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Overview

The mission of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture is to educate leaders who will design and build for future generations, cities and towns that are based on a foundation of conservation and investment rather than consumption and waste.

The School emphasizes classical and vernacular architecture within traditional urbanism; principles that encourage community, harmony with nature and economy of resources and energy. The School is part of a continuum from the past to the future, learning and inventing from it - carrying it forward with timeless ideals and cutting-edge technology. Around the world, regional and local traditional architecture and urbanism respect local climates, resources and culture with cities and buildings that are beautiful, enduring and do the least harm to the earth. These values apply from the smallest towns to the greatest cities, establish civic identities with human scale and facilitate an efficient and satisfying way of life.

Great architecture cannot be a trendy fashion statement or momentary entertainment at the expense of the future. It must be at once local in character, cosmopolitan in scope, and eternal in aspiration. 

Architecture and urbanism do more than merely provide the shelter where we live; they shape the public and private realms and therefore the way in which we inhabit our planet and develop our cultures, economies, and futures.

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Goals

Architecture has identified four overarching goals as part of its strategic planning process, each of which advances one or more of the five University-wide goals:

1. Raise the school’s research and teaching profiles

University Goals Supported

  • Goal II: Offer an unsurpassed undergraduate education that nurtures the formation of mind, body, and spirit
  • Goal III: Advance human understanding through scholarship, research, and post-baccalaureate programs that seek to heal, unify, and enlighten
  • Goal V: Engage in external collaborations that extend and deepen Notre Dame’s impact

Strategies

  1. Explore adding additional degree programs at the doctoral or master’s level in the areas of history and theory, historic preservation, landscape, real estate, and/or interior design
  2. Build new facilities to increase the space available for classrooms, studios, laboratories, offices, the library, and archives of classical architecture
  3. Develop a Center for Classical and Traditional Architecture and Urbanism, bringing together the current program of symposia, publications, awards, archives, special collections, and focused research into one platform

2. Expand the impact of the school’s classical architectural and traditional urbanist approaches in architectural practice and the academy

University Goals Supported

  • Goal I: Ensure that our Catholic character informs all our endeavors
  • Goal II: Offer an unsurpassed undergraduate education that nurtures the formation of mind, body, and spirit
  • Goal III: Advance human understanding through scholarship, research, and post-baccalaureate programs that seek to heal, unify, and enlighten
  • Goal V: Engage in external collaborations that extend and deepen Notre Dame’s impact

How ND students shape the built environment

News

In the Summer 2014, School of Architecture students participated in 3 International traveling studios projects that studied historical preservation in China with Nanjing University, designed a proposal for Piazza Magionie, Palermo, Sicily and restored a Transylvania Medieval Church and produced designs for The Prince of Wales.

Strategies

  1. Develop a more interconnected curriculum with greater integration of sub-disciplines to reflect the changing profession and respond more fully to the critical issues of our time
  2. Launch and support studio programs in areas of the world that are both pedagogically vital and in need of aid and development
  3. Initiate a conference and publication program that promotes classical architecture and traditional urbanism

3. Enhance the school’s graduate program

University Goal Supported

Goal III: Advance human understanding through scholarship, research, and post-baccalaureate programs that seek to heal, unify, and enlighten

Strategies

  1. Develop the financial infrastructure to support graduate students through fellowships, scholarships, and stipends
  2. Improve upon efforts to seek out the best students both in the United States and abroad

4. Continue to strengthen the school’s signature undergraduate programs in South Bend and Rome

University Goal Supported

  • Goal II: Offer an unsurpassed undergraduate education that nurtures the formation of mind, body, and spirit
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  • plan tower
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  • observation_deck
  • north elevation
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  • Santrach Walsh Hall main floor
  • Santrach Walsh Hall longitudinal
  • Santrach Walsh Hall elevation
  • Santrach Walsh Hall aerial

Student exhibit, American Institute of Architects, Chicago, summer 2014

Strategies

  1. Build new facilities to increase the space available for classrooms, studios, laboratories, offices, the library, and archives of classical architecture
  2. Leverage the planned Center for Classical and Traditional Architecture and Urbanism described under Goal 1 to foster undergraduate research in South Bend and Rome

Learn more about the School of Architecture by visiting architecture.nd.edu.