SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, PLANNING AND PRESERVATION (ARCH)1200 Architecture Building, 301-405-8000
Dean: David Cronrath
Associate Dean(s): Donald Linebaugh, 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, Planning and Preservation.
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 and 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 collaborative 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 34,000 volumes, 8,000 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.
http://arch.umd.edu/arch/degree/bachelor-science-architecture for admissions questions.
Freshman Admission. Students with the most competitive records from high school gain admission to the Undergraduate Architecture Program through the University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions. 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.
Before a student enrolls in the studio sequence during their third year of study, they must complete the Studio Placement Review Process. This will determine their standing in the undergraduate curriculum and duration of their studies until graduation. Students must complete the following benchmark courses as prerequisites before beginning the studio sequence:
Students may be enrolled in ARCH226 and completing their distributive studies contemporaneous with the Studio Placement Review Process 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 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 the application and guidelines, available in October.The application, detailed portfolio requirements and deadlines are also available online at www.arch.umd.edu .
Transfer Admission Requirements. Transfer students who wish to study Architecture must first gain admission to the University and concurrently submit for the Studio Placement Review Process. Please see above for the requirements. Transfer applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the priority deadline and should contact the Undergraduate Architecture Advisors as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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:
+GEOL123 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 . 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 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.
Alpha Rho Chi (APX) is the national co-ed fraternity for architecture and the allied arts. Its brotherhood unites men and women for the purpose of fellowship and lifelong frienships, as well as professional development. This is exemplified by the fraternity's motto: Fidelitas, Amor et Artes or "Fidelity and Love of the Arts."
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 .
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