The School of Architecture and Community Design emphasizes architecture and community design proficiency, technical competency, and applied research that constitute thorough preparation for practice into the 21st century. The school seeks to create environments in which students and faculty can: experience and appreciate the poetry of architecture; study the myriad forms of community and human habitat; understand how past designs can inform future possibilities; master the technologies necessary to create a sound, ecological world; develop a vision of what such a world might be; assume leadership roles in helping achieve this vision. The school also aims to increase the general understanding of environmental design through undergraduate education courses, public events and exhibitions, and dialogue about emerging issues and it develops and transmits new knowledge through advanced certificate programs and continuing education programs.

The School of Architecture and Community Design (SACD) and the Florida Center for Community Design and Research (FCCDR) were both established in 1986 to study, promote, and educate both students and citizens in the field of sustainable community design and development. Students enrolled in one of the Architecture degree programs or employed in the Florida Center bring with them diverse educational and professional experiences in a variety of disciplines from anthropology and geology to biology and engineering. Together, they create an ambience in which varied aspects of design, planning, development, history, culture, economy and the environment are explored as one comprehensive entity within a framework provided by one of the world’s most comprehensive professions: architecture.


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