School of
Architecture + Art
A part of the College of Professional Schools

Architecture + Art

Top 7%

“A First Try at ROI” At 30 and 40 years postenrollment, Norwich ranked in the top 7 percent for best net present value among the 4,529 schools ranked in Georgetown University’s “A First Try at ROI” study.
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Come have a hand in building the future.

The School of Architecture + Art is challenging, fun and dedicated to producing architects who will serve the needs of people.

Our intimate scale fosters natural, effective mentoring relationships between faculty and students; courses take a balanced approach to the art and science of architecture. We embrace environmental sustainability as part of Vermont’s ethos and because they understand integrated design processes, our graduates' enter the profession well prepared.

Norwich’s School of Architecture + Art is ranked No. 3 in the United States of the “most hired from” universities.

Source: DesignIntelligence 2020

As part of the nation's oldest private military college, we offer a four-year bachelor of science in architectural studies degree (preprofessional); a one-year, National Architectural Accrediting Board-accredited master of architecture degree (first professional); and two art minors. All are designed for practical people who want to immerse themselves in an experiential academic lifestyle.


The School of Architecture + Art fosters a natural and effective mentoring relationship between faculty and students. With typical design studio ratios of 14 students to 1 professor, classes in some ways resemble a large architectural office and encourage the exchange of ideas and intense effort. You will learn design processes to expand your imagination and discover innovative, grounded solutions to real-world problems.

Courses take a balanced approach to the art and science of architecture, embrace environmental sustainability and resiliency, and encourage students to develop their own vision as designers.

Spend a semester or a year pursuing your passion at our dynamic, interdisciplinary CityLAB:Berlin of Norwich University.

The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) is the third component of the “three E’s” required in the path toward professional architectural licensure (i.e., Education, Experience and Examination). Education is met by completing a National Architectural Accrediting Board-accredited professional degree.

Norwich students in all disciplines have the opportunity to broaden their college experience by earning a minor degree in art history. An art history minor helps students develop their awareness and knowledge of art as it has played a role in the formation and understanding of human culture.

“To give our youth an education that shall be American in its character – to enable them to act as well as to think – to execute as well as to conceive – to tolerate all opinions when reason is left free to combat them – to make moral, patriotic, efficient, and useful citizens, and to qualify them for all those high responsibilities resting upon a citizen in this free republic.”

First Published — 1843 Catalog

Meet Our Architecture + Art Faculty

  • Cara Armstrong

    Cara Armstrong

    “I am a naturally curious person who likes to actively take part in making. Teaching encourages me to connect in new ways and discover ideas in places I might not otherwise look.” Read More
  • Danny Sagan

    Danny Sagan

    “At its core, architecture is about beauty and complexity of thought. In any city on the planet you can look for buildings that are proof of human aspiration.” Read More
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DESIGN+BUILD COLLABORATIVE
For 20-plus years, Norwich’s Design+Build Collaborative has called on students to “act as well as conceive” and address Vermont community needs by constructing full-scale building projects. The Collaborative continues to design and prototype regionally informed projects, partner with community organizations and organize research across Schools.

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School of
Architecture+Art

Chaplin 401 | 1 (802) 485-2647

Design Arts Major
is part of the School of Architecture + Art

Director

Cara Armstrong | carmstro@norwich.edu

Administrative Assistant

Holly Yacawych | hyacawyc@norwich.edu

Accreditations and Affiliations

Regional Accreditation Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), known formerly as the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC).
Program Accreditation Norwich University's Architecture program is accredited by the National Architecture Accreditation Board.
Norwich University is a member of the Associate of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
Norwich University is a member of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium.

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