For over 25-years the School of Architecture & Planning (SA+P) has provided students the opportunity to preview and experience the makings of the built and natural environment in the broader perspective of interdisciplinary learning headed toward responsible leadership. Graduates have joined local firms in various modes of professional practice, while others have accepted positions in state and local government, community groups and organizations, or academic institutions.
The purpose of the School is to be a professionally based academic unit that has a clear commitment to the fundamental qualities that bring together a balanced educational program in the exploration of human and natural environments. The School's graduate and undergraduate degree programs introduce and promote the sense of interconnectedness between a built form, human behavior, forces of nature, political and economic dynamics characteristic of an urban context.
The School's three graduate programs (Architecture, Landscape Architecture, City & Regional Planning) prepare students to address the challenges associated with systems of the built environment and their integration with systems in the natural environment. The objective is to link domains of environmental (natural patterns and flows), economic (financial patterns and equity), and social (human, cultural, and spiritual) as related to the professional practices of planning, design and management. This leads to the realization of a sustainable urban environment that is beautiful, humane, socially appropriate, and restorative.
The Bachelor of Science in Architecture & Environmental Design (BSAED) is also an important component of the SA+P family. BSAED is a four-year para-professional program structured to integrate elements of the built and natural environment with the professional ability to produce a meaningful response to the changing needs of urban society patterned by a wide cultural backdrop. The program advances the concept of critical thinking by which each student can visualize, discuss and represent a detailed conceptualization, application, investigation, syntheses, and an evaluation of the connections between them. Students are taught to accept responsibility for their role in creating environments as well as how to communicate ethical practices that lead to informed decision making.
In Fall 2010, SA+P began offering a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, with its core misstion to educate students on basic construction management principles and practices, as well as their application to sustainable construction projects.
As such, SA+P students become knowledgeable of planning, design and management as a predictive decision-making process with the examination of human factors involved in the necessarily collaborative activity of environmental intervention and preservation. The aim is to graduate competent and dedicated professionals.