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.
Welcome to the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (MAPP), Maryland’s Built Environment School.
For over 50 years, our students united under a common mission: create work that is grounded in the service of others, through the improvement of the built environment. Founded in 1967 with an initial graduating class of 19 architecture students, the School has expanded in size and scope to include the allied disciplines of urban planning, historic preservation, and real estate development. We are dedicated to preparing students to meet the cultural, ethical, economic, and environmental challenges facing the world today, while creating and preserving the beauty found in our communities. We introduce them to the practical, cutting-edge techniques needed to succeed professionally and provide opportunities for practice both in and out of the classroom; the Washington-Baltimore region provides unparalleled opportunities for our students.
Our Fearless alumni are accomplished architects, designers, educators, artists, preservationists, developers, and leaders in public policy and government; among their ranks are the Architect of the Capitol, a mayor, the President of the American Institute of Architects, and tenured faculty at many great universities. Our alumni come back to campus to teach and share their experiences with students or invite them to participate in fellowships, internships, and post-graduate employment.
MAPP offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees within four disciplinary programs: architecture, historic preservation, urban studies and planning, and real estate development. MAPP is also a national leader in interdisciplinary graduate degrees, offering over ten dual degree programs within MAPP and across the campus. Learn more these interdisciplinary options by visiting our website’s dual degree pages.
The innovative and creative spirit of MAPP is one of our biggest assets. Our students come from all over the US and across the world, bringing with them a wide range of interests and experiences. We are proud of our diverse community and work to foster opportunities for students to collaborate in studio and through project- and community-based work, often for real clients. This year, MAPP students worked on projects for organizations such as The National Trust for Historic Preservation; the National Park Service; Montgomery County, Maryland; The City of Baltimore; and the University of Maryland’s Office of Sustainability.
Much of our coursework contains interdisciplinary elements because we recognize that different perspectives and talents make for great results and best mimic professional life. For example, the School’s Program in Action Learning for Sustainability (PALS) is the nation’s leading engaged and active learning program; PALS students work with faculty, professionals, and residents on real world issues and challenges in communities across our region.
We are also proud of our interdisciplinary student teams who successfully collaborated in national and international competitions, placing second in the world at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 (also first in 2011 and second in 2007), first in the HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Planning Competition, and made the “Final Four” for the sixth time in nine years at the ULI/ Hines Urban Design Competition.
Our students make better sense of a changing world when they experience it. MAPP offers a diverse, growing roster of education abroad opportunities that foster enriching, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Read about all of our programs on our Education Abroad page.
We offer students an incredibly talented, diverse and growing faculty that includes practitioners, national and international fellows, artists and policymakers. In the past two years, we have welcomed six new faculty working in architectural history, affordable housing, environmental justice, climate change and resilience, high-performance building design, cultural heritage, and public education.
MAPP benefits from the leadership, opportunities and expertise of three research centers—the internationally acclaimed National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, the Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development, and the Environmental Finance Center. In addition, the University of Maryland Economic Development Administration University Center is housed within the Smart Growth Center. These centers provide cutting-edge research while offering valuable services to jurisdictions interested in advancing sustainable and equitable development. This year’s projects include creating a plan to leverage “smart city” technology in underserved West Baltimore, working with stakeholders and government to create pathways to opportunity along the Purple Line Light Rail, and assisting jurisdictions in procuring funding for sustainable infrastructure and programming.
Our long tradition of change-making research and creative projects, like Resurrection City in 1968, endures today in community engagement efforts throughout the state and region. It equates to planning walkable, equitable places; designing buildings that save energy and resources; and protecting our cultural and physical assets, particularly those hidden in the shadows. Shaping better communities defines our legacy and obligation as a school.
I invite you to learn more about our community by exploring our website; I know you will find us to be an engaged, active, and supportive community dedicated to improving the built environment.
Interim Dean and Professor
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.