Coming of Age offers a summary of the growth and development of the School in its first dozen years, under four headings: Program and Faculty, Outreach and Social Engagement, Foreign Study, and Morale, Èlan, Brio and Spirit. In these snapshots, it is impossible to tell the full story of the contributions of all of the School's early faculty and students, or to describe all of the early successes of the program. Only highlights are presented, with the notion that a more complete story will be told in a planned book, The Foundation Years, Recollections of the Early Years of the University of Maryland's School of Architecture, 1967-1980. We hope friends and alumni of the School will respond to this web site, with additional anecdotal material and photos which might be included in the book!
In Program and Faculty, the focus is on the development of the professional curriculum in architecture. Outreach and Social Engagement describes a few more examples of our effort to engage with the design and planning issues confronting our community, in the light of our continuing commitment to social action and the notion of learning from real-world engagement. Foreign Study notes the beginnings of the School's rich offerings in that crucial component of a design education. Morale, Élan, Brio and Spirit focuses on a few of the ways a ‘designer' identity was encouraged in our students, and a few of the strategies employed to promote collegiality and team spirit in the School's community.
Program and Faculty
Outreach and Social Engagement
Morale, Élan, Brio and Spirit