message from the deanThe School of Architecture is a small, focused academic enterprise in a large university. We offer the advantages of a diminutive school—smaller classes, close faculty-student interaction, and an intimate atmosphere, coupled with the advantages of a great university—rich library resources, multiple course offerings, and a lovely campus. In addition, the school is located in Austin, Texas, famous for its environmental amenities and creativity.
The school has outstanding students, faculty, and staff. Our 600 students are about evenly divided between graduates and undergraduates. Our faculty includes architects with innovative, leading design practice as, as well as scholars with distinguished publication and research portfolios. Our ranks of teachers are comprised of important community planners, landscape architects, interior designers, architectural historians, and specialists in historic preservation, sustainability, and urban design. Our staff helps with everything from computer facilities and the wood shop to career guidance, job placement, and alumni relations.
The school is housed in the historical core of The University of Texas at Austin campus. We occupy three buildings and part of a fourth. Two buildings were designed by Cass Gilbert and a third by Paul Cret, who was the campus master planner. Gilbert and Cret are among the most important architects of the early twentieth century.
The school houses the Center for American Architecture and Design—dedicated to architecture history, theory, and criticism; the new Center for Sustainable Development—engaged in the study of how interests in the environment, equity, economics, and aesthetics can be balanced; and the Alexander Architectural Archive—a treasure trove of important drawings and plans.
We offer rigorous, exciting programs in architecture, community and regional planning, landscape architecture, interior design, architectural history, historic preservation, sustainability, and urban design in a supportive, well-equipped environment. We are engaged in exciting, important activities and committed to creating the built environments of the future.
—Fritz Steiner, Dean