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Graduate Record 2008-2009 
Graduate Record 2008-2009 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Graduate School of Architecture

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General Information

The academic programs of the School of Architecture encompass the broad range of concerns, disciplines, and sensitivities expressed in Thomas Jefferson’s timeless design for the University, his “academical village,” which is widely considered to be one of the most significant achievements of American architecture.

Four distinct, yet increasingly interrelated, disciplines provide a rich setting for professional education. Architecture and Landscape Architecture seek to integrate the academic and professional aspects of their disciplines in the belief that design skills must be responsive to cultural, historical, and physical context as much as to functional need. Architectural History aims to develop an awareness of the value of the past. Urban and Environmental Planning addresses community sustainability and the balance between environment, economy, and social equity. The Common Course (SARC 600), a course required of graduate students in all departments, explores themes common to architecture, architectural history, landscape architecture, and urban and environmental planning. In addition to this and other courses regularly offered in each discipline, the curricula provide ample interdisciplinary opportunities for the exploration of such diverse contemporary issues as urbanism, energy conservation, social equity, environmental protection, preservation, and adaptive re-use.

The full-time faculty numbers about 45, augmented by 20 to 30 visiting lecturers and critics from this country and abroad who bring to students their varied perspectives and wide-ranging experience. The student body averages approximately 530 students, of whom about 200 are graduate students.

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professorship in Architecture has been funded since 1965 by an annual grant from the same foundation that has guided the restoration and preservation of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. The foundation also awards an annual medal and honorarium to a practitioner or teacher of international distinction and has established two fellowships that are awarded annually to outstanding graduate students in the School of Architecture.

The Institute for Environmental Negotiation, established in 1981, is affiliated with the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and has become a major resource for the resolution of land-use and environmental conflicts. In addition, the Institute awards three or four assistantships each year that provide graduate students with training and experience in negotiation and consensus building.

Mr. Jefferson’s legacy seems as appropriate and alive today as it did in 1819 when the University was founded; and it is one of the imperatives of that legacy, and a central educational aim of this school, that students understand their culture as well as their profession. Since we expect to play major roles in the analysis, planning, design, development, and protection of the physical environment, nationally and internationally, we are charged with that most difficult of tasks: the development of “the whole person,” one who understands how a craft is connected to a society, who appreciates the larger context of life, and who seeks elegant and practical approaches to its ever-changing needs. Jefferson sought “useful knowledge” and was able to fashion that knowledge artfully. We take that as our tradition also. Seen in this light, “profession” is raised to the level of art, and when that art serves life, lasting culture results.

Programs Abroad  Master students may, with approval, participate in one of the programs abroad when offered. The following programs are subject to change.

Fall Program in London, England  This program is open to graduate students in the history of architecture department for study at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Students participating in this program are on leave of absence from the University.

Summer Program in Vicenza, Italy  This program is open to all students in the School of Architecture. The program carries a three credit summer course offered through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Extensive field trips to explore the art, architecture, and urbanism of the region are a prominent part of the program. Instruction is provided by University of Virginia and Italian adjunct faculty members. Knowledge of Italian language is recommended.

Summer Program in Beijing, China  The UVa program in China introduces students to Chinese art, architecture, culture, and language. The program includes field trips to sites in the city of Beijing and environs, as well as sites in other parts of China. Students may receive up to six credits through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. A faculty member of the School of Architecture, as well as local experts, lead the program.

Summer Program in Falmouth, Jamaica  The Falmouth Field School in Historic Preservation is a three-week, three credit program in applied historic preservation held on-site in Falmouth, Jamaica. Designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, the field school engages many aspects of the practice of presentation in the culturally diverse and economically complex context of the Caribbean.


