Mission and Philosophy
The mission of the graduate Architecture and
Landscape Architecture programs is to prepare students for
sustained contributions and leadership in the design professions. This
mission occurs in partnership with the larger University. Together
the programs and the University share the aim of educating broadly
to the demands of a complex society and, more specifically, to
the demands of sophisticated and changing professions.
History and Overview
Architecture was first taught at what is now The University
of Texas at Arlington in the early 1940s as a two-year,
non-degree program within the School of Engineering. In 1968, with the
support of professional architects in the Dallas/Fort Worth area,
architecture became a department of the College of Liberal Arts, granting
the degree of Bachelor of Science in Architecture. The
department prospered, and by 1973 a decision was made to establish a
separate school of architecture based on a four-year undergraduate
program with a two-year master of architecture program as the
By 1978, the School of Architecture and Environmental
Design (as it was named in 1974) had an enrollment of more than
1,000 students with 31 full-time faculty. Four programs were included
at that time: architecture, interior design, landscape architecture,
and city and regional planning. Subsequently, planning moved to
the Institute of Urban Studies. In 1989, the school was renamed
the School of Architecture.
Architecture and landscape architecture are seen as both the
means and the goal of the education we offer. As means, our fields provide a ready path to the larger domain of ideas, history and the
human condition. Architecture was seen, after all, as one of the
essential liberal arts during the Renaissance. As goals, our fields call upon us to learn specific professional knowledge and
skills they focus
our attitudes and abilities to produce tangible, concrete things.
This demand that we alternately widen and narrow our vision is one
of the great strengths of the fields and is one source of their
effectiveness as courses of study.
Within a broad curriculum, design as a discipline and a process
is emphasized. Students are encouraged to give rich visual and
material substance to both theoretical and pragmatic ideas. The context
for design at U.T. Arlington centers on the contemporary urban condition, an approach
appropriate for a
school at the heart of
a diverse, expanding and internationally oriented region like
The school's location at the center of the Dallas/Fort Worth
area is especially important for students of architecture and
landscape architecture. Almost every cultural, social and
professional opportunity is nearby. The urban setting serves as a laboratory
to observe the issues that confront current design and to test
the proposals put forward. Built work by many of the
foremost contemporary architects and landscape architects may be
experienced and studied firsthand. Kahn, Pei, Wright, Johnson, Meier, Legoretta, Rudolph,
Giurgola, Barnes, Predock, Holl, KPF, Kiley and
Walker all have major projects here.
The School of Architecture offers large and up-to-date
facilities for research and study. Constructed in 1986, the
Architecture Building houses studios, classrooms and offices in addition to a
CAD laboratory, a photography studio, a materials shop, a slide
library and the Architecture and Fine Arts Library, with 40,000 books
and 190 periodicals. The U.T. Arlington Libraries contains more than
1 million volumes, and students have access to The University of
Texas System Library, which house 12 million volumes.
The School of Architecture has an enrollment of
approximately 600 students, of whom about 120 are graduate students. They
come from all parts of the United States and the world; more than
20 percent are international students. About one-third of the
graduate students are women.
In terms of recognition of quality, 134 School of
Architecture students have received awards in 63 major design or
research competitions over the last 10 years, most at the national
or international level. This unsurpassed record of
competitive accomplishment reflects the education focus of the school.
Developed student abilities, along with a tradition of integrating work
and academic experience, give U.T. Arlington graduates ready entry
and advancement in the professional world.
The school offers the Master of Architecture and the Master
of Landscape Architecture as first professional degrees in the
respective programs. The former is accredited by the National
Architecture Accrediting Board and the latter by the Landscape
Architecture Accrediting Board. The M.Arch and the M.L.A. taken as second,
or post-professional degrees, do not carry accreditation.