Studio Culture


Studio Culture Policy

The Policy will be introduced to the College of Architecture at an all-school meeting and subsequently posted in the studios and included in the Student Handbook. The Policy will be presented at orientation for incoming freshmen and transfer students.

A team of faculty and students will confer with the Dean’s Student Council to review the Policy annually, determine its efficacy and applicability, and ensure its implementation. Revisions to the current policy will be discussed by the team with the common goal of maintaining a healthy studio environment that supports the sharing of knowledge, ideas, and experiences.


Faculty members in the College of Architecture are selected for their ability to share personal expertise, engage students in learning, and convey a sense of optimism about the profession. The College of Architecture supports the continuing education of its faculty as an essential component of staying current with issues critical to the profession.


The studio environment in the College of Architecture is characterized by its openness, fostering a free and respectful exchange of ideas and the development of interesting and innovative proposals.


Group, partner, and individual projects are a part of every studio, preparing students for professional life during which collaboration between varied disciplines, specializations, and interests is essential to a successful project.

Constructive Discussion

The College of Architecture supports constructive discussion of student work during design critiques and engages faculty, students, practitioners, owner-representatives, and community members to achieve a multi-faceted conversation.


Dialogue between instructors and students throughout the semester allow for studio design work to be continuously supported and assessed according to the design intent, design process, and designed product.


The studio environment relies upon mutual respect for the faculty, students’ and staff’s diverse backgrounds, educational and professional experiences, as well as differing cultures, races, religions and genders: these differences are recognized as opportunities, creatively and culturally.