  • Deadlines for receipt of all applications are below:
  • Architecture and Architectural History: Monday, January 5, 2009
  • Landscape Architecture and Urban and Environmental Planning: Friday, January 16, 2009
All admissions materials should be sent via the on-line application or to the Graduate Admissions Office, School of Architecture, Campbell Hall, P.O.     Box 400122, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4122.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $60 must accompany the application. Make the check or money order payable to: University of Virginia School of Architecture. Foreign checks are accepted in U.S. dollars only.
  • If an applicant wants to apply to more than one department he or she must fill out an application, pay the application fee for each department, and submit supporting documents for each application.
  • The School of Architecture Graduate Fellowship Assistance application serves as the basis for fellowships awarded by the School of Architecture, the deadline for receipt of this is February 2. Other financial assistance in the form of loans and part-time employment is administered by the Office of Student Financial Services and must be applied for separately. See The Financial Aid section of this Record and visit http://www.arch.virginia.edu/admissions/financial/ for more information about financial aid deadlines.
  • In general, official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required. The Urban and Environmental Planning degree program may accept official professional school admission test scores in lieu of GRE scores with Department Chair approval.
  • A concise statement of intent is required in order to determine how well conceived are the applicant’s plans for graduate study. The statement should be specific, well written, and should reflect the applicant’s understanding of the discipline, interest in this graduate program, and provide some indication of the applicant’s professional goals or intentions.
  • Each applicant is required to submit three letters of recommendation. It is recommended that at least two be from former teachers. Letters from former employers are also encouraged. A letter of recommendation form should be given to each person asked to write a letter. When complete, the recommender should send the form and letter directly to the School of Architecture. These letters must be received by the application deadline given above.
  • A portfolio showing evidence of interest in design is required for all applications to the Architecture and Landscape Architecture degrees.
  • Official transcripts are required for all undergraduate and graduate schools previously attended. Transcripts submitted which are not in the original, unopened envelope provided by the registrar of each school will not be considered official and will need to be replaced.
  • Applicants applying to Architectural History, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture are required to write an additional essay. More information about essay content can be found on the School of Architecture’s admissions website: http://www.arch.virginia.edu/admissions/graduate/.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $250, made payable to the University of Virginia School of Architecture, is required at the time of acceptance. This deposit is applied to the student’s fees upon enrollment.

For more information about the admissions process, please visit www.arch.virginia.edu/admissions/graduate/.


Graduate School of Architecture
Campbell Hall
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400122
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4122
Admissions: (434) 924-6442


Campbell Hall, the School of Architecture building, was completed in 1970 and is part of a complex of buildings forming a Fine Arts Precinct that also includes the Department of Art, the Department of Drama, and the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library. Campbell Hall provides well-equipped studio work areas, exhibition spaces, lecture halls, and seminar rooms. Expansion to Campbell Hall was completed in 2008 adding both classrooms and office space. The school has three computer-graphics and computer-aided design laboratories with high-resolution graphics. These facilities support software applications in computer aided design, GIS digital mapping and modeling, site analysis, image processing, rendering, animation, structural analysis, lighting analysis, energy analysis, statistics, word processing, spreadsheet, and other areas. They also contain Macintosh, and Windows computers with Internet access and maintain digital voice and video links with other research laboratories in the United States and Europe. The design studio space has network connections for individual laptop computers which are required of each student. Other research support facilities include digital modeling laboratories, a CNC fabrication laboratory, and a woodworking shop. Our newest facilities is a virtual reality lab and a full scale fabrication lab.

The Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library, one of fifteen libraries of the University of Virginia Library system, serves the School of Architecture, the Department of Art and Art History and the Department of Drama. The collections include 155,000 volumes, including technical reports, videos, CD-ROMs, and other electronic resources. We also have an image collection of 250,000 slides that are being converted and added to a rapidly growing digital image collection. The collections cover all aspects related to architecture, landscape architecture, architectural history, urban and environmental planning, and the visual and performing arts. The Fine Arts Library provides patrons with access to all University Library resources, including government documents, geo-spatial data, maps, rare books and manuscripts, many other online resources, as well as a gateway to the Internet. Special emphasis is placed on teaching students and faculty to conduct research utilizing online resources. Reference services are provided to the entire University community and to practitioners throughout the Commonwealth and the nation.

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

The School of Architecture offers financial assistance to students in the following areas:

Through the generous support of donors, the School of Architecture is able to offer a number of fellowships to full-time graduate students. Students apply for fellowships by completing the School of Architecture Graduate Fellowship Assistance application.

Public Service Fellowship Program
The School of Architecture Public Service Fellowship Program provides fellowships for students interested in working in local design/environment/architecture-related nonprofit organizations. Through a competitive selection process, up to ten fellowships will be awarded in the amount of $5,000 each for the 2007-08 academic year.

Work-Study Funding
More information regarding Work-Study funding can be found in the Financial Aid section of this Record. The School of Architecture will support such funding to the extent possible within the budget. Students receiving Work Study awards typically help a member of the School with an undertaking connected with research or teaching. The department chair reserves the right to assign some students to positions needed throughout the school, such as Information Technology or building services jobs.
More information regarding all financial aid sources listed above can be found on the School of Architecture’s financial aid website: http://www.arch.virginia.edu/admissions/financial/.

