SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, PLANNING AND PRESERVATION (ARCH)1298 Architecture Building, 301-405-8000
Dean: David Conrath
Associate Dean(s): Marie Howland, Gerrit Knaap
Assistant Dean(s): Ingrid Farrell
The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation offers a four-year pre-professional undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in architecture. The School also offers graduate programs leading to the professional degrees of Master of Architecture, Master of Historic Preservation, Master of Community Planning, and Master of Real Estate Development, as well as joint professional degrees and certificates. The School offers a post-professional Master of Science in Architecture degree and a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning and Design. Students graduating with the undergraduate major in architecture typically require two years to complete the curriculum leading to the professional degree in architecture. Please see the graduate catalog for more information on graduate programs at the School of Architecture.
The School is a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).
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.
Special Advantages and Facilities
NAAB - 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, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
The school is housed in a modern building providing design workstations for each student, a 300 seat auditorium, and seminar and classroom facilities. The Great Space, an atrium at the center of the School, is the location for collaborate projects, design reviews, critiques, and a variety of events that that bring the architecture program together. Facilities include a well-equipped woodworking and model shop, computer labs, digital output and digital fabrication. The Architecture Library, one of the finest in the nation, offers convenient access to a current circulating collection of more than 24,000 volumes, 6,000 periodicals, and an extensive selection of reference materials. Rare books and special acquisitions include a collection relating to international expositions and the 11,000-volume National Trust for Historic Preservation Library. The Elizabeth D. Alley Visual Resources Collection includes a reserve collection of 500,000 slides on architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, architectural science, and technology as well as audio-visual equipment for classroom and studio use.
Upper level summer programs include travel to Rome, Paris, Turkey, Great Britain, and other countries. Students may earn direct credit doing hands-on restoration work and by attending lectures by visiting architects, preservationists, and scholars. Undergraduate Seniors and graduate students may also participate in a Study Abroad Semester at the School's facility at Kiplin Hall, in northern England.
Architecture is a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP). See www.lep.umd.edu for information on Limited Enrollment Programs and a link to Architecture. All students must meet the requirements for admission to the LEP by applying for a Review at approximately 45 credits.
Freshman Admission. Students with the most competitive records from high school gain direct admission to the Undergraduate Architecture Program through the University Admissions Office. Early application is strongly recommended due to limited space in the program. Admitted freshmen have access to the necessary advising through their initial semesters to determine if architecture is an appropriate major for their interests and abilities.
Once a student has earned 45 credits, he/she must have successfully completed a specific set of courses called "gateway" requirements. Note: Only one 'gateway' or performance review course may be repeated to earn the required grade and that course may only be repeated once. Freshmen who are admitted to architecture must apply for a 45 credit limited enrollment review on February 1st during their fourth semester. To meet the provisions of the review, these students must demonstrate their ability to complete the following "gateway" requirements:
** Students must take one of the courses below:
Students may be enrolled in ARCH 226 and completing their distributive studies contemporaneous with the 45 credit limited enrollment review during their fourth semester. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in all college level coursework is also required. In addition, the review will include an assessment of two letters of recommendations, transcripts, an essay, and a portfolio, the nature of which is specified by the Architecture Program. Please contact the Undergraduate Architecture Advisors at email@example.com for a 45 Credit Limited Enrollment Review Application normally available in October prior to the February submission. The application, detailed portfolio requirements and deadlines are also available online at www.arch.umd.edu. See the STUDENTS tab for information on Student Affairs.
Note: Freshmen students are admitted to the School during the Fall semester only.
