To generate, preserve, disseminate and apply the knowledge of our profession through education, research, creative work and service.
To generate knowledge: The School of Architecture believes knowledge generation is a key attribute of the study and practice of architecture. Our mission indicates that the production of knowledge be an activity for the entire community – faculty and students. We seek to continually redefine the potential of design and innovation to address contemporary problems through continuing relationships with practitioners, the public and related disciplines such as Landscape Architecture, Environmental Studies, Geography and Engineering.
To preserve knowledge: If inquiry is to be advanced, the School of Architecture has a responsibility to preserve the knowledge within the profession. To meet its responsibility the School should preserve and make available reference materials for students and the profession, significant documents of research interest for scholars, and architectural materials for public exhibition.
To disseminate knowledge: The primary function of the School of Architecture is the education of students who will assume professional leadership roles. This requires the development of abilities to understand, research and design. Design thinking prepares one to participate in an increasingly complex world, one that requires interdisciplinary and collaborative team relationships. Teaching how to think is more important than teaching what to think. To fulfill this role the School must be a leader in educational innovation and academic outreach.
To apply knowledge: The School of Architecture intends to build upon its long-standing tradition of service as a means to explore and expand the design made by architects to the built environment. As academics and professionals we embrace our societal responsibility and welcome leadership roles in maintaining ethical and just behavior as it relates to the environment.