A Knowlton School Education

The Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture, Knowlton School, offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning. All three disciplines are central to shaping our world - a world that is marked by interconnectivity, scarcity, and volatility. Our world is interconnected; therefore, Knowlton students have extensive computer facilities as well as study abroad opportunities in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Our world has scarce resources; therefore, Knowlton students become environmentally aware and develop the ability to work creatively with that awareness. Our world is volatile; therefore, Knowlton students are active participants in their education so that they will be active participants in shaping their careers.

Design at Knowlton does not decorate an existing world, it proposes new worlds. At the undergraduate level, design shifts a liberal arts education from passive reception to active engagement. Our undergraduates act on what they know. At the graduate level, design combines technical expertise and conceptual breadth. Our graduates offer alternatives to outmoded conventions.

How are students at the Knowlton School active participants in their education? The school offers a liberal arts education with a twist. A liberal arts education combines the sciences, the humanities, and the arts, and is founded on the understanding that this combination is the best intellectual training for the maturing mind of an engaged citizen. Knowlton students take courses in the sciences, such as structures and statistics, as well as courses in the humanities, such as history and philosophy. The twist comes in our approach to the arts. Knowlton students apply their growing understanding of the sciences and humanities in the design studio where they propose creative solutions to real world problems. Unlike other liberal arts educations, which are often private and passive, a Knowlton School liberal arts education is pubic and active. Our students act on what they know. It is a challenge, but one that we relish. We have serious fun.

Clearly, an education at the Knowlton School prepares you to enter the professions of architecture, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning. But no matter what you do later in life, the ability to assimilate a breadth of knowledge, develop a creative proposal based on that knowledge, and defend your proposal in public – this is a wonderful education, one that prepares you for a range of careers in business, the arts, and public service. Come join us!

Michael B. Cadwell, AIA
Walter H. Kidd Professor and Director
Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture