Degree Offered: Bachelor of Architecture
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.
Our unique set of core teachings make UMA/ARC the ideal location to begin or complete your architectural education.
We offer an affordable, design-based, and socially-conscious path toward architectural licensure.
UMA/ARC’s program is located in Augusta, Maine on the Kennebec River. The newly-renovated Handley Hall (formerly the Gannett Building) features dedicated studio space, teaching space, our digital lab, and the street-level Richmond Gallery.
As part of their coursework, students are required to take one semester of ARC 441: Travel Experience. These courses, typically offered in the spring and summer semesters, are centered around a travel experience that is focused on a specific aspect of architecture. Often culminating in a university-wide exhibit of the work, these travel experiences have become an important, culminating experience for our architecture students, and a way of learning about the history and themes of architecture through research, engagement, analysis, and careful study.
Recent trips include travel to:
- INDIA (winter 2017): Students traveled to four different regions to study the social and physical structure and development of Indian regions and cities.
- FINLAND (summer 2016): Students studied the life work of architects Alvar and Aino Aalto through the analysis of significant themes in the work of the Aaltos.
- DETROIT & CHICAGO (summer 2015): Through visiting these two seminal cities, students traced the history and development of American Modernism
These courses, supported by generous scholarships, are a way for our students to engage with the world, and to form a larger understanding of architecture from a cultural, geographic, and cultural context. Many students elect to take ARC 441 several times, as a way of engaging with, and understanding the world of architecture from a unique perspective.
UMA Bachelor of Architecture Info Day
We’ll have our next Info Day in November 2017. For information about the program before then, please contact the interim Academic Co-ordinator Amy Hinkley – firstname.lastname@example.org
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