7: School of Architecture

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General Information

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 Architecture School continued to expand its programs. Today a student may receive a baccalaureate in architectural history, city planning, and architecture.

The faculty believes that each student deserves personal attention, guidance, and supervision. 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 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. The program is preprofessional, and most students pursue further studies at the graduate level in order to obtain the first professional degree in architecture or related disciplines.

The undergraduate program in architectural history is the only one in the United States. The program is directed toward developing knowledge and 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. Most graduates go on to advanced degrees in architectural history, art history, architecture, landscape architecture or planning.

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 City 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.

School of Architecture
Campbell Hall
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22903
University Admissions: (804) 982-3200

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