University of Illinois School of Architecture

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University of Illinois School of Architecture
Architecture Building, 2007
Architecture Building, 2007
Type Public Professional School
Degrees: BS, M.Arch, and Ph.D
Established 1867
Endowment $6.674 million[1]
Director Peter Leslie Mortensen
Chairs Paul Armstrong, (Design)
Mir Ali (Structures)
Paul Kapp (interim) (History & Preservation)
Michael McCulley (Practice & Technology)
Academic staff
Students 757[1]
Undergraduates 525[1]
Postgraduates 232[1]
Location Champaign, Illinois, United States
Admissions M.Arch (24.95%)[1]

The University of Illinois School of Architecture is an academic unit within the College of Fine & Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The school is also affiliated with the Building Research Council (BRC), located in Champaign, Illinois. The four teaching divisions in the School instill fundamental professional knowledge through courses in architectural history, building construction, structures, environmental technology and architectural design.


Founded in 1870 at the Illinois Industrial University (now the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), the School of Architecture was established under the Polytechnic Department under the proposal by Regent John Milton Gregory. Founded a few years after the Architecture Departments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University, and after Architecture classes began at the University of Pennsylvania, it is the fourth oldest architecture school in the United States.[2] Nathan Clifford Ricker was the first student in the school and later became the first graduate with an architecture degree granted by an American institution.

Together with the Architecture Program at Cornell University, the school is also known to be one of the first to award an architecture degree to a female in the United States. Mary L. Page, graduated in 1878, was the first woman to earn that honour.[3]

School traditions[edit]

  • Architecture Award Banquet (A3)
  • Annual Beaux-Arts Ball
  • Critical Mass
  • East St. Louis Action Research Project (ESLARP)

School facilities[edit]

  • Architecture Building (Arch)
  • Temple Hoyne Buell Hall (TBH)
  • Architecture East Annex One (Annex)
  • Ricker Library of Architecture and Art (Ricker)
  • The Erlanger House
  • Flagg Hall (Flagg)


  • Nathan Clifford Ricker (1873–1910)
  • Fredrick Mann (1910–1913)
  • Loring Provin (1913–1948)
  • Turpin Bannister (1948–1954)
  • Alan Laing (1954–1961)
  • Granville Keith (1961–1966)
  • Jack Swing (1966–1973)
  • Richard Tavis (1973, 1980–1981)
  • Day Ding (1973–1980)
  • Alan Forrester (1981–1995, 1996–1998)
  • Hub White (1995–1996)
  • Michael Andrejasich (1999–2004)
  • David Chasco (2004–2014)
  • Peter Leslie Mortensen (2014–present)

Student organizations[edit]

  • Alpha Rho Chi (APX) architecture fraternity
  • American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)[4]
  • Architecture Student Advisory Council (ASAC)
  • Architecture, Regional & Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture Open House (ARUPLA)
  • Ecological Design Consortium (EDC)[5]
  • The Gargoyle Architecture Honor Society
  • Global Architecture Brigade
  • National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)
  • Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)
  • Society for Business and Management in Architecture (SBMA)
  • Society for Evidence-Based Architecture (SEBA)
  • Women in Architecture (WIA)

Plym Distinguished Visiting Professorship[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Division of Management Information, "2006-2007 Profile for Architecture":
  2. ^ Penn Design, "History of the School":
  3. ^ Architecture Art Planning, "College History":
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