Academic Catalog



The Architecture major provides a foundational education in the traditional art of building by way of dusting-off academic traditions of the Renaissance-era Accademia del Disegno in Florence, the Baroque-era Accademia di San Luca in Rome, and, later, the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. The methods and philosophies of these programs continue to inspire and guide as we distinguish our architectural studies from those focused on merely utilitarian, technical, or ideological pursuits.

The Five Orders of Architecture live on in their timeless flexibility and fluidity for making manifest a coherent ‘language’ of storytelling and myth-making in any built work worthy to be called a classic. They do so by revealing certain timeless lessons in built form about the truths of our relationships with God, our families, our communities, and our polis.