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We Engage Community

UMA/ARC Mission



Since 2007 we have conducted 36 community-based projects with 22 different community partners. From working with the Augusta-based non-profit Bread of Life Ministries on designing housing for Homeless Veterans, to working with city managers on the master plan of Lewiston’s riverfront, we expose our students to the multiple needs and responsibilities facing today’s architectural designers.  Our goal in undertaking this community work is nothing short of giving our students the tools to engage their own communities, and a deep-seated feeling of a responsibility to do so.

To engage community is both our mission and our collective goal.  As a smaller, regional institution, our pedagogy and experience is rooted from where we come.  We see ourselves as inexplicably linked to the communities that surround us.  We want our students, through architecture and other avenues, to fully engage those communities and their own.

We see architecture as collaborative by definition, and we champion the idea that the communities we live in are part of that collaboration.  At UMA Architecture our collaboration with community groups and non-profits is at the center of our pedagogy.  UMA/ARC aims to educate a new wave of architectural professionals who see their “giving back” as central to their individual practices.



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