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The School of Architecture at UH Mānoa

The UH Mānoa School of Architecture is first and foremost a flagship professional school, providing the opportunity for a student to earn an accredited degree in the field of architecture. The only U.S. school of architecture in the mid-Pacific region, it has been actively and directly engaged in the life and mission of the UH Mānoa campus by participating in a number of design/research/outreach efforts on campus and in the community. It offers the newly revised and approved 4+3 curriculum – the pre-professional B.Env.D. and the professional D.Arch.

21st Century Design

The UH architectural program offers the world an ideal laboratory to study problems of 21st century environmental design and resilience. Because we live on an island that depends on limited local food and energy supplies, we are acutely sensitive to philosophical and ethical dimensions of cultural and economic diversity, cooperation, and collaboration.

Our island perspective amplifies the singular role of architecture, design and urbanism to ensure safe, healthy, and resilient environments for our communities, while also elevating community values and aspirations.

Driving Vision

Aside from being the only school in the United States to offer the professional D.Arch. degree – fortified by its unique leadership-building office-based practicum program – what distinguishes UH Mānoa from other universities is “the Hawaiian Place of Learning.”

This first and last embodies the Hawaiian “Aloha ethos,” an expression of affection, peace, compassion and mercy. Our state motto, Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono, means “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.” Our university motto, Maluna a’e o na lahui a pau ke ola ke kanaka, means “Above all nations is humanity.”

This is the intellectual and professional sensibility that drives our approach to the study of architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism. It is the unifying ethic that drives the sustained exchange between the academic and professional communities, and forges excellence.

Sustain Excellence in Architectural Education

Private support plays a key role in helping our school: 

  • Equip Hawai‘i’s future architects with the skills, knowledge, creativity, and leadership to shape and influence the beauty and performance of built environments here and around the world
  • Keep pace with emerging trends in professional education and practice
  • Address new initiatives such as the proposed Master of Landscape Architecture program and the HI Design Center.

Support Premier Architectural Education

With your support the School of Architecture can continue to provide premier architectural education programs that attract the best and brightest design leaders of the future, and sustain them on their journey.

Funding Priorities

Distinguished Chair in Architectural Design

An endowed chair in architectural design will ensure that the School can attract and retain the best candidate for a position dedicated to design innovation and excellence for the benefit of our future generations of students.

Professorships

The Asia-Pacific region is experiencing rapid urbanization and the fallout from this rapid growth requires discussion and exploration of ecological design solutions and new methodologies. This topical symposia promote and encourage international, interdisciplinary and collaborative research of urban conditions and processes that impact Asia and the Pacific.

HIDesign Community Studio

The mission of HIDesign Community Studio is to advance community development and high quality design through hands on education, focused research and innovative design solutions. The studio serves our community and non-profit sector partners while providing students with practical experience and creative development.

International Symposia in Pacific and Asian Urbanism and Ecological Design

The Asia-Pacific region is experiencing rapid urbanization and the fallout from this rapid growth requires discussion and exploration of ecological design solutions and new methodologies. This topical symposia promote and encourage international, interdisciplinary and collaborative research of urban conditions and processes that impact Asia and the Pacific.

Graduate Fellowships

Fellowship awards allow us to recruit the best graduate students who with a fellowship award can focus and participate in full-time student study and research to surpass the academic requirements and rigor of the D.Arch program.

Scholarships and Travel Awards

Scholarships and travel awards provide our brightest students or our students with financial need with the opportunity to pursue their professional goals, study abroad or experience professional practice through Practicum.

Innovation in Technology

This fund will allow research in the innovation and intersection of design, technology and ecology or the environment.

Support The Journey

Together, we can move Hawai‘i and its people toward a remarkable future.
Together, we can Journey Beyond

For information on supporting The College of Natural Sciences, please contact:

Harriet Cintron
Senior Director of Development, UH Mānoa
(808) 956-3594 • harriet.cintron@uhfoundation.org