Environmental degradation is one of the most pressing challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. The School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation dedicates its resources and diverse talents to understand and find solutions to this vexing problem. The School is composed of multiple disciplines that believe creative design and planning can promote a more hospitable environment within which we can enjoy productive, inspirational and healthful lives.
The School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation is home to outstanding educational programs as well as nationally recognized centers for research and knowledge generation. Our intimate and dynamic community includes the disciplines of architecture, planning, historic preservation and real estate development as well as the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, the Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development, and the nascent Center for the Use of Sustainable Practices.
As you might imagine from this configuration, the School provides a balanced professional education with opportunities for cross-disciplinary experiences from the undergraduate degree through the Ph.D. We are nationally recognized for educating creative and thoughtful professionals who attain the highest level of professional leadership and individual achievement. We educate leaders for tomorrow.
The School is located in College Park part of the Washington, DC metropolitan area, a place of unparalleled resources. This is our home but our reach is global. Our students study around the country and throughout the world—in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. We offer a diverse course of study at our Kiplin Hall facility in North Yorkshire, England. The School has a global perspective to marry to its interdisciplinary approach to problem solving. It is this combination that prepares you to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
To study at the School is to form a close working relationship with the faculty. What makes our learning experience so distinctive is the close-knit and vibrant learning community that defines the School. If you want to work closely with faculty members on real world problems, this is the place for you. Our students are engaged learners who produce highly imaginative and speculative works that are a testament to our pursuit of excellence in the built environment. Our graduates are prepared to act and think creatively because the School's faculty value inquiry over training, embrace the spirit of risk taking, and nurture the capacity to think creatively.
To join the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation is to join a group of individuals who enjoy being part of an imaginative and culturally sophisticated community. All our students are schooled in envisioning and producing a better and more just future.
One of the rewards of being Dean of this School is the opportunity to participate in this dynamic community. I am proud to be part of a School with such a strong tradition of education and scholarship. I encourage you to be part of our future.
David Cronrath, AIA
Professor and Dean