School of Architecture Director's Welcome


Welcome to the School of Architecture.

For many of you, this is your introduction to our school. There’s a lot to explore here, but if you’re thinking about enrolling for one of our three architecture degrees, I hope you will also make arrangements to visit. We’re ranked 23rd nationally for undergraduate architecture programs according to DesignIntelligence, and we’ve been in the top 25 for the last seven years.

Meanwhile, here are five things I’d like you to remember:

ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL: Going to architecture school is a remarkable adventure and is unlike any other college experience. You will make lifelong friendships, undertake a new way of life, discover your creativity, learn to manage your time and embark on a career trajectory. Because you will invest so much here, it’s important to find a school that is a great match for your goals and interests.

HANDS-ON LEARNING: At the University of Arizona School of Architecture, we do a lot of teaching through visceral, or hands-on, learning. Our Materials Lab, one of the best in North America, will be integral to your learning about design. Our Models Lab, which has laser cutters, 3D printers and other small hand tools, is open to our students 24/7. We have robust programs of making in architectural design and research.

RESEARCH + DESIGN: Part of a Research-I university, we emphasize research in relation to the design and construction industry. The last phase of our Bachelor of Architecture degree, the P3, coaches students in developing a research trajectory; our Master of Science in Architecture is an innovative degree in applied research.

FACULTY: We have a large and diverse faculty comprised of scholars, researchers and architects in practice. Our faculty regularly win research grants, publish books and articles in scholarly journals and win design awards for both teaching and practice.

CULTURE: Lastly and most importantly, students are the heart of the School of Architecture. Student representatives sit on our standing committees and we have six student organizations that are formative in our ever-developing school culture: AIAS, NOMA, Puente, Tau Sigma Delta, USGBC and WIAS.

We also have a fabulous advising and recruiting team. Don’t hesitate to call on us if we may be of service.

Robert Miller AIA
Director, School of Architecture
Professor of Architecture
2020 AIA Arizona Architect’s Medal
2018 President, AIA Arizona
2014 AIA Arizona Educator of the Year
millerr@arizona.edu