Master of Architecture degree gains reaccreditation

Release Date: October 27, 2014

The Master of Architecture (M.Arch) program at Lawrence Technological University has gained reaccreditation for eight years through 2021 from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

The NAAB visiting team reported that the architecture program has made impressive progress even while dealing with the negative impacts of the 2008-09 national financial crisis and the ongoing financial challenges facing the Detroit region.

“The architecture program thrives in a challenging environment,” the NAAB visiting team noted in its report. “Its offerings evolved as the construction economy collapsed, and the professional practice dwindled. It confronted the crisis of Detroit by adding to the forces that would rebuild it.”

The visiting team praised the program and faculty, citing “distinctions’ in seven areas including “Curriculum Review and Development,” noting that, “It was evident that the faculty as a whole participate in the process.”

The program was further commended for its work in the areas of collaboration, community and social responsibility, and for interdisciplinary interactions both inside and outside the university.

“The College of Architecture and Design’s impact on the Detroit community will be enhanced with the opening in early 2015 of the Detroit Center for Design and Technology where several of our programs will be consolidated,” said Dean Glen LeRoy.

The M.Arch can also be completed online and the NAAB visiting team praised LTU’s College of Architecture and Design for leading “an exploration of the best approaches to distance learning.”

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