Broadly, the Department of Architecture takes as its mission preparing students for successful careers as professional architects. We teach the fundamentals of building technology, of structural and mechanical systems, of urban and architectural design, of architectural theory and history, of ecology, and of professional ethics and responsibility, all in the service of preparing students to flourish within the profession of architecture. Some students find careers in related fields like landscape architecture, urban design, and construction management. We believe the skills developed in our program of critical thinking and iterative, synthetic design skills allow them to flourish.
Within the basic trajectory of preparation for professional accomplishment, the program takes as core interests a focus on design for underserved urban communities, on sustainable building including an interest in historic preservation, and building appropriately at the water’s edge. These interests are built upon a shared philosophy among the faculty, promote civic opportunity and engagement locally, and build future professionals ready to assume global responsibilities.
Hampton University is, of course, an HBCU. We are proud of the program’s diversity in both student and faculty rosters and seek to provide a strong education for all our students. Along the way, in any given year, we are likely to have graduated the highest number of African American women with advanced professional degrees in the country.