News and Events

The Fall Graduate Open House is on Friday, October 9th from 1:30 - 6pm. Please RSVP by clicking here.


Posted on 08/25/2015 by Michael Brick

Support beyond Graduation Day: MAPP Career Services for Students and Alumni


Posted on 09/30/2015 by David Cronrath

Architecture program wins big at AIA Maryland Design Awards and AIA Baltimore’s B-More Resilient Competition

Posted on 09/30/2015 by David Cronrath

New partnership aims to put education to work for a more sustainable county

Posted on 09/02/2015 by Maggie Haslam

A team of University of Maryland architecture students has won honorable mention in the Open category of the ACSA Steel Student Design Competition. The project, entitled “A Beacon for Baltimore,” was selected from a pool of 500 entries for innovative use of steel in design. The winning UMD team members are Marissa Levash, Erica Aronson and Evan Schroeder.


Posted on 09/02/2015 by Maggie Haslam

This fall brings an exciting and eclectic group of artists, educators and experts to the MAPP auditorium to share their perspectives and experience with students, faculty and alumni. All lectures are free and open to the public. We hope you'll join us!


B.D. Wortham-Galvin
Assistant Professor, Architecture, College of the Arts | Portland State University
Architecture as a Verb: Design Practice is Cultural Practice
Wednesday, September 9, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Lombardo Architecture Lecture


Posted on 09/01/2015 by Maggie Haslam

Partnership with Howard County, Maryland and Columbia Association yields 31 courses campus-wide.

Posted on 08/27/2015 by David Cronrath

UMD students present year-end sustainability projects to College Park, City of Frederick for UMD’s Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability

Posted on 06/08/2015 by Maggie Haslam

New PALS partnership contributes to vibrant college town vision

Posted on 05/21/2015 by Maggie Haslam

Architecture Woodshop Manager Moonlights as Magician

Posted on 05/11/2015 by Maggie Haslam

College Park: Citywide Exhibition of Public Art and Design

Posted on 05/08/2015 by Maggie Haslam

A design project conceived by three graduate students from the University of Maryland’s (UMD) Architecture Program has placed in the 2015 AIA COTE Top Ten for Students Design Competition.

Posted on 04/27/2015 by Maggie Haslam

UMD students’ “fearless design” takes first place at “Interdisciplinary Super Bowl” two years running at the ULI Hines Competition

Posted on 04/10/2015 by David Cronrath

In the miniature world of a five year old, nothing is quite as exciting—and full of possibility—as playing outside. Even in the age of the iPad, communing with the outdoors puts the world at a child’s fingertips like no other experience, fostering exploration, creativity and experimentation. This semester, a group of graduate and undergraduate architecture students are examining the elements of meaningful, outdoor play—and how that influences building—for UMD’s smallest students: the pre-school and kindergarten students at the College of Education’s Center for Young Children (CYC).

Posted on 04/06/2015 by David Cronrath

University sustainability program connects University assets with city challenges

Posted on 02/27/2015 by David Cronrath

TERPS make “the final four” at the 2015 ULI-Gerald Hines Student Urban Design Competition

Posted on 03/05/2015 by Maggie Haslam

Before MAPP alum Abraham (Abe) Murrell (B.S. Architecture ’13) starts his master’s degree in architecture this fall, he has a small to-do list. It’s an ambitious list to squeeze into six months: Abe wants to travel, volunteer and also get some hands-on experience in construction. Even more ambitious, is how he plans to do it: On May 22, 2015, Abe will set out with 31 other volunteers on a cross-country, 4,200-mile fund-raising bike trip to benefit affordable housing efforts. The program, called Bike and Build, will take the team from Charleston, South Carolina, to Santa Cruz, California.

Posted on 03/05/2015 by Maggie Haslam

Two additional architecture courses were added to the University of Maryland’s Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s list of “Fearless Ideas Courses” for 2015.

