The School of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University of America is dedicated to the professional education of those who will design, build, and conserve the built environment. Utilizing the nation’s capital and other domestic and international cities as design laboratories, the school provides an enriching educational climate in which students investigate the realms of design, theory, and building within the context of the world in which we live. We are committed to providing leadership in the discipline of architecture by engaging in teaching, research, and practice – all of which are informed by social, cultural, technological, aesthetic, and environmental concerns.
As the practice of architecture gives physical form to the needs and aspirations of our society, the architect today must understand the nature of the human being in time, space, and culture. As a school of architecture within the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States, our principles are critically informed by the ethical, religious, philosophical, and societal potentialities of our discipline. The School of Architecture and Planning seeks to instill these attributes within students by adhering to a philosophy devoted to the integration of artistic creativity, intellectual curiosity, and technical acuity. In doing so, we aim to cultivate a holistic view of architecture and design so that students, future architects, and planners can assume a personal responsibility for the welfare of the world and forge compelling contemporary attitudes toward “Building Stewardship” for the society at large.
In keeping with The Catholic University of America's mission of service to the Church, to the community and to the nation, our school educates future architects and designers to be engaged and active citizens in their communities and the world at large.
The School of Architecture and Planning offers a variety of degree programs for both undergraduate and graduate students, both professional and academic.
The School of Architecture and Planning has a rich history, dating from its founding in 1911.
CUA's professional program in architecture is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture. The school received the maximum term of accreditation during its last review.