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University of Virginia
The academic programs
of the School of Architecture encompass the broad range of concerns, disciplines,
and sensitivities expressed in Thomas Jefferson's timeless design for the University,
his "academical village," which is widely considered to be one of the most significant
achievements of American architecture.
distinct, yet increasingly interrelated, departments provide a rich setting for
professional education. Architecture and landscape architecture seek to integrate
the intellectual and pragmatic aspects of their disciplines in the belief that
design skills must be responsive to cultural, historical, and physical context
as much as to functional need. Architectural history aims to develop an awareness
of the value of the past. Urban and environmental planning addresses community
sustainability and the balance between environment, economy, and social equity.
The Quest for Order (ARCH/AR H/L AR/PLAN 600), a course required of graduate students
in all departments, explores themes common to architecture, architectural history,
landscape architecture, and urban and environmental planning. In addition to this
and other courses regularly offered in each department, the curricula provide
ample interdisciplinary opportunities for the exploration of such diverse contemporary
issues as urbanism, energy conservation, social equity, environmental protection,
preservation, and adaptive re-use.
School of Architecture offers four graduate programs leading to the Master of
Architecture, the Master of Landscape Architecture, the Master of Architectural
History, and the Master of Urban and Environmental Planning. In conjunction with
the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, it also offers a Doctor of Philosophy
in the History of Architecture. The programs are accredited by the National Architectural
Accrediting Board, the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board, and the Planning
Accreditation Board; and the school holds memberships in the Collegiate Schools
of Architecture, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, the Council
of Educators in Landscape Architecture, the National Council for Preservation
Education, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the National Trust for
Historic Preservation. In addition to the graduate degree programs, the school
offers two interdisciplinary programs of study, one leading to the Certificate
in Preservation and the other to the Certificate in American Urbanism.
The full-time faculty
numbers about 45, augmented by 20 to 30 visiting lecturers and critics from this
country and abroad who bring to students their varied perspectives and wide-ranging
experience. The student body averages approximately 530 students, of whom about
330 are undergraduates, and the remainder are graduate students.
The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professorship
in Architecture has been funded since 1965 by an annual grant from the same foundation
that has guided the restoration and preservation of Monticello, the home of Thomas
Jefferson. The foundation also awards an annual medal and honorarium to a practitioner
or teacher of international distinction and has established two fellowships that
are awarded annually to outstanding graduate students in the School of Architecture.
for Environmental Negotiation, established in 1981, is affiliated with the Department
of Urban and Environmental Planning and has become a major resource for the resolution
of land-use and environmental conflicts. In addition, the institute awards three
or four fellowships each year that provide graduate students with training and
experience in negotiation and consensus building.
Mr. Jefferson's legacy seems as appropriate and
alive today as it did in 1819 when the University was founded; and it is one of
the imperatives of that legacy, and a central educational aim of this school,
that students understand their culture as well as their profession. Since we expect
to play major roles in the analysis, planning, design, development, and protection
of the physical environment, nationally and internationally, we are charged with
that most difficult of tasks: the development of "the whole person," one who understands
how a craft is connected to a society, who appreciates the larger context of life,
and who seeks elegant and practical approaches to its ever-changing needs. Jefferson
sought "useful knowledge" and was able to fashion that knowledge artfully. We
take that as our tradition also. Seen in this light, "profession" is raised to
the level of art, and when that art serves life, lasting culture results.