Department of Architecture

The Department of Architecture is known for its community engagement activities, emphasis on the various elements of city building, and focus on sustainability.  In addition to its academic programs, the Department is home to the Center for Sustainable Design and is a partner (with the Department of City + Regional Planning) in the University of Memphis Design Collaborative.

The Department is administratively housed within the College of Communication and Fine Arts which also includes the Department of Art, Department of Communication, Department of Journalism and Strategic Media, Department of Theatre and Dance, and the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. The College also houses the Art Museum of the University of Memphis and the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archeology.

Three degree programs are provided within the Department.  These are the professional Master of Architecture degree, the pre-professional Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture degree, and the professional Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture degree.

Mission and Goals

The mission of the Department of Architecture is to prepare graduates to enter the professional practice of architecture and/or interior design and to serve the Memphis and Mid-South region through research, engaged scholarship, interdisciplinary collaboration, and creative expression that contributes to sustainable, stable communities and enhances the quality of life for all citizens.

The goals and objectives of the Department are: to provide the highest quality professional education through a well-rounded discovery-based curriculum in both the art and science of design with emphasis on processes, professional standards, and the practical application of design and technology; to provide research opportunities for faculty and students with emphasis on "hands on" multi-disciplinary projects through which students gain valuable professional experience while providing services to the citizens of the region; and to expand opportunities for students in the Department by bringing them together with faculty and students in City Planning and other programs to address public issues, support stable and sustainable neighborhoods, and develop community visions throughout the region.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Department of Architecture is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion to create a better environment for all students, faculty, and staff as well as the community partners and others with whom the Department is engaged.  As such, the Department supports active, open dialogue in the design studios and other environments where diverse life experiences and opinions are shared and the contributions of those who bring diverse experiences, views, and needs into the design process are valued.  A culture of respect and open inquiry supports the life-long learning process that begins in architecture and design school regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical abilities, or religious practices.  As well as promoting social and cultural diversity, the Department also encourages students of different academic levels to collaborate with one another to participate in mutually beneficial learning experiences.




History of Architectural Education in Memphis... (LINK)