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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Architecture (ARCH)

School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
1200 Architecture Building, 301-405-8000
Director: B. Kelly (Prof & Area Chair, Prof)
Professors: M. Bell (Prof, Affiliate Prof), D. Cronrath (Prof And Dean, Prof), S. Hurtt (Prof), B. Kelly (Prof & Area Chair, Prof), G. Rockcastle (Prof), R. Vann (Prof)
Associate Professors: C. Bovill (Assoc Prof), R. Eisenbach (Assoc Prof), I. Gournay (Assoc Prof), H. Koliji (Assoc Prof), M. Simon (Assoc Prof)
Assistant Professors: M. Lamprakos (Asst Prof), P. Noonan (Prof Of Practice)
Lecturers: M. Allen (Lecturer), K. Ambrose (Lecturer), M. Binder (Lecturer), L. Escobal (Lecturer), C. Field (Lecturer), B. Grieb (Lecturer, Proj Mgr), B. Leggs (Lecturer), E. Northen (Lecturer), A. Rubeling (Lecturer), J. Tilghman (Lecturer)
Associate Clinical Professor: M. Ambrose (Assoc Clin Prof)
Assistant Clinical Professor: A. Gardner (Asst Clin Prof)
Professors Emeriti: W. Bechhoefer (Prof Emeritus), R. Bennett (Prof Emeritus, Lecturer), K. Du Puy (Prof Emeritus), R. Etlin (Dist Univ Prof Emeritus), G. Francescato (Prof Emeritus), J. Hill (Prof Emeritus), R. Lewis (Prof Emeritus), J. Loss (Prof Emeritus), B. Schlesinger (Prof Emeritus)

The Major

The undergraduate program in architecture develops critical thinkers, problem solvers and skilled professionals ready to take on the challenges of sustainable design. Our prime location between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore offers many advantages: a faculty of highly respected scholars and practitioners; alumni connections and careers at countless architectural firms; and rich architectural diversity. Begin your journey to a more sustainable and environmentally balanced world right here.

The first two years of the curriculum focus on developing a broad-based and well-rounded liberal education, complemented by courses that introduce you to architecture. You’ll be exposed to the many resources and opportunities of the university while refining your academic and career interests. We offer you two degree options that are tailored to fit your particular academic and career interests. The Bachelor of Science curriculum is centered on design studios, with complementary coursework in architectural history, theory, technology and visual media. The studio courses offer unique experiences where you’ll not only have the opportunity to show your design skills but also work with communities to help solve real-world problems. 

One unique feature of the Bachelor of Arts program is your ability to pursue an academic path that reflect your passions and interests. It’s not uncommon for students to discover that their interest in architecture reveals other career aspirations. Earning a bachelor of arts in architecture allows you to build a foundation in architecture while preparing for careers in business, urban planning, real estate development or historic preservation, just to name a few. 

Students receive rigorous and comprehensive instruction from a faculty whose members are active in professional practice and research. Their individual areas of expertise include architectural design and theory, history, technology, urban design and planning, and historic preservation. 

Courses offered by this department may be found under the following acronym: ARCH

Program Objectives

The School's mission is to educate Architects, Planners, Preservationists, Developers and the many allied stakeholders whose work and scholarship focuses on the quality of the built environment and promotes social justice, cultural value, resource conservation and economic opportunity.

We take advantage of our unique location—in a region that features the nation's capital and the post-industrial City of Baltimore, and links the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean while surrounding the Chesapeake Bay. Maryland's opportunities and challenges are found in its diverse communities, explosive growth and extensive historic resources.

Our faculty, students and alumni collaboratively advance their vision and commitment through research, teaching, colloquia, writing, creative design, planning, policy formation and professional work. Our mission is historically rooted in our land grant mandate and enhanced by our regional and international activities.

Academic Programs and Departmental Facilities

Architecture Library
Located on the second floor of the Architecture Building, the Architecture library has planning and architecture books and periodicals, as well as Urban Studies and Planning studio reports. There is also a slide collection available in the Elizabeth D. Alley Visual Resources Collection on the same floor. Librarians are available by appointment to assist with your research needs.

Visual Resources Center
The VRC consists of more than 400,000 digital images documenting architecture and the urban scene from pre-historic times to the present. Related topics include urban design, historic preservation, real estate development, art, landscape architecture, as well as events around the School. Other visual materials include over 400 DVDs and videotapes, along with lantern slides and photographs. Images are acquired through site photography, scanning materials, commercial vendors, and donations from faculty and students.

Images and other materials may be used for presentations in school classes and for research.

Fabrication Lab
The FabLab at the School of Architecture Planning and Preservation emphasizes the notion of learning to design through the process of making.  Our students learn to influence the form and meaning of the built environment by working directly with its material and physical nature. We stress the integration of digital and hand fabrication methods, and explore how traditional technology is affected and transformed by new materials and technique.

Admission to the Major

Freshman applicants:


Transfer applicants:



Advising appointments and school tours are conducted by the Office of Student Services, who can help you navigate admissions, course registration, degree planning and other issues. 

Contact Advising by E-mail

Undergraduate Architecture students
Contact archadvise@umd.edu with advising questions.

To schedule an appointment with the advisors, please visit: http://arch.umd.edu/arch/student-services-arch

Advising for undergraduates in the School is mandatory each semester.


A career fair is organized annually and all internship/career opportunities are handled by the Director of Career Services within the School itself and in conjunction with the University Career Center.

Student Societies and Professional Organizations

The Architecture Student Assembly represents the student body. Assembly members are elected from undergraduate and graduate classes. Representatives attend Faculty Meetings, serve on committees, and organize the Architecture Program Retrospective at the end of each semester.

The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation sponsors a chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), the national association for architecture students.  The AIAS chapter sponsors a variety of activities including an annual Career Fair, Beaux Arts Ball, field trips, conferences, workshops, and other events throughout the academic year.

The University of Maryland chapter of NOMAS is affiliated with the national professional organization NOMA. NOMAS is a group of students from a variety of backgrounds pursuing architecture degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels, interested in contributing to the UMD School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation by building a sense of community based on shared experiences unique to our diverse student body.

USGBC Students – University of Maryland Chapter of the United States Green Building Council is a coalition of undergraduate and graduate students intent on learning about and promoting sustainable design and building practices. Formed in 2007, the group hosts monthly meetings in the Architecture Building.

Alpha Rho Chi (APX) is the national co-ed fraternity for architecture and the allied arts. Its brotherhood unites men and women for the purpose of fellowship and lifelong friendships, as well as professional development. This is exemplified by the fraternity's motto: Fidelitas, Amor et Artes or "Fidelity and Love of the Arts."

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Please visit our website for scholarship opportunties for current students: http://arch.umd.edu/arch/scholarships

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu .

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