Architecture

Overview

The mission of the School of Architecture is to educate leaders in the classical architectural tradition and to address the critical issues facing the built environment through research, professional activity, and public service. The school aspires to be a leading voice in the academic, professional, and lay discussions about how people should live together (urbanism) and build (architecture), one that molds students to construct a future at once more humane, functional, and beautiful.

This approach is predicated on the idea that 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. The program’s pedagogy is based on the assumption that in the design of cities and towns, neighborhoods, homes, offices, and parks, architecture should reflect our highest aspirations.

With that as its blueprint, the School of Architecture emphasizes the timely and timeless principles that encourage beauty, community, and sustainability. Using both cutting-edge technology and time-tested techniques that were crucial to building practices before the Industrial Revolution, when sustainability was a necessity, the school has established itself as a major force in the modern green movement. This means it is part of a continuum from the past to the future, honoring a grand legacy and carrying it forward with new ideas and technologies that preserve the built and natural environments.

Lessons learned from tradition continue to be relevant to resolving tomorrow’s problems. It is the inventive quality of tradition that allows each generation to shape the future in its own manner, and it is tradition’s projection of the past that provides the sense of stewardship that is required for sustainability. It is an inheritance at once local in scale, global in scope, and enduring 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

Ml Choice 5

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

Ml Choice 2

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

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

Ml Choice 1

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

Rome

University Goal Supported

Goal II: Offer an unsurpassed undergraduate education that nurtures the formation of mind, body, and spirit

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.