A new model: Architecture School
By Derry Wade and Jane Ford
the late 19th century, architecture and landscape architecture
have been discrete disciplines. Separate identities were established
at that time with the rise of distinct professions.
a common ground is emerging both in academia and in practice.
the philosophical blurring of boundaries that have divided the
two areas of knowledge, Architecture School Dean Karen Van Lengen
recently announced the formation of a new Department of Architecture
and Landscape Architecture.
H. Sherman, the Mario di Valmarana Associate Professor of Architecture,
will be chairman of the new department.
Lengen said she believes that U.Va. is one of the first educational
institutions to formally reflect a structure of multidisciplinary
explorations linking the fields of architecture and landscape
formation of this new department of architecture and landscape
architecture, which includes two highly regarded professional
programs, not only acknowledges the symbiotic nature of our programs
here at U.Va., but also offers new opportunities for collaboration
and for a more comprehensive intellectual discourse as we move
forward, Van Lengen said.
anticipates the joining of the disciplines will open fresh perspectives
for research and teaching at the departmental level.
are formalizing a pre-existing relationship between architecture
and landscape architecture in order to support new opportunities
in many areas of exploration, Sherman said. We are
joining forces because the modern categorization of knowledge
has reached its limit. The recognition of complexity demands new
design processes, new intellectual structures, new educational
professor Julie Bargmann has been named director of Landscape
Architecture, one of the few programs in the country with a strong
emphasis on design.
major focus of the new department will be to preserve the autonomy
and integrity of the accredited graduate programs in landscape
architecture and architecture while expanding the collaborative
ecological design paradigm emerged with force in our department
this past decade, and this systems approach forms a natural alliance
with architects interested in constructing regenerative relationships
between buildings and site, infrastructure and cities, said
Bargmann. There is a fluid, generous and rigorous common
ground that this new department builds upon.
decision to join the previously distinct departments of architecture
and landscape architecture emerged from a series of joint initiatives
at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The establishment
of a dual-degree program, available between any four of the disciplines
offered at the School of Architecture (architecture, landscape
architecture, urban and environmental planning, and architectural
history) has grown particularly popular among students seeking
education in both architecture and landscape architecture.
plans to expand avenues for research collaboration among faculty
members and among students and faculty. Upcoming projects will
include launching a publishing program to promote collaborative
work, developing a series of workshops led by visiting theorists
and experts in emerging technologies, and continuing digital explorations
in design and practice.