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Department of Architecture

 

About

The Department of Architecture at Texas A&M University has a rich academic tradition that supports diverse intellectual approaches within a rigorous design curriculum. The department serves societal, cultural, and industrial needs through innovative combinations of meaning, making, materials, and technology. The curriculum broadens knowledge and actively connects students to the many fields and disciplines that intersect with the architectural and design professions. The curriculum continually evolves to align with the latest developments in the profession and responds to current and emerging social, environmental, and global issues that impact the built environment. Our pedagogy intentionally combines theoretical, conceptual, technological, and historical knowledge with critical thinking and creative problem-solving to prepare students to be future leaders in all areas of design.

 

Our Mission

The Department of Architecture educates students in the theory and practice of architectural and environmental design to maximize creative impact on the global societies of the 21st century. To achieve this mission, and in keeping with the mandate of a land-grant, sea-grant, air-grant, and space-grant university, the department creates and disseminates new knowledge by actively engaging in teaching, research, and service to design and deploy environments that foster economic, social, and ecological responsibility at all scales.

 

Our Philosophy

As the Department of Architecture at Texas A&M University enters its Second Century of architectural education, it draws upon an extraordinary family of former students, faculty, and friends. Graduates of our programs continue to achieve levels of accomplishment that place them at their professions’ pinnacle.

To maintain this forward-looking and impactful trajectory, the Department of Architecture’s faculty commits to 21st century, student-centered pedagogical approaches that seamlessly weave diversity, inclusivity, and critical thinking throughout our programs’ representation, history-theory-criticism, technology, and engagement courses. In this context, design serves as a centrally unifying tenet of our curriculum. The design studio sequence encourages individual exploration, research, and team-based collaboration through meaningful project-based learning and application where knowledge acquired in its core curriculum yields transformational outcomes. Studio projects comprise a shared emphasis on the technical and expressive content of design work, the process by which students research, synthesize, and document their design ideas. Students create tangible products that achieve the highest levels of quality in graphic communication and physical craft. Courses in technology, history, theory, and practice taught by renowned scholars in those fields ensure that all students operate from a foundation of extensive and comprehensive knowledge of the built environment while developing architectural projects similar to those produced by professional architects.

As an example of a Tier 1 research university, the department’s educational programs align extensive scientific and humanistic inquiry with its educational mission. Faculty members and students engage in research, creative, and scholarly activities that situate them as individuals and collaborators while being on the leading edge of disciplinary knowledge development and investigation.

The department maintains a deep commitment to serving the people of Texas, the United States, and the world through engagement-focused projects that have tangible and enduring value. The department’s engagement activities intersect with its educational and research mission to provide students with opportunities to work collaboratively with thought leaders trained in design thinking and design practice to address historically underserved segments of the population, such as the people of the colonias along the U.S.-Mexico border and those affected by hurricanes and other natural disasters. The department also offers students a range of opportunities to develop leadership responsibilities through student organizations, internships, research and teaching assistantships, and community engagement activities that serve the region, nation, and international community.

 

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity Statement

In order for all faculty, staff, students, and former students in the Department of Architecture at Texas A&M University to genuinely flourish and contest our discipline and profession's complicit history and lack of action in the past, the Department will hold as essential, fundamental, invaluable, and undeniable the principles and practices of civil, social, environmental, and racial justice and equity, a diversity of voices, bodies, and cultures, and the inclusion of historically oppressed groups and individuals. The Department will commit to a diverse and inclusive educational and rich academic climate in which all faculty, staff, students, former students, and guests feel valued throughout our programs, activities, events, policies, and services. The Department will commit to fostering and cultivating a community of engaged scholars, practitioners, and students where multiplicities of worldviews, perspectives, ideas, and faiths continually promote a culture of wellbeing, empathy, and human rights to everyone. The Department administration will commits to implementing an actionable approach to recruiting, hiring, and onboarding new faculty and staff and mentoring and supporting new and current faculty and staff to ensure a just and equitable working environment. The Department administration and faculty will commit to integrating anti-racism and anti-discrimination principles and practices throughout all course offerings at the undergraduate, Master's, and Ph.D. levels. The Department staff will create a consistently welcoming academic environment where all administrators, faculty, and students feel heard, respected, and valued in all formal- and- interactions. The Department will commit to instill and cultivate students' attitudes and actions that reflect a deep understanding of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion as imperative to a successful academic experience. The Department will commit to call-out and hold accountable all individuals, groups, organizations, and institutions whose words, acts, and/or attitudes promote hate, racism, white supremacy, xenophobia, ableism, or in any way discriminate against, demean, marginalize, exclude, or otherwise target individuals and/or groups upon the bases of-but not limited to their: race, ethnicity, country of origin, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, faith, neurodiversity, disability, economic status, political affiliation, and/or any other basis rooted in perceptions of difference.

 

Areas of Study

The Department of Architecture offers a curriculum that leads to degree offerings, including a four-year Bachelor of Environmental Design, a one-year research-focused Master of Science in Architecture, a two-year professional Master of Architecture, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture.

The Department offers minors in Art and Architectural History, Sustainable Architecture and Planning, Architectural Fabrication and Product Design, and Architectural Heritage Conservation.

The College of Architecture offers interdisciplinary certificates in Environmental Hazard Management (Graduate), Sustainable Urbanism (Graduate), and Transportation Planning (Graduate), Health Systems + Design (Graduate), and Historic Preservation (Graduate).