University of Maryland School of Architecture

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School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation
Type Public
Established 1964
Dean Sonia Hirt
Location College Park, Maryland, United States
38°59′3″N 76°56′52.5″W / 38.98417°N 76.947917°W / 38.98417; -76.947917
Campus Suburban

The School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation is one of thirteen schools at the University of Maryland, College Park and operates six different programs: Architecture, Urban Studies and Planning, Historic Preservation, Real Estate Development, the Ph.D. program in Urban and Regional Design and Planning, and the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education and the Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development.


In the 1960s, the University of Maryland invited the American Institute of Architects to help form a blue-ribbon committee to advise it on the establishment of an architectural school. The committee concluded in 1964 with a recommendation that an architecture program be established and located at College Park.[citation needed]

In 1967, John Hill was appointed the first Dean of the School of Architecture, and the school opened its doors to students that fall. In its initial years the program offered a five-year B.Arch Degree program, with the intention that a graduate degree program be initiated at a later date. The five-year format allowed the school to attract students and grow quickly in quality and breadth.[citation needed]

In 1972, the school moved into its present building and gained full accreditation. During the next few years, the school continued to develop its program and expand its areas of research and service. It intensified its efforts to recruit students from a wider geographic and social constituency, to broaden the service and consultative roles of faculty and students, and add the Master of Architecture degree.[citation needed]

In 1970, the accredited Masters in Community Planning was established as part of the School of Social Work and Community Planning at the University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMAB). The program remained in Baltimore until 1988, when, Ken Corey, the director of the Institute for Urban Studies at the College Park campus, and Mel Levin, director of Community Planning in Baltimore, engineered a transfer of the Community Planning program from Baltimore to College Park and a merger of the two programs.[citation needed] The three faculty members from UMAB joined with five faculty members at the Institute for Urban Studies at College Park to create a consolidated urban planning program and a larger profile for urban education and research in the state. The newly configured Masters of Community Planning/Institute for Urban Studies program was located in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and offered a Masters in Community Planning and M.A. and B.A. degrees in Urban Studies. The planning program continues to offer seminars and an annual studio in Baltimore.

In 1980 selective admissions were instituted in the Architecture program, with students admitted to the pre-professional architecture program beginning in their junior collegiate years. The graduate professional degree program was fully accredited in 1985

As part of the 1992 campus reorganization, the M.A. and B.A. degrees in Urban Studies were eliminated and the accredited Masters of Community Planning Program was moved from the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences to the School of Architecture. The urban planning program currently graduates approximately 25 students per year and has nine full-time faculty members.

During the 1980s, David Fogle, an architecture faculty member with an interest in historic preservation, spearheaded the creation of a Certificate in Historic Preservation, which is still offered to this day. In 2001, a full master's degree in historic preservation (HISP) evolved out of the certificate program and was incorporated into the School of Architecture. Since then, the Historic Preservation program has grown into an established professional masters program which graduates approximately 12 students per year.

In 2000, the name of the School of Architecture was changed to the School of Architecture, Planning and Historic preservation|Preservation to reflect the school's increasingly diverse and complementary offerings.[citation needed]

The National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education was established in 2001 as a cooperative venture of four academic units: Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; the School of Public Policy; the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the A. James Clark School of Engineering. Headquartered in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, the Center has become a national leader in research-based knowledge and education related to land use and growth management for Maryland and the nation.[citation needed]

In 2002 the school began offering a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning and Design. The program admits a small number of Ph.D. candidates each year with interests related to the fields of urban design, social planning, urban policy, economic development, and transportation.

In 2006, a Masters program in Real Estate Development (MRED) was added to the school’s offerings. The real estate development program incorporates planning, design, preservation and smart growth knowledge, research, and strategies into its curriculum.

In 2008, Mr. and Mrs. John Colvin gave $3 million to create the Colvin Institute of Real Estate development. The Institute provides enrichment programs for the Real Estate Development program.[citation needed]

Campus and Facilities[edit]

View of the Great Space from the second floor

The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation is located in the building of the same name on the south-western edge of the campus, next to the Robert H. Smith School of Business, which it has occupied since 1972.[1] The building includes studio space, classrooms, a lecture hall, the University of Maryland Architecture Library, and the Kibel Gallery. The Architecture Library holds 65,000 titles in the areas of architectural history, design, and theory, historic preservation, landscape architectural design, real estate development, and urban studies and planning.[2]

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  1. ^, About the School Retrieved 2011-09-02.
  2. ^ "About the Architecture Library". University of Maryland Libraries. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Developer gives $3M to launch 'green' real estate program", Washington Business Journal, February 5, 2008.