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Architecture Research and Creative Activity

Students and Research

A student/faculty team was one of four selected nationally to participate in the 2010 American Institute of Architects/Academy of Architecture for Health (AIA/AAH) Student Design Charrette. The 2010 charrette was held during the Healthcare Design 10 conference at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

A student/faculty team was one of four selected nationally to participate in the 2010 American Institute of Architects/Academy of Architecture for Health (AIA/AAH) Student Design Charrette. The 2010 charrette was held during the Healthcare Design 10 conference at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.



The College pursues a balanced agenda of traditional research and creative activity. These activities include the generation of new knowledge and the application of concepts and quantitative methods from the behavioral and social sciences to the current practical problems of communities, case studies exploring issues of sustainability and current practice, and creative activity exploring possibilities in the built and un-built environment. Funded projects sponsored by local, state and federal governments, as well as segments of the design and construction industries; provide students, especially in the advanced professional programs, with opportunities for practical laboratory experiences. The same community, design, planning, and research projects provide faculty with opportunities for continuing professional development.

The educational intent of the faculty in the programs within the College of Architecture is to provide professional and graduate programs balanced with the standards of current professional practice and the changing future our graduates will face.  This is achieved through a combination of a broad general or liberal arts education and a rigorous professional education.  Our students engage in research and creative activity on a regular basis, through course work and special activities, preparing them to inform, engage, and disseminate to the broader community.  The College of Architecture, through its programs in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and community and regional planning, offers a broad educational and research base for the study of the directions of a changing world.

The Architecture Program in the College of Architecture offers three degrees: a professional degree, the Master of Architecture (M.Arch); a graduate degree, the Master of Science (MS); and a doctoral degree (PhD/EdD) specialization in architecture education. In addition, the Program offers joint graduate degrees with the Colleges of Business Administration (MBA) and Engineering (MEng) and internal to the College with Community and Regional Planning (MCRP).  The Community and Regional Planning Program offers the Masters of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP), and specialization within a PhD in Geography. 

The College of Architecture is a member of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium. The Consortium seeks to strengthen the contributions of architecture to the solution of critical national problems by undertaking large-scale research projects. Established by the American Institute of Architects Research Corporation and leading university-based research centers, the Architectural Research Centers Consortium provides a significant research dimension to the College of Architecture.

Graduate

The College of Architecture, through its programs in architecture, community and regional planning, landscape architecture, and interior design offers a broad educational research base for the study of the directions of a changing world. Even though the architecture and related programs address the classical heritage of our culture, they must also deal with the problem of tomorrow as it begins to emerge. Students and faculty of the College of Architecture seek the best of the past to carry through today into the uncertainty of tomorrow. Each student, with the guidance of their adviser, prepares a detailed course of study. This course of study must include courses in theory, research methods or analytical techniques, field research, and campus-wide electives. The 36-credit-hour program of study terminates with a written thesis on a topic developed by the student in consultation with their faculty adviser and committee.

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Undergraduate

The Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences (UCARE) Program, supported by the Office of Undergraduate Studies and funded by the Pepsi Endowment and Program of Excellence funds, creates intellectual partnerships between UNL faculty and undergraduates by providing funds for research.  Within the College of Architecture, our faculty and students have benefitted from the UCARE Program, in close working relationships since its inception. 

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Professional

The Master of Architecture (M.Arch) program is designed to empower the student to develop a course of study to begin the process of defining their existence as a design professional. Through selections from option studies proposed by the faculty and the professional elective array offered by the faculty each student can customize their curriculum to support their emerging image of the architect they want to be. Further, students in the last year can propose, develop and design a project of their own choosing working one on one with a faculty mentor as a culminating experience of their graduate studies. Interdisciplinary research and community service are important in the College of Architecture. Emphasis is placed on the generation of new knowledge and the application of concepts and quantitative methods from the behavioral and social sciences to the current practical problems of communities and the environment. Funded projects sponsored by local, state, and federal governments, as well as segments of the design and construction industries, provide students, especially in the advanced professional programs, with opportunities for practical laboratory experiences. The same community design planning and research projects provide faculty members with opportunities for continuing professional development.

Click here for list of current professional program student research projects.