Starting in the fall of 2013, UMA/ARC will offer the only Bachelor of Architecture degree in Maine, and the only public 5-year degree north of New York City. Housed in UMA’s completely renovated Gannett building on the Kennebec River in downtown Augusta, our program is built upon UMA’s 25 years of experience in architectural education and continues our traditional focus on design.
Degree Offered: B.Arch
Offered on Augusta Campus
The University of Maine at Augusta’s Bachelor of Architecture program (B.Arch), slated for a fall 2013 opening, is a five-year professional degree program designed for qualified students from Maine, northern New England, and beyond. Growing out of a successful four-year Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree, the new B.Arch will allow high school seniors, existing University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) architecture students, and regional transfer students the opportunity to successfully apply for and complete a professional degree in central Maine.
UMA/ARC is located in downtown Augusta, Maine's state capitol, in the newly renovated Gannett Building. Our new home has expanded our facilities to include dedicated studio space, critique space, and our own architecturally focused street-level gallery. We are actively pursuing accreditation through the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and expect to reach Inital Candidacy Status in spring 2013.
Program Character. We offer students an affordable, design-based and socially conscious path toward architectural licensure. There are three meaningfully unique parts that make up our character and pedagogy: Community Engagement, Collaborative Course work, and Essential Design Elements. These form the core of our B.Arch degree, and align us with 21st century architectural practice while remaining true to what we believe are core architectural fundamentals. Our goal is to educate and empower students to engage their communities, investigate and analyze the built environment, and propose creative design solutions based in the core value of designing with intention for the betterment of human habitation. Our unique set of core teachings make UMA/ARC the ideal location to begin or complete your architectural education. And we offer all of this at a cost far below other architecture programs.
What to Expect. As a student of Architecture, you'll learn to analyze the needs of others, translate creative ideas into physical designs, and develop the interpersonal tools to articulate solutions. Our program is based on the behavioral and conceptual approaches to design, which is often overlooked in other professional or pre-professional curriculums. Our approach perceives an architecturally designed space as an environmental setting in which the space itself supports and encourages the highest and best satisfaction of the activity for which the space was originally designed. A classroom, for example, can help a student learn and a teacher teach simply by the way it is designed, its acoustics, color, textures, and all the other elements that make up an architecturally design space.
The path to a career in architecture is a long but rewarding one.
You have questions – We have answers. Please contact us.
BArch Program Eric Stark, Architecture Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
UMA Advising Tricia Dyer, Assist. Director of Academic Advising, email@example.com
Admissions Gail Pelletier, Admissions Counselor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 2007 we have conducted 21 community-based projects with 15 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.
To see some the exicting results of our community collaborations, please click on specific project information to the left.
Architecture is collaborative by definition. And so UMA/ARC - students, educators and design professionals - embraces the idea that the communities we live in are part of that collaboration. At UMA Architecture we have put our collaboration with community groups and non-profits at the center of our pedagogy, developing 21 “real project” collaborations over the past few years; most recently seeing some built. By placing our students in these learning situations we give them the tools to create and foster relationships within their own communities. See our Community Pages for more info.
We are actively pursuing the greater integration of “Cluster Courses” into our required course work. These are nine to twelve credit courses, combining different disciplines in order to bring about cross-discipline collaboration within the institution; this in turn creates an atmosphere of greater knowledge and discovery for our students. In the first "Cluster Course" we crossed with the Departments of ART and Philosophy, along with community-partner Bread of Life Ministries, to design & help build housing for homeless Veterans. The Department of Architecture was at the forefront in developing this first cluster course taught at UMA, and will be at the forefront in making these courses integral to a degree program.
As a professional degree we strive for a strong connection to the professional architects of Maine and others working in related fields. We maintain this connection through field trips, on-campus lectures and exhibitions, and professional guest critics who come and share their knowledge at our stuiod design reviews. We also have close alliances with professional organizations including AIA Maine, the Portland Society of Architects, and the Maine Chapter of the US Green Building Council.
Our pedagogy is rooted in the fundamentals of architectural design, fundamentals that are all too often over-looked for current trends or flashy technology. The architecture curriculum at UMA stresses three major design areas: the awareness and facility of designing spatially, the knowledge for integration of scale into the design, and the power of light as the element that gives space its vitality and sensory content. When these elements are combined with an intention – the basic theme behind the design – a work of architecture may emerge.
Much as the intention is at the core of a design solution, so the use and teaching of Design with Intention is at the very core of what we teach. We have created a curriculum that systematically breaks these essential elements into their basic components. By giving students these skills, piece by piece, we help to educate designers that skillfully utilize these tools, clearly understand how they are intrinsically intertwined, and use them to support thoughtful and socially meaningful design intentions.
In this section you will find information regarding the application process for our undergraduate Bachelor of Architecture degree program, as well as information regarding financial support.
Applications for acceptance to the fall 2014 are due January 31, 2014. After this date, applicants with complete submissions will be contacted to schedule a personal interview. Enrollment decisions will be mailed within two weeks after that interview.
Because of the importance our program plays in northern New England, UMA/ARC has developed admissions requirements for a variety of new, transfer, and alumni students. Depending on your status, we have tailored an application process to you.
Review the B.Arch Admission Criteria to understand YOUR specific application requirements.
You can either download UMA's short, two-page application, or complete the University of Maine System application right online.
Current UMA students should use the Change of Program Form.
UMA alumni applying for readmission should download the Readmission Application.
International students should download the Short-Form International Student Application.
To download applications, you must have
Adobe's free Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.
Checks should be made payable to UMA.
Please note: There is no fee for submitting a Change of Program Form.
High School/GED – If you have a copy of your transcripts or GED scores, just attach them to your Application Form. Otherwise, call your high school or GED Test Location and ask them to send transcript or scores directly to the address below.
College – Contact any colleges where you have taken courses and have them send an Official Transcript (no faxes or photocopies) directly to the address below.
Please Note: Some students are required to take academic placement testing prior to the admission review. Please refer to our Responsible Admission Policy at http://www.uma.edu/overview.html.
*If you are a current student or alumni of UMA your transcripts are already on file.
Download the Recommendation Forms. Two are required, at least one from a teacher who knows you well.
We want to understand YOUR creative potential for success in our program. Go to our Design Document Page to read about your choice: submit a Portfolio or the UMA Artistic Review Challenge. Either is accepted; the choice is offered so that you can select which submission works best for YOU.
The Portfolio or Artistic Review Challenge is mailed directly to:
Department of Architecture
Bachelor of Architecture Application
The Gannett Building
331 Water St., Augusta, ME 04330
All materials EXCEPT your Design Documents should be sent to:
University of Maine System
PO Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412
Assistant Director of Admissions
Financial Aid Info
UMA is proud to introduce our new 5-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree, which started fall 2013 - and WE WANT TO SHOW IT TO YOU! Built on our 25-year history of providing excellent architectural education, our program is the first and only professional architecture degree in the State of Maine.
We want YOU and your family to tour our facilities, learn about our program, and meet with faculty and students.
Please come visit the Gannett Building and see first-hand what UMA/ARC is about. In addition to informative Question + Answer sessions, we will be holding a free Portfolio How To Workshop - giving you design and technique insight to visually demonstrate the best YOU possible.
Can't wait? Click here to schedule a personal meeting and tour of our facilities today!
9:30 Doors Open
10:15 Program Overview, Q+A
11:15 FREE Portfolio How to Presentation
11:30 Tours of Gannett Building