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January 6, 2016

School of Architecture spring 2016 semester events: exhibitions, juries, and open house

College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona
UA Studio Pangolin Gridshell Project team by CAPLA. Courtesy of Arizona Board of Regents.

The public is invited to attend exhibitions and reviews as well as the CAPLA lecture series.

The Bachelor of Architecture is a five-year program culminating in an accredited professional degree that allows the graduate to pursue professional registration. We focus our curricula into five areas of critical professional practice:
–Studio: To design comprehensively and synthetically, inclusive of other disciplines, and in tune with climate and setting.
–Technology: To design in response to, and taking inspiration from, technological criteria, materiality, and constructability—and, working towards a post-carbon paradigm for environmental sustainability.
–Design Communications: To critically and innovatively engage with digital and analogue tools to explore and communicate architectural propositions.
–History+Theory: To research, analyze, and appreciate the historical and theoretical traditions of the discipline, with particular understanding of their practice impact.
–Professional Practice: To understand, engage, and critically appraise professional practices, with particular commitment to ethical standards, environmental impact, and civic outreach.

Ranked in top twenty-five nationally 
A 2015 survey of hiring practitioners conducted by DesignIntelligence put UA’s Bachelor of Architecture in the top 25 professional undergraduate programs in the nation, a spot we have held for four of the past five years. 96 percent of our students polled in the same survey report being well prepared to enter the profession.

Sustainability pedagogy 
Ours is the first accredited program in the nation to implement a sustainability protocol across an entire studio curriculum.

Curriculum
The Foundation introduces the range of skills encountered during the degree, from hand drawing and model-making to digital processes, and presents the students to architecture culture. The first studio is accompanied by a history + theory component. The year culminates in an exhibition.

The Professional Phase comprises years two to five and presents increasingly complex learning, in two stages: a two-and-a-half year professional core emphasizes fundamental skills in five critical areas and the three-semester application phase with studio focused on directed research and projects in the community (design/build, urban design, or other service learning opportunities) as well as study abroad. Application Studios and Capstone allow students to build knowledge and skill in areas of particular personal interest.

For more information, visit our website or contact our undergraduate advisor Sasha Wilson, RA.

Visit the SoA during the foundation exhibition, undergraduate and graduate final reviews, or open house.

Prospective graduate students are invited to attend the spring semester graduate open house 
Our spring 2016 graduate open house is March 4 from 9am to 4pm and will include touring the CAPLA facilities, such as our world–class Materials Laboratory and House Energy Doctor Lab; presentations about the Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Architecture programs; lunch with faculty, current students, and recent graduates.

For more information about the grad open house, contact Amy Moraga.

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