UMA Architecture’s Mission: We Engage Community

UMA/ARC StudentsThe 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.

We Live In Designed Environments

We Enrich Lives

UMA Architecture Student DraftingBecause we live and work in designed environments, we must be aware that each space we design influences the experience of activity for which that space was designed. This timeless process goes on with every space we inhabit over time, and even in new spaces that we have just begun to experience. Whether we realize it or not, all spaces affect us socially and psychologically to some extent. The designer must understand that every space he or she designs has that effect on others and design responsibly.

The design of space will affect the quality of “activity satisfaction” (the reason for which the space was designed). Part of the design philosophy in our instruction is to make the student aware of his or her vital responsibility to those for whom they design, and to create the highest and best experience and satisfaction of activity.

At UMA/ARC, we strongly believe that space affects life as space affects behavior.

With developed skills in designing effectively, a student designer can conceive and present spaces that enrich the lives of those who use them.

We are committed

Floor PlanOur Core Values

  • UMA/ARC is committed to involvement with the greater social and professional community
  • UMA/ARC is committed to instill in students the importance and use of Space, Scale, and Light in the design process
  • UMA/ARC is committed to hand drawing and physical model making as a means to best understand design technology, and the use of advanced computer programs to present these ideas to others
  • UMA/ARC is committed to the investigation and implementation of sustainable ideals
  • UMA/ARC is committed to a liberal and fine arts base for architectural education in light of today’s complex society that demands a well-rounded practitioner with knowledge beyond architecture
  • UMA/ARC is committed to designing with intention reflecting the awareness that there is a connection between designed space and the quality of the user’s experience, and that designed environments affect behavior
  • UMA/ARC is committed to its own academic growth and evolution in maintaining the high standards expected in professional degrees, and to a high standard of student work and faculty instruction toward that end
  • UMA/ARC program is committed to the values of mutual respect, cooperation and communication, creativity and innovation, the pursuit of excellence, effective communication, and diversity

Student Learning Outcomes

The National Architectural Accrediting Board ( has established Conditions of Student Performance to assure that graduates of professional architecture programs possess the minimum skills and knowledge necessary for completing the internship prior to professional licensure. Upon graduation, an UMA Bachelor of Architecture student will:

  • Graphics & Communication – Be able to utilize drawing, architectural drafting, model building skills and digital technology as tools in solving design problems, and be able to use these tools to foster visual and verbal communication.
  • Design Process – Be able to identify, formulate, effectively communicate and address the critical problems, limitations and issues involved in solving architectural design problems through knowledge of architectural history, theory, and practice.
  • Community & Culture – Be able to demonstrate through creative application an understanding of his or her role in the local and global community based in an exposure to a variety of ideas, cultures and climates.
  • Sustainability & Technology – Be able to integrate principles of sustainability and building systems in solving architectural design problems.
  • Professionalism – Be able to demonstrate an understanding of leadership and professional practice, and be prepared to contribute to the profession at an entry level.

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