Posted on 03/05/2015 by Maggie Haslam

Students, faculty and administrators from the University of Maryland gathered in The City of Frederick Wednesday to share project results from the inaugural semester of the Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS), a campus-wide program that connects University resources with Maryland communities. Attended by city officials and residents of Frederick, the presentation offered overviews of eight of the 14 courses completed last semester, directed to assist Frederick with some of their most pressing sustainability challenges.

Posted on 02/06/2015 by Maggie Haslam

Glenn Birx, FAIA, a 1980 graduate of the University of Maryland’s architecture program, has created a new $30,000 endowment through the TerpStart Scholarship Program. The endowment will fund the Glenn Birx Scholarship, a need-based scholarship for students interested in pursuing a degree in architecture.

Posted on 04/08/2014 by Maggie Haslam

Assistant Professor of Architecture Jana VanderGoot uncovers these phantom streetscapes for the community of Takoma Park, Maryland.

Posted on 12/09/2014 by Maggie Haslam

Last winter, Professor of Architecture Lindley Vann joined faculty from the Anthropology, Art History and Archaeology, Classics, and History programs to form an Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Minor in Archaeology, the first of its kind at the UMD. Read more... Housed under the College of Arts and Humanities, the new minor—which officially launched this fall—offers a unique offshoot for architecture students, fulfilling many general education requirements while exposing them to an interdisciplinary body of scholars and a fundamental understanding of archaeology.

Posted on 10/09/2014 by Maggie Haslam

Inaugural year of the “PALS” program launches in Frederick, Maryland

Posted on 09/25/2014 by Maggie Haslam

University of Maryland Takes First Place at the Urban Land Institute / Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition

Posted on 05/07/2014 by Molly O'Connell

The annual Architecture, Planning, Preservation and Real Estate Development Career & Internship Fair takes place on Friday, March 27, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Great Space. The Career fair is a great opportunity for students and employers to network and connect for internships and post-graduate employment.


If your firm is interested in participating, please visit this website to register.

Posted on 02/13/2015 by Maggie Haslam

Professor Emeritus Ralph Bennett and Clinical Professor Amy Gardner have been elected to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows (FAIA). Ralph and Amy are two of over 100 members elevated this year out of 80,000 AIA members. This prestigious honor recognizes their extensive contributions to the advancement of the profession through teaching and practice. Amy and Ralph will be honored this May at the AIA Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.

Posted on 02/06/2015 by Maggie Haslam

This month, the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the A. James Clark School of Engineering hosted a one-day symposium that explored the challenges encountered by design and construction professionals in the face of integrated project delivery, emerging technologies and the pressure for more efficient construction. Held at the Washington, D.C.

Posted on 09/25/2014 by David Cronrath

Through the Thomas Schumacher Rome Travel Scholarship Fund, Professor Tom Schumacher’s vision continues to help architecture students afford such a memorable experience.

Posted on 09/11/2014 by David Cronrath

Students and Faculty to Provide City Officials a Preview of Coursework September 24th


Posted on 09/10/2014 by Maggie Haslam

50,000 hours of student work will help the City of Frederick


Posted on 09/08/2014 by David Cronrath

Join us for the 23rd Annual Alumni Golf Tournament on Thursday, September 18, 2014. University of Maryland Golf Course. Bring your friends, your coworkers, clients or other alumni and enjoy a day on the green!

Posted on 07/14/2014 by Christine Hinojosa
Nov 5, 2014
5:00 PM
ARC 0204
Posted on 08/06/2014 by Kathy Thorne

Bill Bonstra, FAIA (B.ARCH ’83) has spent his career as an architect seeking to enrich people’s lives through thoughtful design, a philosophy he has extended to his relationship with the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation for over 30 years. This past month, Bonstra, who has supported the school over the years financially and as an advisor, mentor and teacher, pledged a $30,000 endowment through UMD’s New TerpStart Matching Scholarship Program.


Posted on 01/07/2014 by Paul Brown, III

Last week, the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) awarded a team from the University of Maryland’s architecture program the Grand Prize in the Academic Category at the 22nd annual Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Awards. The award recognized the team’s 2012 innovative re-envisioning of the Schuylkill River waterfront and 30th Street Station area in the heart of Philadelphia, one of three designs selected for academic prizes from a formidable pool of student-led entries from universities around the world.  


