ARCHITECTURE WITHIN A LIBERAL ARTS CONTEXT

Drury University
Hammond School of Architecture School of Architecture
Springfield, Mo.
drury.edu/architecture

B.ARCH.

It morphed from a college to a university nearly a decade ago, but Drury, founded in 1873, is still very much a liberal-arts institution. The first two years of the B.Arch. program here integrate classes in drawing, design, architectural history and theory, and technology with a broader liberal-arts curriculum. All Drury students across disciplines share a core curriculum known as GP (Global Perspectives) 21, which emphasizes communication skills and an understanding of both Western tradition and world cultures. For architecture students, study abroad is mandatory—the school maintains a study center in Volos, Greece—as are a community design project and a summer internship.

Undergraduate Admissions: Avg. ACT: 26 / Min.: 20; Avg. GPA: 3.5; Applied: 160; Accepted: 160; Enrolled: 80
Undergraduate Demographics: Minority: 3%; Female: 37%; International: 4%; Financial aid: 95%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Tuition: $18,600


Miami University
School of Fine Arts
Department of Architecture + Interior Design
Oxford, Ohio
arts.muohio.edu/architecture-interior-design

B.A. Arch., M.ARCH.

Every student at Miami, a public university with 16,000 students, completes the Miami Plan for Liberal Education, which includes foundation courses, a thematic sequence, and a senior capstone experience. Architecture students are encouraged to pursue research at the undergraduate level; they can assist in faculty research initiatives or (with permission) conduct an independent studio project in the second semester of their senior year.

Tuition: Undergraduate, $7,428 (resident), $23,718 (nonresident); Graduate, $12,696 (resident), $17,988 (nonresident)


WALKING IN THE MASTER’S FOOTSTEPS

Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture
Scottsdale, Ariz. (main campus) and Spring Green, Wis. (summer campus)
taliesin.edu

Bachelor of Architectural Studies, M.ARCH.In 1932, the first 23 students—or more properly, apprentices—formed the Taliesin Fellowship, which would fulfill the ambition of Frank Lloyd Wright and his wife Olgivanna to establish a new kind of architecture and art school on the principle of “Learn by Doing.” Experiential learning is still at the heart of the program, which is noncompetitive, with faculty and critic assessments replacing traditional grades. The campuses of Taliesin and Taliesin West, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places, are about as beautiful as learning environments can get, and the student-to-faculty ratio may be the lowest of any program in the country.

Undergraduate Admissions: Applied: 11; Accepted: 6; Enrolled: 5
Undergraduate Demographics: Minority: 20%; Female 50%; International 20%; Financial aid: 70%
Graduate Admissions: GRE: not required; Applied: 26; Accepted: 17; Enrolled: 14
Student/Faculty Ratio: 4:1
Tuition: $30,000 (estimated)


DEVOUT DESIGNERS

Judson University
Division of Art, Design, and Architecture
Department of Architecture
Elgin, Ill.
arch.judsonu.edu

B.A. Arch Studies, M.ARCH.

Judson is one of only two evangelical Christian universities in the U.S. to offer an NAAB-accredited program (the other is Andrews). Architectural study at Judson benefits from proximity to Chicago, only 45 miles away from Elgin, and takes place in a new, LEED-Gold facility that houses architecture, fine art, graphic design and interior design, and has dedicated studio space for all design students. Teaching and research focuses of the department include sustainability, worship spaces, and traditional architecture.

Undergraduate Admissions: Applied: 92; Accepted: 58; Enrolled: 51
Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Tuition: Undergraduate, $22,950; Graduate, $850 per credit hour


DESIGN FOR HEALTH & AGING

Texas A&M University
College of Architecture
Department of Architecture
College Station, Texas
archone.tamu.edu/architecture

B.Env.D., M.ARCH., M.S. Arch., Ph.D., various certificate programs

With so many sectors of construction (retail, office, residential) in the doldrums, and with the percentage of the population aged over 65 growing significantly, the only thing close to a sure professional bet for would-be architects is healthcare design. Yet very few U.S. architecture schools offer this specialization. Of those few, Texas A&M stands out for its commitment to designing for health and aging, which is the main teaching/research interest of several professors, among them Kirk Hammond, George Mann, and Susan Rodiek. But health systems design isn’t siloed—it’s studied in connection with facilities management/operations and sustainability, two other research strengths of the department.

Undergraduate Admissions: Avg. SAT: 1164; Avg. ACT: 25.7; Applied: 400; Accepted: 148; Enrolled: 81
Undergraduate Demographics: Minority: 29%; Female: 52%; International: 6%; Financial aid: 65%
Graduate Admissions: Avg. GRE: 1091; Avg. GPA: 3.38; Applied: 203; Accepted: 111; Enrolled: 57
Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Tuition: Undergraduate, $2,576 (resident), $9,731 (non-resident); Graduate students pay an extra $50 per semester credit hour. Additional architecture course fee applies


REAL-ESTATE DEVELOPMENT FOR TODAY’S ECONOMY

University of Texas at Arlington
School of Architecture
Arlington, Texas
uta.edu/architecture

B.S. Arch., M.ARCH., Master of Landscape Architecture, B.S. Interior Design

UT Arlington’s School of Architecture has moved fast to address a rapidly changing real-estate landscape. This past academic year, it launched a graduate-level Certificate in Property Repositioning and Turnaround Strategies, a one-semester program that teaches techniques for loan restructuring and property repositioning, two strategies for dealing with the national problem of devalued real-estate assets. The program is directed by Michael Buckley, who formerly led the M.S. in Real Estate Development at Columbia. UT-Arlington’s architecture school also organizes a Design Practice Academy, a series of events to help local young professionals (and future practitioners, i.e., students) navigate issues not covered in academic curricula.