Degree Information

The School of Architecture offers four graduate programs leading to the Master of Architectural History, Master of Architecture, the Master of Landscape Architecture, and the Master of Urban and Environmental Planning. The programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board, and the Planning Accreditation Board; and the school holds memberships in the Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, the National Council for Preservation Education, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In addition to the graduate degree programs, the school offers an interdisciplinary program leading to the Certificate in Historic Preservation.

Academic Rules and Regulations

Candidates for a degree in one of the four graduate curricula offered in the School of Architecture must hold an approved baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

Applicants whose previous course work does not include the equivalent of courses listed under the “admission” paragraph for any of the described degree programs must complete those courses before enrollment or, with permission, while enrolled in their respective graduate program.

An explanation of the course numbering system is given in the How to Read Course Listings section of this Record.

Inquiries concerning degrees should be addressed directly to the Chair of each department.

Grading System The following letter grade symbols are used for grading graduate students in the Graduate School of Architecture: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C, F, S, U. Graduate School of Architecture: students may take undergraduate courses on a CR/NC basis, but those courses may not be offered toward a graduate degree.

Withdrawl Grading System Effective Fall 2007, The School of Architecture will no longer use “WP” Withdrawal Passing or “WF” Withdrawal Failing for the withdrawal grading system.  We will now use “W” Withdrawal for our withdrawal grading system.

The last time that the “WP” or “WF” classifications will be recorded on the Integrated Student Information System (ISIS) is Spring 2007 semester.

Academic Good Standing The lowest acceptable grade for a student in the Graduate School of Architecture is a B-. Students who earn more than two grades lower than a B- are required to leave the program in which they are enrolled. Students failing a studio cannot continue in the studio sequence until they have successfully passed the course. Two failing grades in the same or different studios may result in the student being asked to leave the program. 

Incomplete and Missing Grades A grade of IN (Incomplete) is not a valid final grade and becomes an F ten days after the end of the examination period unless a student requests an extension and obtains approval using a form signed by the course instructor and approved by the Associate Dean for Students. Students with a written doctor’s medical excuse submitted to the Associate Dean for Students will receive an IN for work remaining at the end of the semester for which that excuse is applicable. A grade of IN approved for extension converts to F four weeks after the end of the examination period. Thesis credit deadlines are handled on a case-by-case basis between the student and the thesis chair. Instructors are not authorized to extend the time for completion of course work without the Associate Dean for Student’s approval. Forms for securing extensions are available in the Student Services Office, 120-A Campbell Hall.

A notation of NG (no grade reported) computes as an F and remains on the transcript unless corrected.

Grade Changes No grade may be changed without the approval of the Dean after it has been submitted to the University Registrar. The Dean is not authorized by the faculty to change a grade submitted to the University Registrar except when an instructor certifies that, because of errors in calculation or transcription, an incorrect grade has been submitted. Extra work to raise a grade, once submitted, is not permitted. The School limits the time in which a grade change is approved to the fall or spring semester following the one in which the grade was received, except when there is indication that the student violated the integrity of the course.  Incompletes are handled under the Incomplete and NG Policy.

Course Expectations In each of the degree programs, students should expect that courses may require the purchase of textbooks, software, materials or equipment or students may incur costs in the form of field trips upon occasion.  All students are required to provide their own laptop computer and base software that meet school specifications as found on the school’s website. Students are also expected to complete on-line course evaluations at the end of each semester.

Readmission  Students who do not enroll at the University for a semester or more and who are not on an educational leave of absence must be formally readmitted, regardless of whether they were on an approved leave of absence. In order to accomplish readmission, they must be cleared by the Associate Dean for Students, the Departmental Chair, the Department of Student Health, and the Office of the Dean of Students. Application for readmission must be made to the dean’s office 60 days in advance of the next University registration period.

Readmission application forms are available in Room 120 A Campbell Hall. For students under academic suspension from the School of Architecture, the completed application must include a statement that (1) addresses their readiness to return to full-time study, in light of any serious difficulties during their most recent enrollment (e.g. financial, medical, personal hardship), and (2) outlines the courses needed to fulfill their degree requirements over the remaining semesters.

Time Limitation  All work for the Master’s degree must be completed within 7 years.  Students who have not been enrolled for a semester or more must follow the procedure for re-admission and obtain the necessary approvals from the Associate Dean for Students and the Departmental Chairs.

Voluntary Withdrawal Students may withdraw from the University before the conclusion of a semester if they meet the conditions stated in Chapter 5 of The Record.

Students in the School of Architecture who withdraw within 10 class days immediately proceeding the final examination period are not permitted, except for providential reasons, to re-enter the School of Architecture for the succeeding semester nor to present transfer credit earned during the same time.

