Architecture at Andrews
Craft - Students at Andrews University are asked to consider architecture as a craft which can shape our material culture through the studied application of accumulated skill, knowledge and understanding. The program generally seeks to integrate technical and aesthetic knowledge in the making of artifacts, the decorative arts, buildings, cultivated landscapes, urban form and public art. Students are challenged to be guided by the principles of durability, purpose and beauty as they make choices in material, design and methods of workmanship. The emphasis on craftsmanship informs architectural design within the entire studio curriculum, but has also shaped a rich culture of drawing, rendering, model building and furniture making at Andrews University.
Civil Communities - The School of Architecture, Art & Design understands individual buildings and artifacts to be part of a greater whole. Architecture should contribute to the shaping of sound rural, urban and cultural landscapes. It can also positively contribute to the way we dwell as individuals, families, neighborhoods, regions and nations. This program promotes the shaping of places which foster civility, health and environmental stewardship. To prepare students for the building and preservation of such places, the studio curriculum is pursued within the context of traditional urban design principles and exposes students to a range of contexts, from rural landscapes to urban centers. The fifth-year urban design studio is conducted according to the principles of the New Urbanism and all students are actively engaged with real community design projects.
Service - Within the context of the mission of Andrews University, the School of Architecture, Art & Design seeks to prepare students to serve in accord with a professional and Christian vocation. The program fosters a healthy studio culture in which students and faculty are encouraged to serve and promote each other and their respective communities. The course curriculum provides a range of opportunities for students to gain experience in diverse fields of community service to learn how architecture can contribute to the good of mankind. Students can choose to participate in various service projects pursued by the Architecture Missions Group, including ongoing work in South America, Africa and the United States. All fifth-year students participate in the annual urban design studio, which serves real communities in their efforts to shape the public realm.
Christian Values - Architecture students at Andrews University are encouraged to seek the virtues of joy, beauty, wholeness and moderation in a lifelong pursuit of learning. Within the context of the Seventh-day Adventist faith, the program challenges students to examine how these virtues can be expressed in our material culture and in our social relationships as citizens and professionals. The School of Architecture, Art & Design promotes those who are motivated to be rigorous in scholarship and generous in service.