University of Texas at Arlington
School of Architecture
The mission of the School of Architecture is to provide students with a rich learning experience and the opportunity to pursue an accredited professional degree in Architecture and Interior Design. We are here to provide an academic climate that fosters and rewards faculty accomplishment in teaching, research, and design and to be an active partner in the community.
The university is located in Arlington, about halfway between Dallas and Fort Worth, at the heart of a metropolitan area of nearly 6,000,000. Dallas/FortWorth - the fourth largest growing metropolitan area in the country - is one of the major regional centers in the US with every cultural,professional, entertainment, and business opportunity nearby. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, 20 minutes from the school, provides easy direct access to national and overseas destinations. For the design student the area is especially rewarding. Excellent examples of the built work of many of the leading contemporary architects may be visited and studied first-hand, including the Kimbell Art Museum, the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art by Tadao Ando, the Nasher Sculpture Garden by Reno Plano, and more recent projects by OMA, Norman Foster, and Morphosis . Hundreds of professional offices of all types and scales provide access to architectural practice through networking and full- or part-time employment. In addition,s and numerous galleries regularly bring design and the visual arts to the public.
Undergraduate Philosophy - Architecture for the undergraduate at UT-Arlington is a major course of study within a liberal education. It is the first part (4 years) of a 6-year sequence leading to the professional M.Arch. degree.Architecture belongs in the context of a liberal education, much as it did in the Renaissance. Architecture can be seen as both the vehicle and the object of this education. As a vehicle, architecture provides a ready avenue to the larger domain of ideas, history, and the human condition. As an object, architecture calls upon and tests our knowledge in unavoidable ways it focuses our attitudes and abilities in order to produce tangible, concrete things. This capacity to alternately widen and narrow our vision is one of the great virtues of the field and is a source of its effectiveness as course of study. Within a broad and varied curriculum, design as a discipline is emphasized. Students are encouraged to give rich visual and formal substance to both theoretical and pragmatic ideas. Graduate Philosophy - Architecture at the graduate level at UT-Arlington prepares for leadership positions in the profession. Building on undergraduate studies in architecture or other subjects the graduate program educates for the demands of a sophisticated and changing field. The program's philosophy rests on four basic premises: Architecture is, above all, a discipline. Architecture is both a culture and a profession. Architectural design is at the essential core of the field. Architecture's most fertile ideas and pressing responsibilities concern themselves with the urban condition. What follows is an approach that accepts a diversity of sources, issues, and constraints and seeks to refract them through design. Ideas structural and visual acquire form, pattern, and character. The process of making and of craft is seen to be integral to design and hence, to architecture, whether as a drawing, a model, an argument, or a full-scale construction. Finally, graduate education develops a critical capacity toward one's work and the context of that work: the profession and society.
The 4-year BS in Architecture degree is organized in two, 2-year segments: Basic Studies and Major Studies. Liberal arts, sciences, and introductory architecture courses and design studios are the focus of the Basic Studies curriculum.The student is provided a sequence of settings in which knowledge, skill, and confidence is developed in a cumulative way. Following Basic Studies, architectural studios and courses in history, theory, and technology along with more advanced offerings from the liberal arts and sciences form the Major Studies curriculum. At the Major Studies level, the student progresses to more professional concerns and their appropriate responses; these years form the concentration of ideas and capabilities necessary to pursue graduate work, should the student desire to do so. The graduate program at UT-Arlington offers three distinct avenues earning the M.Arch. degree, each serving students with differing undergraduate backgrounds. These are called Path A, Path B, and Path C and require a minimum of 3.5, 2, and 1 years. The 3.5-year program, Path A, is for students holding a degree outside architecture. An intensive and integrated professional curriculum has been specifically developed for those with degrees in liberal arts, science, business, or other professions. A four-term intensive core of graduate courses precedes the later advanced portion of the curriculum in which there are
- Art & Design
- Building Technologies
- Cross-Cultural Contexts
- Digital Fabrication
- History, Theory, Criticism
- Interior Design