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Architecture Program Granted NAAB Candidacy Accreditation Status

The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences of the University of the District of Columbia is pleased to announce that the Department of Urban Architecture and Community Planning is in-candidacy for accreditation by the National Architecture Accrediting Board. The program was formally granted retroactive candidacy by the National Architecture Accrediting Board, Inc. on Jan. 1, 2013.
“After a long road, we are excited to be on the path to full accreditation,” stated Prof. Ralph Belton, Chair, Urban Architecture and Community Planning. “We have a state of the art program that is integrated with the University’s landgrant program, giving us the unique opportunity to address design issues synergistically with both academic and community education programs.”

The University’s Architecture program resides in the only urban land-grant institution in the nation and as such, its primary aim is to stress the importance of design as a tool for creating sustainable urban environments through research-based academic collaboration with partners in the health profession, nutrition science, environmental studies, water resource management, agriculture and Cooperation Extension Services. The program will also work on the urban agriculture issues in an effort to provide leading edge ideas on farming in urbanized areas; for instance, optimizing the design of hoop house and aquaponics system for maximum production of fish and vegetables within a small facility.

The division of Architecture and Urban Planning equips students with the marketable 21st century skills and ethical values essential to effectively producing maximum sustainability in the design and planning of buildings, neighborhoods and communities. The Architectural Research  Institute (ARI), the department’s landgrant component, offers a research and community service agenda that utilizes the university's human resources and capital assets to support the District’s mission of providing affordable and energy efficient shelter to its citizens, providing  cross-disciplinary research and service to support livable, sustainable, global cities.

 “We train you how to make a living and how to make a difference in your community. It’s just not education; it’s application, explained Clarence Pearson, Distinguished Professor of Architecture and head of the Architectural Research Institute. “If you’re interested in architecture and it’s your passion, you need to come to UDC.”

Learn more about our accreditation status. The next candidacy visit will take place in fall 2015, with completed candidacy expected to be granted by 2019.

Please contact Prof. Ralph Belton for more information.

About NAAB
The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) is the sole agency authorized to accredit US professional degree programs in architecture. Since most state registration boards in the United States require any applicant for licensure to have graduated from a NAAB-accredited program, obtaining such a degree is an essential aspect of preparing for the professional practice of architecture. While graduation from a NAAB-accredited program does not assure registration, the accrediting process is intended to verify that each accredited program substantially meets those standards that, as a whole, comprise an appropriate education for an architect. 

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