UMA Architecture’s Mission: We Engage Community


The program's mission is consciously simple and desires to be universal. Our desire is to think beyond the classroom and even beyond architecture.  We want to empower YOU, our students, some of which may not become practicing architects, to be good citizens and good stewards of the built environment.  Combined with a liberal arts core, we aim to create life-long learners who utilize their education and energy to strengthen their respective communities. 

The vision of the UMA BArch program is to instruct our students to view architecture as a humanistic and professional discipline, which synthesizes art, science, creativity, and math through challenging intellectual rigor.  It is an academic search into how the designed environment affects psychological and social behavior while honoring keen aesthetic judgment, and technical understanding of how a building is built with all its many and varied systems.

UMA/ARC achieves this through teaching, scholarship, creative work, research, service to the greater community, and a fully rounded curriculum. The program is committed to the highest ideals of the profession and culture of architecture. UMA/ARC graduates will contribute effectively to the communities in which they live and work, to each other while in school, and to the profession in the future.

Please see our Community Project Pages to understand the great work our students have been invovled with.