P.O. Box 400122
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4122
University Admissions: (434) 982-3200
Reflecting Jefferson's interest in architecture,
courses in architectural drawing and construction were taught
at the University as early as 1832. Students now, as then, benefit
from the proximity of Jefferson's classical structures and the
availability of his plans and drawings for the University Grounds
and other buildings. At the end of World War I, a formal curriculum
in architecture began, and from the mid 1950s through the early
1970s the School of Architecture continued to expand its programs.
Today a student may receive a baccalaureate in architectural history,
urban and environmental planning, and architecture.
The faculty believes that each student deserves
personal attention and guidance. The School of Architecture has
a small, carefully selected student body. The school seeks applicants
with strong academic records and demonstrated artistic creativity.
A prospective student applies to one of the
three undergraduate departments, but can apply to transfer from
one program to another during the first or second year.
The undergraduate program in architecture
combines a solid humanities foundation with an emphasis on the
role of architecture as cultural expression, and provides two
to three years of studio experience in the development of architectural
ideas and the design of built form. Most graduates of this program
go on to advanced degrees in architecture and related fields.
The undergraduate program in architectural
history is the only one in the United States. The program is directed
toward developing knowledge and an understanding of the history
of the built environment: architecture, cities, and landscapes.
Opportunity is also provided for an introduction to the issues
and practices of historic preservation. After attaining this degree,
most graduates of this program go on to advanced degrees in architectural
history, art history, architecture, landscape architecture or
The undergraduate professional program in
urban and environmental planning is one of less than a dozen such
programs in the nation accredited by the Planning Accreditation
Board. The study of planning theory, processes, and methods is
integrated with the contextual exploration of political and market
forces, resource limitations, environmental concerns, and social
needs. With the Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning degree,
many graduates go directly into professional jobs with governmental
agencies or private planning and development firms. Others go
on to advanced degrees in planning, architecture, law, public
administration, and business.