In very unusual medical circumstances, documented by professional certification, a School of Architecture student has one semester in which to petition for a retroactive medical withdrawal. If approved, all grades convert to W’s and the student is obliged to be absent for a full semester before resuming full-time study.

Educational Leaves of Absence Students who wish to take a leave of absence to pursue educational interests at another educational institution in the United States must consult with the Associate Dean for Students and with the Director of Undergraduate Programs in the appropriate department for a leave of absence. Students who wish to study abroad in an accredited program or at an accredited foreign university must apply for a leave of absence at the International Studies Office. While on such an approved leave, a student must register at the University of Virginia as a non-resident and pay a non-resident fee; this indicates that he or she is on an approved leave of absence pursuing educational interests elsewhere. Students registered for an approved leave may pre-enroll for courses and do not have to apply for readmission to the University, although they must notify their dean’s office or the International Studies Office of when they intend to return.

Enforced Withdrawal Students may be forced to withdraw from the University for habitual delinquency in class, habitual idleness, or any other fault that prevents the student from fulfilling the purpose implied by registration at the University. Students who are forced to withdraw during a given term will have the notation “enforced withdrawal (date) entered on their permanent academic records following the semester in which the action occurred. A grade of W (withdrawal) or WD (administrative withdrawal) will be entered for each course in which the student was registered. In order to accomplish readmission, they must be cleared by the Associate Dean for Students.  Application for readmission must be made to the Associate Dean for Student’s office 60 days in advance of the next University registration period.

Medical Withdrawal Students who withdraw for reasons of health must obtain permission from the Department of Student Health. A grade of W (withdrawal) will be entered for each course in which the student was registered. Subsequent medical clearance from the Department of Student Health is required for readmission.

Ownership of Student Work

The School of Architecture reserves the right to retain student course work for purposes of exhibition and/or publication with appropriate credits. Professors who wish to retain student work for their own purposes must gain the student’s consent and provide adequate documentation of the work for the student.

Student Owned Computers Graduate students are required to own a personal laptop computer with specified base software. A list of specification is at http://urban.arch.virginia.edu/computing/student_owned.html.

Course Descriptions

Courses are subject to change; certain courses are offered in alternate years or are temporarily suspended when the instructor is on leave or for other reasons. 500 level elective courses are open to students in undergraduate and graduate programs. The Course Offering Directory is available on-line at www.virginia.edu/cod


Office of the Dean of the School of Architecture

Karen Van Lengen, B.A., M.Arch., Edward E. Elson Professor of Architecture, Dean
William Lucy, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Lawrence Lewis Jr. Professor of Architecture, Associate Dean
William Sherman, A.B., M.Arch., Mario di Valmarana Associate Professor of Architecture, Associate Dean
Ellen Cathey, B.A., M.Arch., Associate Dean of Students
Elizabeth Fortune, B.S., M.B.A., Associate Dean for Finance and Administration
Warren Buford, B.A, M. Phil., Director of DevelopmentDepartment of Architecturural History

Department of Architectural History


Richard Guy Wilson, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History

Associate Professors

Daniel Bluestone, B.A., Ph.D.
Cammy Brothers, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.  
Louis Nelson, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Chair
Lisa A. Reilly, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Assistant Professors

Shelia Crane, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. 


Yunsheng Huang, Dipl., M.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Fraser Niemann, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture



Michael J. Bednar, B.Arch., M.Arch.
Warren C. Boeschenstein, B.A., B.Arch., M.Arch/U.D., Merrill D. Peterson Professor of Architecture  
W. G. Clark, Jr., B.Arch., Edmund S. Campbell Professor of Architecture
Robin D. Dripps, B.A., M.Arch., T. David Fitz-Gibbon Professor of Architecture
Edward R. Ford, B.S., M.Arch., Vincent and Eleanor Shea Professor of Architecture
Willam R. Morrish, B.Arch, M.Arch./U.D., Elwood R. Quesada Professor of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban and Environmental Planning  
Kenneth A. Schwartz, B.Arch., M.Arch
Karen Van Lengen, B.A., M.Arch., Edward E. Elson Professor of Architecture, Dean
Peter D. Waldman, B.A., M.F.A., William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Architecture

Associate Professors

Craig E. Barton, A.B., B.F.A., M.Arch., Chair   
Maurice D. Cox, B.Arch.
Phoebe Crisman, B.Arch., M.Arch./U.D.
Sandra D. Iliescu, B.S.E., M.Arch.
Judith A. Kinnard, B.Arch.
Earl J. Mark, B.A., M.Arch., M.S., Ph.D.
Kirk Martini, B.A., M.S., M.Arch., Ph.D.
Charles Menefee III, B. Arch., Director or Architecture  
William H. Sherman, A.B., M.Arch., Mario di Valmarana Associate Professor of Architecture
William D. Williams, B.Arch., M.Arch.

