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Architecture + Art
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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 bachelor’s degree in architectural studies is a four-year pre-professional program that prepares students for a one-and-a-half-year master of architecture program (accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board) at Norwich. It is an introduction to the profession, where students learn vital technical, artistic, design, and communication skills.

Architecture majors study in a studio environment that encourages creativity, critical thinking, independent learning, and the exploration of ideas through hands-on making. The studio environment in some ways resembles a large architectural office with 10 to 15 students assigned to one faculty member. The small size encourages both the exchange of ideas and intense effort. Studio encourages personal responsibility, teamwork, a sense of community, and a commitment to working on real-world problems. The integration of design-build studios as well as close collaboration between our technical courses and design studios creates an education deeply rooted in practical solutions and technical invention. Architecture majors also have the opportunity to spend a semester at Norwich University’s CityLab: Berlin.

In our unique Design: Build architecture studios, students collaboratively conceptualize, plan and make a habitable structure that benefits the community. Projects have included a town library, a house for Habitat for Humanity, an outdoor high-school classroom, a mobile energy research laboratory, and a solar house.

A bachelor’s degree offers students the chance to pursue a minor in other areas, including studio art, construction management, business, leadership, and art history.

“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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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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