Dean's Message

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Name: Barbara Klinkhammer, RA (DEU), Dipl.-Ing.
Position: Dean, College of Architecture & the Built Environment

4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

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At Jefferson, our College of Architecture and the Built Environment stands as a beacon of academic excellence, housing over 650 students across 15 undergraduate, graduate and PhD programs. Nestled on our picturesque East Falls Campus in Philadelphia, our institution fosters a dynamic atmosphere where creativity, talent and innovation thrive. Our maker spaces and active learning environments serve as a unique hub, enabling our students to embark on their professional journeys with unparalleled support.

I am proud to report that our commitment to forward-thinking education has resulted in numerous accolades, with both our students and faculty consistently securing regional, national and international awards. Recent successes include victories in prestigious design competitions such as:

  • IIDA Awards
  • John Stewardson Memorial Fellowship in Architecture
  • Jacobs Design Competition
  • HOK Futures Design Challenge

These achievements underscore our dedication to nurturing talent and fostering excellence in the fields of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, construction management, sustainable design, historic preservation, urban design and real estate development.

Jefferson is a top-ranked National Research University, and hosts extensive pioneering research institutes, centers and labs. These facilities enable collaboration among faculty, students and researchers to tackle urgent issues like climate change and social justice. Undergraduate, graduate and PhD students work closely with expert faculty on interdisciplinary projects, enriching their education and making a real impact on communities. Centers like the Institute for Smart & Healthy Cities, Malawi Health & Design Collaborative and Lab for Urban & Social Innovation focus on creating healthier, more livable cities and buildings to address the unique challenges our communities face.

Over the past 35 years, we have built a strong tradition and reputation for leading-edge architecture and design education. This legacy is set to flourish as we expand our educational ecosystem, providing students with global opportunities through industry engagement, study abroad programs and internships. Our innovative teaching methods and personalized learning experiences empower students with unprecedented possibilities for success.

Thank you for your interest in Jefferson. We eagerly anticipate the opportunity to collaborate, inspire and innovate together in the pursuit of academic excellence.

Warm regards,

Barbara Klinkhammer, RA (DEU), Dipl.-Ing.
Dean, College of Architecture & the Built Environment