Morgan State University
School of Architecture and Planning
The School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) addresses, from an interdisciplinary perspective, the social, environmental, physical, economic, and political issues that shape urban communities and form. The SA+P's location in Baltimore, Maryland, brings students into direct contact with a diversity of people, cultures, lifestyles, socio-economic issues, and opinions of those who live or work in urban areas. The SA+P strives for relevance: Its focus is upon its urban environment (natural and built), its diverse student community, and its significant ties to the design and planning professions.
Morgan State University is located on 140 acres in a residential area of northeastern Baltimore, 20 minutes from the central business district and the famous Inner Harbor. Washington D.C. is just 35 miles south.; Philly 90 miles north, with NYC just 4 hours away by train, bus, or car. Morgan's campus is constantly expanding and adding new facilities. The SA+P's own building is the Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies (CBEIS) is a 126,000 GSF USGBC Gold LEED-certified facility for design and engineering programs at Morgan State University.
The purpose of the School is to be a professionally based academic unit that has a clear commitment to the fundamental qualities that bring together a balanced educational program in the exploration of human and natural environments. The School's graduate and undergraduate degree programs introduce and promote the sense of interconnectedness between a built form, human behavior, forces of nature, political and economic dynamics characteristic of an urban context. The School's three graduate programs (Architecture, Landscape Architecture, City & Regional Planning) prepare students to address the challenges associated with systems of the built environment and their integration with systems in the natural environment. The objective is to link domains of environmental (natural patterns and flows), economic (financial patterns and equity), and social (human, cultural, and spiritual) as related to the professional practices of planning, design and management. This leads to the realization of a sustainable urban environment that is beautiful, humane, socially appropriate, and restorative. The Bachelor of Science in Architecture & Environmental Design (BSAED) is a four-year paraprofessional program structured to integrate elements of the built and natural environment with the professional ability to produce a meaningful response to the changing needs of urban society patterned by a wide cultural backdrop. The program advances the concept of critical thinking by which each student can visualize, discuss and represent a detailed conceptualization, application, investigation, syntheses, and an evaluation of the connections between them. Students are taught to accept responsibility for their role in creating environments as well as how to communicate ethical practices that lead to informed decision making.
The Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design (BSAED) program is a four year pre-professional degree program that prepares students for careers in Architecture and Environmental Design professions. The program is based on the understanding that the skills required for designing the built environment come from a broad education that draws on science, technology, humanities and the arts. The BSAED curriculum provides a balanced course of study including courses in graphic skills, technology, history, theories of the built environment as well as courses throughout the university. The core of the program are the design studio courses where students synthesize what they have learned in the exploration of hypothetical and real life design projects. BSAED graduates are prepared for entry level positions in architecture and environmental design fields, and for the advancement to professional degree programs including the MSU Graduate Programs in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City and Regional Planning.Our program is dedicated to the working student and strives to make professional education in architecture both accessible and affordable. With enthusiastic support of many of the region's best-known architectural firms, our program includes for-credit opportunities in internships as part of the curriculum. The Master of Architecture program is a professional degree program, fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), and leads to the opportunity for licensure as an architect within the United States. The program is dedicated to the working student and strives to make professional education in architecture both accessible and affordable. With enthusiastic support of many of the region's best-known architectural firms, our program includes for-credit opportunities in internships as part of the curriculum. Morgan's NAAB-accredited professional degree may be sought via different tracks. For college graduates with degrees in other disciplines, without previous preparation in Architecture, we offer a 90 credit track, which can be completed in as few as six semesters. --For college graduates with pre-professional degrees, like Morgan's Bachelor of Architecture and Environmental Design (BSAED), we offer a 60-or-more credit track, which can be completed in as few as four semesters. For high-school graduates or community college students, Morgan's undergraduate BSAED program offers an accelerated path leading directly to a 168-credit track towards the accredited Master of Architecture degree.
- Art & Design
- Building Technologies
- Cross-Cultural Contexts
- Digital Fabrication
- Graphics And Visualization
- Historic Preservation
- History, Theory, Criticism