Welcome to the School of Architecture, Design & Planning
Envision. Imagine. Collaborate. Plan. Design. Build. They’re words that capture what our students have been learning to do for more than 100 years. The School of Architecture, Design & Planning is home to approximately 1,000 students. This size engenders a sense of community among our students, and allows for small classes and highly individualized instruction.
The Department of Architecture offers Bachelor of Architecture Studies, Master of Architecture, Master of Arts in Architecture, and PhD degrees. Our graduates are known for their design acumen, mastery of architectural technology and construction, and skill in environmental analysis. Our final year options include the Studio 804 design-build program, specialization in Health and Wellness Architecture, and internships in architecture firms overseas.
The school’s Department of Design offers students foundations in the practice of design thinking and visualization to create beautiful, innovative solutions that enhance the quality of everyday life. Our Center for Design Research does research for Bayer Healthcare, Garmin International, Ford Motor Company, Sprint, and others. We offer Bachelors of Fine Arts degrees with specializations in environmental design, illustration and animation, industrial design, photo media, and visual communication design. We also offer Master of Arts degrees in environmental design, design management, and interaction design.
Our Department of Urban Planning offers a Master of Urban Planning degree. We emphasize policy planning and analysis within the context of urban environments. Our graduates are equipped to analyze, create, and implement policies at all levels of government and the private sector. Students may concentrate their studies in planning for housing and development, sustainabile land use planning, transportation planning, and environmental planning. Additional degree options include joint degrees in American studies, architecture, architectural studies, business, geography, and law.
Nearly complete: The Forum at Marvin Hall, designed and constructed by our own Studio 804 students
In the fall of 2013 students enrolled in the Department of Architecture's Studio 804 began construction of The Forum, an addition to Marvin Hall, the home of the School of Architecture, Design & Planning. Its 121-seat auditorium, flexible gallery, and breakout spaces foster the exploration, idea sharing, and engagement that are so much a part of the School’s educational culture.
The Forum uses a variety of sophisticated technologies to maintain comfortable, temperature, humidity, and lighting. Multiple sensors measure conditions inside and out, and activate its natural ventilation system, and western red cedar louvers that block or admit daylight as needed. These are constantly adjusted to adapt to any combination of temperature, humidity, and exterior light levels. To view construction photos, learn more about the ventilated wall, and how to donate, see The Forum website.
The building is always operating at maximum efficiency while using little energy from the grid while maintaining human comfort. Sensors also assure that proper levels of carbon dioxide are maintained in the inside air, and manage the water levels in the cistern.
About Studio 804. The participants are Department of Architecture graduate students who work full time for an academic year, designing and constructing a building annually. J.L. Constant Distinguished Professor of Architecture Dan Rockhill has directed the award-winning program for 20 years.