School of Architecture Mission Statement

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School of Architecture Mission

The mission of the School of Architecture is to achieve and maintain nationally and internationally recognized excellence in education, research, and creative activities; to help shape, as well as serve the students of the School, the people of our region, the distinct disciplines and allied professions of architecture, fashion design and merchandising, and interior design, and to contribute to the intellectual and creative purposes of the University.

To achieve that mission, the School’s goals are:

  • To provide educational opportunities that prepare students for effective and productive careers in the professions of architecture, fashion design and merchandising, and interior design. Toward this goal, the School offers three undergraduate programs leading to the degrees Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design and Merchandising, and Bachelor of Science in Interior Design.
  • To conduct research related to the discovery, innovation, and development of methods, technologies, and historical understanding that improves the practice of Architecture, Fashion Design and Merchandising, and Interior Design and related areas of endeavor; to complete creative activities that engages the Faculty in the practice of architecture, fashion design and merchandising, interior design, and kindred subjects. Research and creative activities are essential functions of the Faculty. The Faculty conducts research in theoretical and applied aspects of architecture, fashion design and merchandising, and interior design, the practice of the professions of architecture, fashion design and merchandising, and interior design, historical and cultural understanding of those professions, interdisciplinary research exposing relationships with other areas of study or professional practice,and in areas related to the teaching of the professions. The Faculty conducts activities that enhance productivity in the areas of research, creative activity, and teaching. In addition, the Faculty completes peer-reviewed creative activities of varying scope and complexity that engages the Faculty in the practice of architecture, fashion design and merchandising, interior design, or in related areas.
  • To provide service to the University, the people of our region, and to the professions of architecture, fashion design and merchandising, and interior design. The Faculty participates in the governance of the University through a variety of committees and organizations at the School, College, and University levels. In addition, the School provides support to a number of profession-related student organizations. Service to the region is accomplished through active participation and membership in community organizations, providing outreach and educational activities in the region, and by providing consultation on matters related to architecture, fashion design and merchandising, and interior design. Service to the professions is accomplished through active participation and membership in professional groups, associations, and societies, as well as by presentation and publication of papers and programs with and related to the concerns of those organizations.