Reopening Plan: Fall 2020 at MAPP

By Donald Linebaugh / Jul 20, 2020 / Updated Jul 22, 2020

Blow up Testudo

To ensure the safety and health of our community, the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation is offering a mix of in-person, blended and online academic experiences this semester to accommodate the needs of students, faculty and staff. Whether you plan to be on campus or learn remotely, we encourage you to review the website, which outlines best practices, what to expect in the classroom and residence halls, information on student life and helpful resources for the entire Maryland community.

Here at MAPP, we have spent the summer re-envisioning our courses for the online space, with innovative, engaging approaches, individualized attention and abundant resources to ensure our students receive meaningful, top-tier educational experiences. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect at MAPP this fall:

  • New and exciting projects and approaches to learning, developed by our award-winning faculty over the summer through teaching innovation grants and innovative course design sprints.
  • Architecture studio courses offered in a blended format, giving students the opportunity for face-to-face interaction with instructors and fellow students in a socially distanced studio setting. An online option will be available for any individuals who cannot be physically present on campus.
  • A face-to-face model-making course for interested students, introducing them to concepts and techniques in the Great Space and the Fabrication Lab.
  • All other architecture courses as well as thesis meetings will be offered online, both synchronously and asynchronously for maximum flexibility for our students; students should expect more individualized support and check-ins by faculty and staff in this online setting.
  • Studio and classroom furnishings will be organized to permit socially distanced instruction and learning, including non-assigned studio desks that will be cleaned after each use.
  • Real estate development courses will be offered online, with the exception of RDEV635 and the Capstone, which will be offered in a blended format.
  • MAPP’s library will be offering curbside pick-up of books and materials; other library services can be requested online.
  • The Fabrication Lab will be operational with new social distancing and safety procedures.
  • Urban studies and planning and historic preservation courses will be offered online this fall, with new and creative course offerings; historic preservation students will also have access to socially-distant, in-person field trips and labs.
  • Student organizations will be actively sustaining our strong student community through online meetings and activities.

Testudo is now open with information and course offerings. Visit to learn more. Student Services is working to assist students with questions and scheduling requests. Please email for timely assistance.