College of Architecture & The Built Environment

We Improve Lives – Designing & Building a Better World

The mission of the College of Architecture and the Built Environment at Jefferson is to educate the next generation of design and construction professionals to create an equitable and sustainable future. Our curricula emphasize specialized knowledge unique to each discipline, paired with interdisciplinary collaboration that prepare students for practice in the global market.

Create Value. Improve Lives.

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Accelerated Dual Degree Programs

Our one-of-a-kind Accelerated Dual Degree Programs allow students to customize their education, breaking outmoded disciplinary silos and expanding professional opportunities for our graduates. 

Earn a Graduate Certificate

The twelve-credit graduate certificates offered by the College of Architecture and the Built Environment afford students the opportunity to layer an additional area of expertise onto their primary area of study. 

Scholarships & Assistantships

Scholarships & Assistantships

The College of Architecture and the Built Environment is proud to offer a variety of ways for our graduate students to earn scholarships and assistantships. The opportunities are available to all new domestic and international applicants.

Research & Outreach

Lab for Urban & Social Innovation

The Lab for Urban and Social Innovation (LUSI) unites communities, students, faculty and stakeholders in collective action through real-world design, construction and environmental projects.

Center for the Preservation of Modernism

The Center for the Preservation of Modernism and Jefferson are at the forefront in preserving our modern heritage, nationally and internationally.

Institute for Smart & Healthy Cities

Jefferson’s Institute for Smart and Healthy Cities was created to support the research, innovation and education that is happening across the university focusing on transforming urban environments into smart and healthy cities.

Synesthetic Research & Design Lab

The Synesthetic Research and Design Lab serves as collaborative research and prototyping platform where interactive design and emergent health sciences meet.


Minor Degree Options

By layering a secondary area onto a primary field of study, minors indicate versatility and flexibility to a prospective employer, increasing a student’s marketability and expanding prospects for internships and future employment.