Marywood Announces New Architecture Program

Published on Mon, October 20, 2008

Marywood Program to Emphasize Environmental Stewardship SCRANTON, PA—October 20, 2008 Marywood University will open the region’s first School of Architecture in fall 2009, with an emphasis on environmental stewardship and “green building” principles of design. At a news conference today on the site of the future home of the Marywood University School of Architecture, Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Ph.D., President, announced that the Marywood University Board of Trustees has approved plans to welcome the first class of students to the School of Architecture for the 2009-10 academic year beginning in August 2009. “Renovations will begin immediately on the University’s former Health and Physical Education building to create a spacious, state-of-the-art School of Architecture, facility adjacent to Marywood University’s highly acclaimed art studios and galleries,” Sister Anne announced. “This major investment by the University reflects our confidence not only in our students and faculty, but also our confidence that this professional school will play a vital role in the advancement of higher education in Northeast Pennsylvania.” “Marywood University is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council,” Sr. Anne said, “and our School of Architecture program and facility will be focused on advanced knowledge and skills in ‘green building’ practices. Our goal is to produce a new generation of architects—environmental stewards—who will assume major responsibility for creating, building, and re-building sustainable structural environments for the region, the nation, and the world.” Dr. Peter Cimbolic, Marywood University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said that the Marywood University School of Architecture builds on the strength of the University's programs in the arts. “Marywood University is this region’s leader in arts education, with more than 400 art students and nearly 100,000 square feet of studio and gallery space, devoted to every aspect of art education,” Dr. Cimbolic said. “Most notably in the Art Department, our Interior Architecture program has grown tremendously in enrollment in recent years. The new School of Architecture is a perfect fit with this strong foundation in the arts.” “Marywood University architecture students will pursue coursework preparing them for the LEED Professional Accreditation exam,” Dr. Cimbolic continued. “LEED—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—is a rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council designed to encourage the global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices by architects.” “LEED certification is the distinctive aspect of our program,” Dr. Cimbolic said. “After passing the LEED exam, students will earn a professional credential distinguishing them as graduates with extensive expertise in environmental stewardship. Students receiving both the professional degree and LEED Professional Accreditation will be uniquely equipped to make substantive contributions to contemporary architectural practice.” Gregory K. Hunt, FAIA, Marywood University Special Assistant to the Provost for the School of Architecture, reviewed the opportunities for professional architects in the 21st century. He also described the degree options and the unique “green building” aspects of the new Marywood University School of Architecture facility, expected to be completed in summer 2009. Mr. Hunt was Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University of America for seven years and was Full Professor at Virginia Tech University’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies, where he taught for eighteen years. Prior to his position at Marywood University, Mr. Hunt was Vice Chairman and Director of Design for Leo A. Daly, an international architecture, planning, engineering, and interior design firm with 22 offices worldwide. “Marywood University architecture students will benefit from the University’s liberal arts core curriculum, providing the foundation for a profession in which social responsibilities are integral to the practice of architecture,” Mr. Hunt said. The new School of Architecture will offer two tracks: pre-professional and professional. The pre-professional degree, Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture (B.E.D.A.), is a four-year undergraduate program that focuses on acquiring the skills needed to design buildings and to understand the impact of designs on physical, aesthetic, social, and ecological environments. The professional degree programs include the five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.), and the six-year Master of Architecture (M.Arch.). The B.Arch program builds on the pre-professional program by adding courses in professional practice, LEED Accreditation, and a selection of more focused program electives. “The M. Arch degree is the most rigorous of the programs of study,” said Mr. Hunt. “After obtaining the pre-professional degree at Marywood, students pursuing the M.Arch degree will need two years of graduate-level study. Certain qualified students may accelerate their M.Arch program for completion in one-and-a-half years.” The Marywood University School of Architecture will apply for National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) candidacy status in the fall of 2009. NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program should be accredited within six years of achieving candidacy. Marywood University is a private, coeducational, Catholic university of 3,400 full-time, and part-time students, offering more than 90 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs. Established in 1915 by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the university houses 950 resident students on a national award-winning campus considered one of the most beautiful in the Northeast. Consistently ranked in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, Marywood University offers a comprehensive, personalized education that empowers students intellectually, professionally, and spiritually, and prepares them to serve as ethical leaders and responsible global citizens.