Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science
The School, through its Department of Architecture and Department of Construction Science, follows the founding policy of Tuskegee University - "Learning to do by doing." Although both departments originated in trade and vocational training, the present mission is to develop competent professionals capable of solving the complex problems of today and tomorrow. The mission of the School is to sustain the legacy of Booker T. Washington and the strategy of "educating the hand and the mind together." The School offers two programs of study: a five-year Bachelor of Architecture program, and a four-year Bachelor of Science in Construction Science and Management.
One of the key features of the program at Tuskegee University is its relatively small size, which fosters a very personal and professional approach to professional training. The Department of Architecture has 10 full-time faculty members and an average enrollment of 150 students per year. The students hail from all geographical areas of the country, with the majority coming from the southeast. Alabama residents constitute approximately 25 percent of the total enrollment. Approximately 10 percent of the student body is foreign students and 32 is women. Tuskegee University is located in Tuskegee in east central Alabama. Interstate 85 provides convenient access. Tuskegee is a two-hour drive from both Atlanta and Birmingham and a 40-minute drive from the capital of the state, Montgomery. Architectural and environmental design in the region ranges from complex urban architecture to stately antebellum structures. Tuskegee University's campus is designated as a national historic park site, with three buildings that are historic landmarks. Tuskegee is a technical, scientific, and professional institution with an average enrollment of 3,500 students per year. Instruction is organized under five major units: College of Engineering, Architecture & Physical Sciences; College of Agricultural, Environmental & Natural Sciences; College of Business, Organization & Management; College of Liberal Arts/Education; and College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing & Allied Health. The Department of Architecture is one of the seven departments in the College of Engineering, Architecture & Physical Sciences. The other departments are: aerospace science engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics and computer science. The Department of Architecture offers degrees in two disciplines: architecture and construction science and management (CSMT). The department's faculty possess expertise in a variety of disciplines, including architectural design, architectural practice, urban design, city and regional planning, civil engineering, construction management, and graphic design.
The five-year B.Arch. program offered at Tuskegee provides a broad architectural training focused on the practice of architecture. The program is a well-rounded liberal education integrated with professional studies. Students are also exposed to other areas of expertise that are related to the environmental design profession. This serves to provide an awareness of the influence that other disciplines have on the physical environment and of career options that may be pursued following receipt of the professional degree. Program Description The curriculum is organized as a five-year Bachelor of Architecture program, based on a 2+3 format. The first two years constitute pre-architecture, and the last three, professional program. Admission to the professional program is granted by the departmental admissions committee based on the successful completion of the pre-architecture program with minimum CGPAs (2.25 overall and 2.5 in architecture courses) and a portfolio review. Pre-Architecture Program (1st/2nd Years) The first year covers a study of visual design elements, color, texture, light, scale, etc., as well as a general examination of architecture and the built environment.Also included are the development of visual, graphic, and verbal communication skills, and mathematical understanding. The second year brings an introduction to problem-solving and decision-making techniques, procedures and factors, and a study of physical environmental (qualitative and quantitative) phenomena and their impact upon design. Visual, graphic, and verbal communication skill development are continued. Professional Program (3rd/4th/5th Years) In the third year, development of programming and design skills are stressed, together with an increased understanding of the interface between spatial-movement, structural/ mechanical, and site/landscape considerations in building design.Emphasis is given to a resolution of social, economic, and physical user needs. Influence(s) of architectural theory, history, and site/urban context in the building design process is introduced. In addition, quantitative structures and mechanical studies are included. The fourth year provides a more in-depth study of programming and the relating of the user social, economic, and physical needs with the other considerations in the architectural design process that include construction,materials, structures, HVAC, etc. There is a continuation of the examination of architectural theory, history, site/urban context etc. and their impact on architectural design and urban development. Elective study in general subjects is also provided. In the final fifth year, the students examine complex architectural problems in a semi-independent design studio. This studio allows the student to apply all knowledge gained from the preceding four years. In addition,each student completes a terminal project involving the research, programming, and design of an architectural project chosen by the student. The students also take courses in building economics, professional practice, construction, and management.
- Art & Design
- Building Technologies
- Community Design
- Cross-Cultural Contexts
- Historic Preservation
- Materials And Construction