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

Architecture + Art

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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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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.

As the only university in northern New England to offer integrated professionally accredited programs in Architecture, Business, Engineering, Construction, and Nursing, Norwich’s Design+Build Collaborative calls on students to “act as well as conceive” and create solutions for local, regional, and global challenges.

Click here to learn more about the Design+Build Collaborative

For more than 20 years, our students have constructed full-scale projects to address Vermont community needs. Building on the seven affordable-housing prototypes Norwich has developed since 2011, the Collaborative continues not only to design and prototype regionally informed, resilient housing, but also to organize and coordinate related research and programs between the schools comprising the College of Professional Schools and partner with community organizations.

Study in a studio environment that encourages creativity, critical thinking, independent learning, and idea exploration through hands-on making. Our innovative approach to education integrates continued experiential learning with traditional classroom learning.

Digital and physical making classes equip students to develop a visual language to communicate ideas. Integrated building systems and technology courses let students investigate how buildings perform. History and theory courses enable current work, ideas, and strategies to talk across time and place. General education courses and electives in the arts, humanities, and sciences let students explore architecture’s role in the world. Students carve their own study paths and can pursue minors in other areas, including art history, business, construction management, engineering, entrepreneurship, leadership, and studio arts.

“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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Architecture+Art

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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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