Louisiana Tech University
School of Design
Recognizing that architecture is one of the basic or root arts in human culture, the primary mission of the School of Design's Architecture Program is to provide an accredited professional degree program in architecture that is reflective of the architect's role as the primary shaper and steward of the built environment throughout the lifecycle of its buildings and communities. Additionally, the School of Architecture acknowledges that the conscientious making of the built environment is a collaborative endeavor, and consequently its secondary mission is to provide accredited degree programs in allied fields of study that share responsibility for influencing and affecting the nature and quality of the built environment. More specifically, this entails: Teaching architecture in a manner that places a premium on design excellence understood as transcending mere utility to meet the needs of the intellectual, aesthetic and spiritual; Teaching architecture with an emphasis on design excellence informed by ethics and an appreciation of the cultural, social and physical contexts; Teaching architecture by placing value on design excellence as the preservation of the environment, the maintenance of sustainable growth and change, and the embodiment of appropriate cultural patterns, values and forms; Teaching architecture through understanding the relationship between what has been and what could be, and investigating both the timeless and the topical as measures of design excellence; Teaching the critical theoretical framework and skills necessary to challenge current methods and paradigms of practice in architecture and its allied fields; Teaching architecture and its allied fields within the context of the liberal arts and sciences by stressing the integration of knowledge from other disciplines in a process of design comprised of analysis, synthesis and production.http://design.latech.edu/
Located in the piney hills of north Louisiana, Louisiana Tech University (11,000 students) serves the educational needs of this population primarily through strong baccalaureate programs in a broad range of studies in the arts, humanities, liberal arts, and sciences and in professional areas including architecture. The University presently offers a choice of master's programs and doctoral programs. The city of Ruston is the home of Louisiana Tech and offers an idyllic, small-town setting for the University community.
We define Architecture as the art of giving physical shape and identity to the environmental aspiration of people, their communities and their culture. We regard architecture as a synthesis of both poetic and pragmatic concerns, and we educate architects to be experts at resolving the conflicting demands of contextual, operational, aesthetic and ideological forces inherent to all architectural problems. The method we teach is an interpretive and reconciliatory one. It stresses that the final, physical form of building is the result of a thoughtful and intentional manipulation of compound, interacting forces.
Undergraduate Program: the first two years of the architecture curriculum focus on the acquisition of basic artistic and critical skills. We believe that building a vocabulary of formal and spatial imagery, acquiring a repertory of compositional strategies, developing a sensitivity to context, and, most importantly, learning to formulate incisive questions are the foundations of architectural education. As our students advance to the professional concentration of the program, the scale and complexity of architectural problems they encounter increase progressively. Beginning at the third year where our students address community-scale issues, and extending into the fourth year where they concentrate on urban issues, we expect our students to face the contextual complexity, cultural diversity, ethical ambiguities, and increasing technical and pragmatic demands inherent to real-world architectural problems. Through our curriculum, we emphasize that every architectural problem is issue-oriented and that design is a knowledge-based process. Graduate Program: in our graduate program, we invite our students to define their own, individual degree design projects. We expect degree design projects to not only demonstrate technical and professional competence, but also to exhibit an ethic, a social conscience, and the personal conviction necessary to make a difference in our physical environments.
1. Art & Design
2. Community Design
4. Digital Fabrication & Technology
5. Digital Design & Visualization
7. Industry Collaborations
8. Materials and Construction