Few American universities are located in a region that is as architecturally, urbanistically, historically and culturally diverse as the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area.
The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation is located only seven miles from downtown Washington, DC. Connected to the city by Metrorail and Metrobus, students and faculty enjoy a close proximity to the museums, libraries, theatres and cultural institutions that can only be found in a world-class international city. Washington's governmental and cultural institutions form a monumental civic architecture that provides a laboratory for the study of architecture, urbanism and historic preservation unequalled by any other location in the United States. Likewise, the resources of Federal agencies and the expertise of those who work within those agencies regularly complement the programs within the School.
The unique urbanism and monumental architecture of Washington, DC is only part of the advantage of Maryland's location. Nearby Baltimore and Annapolis provide contrasting examples of architecture, urbanism, history, local culture and development patterns. In many respects Baltimore is the quintessential American city. While the singular shaft of the Washington Monument, the dome of the United States Capitol and the presence of numerous federal institutions dominate our image of Washington, Baltimore's skyline is characterized by a vigorous composition of high-rise buildings on the Inner Harbor, unique neighborhoods and perhaps the largest collection of National Historic Register buildings in the United States. Baltimore's renaissance continues, and the city's evolution provides fascinating architectural and urban lessons for students.
Maryland's capital city, Annapolis, features a unique 18th- and 19th-century character. The historic center of the city is a virtual text of the development of early American architecture and urbanism. It is also the epicenter of the historic preservation movement in the United States and forms a vibrant laboratory for students and faculty alike.
Maryland's location in the metropolitan region provides its particular advantages. Within a three-hour drive, one can reach the small towns of Maryland's Eastern Shore, the rugged landscape of Western Maryland, the streets and squares of Philadelphia, and the masterpieces of Thomas Jefferson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Paul Cret and Louis Kahn.