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Mission Statement

Architecture is concerned with improving and explaining environments by revealing meaning in location, function and structure — enriching and heightening experiences, and, ultimately, improving lives.

Our world faces enormous challenges. Given these challenges of environmental and climatic change, population growth, and housing and infrastructure needs across the globe, the importance and potential of architecture have never been greater. Further, architecture’s engagement with its potential is dependent, now more than ever, on a broader sense of “environment,” a collaborative approach, attention to concept and detail, and an adept and nimble use of technology.

The Stanford Architectural Design Program leverages the culture of innovation at Stanford, and in the Bay Area, in a multi-disciplinary brand of architectural education that fosters graduates who tackle the broad range of architectural and environmental challenges before us as inventive and environmentally responsible architects, creative and collaborative problem solvers, and active leaders, intellectually and aesthetically, in design and practice.

In addition to preparing students for advanced studies in architecture and construction management, the Architectural Design Program's strong math and science requirements prepare students well for graduate work in other fields, such as civil and environmental engineering, law, and business. The major provides a background for individuals wanting to explore a diversity of careers in architecture, engineering, construction, and structures.

This undergraduate major grants a degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a specialization in Architectural Design. This engineering major is not an ABET accredited engineering degree, nor is it designed to lead directly to professional licensure in architecture. In order to become a professional architect or engineer, additional graduate training is required.

Stanford AD graduates will:

  • Create architecture that is innovative in form and responsibly rooted in place
  • Appreciate design history and theory
  • Be life-long learners and bold, imaginative, risk-taking problem solvers
  • Be immediately effective members of the professions of their choice
  • Know and appreciate the art and the engineering of architecture
  • Be stewards of, and improve, the built environment and human lives
  • Be effective graphic, verbal and written communicators

The AD Program shall:

  • Become a top-tier, nationally known undergraduate architecture program that focuses on excellence in design and multi-disciplinary solutions to architectural and environmental challenges
  • Be cross-disciplinary and collaborative — reaching into CEE, the SoE, the broader campus and the community to provide a range of courses and opportunities and excellence in teaching and scholarship
  • Instill fascination with all parts of architecture from concept to detail
  • Develop and promote leadership and service opportunities for students