Department of Architecture
Studying architecture at the University of Hartford prepares you for your career path as an architect, designer, construction manager, technical staff, or other positions within the design professions and construction industry. We will challenge you to reach your full potential while guiding you along the way.
Our faculty are dedicated to teaching you the key skills and knowledge architecture and design firms as well as construction management firms are looking for. Through our experienced faculty, 73% of whom are licensed architects, and their connections, you will have an opportunity to network with professionals outside the University during studio project reviews, discussions inside and outside the classroom, and networking events throughout the academic year. These opportunities are critical as you look for internships and job opportunities. The career path with a degree from our Architectural Design + Technology program opens the door to possibilities.
You will proudly graduate with:
- a thorough and challenging architectural education;
- the best blend of architecture education with key liberal arts skills, including strong communication, leadership, and an entrepreneurial spirit;
- a solid understanding of the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue advanced degrees in architecture and related disciplines or entry into architecture firms or the building industries.
Contact Department Chair James Fuller for more information or to set up a personal interview.
Mission of the Department of Architecture
The Department of Architecture is a diverse community of practitioners, teachers, and students dedicated to educating future architectural professionals and growing the knowledge base of the profession. Our commitment is to engage architecture in its civic, social, and professional realms for the ultimate benefit of the built environment and those who use it.
- Architectural Design + Technology (BS)
- Architectural Design + Technology (BS) with Construction Management Concentration Option
- Architectural Design + Technology (BS) with Environmental Sustainability Concentration Option (Course Catalog information coming soon)
- Architectural Design + Technology (BS) with Professional Practice Concentration Option (Course Catalog information coming soon)
New Architecture Summer Institute
A new pre-college program offering a unique three-week experience in architecture and design for rising high school juniors and seniors.
About the Program
The University of Hartford and the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) are launching a new, exciting program for students considering a rewarding career in the architecture field while gaining valuable college experience. Starting summer 2021, this pre-college program offers a unique three-week experience in architecture and design for rising high school juniors and seniors. If you have an interest in design, art, architecture, construction, graphics, or related interests, this is the summer program for you!
Apply by May 1 for scholarship consideration.
The Department of Architecture's Advisory Board consists of principals and associates from local architectural firms, as well as professionals from local construction management companies, current architecture students, and architecture alumni. Meet our advisory board for the 20-21 academic year.
Get an inside look at the Department of Architecture on Instagram. Be inspired by samples of student work, our recent student and alumni success stories, upcoming events, and more!
In collaboration with University of Hartford Hillel, every year around the Jewish autumn harvest holiday Sukkot, our architecture students donate their time to build a community structure in front of GSU called a Sukkah. This is a student-run project that kicks off a week-long celebration with Hillel. The Freedom by Design group of the UHart AIAS organization promotes the event to encourage volunteers. Each year, the Sukkah is open to all to enjoy the unique space built by our students and join Hillel for community events throughout the holiday. In fall 2019, the design was created by master of architecture student Bryan Hurlburt M’20. All efforts were under the guidance of Ted Sawruk, Associate Professor Architecture at the University.
2019 Sukkah Build (Photos by Megan Bainbridge ’23)
Department of Architecture Events
The Department of Architecture hosts many events throughout the academic year for students to participate in. Display and present your work at student exhibitions. Enter your work for a chance to be awarded and recognized at our prestigious spring events including our Beaux Arts Ball and Architecture Gala.
JCJ Architecture Lecture Series
Meet with top architects from industry as they discuss their work, philosophy, and ideas to inspire our next generation of architects. Professionals visit campus throughout the year during our Architecture Lecture Series each semester and project reviews. The series is made possible through the JCJ Architecture Endowment of the University of Hartford Department of Architecture.
JCJ Architecture Spring 2021 Lecture Series
Wednesday, Apr. 14 | 4 p.m.: Remote Lecture featuring:
Kiwana T. McClung, AIA, NOMA, Assistant Professor
School of Architecture & Design, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Kiwana McClung is a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, native and an assistant professor in the School of Architecture & Design at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She was educated at Southern University and A&M College and received her Master of Architecture from LSU in 2012. Kiwana has worked on a variety of architectural design and planning projects as an intern architect with Coleman Partners Architects in Baton Rouge. Her past work experience includes numerous K-12 school renovation and master planning projects for East Baton Rouge Parish and St. Helena Parish schools, resort hotels in the Caribbean, and various commercial retail projects around southern Louisiana.
Kiwana is an artist who has completed several commissioned portraits for clients around the country. She serves as the faculty advisor to the UL chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students. In 2016, Kiwana was selected as the American Collegiate Schools of Architecture Award Recipient in recognition of her efforts to achieve greater diversity in curricula, school personnel, and student bodies, specifically to the incorporate the participation and contributions of historically underrepresented groups or contexts.
Wednesday, Apr. 21 | 4 p.m.: Remote Lecture featuring:
Peter F. Vieira, FAIA, LEED AP
Principle with Payette
Peter Vieira earned his undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame in 1990, where he studied urban design in Rome and Chicago. Following several years of working in Italy, he pursued graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, where he earned his M.Arch in 1996. From 1998 to 2005, Peter was an Associate at Kieran Timberlake in Philadelphia and completed major projects at Yale University, Cornell University and Middlebury College. He was the Associate-in-Charge of the Davenport College Renovation at Yale, which won an AIA Honor Award for Interior Architecture. Peter taught courses in drawing and architectural design at the University of Pennsylvania from 1998 to 2005.
At Payette, Peter has been Project Architect for some of the firm’s most recently recognized work, including the acclaimed Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, one of thirteen projects to win both an AIA Institute Honor Award and a COTE Top Ten Award.
As a generalist architect, Peter’s interests lie in leading teams that intelligently conceive, creatively develop and meticulously execute challenging projects. While Peter’s approach to design is highly analytical, it is also informed by years of teaching students how to visualize and represent complex three-dimensional spaces.
A Look Back On Our Event Highlights
BS, Architectural Engineering Technology, 2019
Coming from a technical high school, Kristin was very used to have constantly having hands-on experiences, and luckily that continued all through college. Kristin is now working full-time at Whiting-Turner Contracting Company in Shelton, CT as a Project Engineer.
In CETA, I was able to work with architects and project managers in the field and take the lessons I learned and applied them to my own design work.