-405-8000
Director: B. Kelly (Director, Assoc Prof)
Professors: M. Bell (Prof, Affiliate Prof), D. Cronrath (Prof And Dean, Prof), R. Etlin (Dist Univ Prof), S. Hurtt (Prof), G. Rockcastle (Prof), R. Vann (Prof)
Associate Professors: M. Ambrose (Asst Prof), C. Bovill (Assoc Prof), R. Eisenbach (Assoc Prof), A. Gardner (Assoc Prof), I. Gournay (Assoc Prof, Affil Assoc Prof), B. Kelly (Assoc Prof)
Assistant Professors: P. Draper (Asst Prof), H. Koliji (Asst Prof), P. Noonan (Prof Of Practice), L. Quiros Pacheco (Asst Prof)
Lecturers: M. Allen (Lecturer), L. Escobal (Lecturer), C. Field (Lecturer), B. Grieb (Lecturer, Proj Mgr), S. Lau (Lecturer), B. Leggs (Lecturer), S. Lewis (Lecturer), P. Mortensen (Lecturer), A. Rubeling (Lecturer)
Professors Emeriti: W. Bechhoefer (Prof Emeritus), R. Bennett (Prof Emeritus, Lecturer), K. Du Puy (Prof Emeritus), R. Etlin (Dist Univ Prof Emeritus), G. Francescato (Prof Emeritus), J. Hill (Prof Emeritus), R. Lewis (Prof Emeritus), J. Loss (Prof Emeritus), B. Schlesinger (Prof Emeritus)

The Major

The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation offers a four-year pre-professional undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture. Students graduating with the undergraduate major in architecture typically require two years to complete the curriculum leading to the professional degree in architecture (M.ARCH).

Students receive rigorous and comprehensive instruction from a faculty whose members are active in professional practice or research. Many faculty members have distinguished themselves across the professional spectrum and represent different approaches to architectural design. Their individual areas of expertise include architectural design and theory, history, architectural archaeology, technology, urban design and planning, and historic preservation. Visiting critics, lecturers, and the Kea Distinguished Professor augment the faculty. Together, they provide students with the requisite exposure to contemporary realities of architectural design.

The B.S. degree in Architecture will qualify graduates to pursue a career in a number of fields, such as construction, real estate development, public administration, or historic preservation, or to continue in graduate work in professional fields such as architecture, urban planning, historic preservation, landscape architecture, or law. The program offers design studios and electives in drawing and visual representation leading some of our students to pursue advanced degrees in graphic design, interior design, fashion design, exhibition design and other creative fields. 

Courses offered by this department may be found under the following acronym: ARCH

Program Objectives

The School's mission is to educate Architects, Planners, Preservationists, Developers and the many allied stakeholders whose work and scholarship focuses on the quality of the built environment and promotes social justice, cultural value, resource conservation and economic opportunity.

We take advantage of our unique location—in a region that features the nation's capital and the post-industrial City of Baltimore, and links the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean while surrounding the Chesapeake Bay. Maryland's opportunities and challenges are found in its diverse communities, explosive growth and extensive historic resources.

Our faculty, students and alumni collaboratively advance their vision and commitment through research, teaching, colloquia, writing, creative design, planning, policy formation and professional work. Our mission is historically rooted in our land grant mandate and enhanced by our regional and international activities.

Academic Programs and Departmental Facilities

Architecture Library
Located on the second floor of the Architecture Building, the Architecture library has planning and architecture books and periodicals, as well as Urban Studies and Planning studio reports. There is also a slide collection available in the Elizabeth D. Alley Visual Resources Collection on the same floor. Librarians are available by appointment to assist with your research needs.

Visual Resources Center
The VRC consists of more than 400,000 digital images documenting architecture and the urban scene from pre-historic times to the present. Related topics include urban design, historic preservation, real estate development, art, landscape architecture, as well as events around the School. Other visual materials include over 400 DVDs and videotapes, along with lantern slides and photographs. Images are acquired through site photography, scanning materials, commercial vendors, and donations from faculty and students.

Images and other materials may be used for presentations in school classes and for research.

Fabrication Lab
The FabLab at the School of Architecture Planning and Preservation emphasizes the notion of learning to design through the process of making.  Our students learn to influence the form and meaning of the built environment by working directly with its material and physical nature. We stress the integration of digital and hand fabrication methods, and explore how traditional technology is affected and transformed by new materials and technique.

Admission to the Major

Freshman applicants:


Transfer applicants:



Advising appointments and school tours are conducted by the Office of Student Affairs, who can help you navigate admissions, course registration, degree planning and other issues. 

Contact Advising by E-mail

Undergraduate Architecture students
Contact archadvise@umd.edu with advising questions.

To schedule an appointment with the advisors, please visit: http://arch.umd.edu/arch/student-services-arch

Advising for undergraduates in the School is mandatory each semester.

Student Societies and Professional Organizations

Student Organizations

  • AIAS- American Institute of Architecture Students
  • USGBC- United States Green Building Council
  • NOMAS- National Organization for Minority Architecture Students
  • ASA- Archtecture Student Assembly
  • APX- Alpha Rho Chi National Architecture Fraternity

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Please visit our website for scholarship opportunties for current students: http://arch.umd.edu/arch/scholarships

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu .

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