Maryland Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Maryland Architecture, Planning and Preservation (MAPP) offers a unique combination of world-class resources, interdisciplinary opportunities and intimate learning environments, all situated in easy reach of Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis. The School houses five academic programs:



The School has evolved into an academic center that is inclusive of the design, social, cultural and environmental aspects of human settlements. In 2005, New Urban News noted in a national survey of architecture programs that the University of Maryland offers the only architecture program in the nation to include professional Masters programs and related PhD-level studies in planning, preservation and real estate development within the same school.


We believe that physical design and social environment are interrelated, and that best practice and research should reflect this interconnectedness. All of the School's programs benefit from the collaborative environment and cross-disciplinary communication among the faculty and students of all the programs.  Our mission is a quality built environment that promotes social justice, cultural value, resource conservation and economic opportunity.

Dean's Welcome

Environmental degradation is one of the most pressing challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. The School of Architecture, Planning and 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 and 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 and 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
Professor and Dean


The School's mission is to educate Architects, Planners, Preservationists, Developers and the many allied stakeholders whose work and scholarship focuses on the quality of the built environment and promotes social justice, cultural value, resource conservation and economic opportunity.


Our faculty, students and alumni collaboratively advance MAPP's vision and commitment through research, teaching, colloquia, writing, creative design, planning, policy formation and professional work. Our mission is historically rooted in our land grant mandate and enhanced by our regional and international activities.

Strategic Plan

Lead in professional education / learning:

1)    Integrate service/experiential learning (real world, actual problems with community clients) into studios and coursework.

2)    Create interdisciplinary courses. 

3)    Expand global opportunities for students

4)    Intensify communication skills (written, oral and graphic)



Lead in sustainability education

1)   Create a centerpiece course on sustainability for all students in the School

2)   Develop a minor in sustainability for our undergraduates



Enhance research / scholarship / creative activity efforts:

1) Showcase faculty achievement

2)    Improve the faculty’s integration of digital technologies into their teaching

3)    Faculty development funds for each faculty. Priority for tenure-track junior faculty

4)    Institute structured global mentor/mentee relationships

5)    Produce a new and transparent APT policy



Recruit and retain high quality students to all programs through increased opportunities and resources:

1)    Increase student scholarships

3)  Improve the admissions process to recruit the best and brightest

4)    Build a greater sense of community

5)    Improve student job placement services.

6)   Promote internships



Contribute to the advancement of the professions by faculty and students:

1)    Facilitate local resource orientation (professional and specific to MAPP)

2)    Increase diversity of faculty

3)    Increase production and promote faculty creative and scholarly accomplishments to the professions



Pursue life-long value for alumni and friends

1)    Showcase alumni achievements

2)    Provide multiple venues for alumni to participate with the School