July 17, 2023

Summer is a time for travel and reflection. I had the opportunity to visit the United Kingdom last month and visit architectural sites I have longed to visit. It filled me with such excitement knowing our London Summer Studio students will soon be doing the same.

Reflection often means looking back at the good, but also challenging ourselves to improve. I am thrilled to report that our undergraduate enrollment is up 47% and our graduate program is up 63% this year. We will be welcoming ten international students to a graduate program that only saw two last year. These are good problems to have!

Meanwhile the school will be undergoing a comprehensive curriculum review to ensure we have a public conversation of the future of architectural education that delivers high level recommendations that our faculty are excited to implement. The panel will convene soon and I am confident that within the academic year we will have a clear path forward.

Have a wonderful summer, enjoy your travels with loved ones, and come back renewed and refreshed for a new year of challenge and rigor.

And please make sure you save the date for Cardinal Weekend, Oct. 13-14!

Mark Ferguson, Dean