Undergraduate Admissions: Mean SAT: 1081; Mean ACT: 22.9; Avg. GPA: 2.83
Undergraduate Demographics: Minority: 42%; Female: 46%; International: 7%; Financial aid: 58%
Graduate Admissions: Avg. GRE: 1026; Avg. GPA: 3.15; Applied: 111; Accepted: 61; Enrolled: 45 [2008–09 figures]
Student/Faculty Ratio: N/A
Tuition: Undergraduate, $8,186 (resident), $14,834 (nonresident), plus small architecture fee; Graduate, $9,200 (resident), $15,294 (nonresident), plus fee; Certificate in Property Repositioning tuition is $4,500 (resident)


COMPRESSED TIMEFRAME

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
College of Applied Science and Arts
School of Architecture
Carbondale, Ill.
architecture.siuc.edu

B.S. Arch. Studies, M.Arch., B.S. Fashion Design, B.S. Interior Design

M.Arch. program has NAAB candidacy status Students who have graduated from Southern Illinois in Carbondale with a B.S. Arch. Studies, or from another university with an equivalent degree, can earn an M.Arch. in just 15 months (studying for four semesters straight, year-round). Besides the accelerated pace, Southern Illinois offers a curriculum influenced by the legacy of Bucky Fuller, who was a faculty member in the ’60s (the “dome home” he lived in for 11 years still stands on Forest Avenue in town). The culture and ecology of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers confluence region is a major research interest.

Undergraduate Admissions: Avg. ACT: 24.6 / Min. ACT: 21
Undergraduate Demographics: Minority: 9%; Female: 35%; International: < 5%; Financial aid: 75%
Graduate Admissions: GRE: not required; Applied: 40; Accepted: 26; Enrolled: 15
Student/Faculty Ratio: 14:1
Tuition: Undergraduate, $5,832 (resident), $14,580 (nonresident); Graduate, $7,872 (resident), $19,680 (nonresident)


NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

University of Hartford
College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
Department of Architecture
Hartford, Conn.
uhaweb.hartford.edu/architect

B.S. in Architectural Engineering Technology, M.ARCH.

The University of Hartford M.Arch. program grew out of the undergraduate B.S. in Architectural Engineering Technology (which started in the early 1990s) and attained NAAB accreditation earlier this year, making it only the second accredited program in Connecticut, after Yale’s. Like its parent institution, which bills itself as “a private university with a public purpose,” the Department of Architecture manifests a commitment to the civic and social realms. It has built strong connections to the city of Hartford (past student projects include assessments of open space for new civic uses) and helped to establish a cross-disciplinary Center for Integrated Design for community outreach. Education is practice-directed; most of the faculty are licensed architects.

Undergraduate Admissions: Avg. SAT: 1059; Applied: 289; Accepted: 122; Enrolled: 39
Undergraduate Demographics: Minority: 42%; Female: 57%; International: 4%; Financial aid: N/A
Graduate Admissions: GRE: not required; Min. GPA: 3.0; Applied: 29; Accepted: 15; Enrolled: 10
Student/Faculty Ratio: N/A
Tuition: Undergraduate, $27,750; M.Arch. rate, $17,160


ENTRY POINTS TO ARCHITECTURE

University of Minnesota
College of Design
School of Architecture
Minneapolis
arch.design.umn.edu

Bachelor of Design in Architecture (B.D.A.), B.S. Arch., B.A. Arch., M.ARCH., M.S. Arch.—Sustainable Design Track; M.S. Arch.—Heritage Preservation Concentration

Like many an architecture school at a flagship state university, Minnesota’s has built considerable strengths in several areas—among them, sustainability, digital design, and architectural ethics—which makes categorization especially difficult. The school belongs to the university’s College of Design, where its sister departments include Apparel Design and Retail Merchandising; this multidisciplinary creative environment is one that a lot of art colleges might envy. Minnesota also stands out for the flexibility of its curriculum at the undergraduate level. It offers a B.D.A. degree that teaches “design thinking through architecture”; a more traditional B.S. Arch.; and a B.A. Arch., a liberal arts degree with an emphasis on architecture. Not that graduate study is neglected: The school’s revamped M.Arch. curriculum won an AIA Education Honor Award in 2008.

Undergraduate Admissions: Avg. SAT: 1230; Avg. ACT: 27; Avg. GPA: 3.81; Applied: 990; Accepted: 630; Enrolled: 235
Undergraduate Demographics: Minority: 14%; Female: 46%; International: < 6%; Financial aid: 77%
Graduate Admissions: Avg. GRE: 1235; Avg. GPA: 3.45; Applied: 226; Accepted: 106; Enrolled: 60
Student/Faculty Ratio: N/A
Tuition: Undergraduate, $11,466 (resident of WI, MN, SD, ND, and Manitoba); $23,096 (nonresident); M.Arch. rate, $18,196 (resident), $27,434 (nonresident); Other graduate, $11,212 (resident), $18,310 (nonresident)