Transfer Admission Requirements. Transfer students who wish to study Architecture must first gain admission to the University and then apply to the LEP at the earliest opportunity following completion of the "gateway" requirements. Transfer students, and students enrolled on campus who wish to join the LEP, apply for the same 45 credit limited enrollment review outlined above. Admission to transfer students is very competitive and varies from year to year due to limited space. To meet the provisions of the review, transfer students must demonstrate their ability to complete the following "gateway" requirements:
** Students must take one of the courses below to complete the Mathematics and the Sciences Distributive Studies CORE requirement:
Students may be enrolled in ARCH 226 and completing their distributive studies contemporaneous with the 45 credit limited enrollment review. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above in all college level coursework is required. In addition, the review will include an assessment of two letters of recommendations, transcripts, an essay, and a portfolio, the nature of which is specified by the Architecture Program. Please contact the Undergraduate Architecture Advisors at firstname.lastname@example.org for a 45 Credit Limited Enrollment Review Application normally available in October prior to the February submission. The application, detailed portfolio requirements and deadlines are also available online at www.arch.umd.edu. See the STUDENTS tab for information on Student Affairs.
Note: Many outstanding transfer candidates apply in February each year. Completion of the above requirements does not guarantee admission into the Limited Enrollment Program.
Appeals. Students who are denied admission as a freshman and feel that they have extenuating circumstances may appeal in writing to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Mitchell Building. Students denied admission at the 45 Credit Limited Enrollment Review may appeal in writing directly to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. For further information, contact the Counselor for Limited Enrollment Programs at 301-314-8385.
Undergraduate Degree Requirements/Degree Options
In the first two years of college, directly admitted students and those seeking to transfer into the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation should adhere to the following curriculum:
+GEOL 123 is also offered as AOSC123 and as GEOG123
If admitted after completing 56 credits, students are expected to complete the following requirements for a total of 120 credits:
*Courses are to be taken in sequence as indicated by Roman numerals in course titles.
**Directed Architecture history courses:
Entering students are advised by the Undergraduate Advisors located in the School's Main Office. Advising is mandatory for all undergraduate architecture majors each semester. Students must meet with an academic advisor to discuss their academic plan and course selection. Students can make an appointment for advising online by visiting www.arch.umd.edu and clicking on the STUDENTS tab and Advising. Students may also contact the advising office via email@example.com. Walk-in appointments may be available. Students may use the firstname.lastname@example.org email at any time. Students should always include their full name, UID and contact information in any email correspondence.
Approved Student Societies and Professional Organizations
The Architecture Student Assembly represents the student body. Assembly members are elected from undergraduate and graduate classes. Representatives attend Faculty Meetings, serve on committees, and organize the Architecture Program Retrospective at the end of each semester.
The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation sponsors a chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), the national association for architecture students. The AIAS chapter sponsors a variety of activities including an annual Career Fair, Beaux Arts Ball, field trips, conferences, workshops, and other events throughout the academic year.
The Emerging Green Builders is the student organization dedicated to promoting sustainability. Members organize exhibits, a public lecture, a series of lunchtime talks, and other activities.
The University of Maryland chapter of NOMAS is affiliated with the national professional organization NOMA. NOMAS is a group of students from a variety of backgrounds pursuing architecture degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels, interested in contributing to the UMD School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation by building a sense of community based on shared experiences unique to our diverse student body.
Many financial awards are offered to freshman upon admission. Any questions about financial aid for freshman admits should be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Each year, the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation offers a number of merit-based scholarships to qualifying undergraduate students. Many are offered to students participating in study abroad programs. Interested students are encouraged to apply for these in early Spring. Information is available at www.arch.umd.edu. Please note that most of these scholarships are reserved for students in the studio sequence of the program.
For more information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu.
Research UnitsNational Center for Smart Growth Research and Education
1112 Preinkert Fieldhouse, College Park,301-405-6788
Dr. Gerrit Knaap
The National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education is a non-partisan center for research and leadership training on Smart Growth and related land use issues nationally and internationally. Founded in 2000, the National Center for Smart Growth is a cooperative venture of four University of Maryland schools: Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Public Policy; Agriculture and Natural Resources; and Engineering. The mission of the Center is to bring the diverse resources of the University of Maryland and a network of national experts to bear on issues in land development, resource preservation and urban growth -- the nature of our communities, our landscape and our quality of life -- through interdisciplinary research, outreach and education, thereby establishing the University as the national leader in this field.