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The Department of Architecture offers a professional degree program that supports the education and the preparation of students for professional positions of environmental design practice, leadership, and service. The Department of Architecture is committed to the development of critical inquiry and the pursuit of life-long learning necessary for participation in a changing society and profession. Education in the Department of Architecture, as a connection with engineering, the fine arts, the humanities, and social sciences, strives to provide an important synthesis of pragmatic, technical, and theoretical learning. The Department of Architecture sets the framework to explore the roles of African American identity in design and other cultural, technical, and social factors in architectural education. The Department is dedicated to promoting a global environmental sensitivity and to developing an ability and desire in students to help bring about important social and environmental change, especially in transitional urban areas and "communities of color." The Department regularly takes advantage of its urban location at the midpoint of a major metropolitan center with a rich history of early American architecture, diverse urban communities, and water's edge development.
Hampton University's main campus is located on 270 acres of the Virginia Peninsula at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. It is the oldest private, nonsectarian, coeducational, postsecondary institution in the southeast Commonwealth of Virginia. Hampton University is a historically black, privately endowed institution founded in 1868 for the education of African Americans and committed to multiculturalism. Located on the banks of the Hampton River were the James and York rivers join, the regions is closely associated with early American history. Located 40 miles from Jamestown, Yorktown and Williamsburg, it provides a setting rich in historic value. The City of Hampton is the oldest continuous English speaking settlement in America. The Hampton Roads area is presently the hub of Norfolk-Newport News-Portsmouth military defense activity, with a thriving economic base that centers on tourism, water sports, public beaches, campgrounds, natural harbors and historic attractions.
The Department of Architecture offers an accredited, professional degree program that supports the education and preparation of students for positions of professional environmental design practice, leadership and service. The Department is committed to the development of critical inquiry and the pursuit of lifelong learning necessary for responsible participation in a changing society and profession. Architecture education at Hampton strives toward synthesis in its educational mission; Integration of individual imagination with communal responsibility, theoretical insight with pragmatic speculations, conceptual or expressive gestures with tectonic resolutions; and historical and cultural fabric with contemporary interpretations of architecture. The Department sets a framework for the students to explore the roles of African American identity in design and other cultural, technical, and social factors in architecture education. The Department is dedicated to promoting a global environmental sensitivity and to develop the student's ability to bring about important environmental and social change, especially in transitional urban areas and "communities of color".
The five-and-one-half year (5-å_) curriculum leads to the first professional accredited Master of Architecture degree. The architecture curriculum is formally structured to provide for both general and professional educations. The first two years consist of core pre-professional and general education coursework. The second two years comprise the professional component, and the final year provides the graduate research component. The curriculum is designed to escalate in complexity, culminating with a thesis in the final year.
- History, Theory, Criticism