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Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, we are unable to offer any in-person tours of our facilities. You can, however, take a virtual tour below.
Online appointments are for current and prospective students of all levels, and are conducted throughout the school year and in summer sessions.
School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
University of Maryland
3835 Campus Drive
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: (301) 405-8000
Fax: (301) 314-9583
The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation is located on the western edge of the University of Maryland at the intersection of Mowatt Lane and Campus Drive. View an interactive campus map. Information on driving directions, traveling by train, plane or Metro, and nearby hotel accommodations can be found on this link, or in the attachment below.
Before you initiate your trip, please visit the University of Maryland Conference and Visitor Services site for complete information about traveling to the university and navigating campus once you arrive.
The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation requires that all students studying architecture purchase a laptop computer. Specific requirements for students studying architecture are listed below for both hardware and software. In addition to these requirements, many students also purchase monitors so that they can expand their digital workspace.
We provide the following technical specifications to define the baseline requirements. Many software applications are available to all matriculated students. We recommend you check the following website to see a complete list, https://terpware.umd.edu/. A list of required and recommended software is listed below. Please take advantage of student discounts for software.
Preferred Hardware Specifications
VR-Ready PC laptop ~ $2,400.00 Total (Great for multi-purposes overall)
Processor: Intel Core i7 or greater
Memory (RAM): 16 GB - 32 GB DDR4
Hard Drive: 512 GB SSD or greater for Operating System and 1TB for data storage
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX1060 or RTX2060 or greater
Extended warranty with accidental coverage.
MacBook Pro (16 inch model) ~ $2,700.00 Total (Great for graphic design, not for VR or modeling)
KEEP IN MIND: Some coursework software are NOT compatible or supported on macOS such as AutoDesk Revit, NavisWorks and Lumion. A BootCamp partition must be configured for Windows OS so that those applications can be installed on top of Windows.
Processor: Intel Core i7.
Memory: 16GB - 32GB DDR4.
Hard Drive: 1TB SSD or greater.
GPU: AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 8GB of GDDR6.
Apple Care is highly encouraged.
Many students also purchase monitors so that they can expand their digital workspace. Additional external storage and peripherals are recommended for workability and backup purposes.
External monitor 27-inch 4K monitor or larger
University-provided cloud storage (Google Drive and/or Box)
Software– Approximately $ 244.00 Total
The following are the required software applications for architecture students:
Adobe Creative Suite (or Adobe Creative Cloud) -- FREE through UMD TERPware program:
Autodesk– FREE through Autodesk Education portal (https://www.autodesk.com/education/home)
Microsoft Office– FREE through UMD TERPware program