Program Mission

Morgan's Graduate Program in Architecture has three interrelated missions: to educate students for the profession; to promote research of critical issues in urban architecture; and to serve the metropolitan region of Baltimore and the State of Maryland through its academic activities. Fundamental, too, is the international character of our faculty and students, which provides important context to our regional focus.

I. Education: Preparation for the Profession of Architecture:

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The Graduate Program in Architecture prepares students for the practice of architecture, with a special emphasis on groups historically underrepresented in the profession, including African Americans, women, and students from non-Western societies around the world. Professional preparation requires active study of rapidly changing material technologies, production methods, and representation techniques. In a world of diminished natural resources, degraded urban and suburban environments, and progressively more complicated social, cultural, economic and legal environment, our key objective is to nurture the academic progress of all students through a curriculum responsive to each student's unique needs.

II. Research: Analysis of and Design for the Urban Environment:

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The Graduate Program in Architecture seeks to address critical issues in the urban environment, including design for cities' urban core, design for urban sustainability, and design's cultural dimension in all societies around the world. Program faculty contribute in various ways to this endeavor, but student research is integral to the program's mission.

III. Service: the City of Baltimore, the State of Maryland, and the Global Community

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The Graduate Program in Architecture engages both local and global communities through student design projects, class research topics, and program-sponsored events. Student projects tend to focus on Baltimore's urban neighborhoods, but projects throughout Maryland (and even abroad) reinforce the program's general commitment to serve through education and research. Respect for cultural diversity, human wellbeing, and the world's interconnected natural ecologies is fundamental our vision for architectural design, the profession at large, and to the future of our planet.