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.
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) launched a new, exciting program in summer 2021 for students considering a rewarding career in the architecture field while gaining valuable college experience. 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!
Join us in summer 2022! Learn more below.
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 | 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. Join us this fall at the following in-person and virtual events. Learn more below.
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Antonio E. Méndez Vigatá, Arquitecto, former Director of the Colegio Cervantes de Torreón, will be joining us virtually to present, “Architecture at the Crossroads: Torreón and the Architecture of Mexico."
Join us via WebEx at https://bit.ly/uhart-arch-lecture-10-25.
Antonio E. Mendez-Vigata graduated from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education. He has taken courses at the Architectural Association in London and Architectural Rendering Techniques, Mike Lin Graphic Workshop, he also has the following diplomas: Senior Business Management from IPADE, Didactics of Architectural Design by Universidad Anáhuac, and Computation for the Design and Administration of Architectural Projects by ITESM, Campus Monterrey.
He has written articles for newspapers, magazines, and specialized books, including the book Modernity and the Architecture of Mexico, published by the University of Texas Press. In addition to belonging to the Colegio de Arquitectos de la Comarca Lagunera, he is an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects in the United States and of the Architectural Association in London, England.
“More than looking for a style, you want to respond to the environment, climate, and customer needs.” His work has been classified by some specialists as belonging to the current of Critical Regionalism. His professional achievements, in addition to his built work, include the lectures given at foreign and national institutions such as the University of Texas, the Architectural Association, the University of Arizona, Texas A&M, and the Association of Architectural Teaching Institutions; in addition to the articles published in newspapers, books, and magazines of national and foreign circulation. It should be noted that before establishing his own office, he worked at the London firm Ove Arup and later with James Stirling and Michael Wilford in England. In addition, he has been a teacher in various national and foreign universities.
Sarah Baires, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Eastern Connecticut State University, will be joining us on campus to present, "Ancient Cities and Urban Life."
Join us in person at 4 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium.
Dr. Sarah Baires earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Baires is an accomplished archaeologist whose research focuses on the pre-Columbian (AD 1050-1400) Native American city of Cahokia, which is located near St. Louis, MO. Her research concerns how cities are built, what draws people to cities, and the role religion plays in the organization of political governments. Dr. Baires also focuses on burial practices and how the burial of the dead can provide unique insight into social relationships. She has published multiple peer-reviewed articles and one book, Land of Water City of the Dead: Religion and Cahokia's emergence. Dr. Baires is also featured in two documentary series: Native America (PBS), and Ancient Mysteries (Smithsonian Channel).
Allison Anderson FAIA, LEED-AP & John Anderson AIA, LEED-AP of Unabridged Architecture in Bay St. Louis, Miss., will be joining us virtually to present on their expertise.
Link to join coming soon.
Allison Anderson is recognized for civic projects which are carefully crafted and inherently defensible against climate challenges. Allison earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California. She has licenses in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. She has taught architecture in accredited professional programs at the University of Texas, Louisiana State University, and Tulane University. Allison serves on the American Institute of Architects Committee on Climate Action and Design Excellence. She was the first LEED-Accredited Professional in Mississippi.
John Anderson is a resource for design for the climate resulting in a regional modernist architecture. John was the first LEED-Accredited Professional in the state of Louisiana in 2002 and was the founding Chair of the USGBC Louisiana. He served as President of AIA-Mississippi 2017-2018. John earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining unabridged Architecture in 2007, John worked for 13 years at AIA 2014 Architecture Firm of the Year Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in New Orleans, Louisiana.
A Look Back On Our Event Highlights
The Architectural Design + Technology Bachelor of Science pre-professional degree program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org.
The Master of Architecture program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
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.