main background
Print this page

Message from the Dean

Welina me ke aloha, 

Welcome to the School of Architecture. We offer the four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Environmental Design degree and the three-year Doctor of Architecture degree, Hawai‘i’s only accredited degree in architecture. Our undergraduate program provides a solid foundation for careers in the design and building industries, including landscape architecture, urban design, historic conservation, and construction management. Our accredited graduate program prepares students to enter the professional workforce, eligible for licensure as registered architects in 53 U.S. jurisdictions and Hawai‘i, fortified by the country’s only D.Arch. degree, which embodies dissertation-level research in diverse topics relevant to twenty-first century practice.  

Hawai‘i offers students one of the world’s richest settings for the study of built and natural environments. UH-M is a land, sea, and space grant university especially well-situated to engage design inquiry and experimentation. Among the members of our distinguished full- and part-time faculty, we count experts in tropical and landscape architecture, affordable housing, digital fabrication, design communication, building performance, Asian and Pacific urbanism and urban ecological design, as well as uniquely interdisciplinary joint appointments with the Office of Public Health Studies and the Sea Grant College Program.  

Our programs explore the ways architecture and design can ensure vivid, meaningful, and healthy environments for our communities, and at the same time elevate and ennoble community values, aspirations, and new ways of thinking. Engirding our programs is a commitment to the interdependency between disciplinary and professional perspectives, linking the history, theory, and criticism of architecture and urban design to its ethical and material requirements in practice.

In addition to being the only school in the United States to offer the professional D.Arch. degree, our programs orient to the kuleana of the University of Hawai‘i as an indigenous-serving Hawaiian Place of Learning. The Hawaiian ethos is the intellectual and professional foundation on which we build our mission and curriculum. Aloha ‘Aina and pono serve as the unifying context that drives sustained exchange between the academic and professional communities. Work proceeds apace on the planning of a new Master of Landscape Architecture degree, which will enrich our programs and expand our contribution to urban ecological integrity and the well-being of communities here and around the world.

This is the second full year of our new 4+3 curriculum, comprised of the 4-year pre-professional B.Env.D degree and the D.Arch. Our new structure builds on the achievements of past programs, continuing to refine and strengthen the educational experience for all our students. This new structure ensures that our students receive a superior foundation for advanced graduate work, that they know how to situate the principled design of buildings, communities, and their urban and natural settings within the larger context of twenty-first century grand challenges—the environment, energy, urbanization, information, health, and social equity.

Please visit soon, and when you do, please consider our office at your service.

Me ke aloha pumehana, 

Daniel S. Friedman, PhD, FAIA
Dean and Professor

News + Events



Feb. 8, 2016

WPA 2.0 Creation of 21st Century Public Infrastructure: Beauty, Economics, Politics, Ecology
Susannah Drake, FASLA, RLA, RA
Principal, DLAND studio Architecture + Landscape Architecture

Feb 22, 2016

Practicing Architectural Education
Michael Monti, PhD
Executive Director, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture,
Washington, DC

Mar 14, 2016

Lecture: Our Model of Models
Exhibition:  My Model of Models
Kiel Moe, AIA
Associate Professor of Architecture and Energy
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Cambridge, MA

Mar 28, 2016

Lo-Fab [Locally Fabricated]
Sierra Bainbridge
Senior Director, MASS Design Group Ltd.

April 11, 2016

Local Code: 3,659 Proposals About Data, Design, and the Nature of Cities
Nicholas de Monchaux
Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design,
College of Environmental Design, UC-Berkeley,
Berkeley, CA


More News
go top