Mission and Vision

The School of Architecture strives to use design thinking and creative problem solving to address the issues faced by contemporary society. We integrate this approach into how we teach our students, the research that we produce, and the services that we provide to our communities. The overarching vision for the School of Architecture is to prepare our graduates to actively participate in the contemporary milieu, encourage and anticipate paradigm shifts, and respond to change in the local, national and international communities.

With programs in four disciplines – Architecture, Construction Science, Community Development and Digital Media Arts, including two research centers – Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture (TIPHC), and Community Urban and Rural Enhancement Service (CURES), the School of Architecture is committed to its core mission of excellence in teaching, research and service. The School will accomplish its mission by:

  1.   Offering a diverse, interdisciplinary and rigorous curriculum led by an accomplished faculty in a comprehensive studio and classroom environment;
  2.   Challenging students to develop their abilities in problem solving, creative thinking, and informed decision-making as a focus of their professional education;
  3.   Engendering a nurturing and student-centered environment – one that fosters personal development and professional excellence;
  4.   Educating students in skills and knowledge required to improve the quality of the built environment on both a national and international level.
  5.   Preparing students for leadership roles in the fields of Architecture, Construction Science, Community Development and Digital Media Arts.

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