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Graduate School of Architecture
General Information  |  Academic Information  |  Course Descriptions  |  Faculty
Facilities  |  Student Honors and Awards  |  Financial Aid Sources  |  Scholarships and Fellowships

General Information

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.

Four distinct, yet increasingly interrelated, disciplines provide a rich setting for professional education. Architecture and landscape architecture seek to integrate the academic and professional 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 Common Course (SARC 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 discipline , 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.

The 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 Historic 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 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.

The Institute 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.


Graduate School of Architecture
Campbell Hall
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400122
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4122
Admissions: (434) 924-6442



Campbell Hall, the School of Architecture building, was completed in 1970 and is part of a complex of buildings forming a Fine Arts Precinct that also includes the Department of Art, the Department of Drama, and the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library. Campbell Hall provides well-equipped studio work areas, exhibition spaces, lecture halls, and seminar rooms. The school has two computer-graphics and computer-aided design laboratories with high-resolution graphics. These facilities support software applications in computer aided design, GIS digital mapping and modeling, site analysis, image processing, rendering, animation, structural analysis, lighting analysis, energy analysis, statistics, word processing, spreadsheet, and other areas. They also contain UNIX, Macintosh, and IBM computers with Internet access and maintain digital voice and video links with other research laboratories in the United States and Europe. The design studio space has network connections for individual computers. Other research support facilities include digital modeling laboratories, a woodworking shop, and a photography darkroom.

The Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library, a branch of the University of Virginia Library system, serves the School of Architecture, the Department of Art and Art History and the Department of Drama. The collections include 155,000 volumes, including technical reports, videos, CD-ROMs, and other electronic resources. We also have an image collection of 200,000 slides and a growing digital image collection. The collections cover all aspects related to architecture, landscape architecture, architectural history, urban and environmental planning, and the visual and performing arts. The Fine Arts Library provides patrons with access to all University Library resources, including government documents, maps, rare books and manuscripts, many other online resources, as well as a gateway to the Internet. Special emphasis is placed on teaching students and faculty to conduct research utilizing online resources. Reference services are provided to the entire University community and to practitioners throughout the Commonwealth and the nation.

Student Honors and Awards


Both the school and professional organizations from the fields of architectural history, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban and environmental planning recognize outstanding achievements with the following honors and awards.

The Stanley and Helen Abbott Award is awarded by the faculty of Landscape Architecture to graduating students in that program for outstanding promise in the field of landscape architecture.

The Alpha Rho Chi Medal is awarded annually to the graduating student in Architecture who has shown leadership ability, has performed willing service for the school and department, and who demonstrates promise of real professional merit through his or her attitude and personality.

The American Institute of Architects School Medal is awarded annually to the outstanding graduate student in Architecture. The award is supported by an endowment fund established in 1914 in the estate of the late Henry Adams.

The American Planning Association Award is presented annually to the graduate and undergraduate students exhibiting outstanding achievement in urban and environmental planning.

The American Institute of Certified Planner Award is presented annually to a graduate and undergraduate student demonstrating outstanding promise as a professional planner.

The Virginia Citizens Planners Association Award is presented annually to a graduate and undergraduate student exhibiting the ideal of service to the public interest through planning.

The American Society of Landscape Architects Certificates of Honor and Merit are awarded to outstanding graduating students in the Landscape Architecture.

The Architectural History Faculty Book Award is awarded annually to a graduating student from the Department of Architectural History.

The Clark Group Construction, Inc. Award is given each year to a student exhibiting overall achievement and professional promise in the fields of construction and building technologies.

The Paul S. Dulaney Conservation and Preservation Award is given each year to an outstanding student in urban and environmental planning who has contributed to the field through outstanding academic work.

The Benjamin C. Howland Traveling Fellowship is awarded each year to a graduating student in Landscape Architecture.

The Betty Leake Service Award is awarded annually to a graduating student from the Department of Architectural History.

The Sarah McArthur Nix Traveling Fellowship is awarded to a third-year undergraduate or graduate student from Architecture for a summer of study/travel in France.

The Frederick Doveton Nichols Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement is made each year for outstanding academic achievement to a graduate and an undergraduate student in the Department of Architectural History.

The Carlo Pelliccia Traveling Fellowship for study in Italy is awarded each year.

The Lori Ann Pristo Award is made each year to the graduate student in architecture with the highest grade point average.

The RTKL Fellowship is awarded each year to a graduate architecture student.

The Sean Steele-Nicholson Memorial Award, in memory of Sean Steele-Nicholson (BS Arch ‘91), is presented each year at graduation to a student who has exhibited overall excellence in design and scholarship and an enthusiasm, joy, and wonder for architecture, coupled with the ability to instill these qualities in others.

Financial Aid Sources


Some of the available sources of financial aid within the School of Architecture are:

  • DuPont Fellowship for Graduate Studies
  • Governor Fellowships
  • IEN Graduate Assistantships
  • Graduate Student Assistantships
  • Work-Study Fund
  • Special Student Aid
  • Thomas Jefferson Fellowships
  • Arts and Sciences Graduate Fellowships (Ph.D. only)

Scholarships and Fellowships:


  • Anonymous Architecture Scholarship
  • Boniface Graduate Student
  • Joseph Bosserman Fellowships
  • Charles Brown Memorial Scholarship
  • Center for Palladian Studies Scholarship
  • Bevin and Vito Cetta Endowed Fellowship
  • Clark Construction Group Scholarship
  • Colonial Dames Scholarship in Historic Preservation
  • William D. Darden Memorial Scholarship
  • Janet Carlson Duchen Scholarship
  • Paul S. Dulaney Memorial Fund
  • Bessie F. and Ernest L. Gilliland Endowed Scholarship
  • Joseph W. Gold Memorial Scholarship
  • Ella R. and Milton Grigg Endowed Scholarship
  • Jefferson C. and Catherine F. Grinnalds Scholarship
  • Frederic Lord Holloway Endowed Scholarship
  • Peter R. Kutscha Endowed Memorial Scholarship
  • James E. Pate Memorial Scholarship
  • Dana H. Rowe Memorial Scholarship
  • Scribner Messer Brady Wade Graduate Student Scholarship in Architecture
  • Lambert Woods Architects Scholarship

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