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.
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.