Architecture

Tyler Architecture focuses on design in the contexts of culture, technology, and stewardship of the built and natural environment.  Its programs stress critical inquiry and innovation as part of the creative process, teaching students how to intervene in the physical world through carefully considered acts of making. The Department engages the city, exploring and addressing the ethical and social dimensions of architecture and the urban environment.  Through this engagement, it seeks to develop an ethos of responsibility in the students, preparing them to become effective leaders in practices and discourses surrounding the complex global and local issues of our time.

 

Areas of focus:

 

Philadelphia and urban contexts

Philadelphia offers rich opportunities for learning and creative practice. The city has a long and distinctive architecture and planning history and a sustained legacy of innovation. A center for design excellence, Philadelphia is in the forefront of urban design, addressing critical issues facing the contemporary city at large.

Philadelphia’s legacy: We engage our context and its history. We find inspiration in our layered past –from our Enlightenment city plan and historic monuments to the renowned work of the mid-century modern Philadelphia School to the ongoing development of Philadelphia’s green city initiatives.

Urban contexts: In our programs urban issues are a primary driver of design practice. We engage responsively and creatively in current topics of postindustrial cities and needs for the environment as a whole - green building and sustainability, social equity and access, health and well-being, urban living and the quality of life.

Philadelphia futures: Our programs address larger questions of making in an urban environment. We recognize the importance of Philadelphia as a site of industrial innovation. In parallel with practice models that are currently emerging, we focus on the opportunities that arise through the use of new building and design technologies.

Global opportunities: Students majoring in architecture, facilities management, and architectural preservation study abroad at urban campuses in Rome and Tokyo.  Within our curricula, they participate in professional endeavors with partners locally, nationally, and internationally.

Design and materiality

We understand that materiality, space, light, and dimension define architecture and place. In design studios we teach fluency with these physical elements as students seek to create humane and inspiring environments.

Ways of making: As part of the Tyler School of Art, our curricula address a range of material practices, media, and scales of fabrication. We encourage digital, physical, and hybrid methods of design and visualization that emphasize an iterative process and experimentation.

Ways of designing: We recognize that the transformations of the built environment are impacted by design and planning methodologies. By working at multiples scales and with various methods of representation students are encouraged to fully explore their ideas. Here acts of design and acts of making extend into one another.

Ways of design-thinking: Our programs are focused on design and materiality as a primary mode of critical inquiry. We recognize that design is best served when it begins with knowledge and critical thinking. Our curricula recognize the importance of inquiry and stress the role of theory and analytical methods of knowledge production.

Leadership in a changing world

We recognize the multiple modes of leadership practiced by built environment professionals and embrace different forms of leadership in a changing world. As a faculty we present different facets of leadership to our students.

Collaboration: Architecture and allied disciplines are collaborative practices. In our programs pedagogy and research are applied and connected to real conditions through partnerships with external entities and among university disciplines. In this way, architectural education ensures its relevance to the transforming world of practice and graduates are better able to navigate a complex professional world.

Advocacy and Social Practices: We recognize that architecture has a primary role in the making of places aimed at improving environments. In curricula and research, the department addresses the complex socio-economic, environmental, cultural and political dynamics of the contemporary city and explores opportunities for design in a world impacted by globalization. The department is committed to graduating students who through their practice, will advocate for ethical design in the public realm.

Diversity: Our faculty represents the diverse roles and multiple ways to engage in design leadership. Understanding that a community with professional diversity presents a way of leveraging leadership, we are fully committed to supporting students and alumni in their intellectual aspirations and careers We recognize the diverse cultures and learning styles of our students and consider this form of diversity as an important factor in the future of architectural practice.

The Architecture Department offers three undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree programs: a pre-professional degree in Architecture, a professional degree in Facilities Management, and an Architectural Preservation degree. These three programs share a common two-year foundation studies program. Upon successful completion of this preparatory program, students may enter into one of the three programs.

The Architecture Department also offers a professional Master of Architecture (M Arch). When earned sequentially, the four-year pre-professional degree in Architecture and the two-year professional M Arch comprise a National Architecture Accreditation Board (NAAB, http://www.naab.org) accredited professional education. Holders of the M Arch may be admitted, upon completion of postgraduate internship, to the architectural licensing examination offered in each state, through which they may become registered architects.

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    Franco Possemato has lived a successful career as an architect during his time in the U.S. as well as in Italy. Besides serving as Project Architect on numerous projec...

  • Maryam Hallaj, BS Arch'17, wins GSK Opportunity Scholarship

    Maryam Hallaj, Bachelor of Science in Architecture '17, has been awarded the GSK Opportunity Scholarship for 2016. The annual scholarship awards individuals who have p...

  • Temple University’s “B3OCC Pavilion” Team Wins Second Place in ACMA’s First Ever Composites in Architecture Design Challenge

    Temple University's team at the Composites in Architecture Design Challenge awards ceremony From the AIA Press Release dated May 20, 2016, (Philadelphia, Pa.) – Stude...

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    Born in Lansdale, PA and being of Armenian-English heritage Taleen has always had a love of culture and traveling. Being Armenian she also has spent most of her time in Philadelphia being involved with the Armenian community and running various organizations and events such as the Armenian Youth Federation. While spending every free second involved with the Armenian church, community center or youth organization Taleen has also strived to build her career in the field of Architecture. It all began in 10th grade when Taleen first took Geometry. Her teacher then was fascinated with building shapes and world-wide architecture which was plastered all over the classrooms walls. After this class, Taleen began to toy with the idea of becoming an architect. She attended three pre-college architecture programs at The University of Southern California, Carnegie Mellon and the Architecture, Construction and Engineering mentor program in Philadelphia. After each program she was more convinced that this was the right field for her. During high school she interned at AlDamlouji + Parker Architects and Kimmel Bogrette Architects. More

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