Program of Distinction
The Iowa State University Department of Architecture is uniquely positioned within a comprehensive College of Design with seven departments that share a belief in the innovative value of interdisciplinary design and the power of design to profoundly and ethically impact citizens, communities and societies. Our curriculum critically examines the complexities of the natural and built environment in their social, economic, political and cultural dimensions. Housed within a Research I and land-grant university, we support rigorous research to produce architectural knowledge that spans from the theoretical to the pragmatic. We believe architecture, as a discipline and as a practice, should question assumptions, imagine inclusive and alternative futures, and prepare students to contribute meaningful and socially responsive design ideas and realizations that promote a just and equitable society.