Posted on 06/10/2014 by Maggie Haslam
Aug 27, 2014
3:45 PM
Location varies

New graduate students take a tour with their colleagues and faculty to various sites of interst in the region. 

Posted on 07/15/2014 by Kathy Thorne
Sep 22, 2014
6:00 PM
Great Space

Students and faculty are invited to have Pizza the Dean. 

Posted on 07/15/2014 by Kathy Thorne

“Heritage and the Arab Spring," an international symposium and roundtable, will be hosted by the Freer Gallery of Art, February 28, 2014 from 9:30-5:30. This event is co-sponsored by MAPP and co-organized by Professor Michele Lamprakos.


Posted on 02/10/2014 by Fabian Gomez

Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI) has unveiled the Pepco WaterShed Sustainability Center, a “living classroom” dedicated to the education and research of sustainable energies, at their Service Center in Rockville, Maryland. WaterShed officially opened to the public last Tuesday—Earth Day—in a special dedication that included Pepco officials, members of the original Watershed team, the University of Maryland, the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Posted on 05/01/2014 by Maggie Haslam

Three architecture courses have made the inaugural roster of Fearless Ideas Courses for the spring 2015 Semester by the University of Maryland’s Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The elite list of 15 courses, plucked from 30 proposals by an interdisciplinary campus committee, represent the best and most innovative learning laboratories on campus.

Posted on 04/01/2014 by Maggie Haslam

The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation's Spring Commencement will take place on Friday, May 23, 2014, at 12:00pm in Dekelboum Concert Hall in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

There is no limit on the number of guests attending, and no tickets will be distributed for the School ceremony.

Posted on 03/05/2014 by Christine Hinojosa

“Design Tent” Challenges Students to Think Outside the Box and Inside the Dumpster

Posted on 01/06/2014 by Molly O'Connell

Over 260 community stakeholders met at the University of Maryland last month to forge a roadmap for creating vibrant, sustainable neighborhoods along the Purple Line, MTA’s proposed light rail system that will connect Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.

Posted on 04/03/2014 by Maggie Haslam

Assistant Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation Michele Lamprakos and Nancy Um of Binghamton University organized an international symposium and roundtable in February, entitled, “Heritage and the Arab Spring,” at the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.  The event brought together archaeologists, anthropologists, architects, architectural historians and preservation specialists to explore the role of cultural heritage in a new and shifting Middle East.

Posted on 04/03/2014 by Maggie Haslam

Kiplin Hall, home of the University of Maryland’s study center in North Yorkshire, England, has always been a place rich in history. This semester, six architecture seniors are discovering that the history of the land is as legendary as Kiplin itself. Working alongside Professor Emeritus Karl Du Puy, archeologists and area volunteers, the students helped survey the Kiplin estate for clues of its hidden history as part of a funded project called “Charting Chipeling.” It is the largest archaeological survey ever conducted of the grounds of a North Yorkshire stately home.


Posted on 03/06/2014 by Molly O'Connell

Salisbury Design Project First Venue for the University’s Program for Action Learning in Sustainability

Posted on 03/06/2014 by Molly O'Connell

Michele Lamprakos , Assistant Professor, was reappointed Technical Reviewer for the 2013 Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Posted on 01/08/2014 by Paul Brown, III

The National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) has awarded University of Maryland Master of Architecture candidate Valerie Sherry a 2013 University Innovation Fellowship. She is one of 21 students from universities nation-wide accepted to the program this year, and the first University of Maryland student ever to participate. The University Innovation Fellowship is part of a national effort to arm students with the knowledge and expertise to create, innovate and compete in a global economy.

Posted on 01/07/2014 by Paul Brown, III

Conflict and Convergence: Urban Informality in Latin America is a symposium aiming to explore how recent experiences in cities—such as Medellín, Bogotá, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Caracas, among others—can serve as multidisciplinary models for urban and social revitalization in other parts of the world.

Posted on 01/08/2014 by Paul Brown, III