Thomas Jefferson created the University of Virginia to uphold a democratic culture, and the School of Architecture perpetuates that legacy. Just as a democratic culture requires cooperation and the free exchange of ideas among individual citizens, design in the public realm requires collaboration and dialogue among individual disciplines. By integrating well-defined programs in architecture, landscape architecture, the history of architecture, and urban and environmental planning, and by linking these programs to the core academic strengths of a great university, the School of Architecture will bring vast intellectual and technological resources to bear on the critical issues of the twenty-first century. The School of Architecture at the University of Virginia will apply the power of its people and programs to meet the design challenges of our time and to prepare talented women and men to meet the design challenges of the future. It will advance the architecture of democracy.
As it fulfills this mission, the school and its faculty affirm that all designers, planners, and historians work in the public realm. Even when serving private entities, the school and its faculty are aware that their work affects society ecologically, economically, and aesthetically. The environments they create and preserve must be functional, sustainable, and enrich the lives of those who use them.
The School of Architecture relies predominantly on state dollars and tuition revenues, but must achieve greater self-sufficiency to fulfill its mission. Only through the generosity of alumni, parents, friends, and organizations can the school address critical global issues in planning and design, historical inquiry, technological innovation, and environmental sustainability.
As part of the Campaign for the University of Virginia, the school is seeking $25 million for the expansion of Campbell Hall and other priorities.
To support the school with other funding needs—student fellowships and assistantships, new faculty, and unrestricted dollars for operating support—go to The School of Architecture Donor Form.