Mission & Vision

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MISSION & VISION

The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture has a long and historic legacy in providing next-generation leadership for design and planning education. Always aware of our role as stewards of the built environment, we meld principle and practice to foster innovation while remaining always grounded in serving our communities.
 
Our disciplines play a key role in addressing complex local, regional, national, and global issues while advancing a better quality of life for all of society's members. A diverse learning environment that welcomes a variety of perspectives and backgrounds is crucial to addressing these collective concerns.
 
Located in Austin, Texas, one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. – and one that is widely recognized for its creative community and entrepreneurial spirit – School of Architecture students are uniquely positioned to gain first-hand experience with a rapidly growing and changing built environment. As part of one of the world’s leading public research universities with over 170 fields of study, students and faculty have access to a dynamic range of expertise available on the UT Austin campus. While we engage with our campus and community, we also extend our influence globally through studios and seminars that develop projects in Mexico, South America, Europe, and Asia, and through an extensive network of alumni leaders worldwide.

AT A GLANCE, UTSOA IS:

  • A diverse and vibrant community with a broad range of expertise and interest in the built environment.
  • Shaped by award-winning faculty experienced in both academic and professional realms.
  • Grounded in the Austin region and the state of Texas, with international reach and consequence.
  • Committed to interdisciplinary teaching and research, both within the School of Architecture and across the university.
  • Addressing important societal issues facing the built environment, urbanization, energy and resource consumption, transportation, healthy living, diversity, and equity.
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    We miss you already 🥹
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    We miss you already 🥹

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    Congrats, UTSOA grads! We can’t wait to see how you change the world 🤘
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    Congrats, UTSOA grads! We can’t wait to see how you change the world 🤘

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    Hats off to our grads! 🎓 <br /><br />We’re so excited to celebrate you tomorrow! Students should check-in in Goldsmith Hall no later than 1:00 pm. More at the link in our bio. <br /><br />#UTGrad24 #UTSOA
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    Hats off to our grads! 🎓

    We’re so excited to celebrate you tomorrow! Students should check-in in Goldsmith Hall no later than 1:00 pm. More at the link in our bio.

    #UTGrad24 #UTSOA

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    Congratulations to alums Joseph James (M.Arch ’18) and Diego Zubizarreta Otero (M.Arch ’20) whose design collective, @partnersofplace, was named one of the six 2024 @archleague League Prize winners!<br>
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    Congratulations to alums Joseph James (M.Arch ’18) and Diego Zubizarreta Otero (M.Arch ’20) whose design collective, @partnersofplace, was named one of the six 2024 @archleague League Prize winners!

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    T-minus five days until the Class of 2024 walks across the stage! <br><br>Students, there’s still time to submit grad pics and photos from your time at UTSOA – Do so at the link in our bio before Thursday, May 9 for a chance to be featured here and in our pre-commencement slideshow. <br>
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    T-minus five days until the Class of 2024 walks across the stage!

    Students, there’s still time to submit grad pics and photos from your time at UTSOA – Do so at the link in our bio before Thursday, May 9 for a chance to be featured here and in our pre-commencement slideshow.

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    For the fourth year in a row, several interior design students have been selected for @metropolismag’s@Future 100! Congratulations to Brooke Bower (MID ’24), Ani Matzakos (BSID ’24), and Jessica Wilsey (MID ’24).
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    For the fourth year in a row, several interior design students have been selected for @metropolismag’s@Future 100! Congratulations to Brooke Bower (MID ’24), Ani Matzakos (BSID ’24), and Jessica Wilsey (MID ’24).

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    What 👏 a 👏 week! Congratulations students on a job well done and thank you to all of the faculty and reviewers who participated this week
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    What 👏 a 👏 week! Congratulations students on a job well done and thank you to all of the faculty and reviewers who participated this week

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    Final reviews kick off next week and we’re excited to invite several out-of-town reviewers to @utaustintx. Visit the link in our bio for bios and more information about these accomplished practitioners and academics.<br>
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    Final reviews kick off next week and we’re excited to invite several out-of-town reviewers to @utaustintx. Visit the link in our bio for bios and more information about these accomplished practitioners and academics.

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    We’re excited to announce that Luis E. Carranza has been named the School of Architecture’s 2024 commencement speaker.<br>
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    We’re excited to announce that Luis E. Carranza has been named the School of Architecture’s 2024 commencement speaker.