UMA’s Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) program offers the only professional architecture degree in Maine and the only public 5-year professional degree in northern New England.
UMA Architecture’s Mission: Architecture through Engagement
Our mission expresses who we are: SMALL… INTEGRATED… HANDS-ON. This fundamentally means we are about people: our students, our faculty, and our community partners. We teach architecture through engagement, educating and empowering students to explore, investigate, and analyze the built environment. Engagement brings students into active contact with each other, their coursework, and our community partners.
Who We Are
The University of Maine at Augusta’s Architecture program is rooted in three essential elements. The first is the mission to engage community; this is where our work takes place. The second is the desire to work in collaboration, both within and without the university; this is what allows us to affect positive change. And third is seen in our curriculum, based in the idea of being “grounded in real”; these are the tools we use to affect our collective built environment.
My professors are always approachable and friendly. They get excited about my projects and guide me to resources so I could make each one better.
– Jessica Robichaud, ’18
UMA pushes us to think and explore through an enriching academic experience that is closely involved in our surrounding communities through design projects, volunteer work, and research.
– Sarah Drouin, ’18
To see examples of Portfolios from current UMA/ARC students, please click on these images, which will take you to the individual Portfolio websites for these recent graduates and current thesis students.
A Unique Approach
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.
UMA’s program is based on the behavioral and conceptual approaches to design, which is often overlooked in other professional or pre-professional curricula.
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—acoustics, color, textures, and all the other elements.
BArch Program Eric Stark, Architecture Program Coordinator, email@example.com
UMA Advising Tricia Dyer, Assist. Director of Academic Advising, firstname.lastname@example.org
Admissions Gail Pelletier, Admissions Counselor, email@example.com
The UMA Architecture program is located in the newly renovated Handley Hall, 331 Water Street, downtown Augusta. Situated on the Kennebec River, this historic building provides open and collaborative studio and instructional spaces that are filled with natural light.
Given our location, our students find themselves actively participating in the area’s ongoing neighborhood revitalization. Their work, exhibited in our storefront gallery, enlivens the city streets while the community is welcomed to participate in our lectures and engaging events. We would love to show you our new home!
For a tour of our main campus please contact the admission department.
To meet with an Architecture faculty member please contact Program Coordinator Eric Stark at firstname.lastname@example.org
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