Assistant Professors

Dean Abernathy, B.Arch., M.Arch., Ph.D.  
Anselmo G. Canfora, B.S.A.S., M.Arch.  
Nataly Gattegno, B.A., M.A., M. Arch.  
Jason K. Johnson, B.S. Arch., M.Arch.
Jenny V. Lovell, B.A., Dipl. in Arch.
John D. Quale, B.A., M.Arch.

Distinguished Lecturer

Lucia B. Phinney, B.A., M.Arch., M.L.A.


Jose Atienza, B.S. Arch., M.Arch.
Pam Black, B.F.A., M.F.A.
Robert E. Crowell, B.S.
Cecilia M. Hernandez Villalon, B.A., M.Arch.
Joseph G. Howe, Jr., B.S.C.E., M.C.E.
Richard Price, B.S., MDeSS.
Jeana Ripple, B.S., M.Arch  
Elizabeth Roettger, B.S., M.Arch.

Landscape Architecture


Willam R. Morrish, B.Arch, M.Arch./U.D., Elwood R. Quesada Professor of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban and Environmental Planning 

Associate Professors

Julie Bargmann, B.F.A., M.L.A.
Ethan Carr, B.A., M.A.
Kristina Hill, B.S., M.L.A., Ph.D., Director of Landscape Architecture  
Elizabeth K. Meyer, B.S.L.A., M.L.A., M.A.  
Elissa B. Rosenberg, B.A., M.L.A.

Distinguished Lecturer

Nancy Takahashi, B.S.L.A., M.L.A., M.Arch.


Cole Burrell, B.S., M.L.A., M.S.
Jack Douglas, B.L.A., M.L.A.
Thomas Woltz, B.S. Arch, M.Arch., M.L.A.

Department of Urban and Environmental Planning


Timothy Beatley, B.C.P., M.U.P., M.A., Ph.D., Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities
William Lucy, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Lawrence Lewis Jr. Professor of Architecture  
Willam R. Morrish, B.Arch, M.Arch./U.D., Elwood R. Quesada Professor of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban and Environmental Planning   
Daphne G. Spain, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., James M. Page Professor of Architecture, Chair

Associate Professors

A. Bruce Dotson, B.A., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academics
David L. Phillips, B.S.C.E., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Nisha Botchwey, B.A., M.C.P., Ph.D.


Frank Cox, B.S., M.U.P., P.E., AICP
Tanya Denckla Cobb, B.A.
E. Franklin Dukes, B.A., M.S., Ph.D.
Karen Firehock, B.S., M.U.E.P.  
Satyendra Huja, B.A., M.U.P.
Gary Okerlund, Jr., B.Arch., M.L.A.
Richard Price, B.S., B.Arch, M.D.S.
Katherine Slaughter, B.A., J.D.
David Slutzky, B.A., J.D.

Retired Faculty

Warren T. Byrd, Jr., B.S., M.L.A., Professor Emeritus
Richard C. Collins, B.A., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
James A.D. Cox, Dipl. Arch., Professor Emeritus
Roger C. Davis, B.S.Arch., Professor Emeritus
Mario di Valmarana, Dott.Arch., Professor Emeritus
Donald E. Dougald, B.A.E., M.S.A.E., Associate Professor Emeritus
Matthias Kayhoe, B.S.Arch., M.Arch., Professor Emeritus
K. Edward Lay, B.Arch., M.Arch., Professor Emeritus
William A. McDonough, B.A., M.Arch., Professor Emeritus
Harry W. Porter, Jr., B.S.L.A., M.L.A., Professor Emeritus
Yale Rabin, B.F.A., B.S.Ed., B.Arch., Professor Emeritus
Reuben M. Rainey, B.A., M.Div., Ph.D., M.L.A., Professor Emeritus
Jacquelin T. Robertson, B.A., B.A., M.Arch., Professor Emeritus
John L. Ruseau, B.Arch., Professor Emeritus
Theo van Groll, B.A., M.R.P., Associate Professor Emeritus
Robert L. Vickery, Jr., B.Jour., B.Arch., Professor Emeritus
H. Kenneth White, Dipl. Arch.
Dora Wiebenson, B.A., M.Arch., M.A., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus

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