Dean's Message

Dear Prospective Student:

Are you looking for a college that prepares you for success in the future? Jefferson’s College of Architecture and the Built Environment does just that by putting innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration at the center of your curriculum.

Our graduates have a 95% job placement rate! What is our secret? We give students the opportunity to work on real-world projects in an active, collaborative environment. You will experience a student-centered approach to professional education, be taught by highly accomplished faculty, and have many opportunities to engage with the professional community and industry partners in one of my favorite cities in North America.

Unlike any other college in the United States, the College of Architecture and the Built Environment offers a unique combination of twelve majors providing an unparalleled opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation across disciplines and college boundaries. Our curricula emphasize specialized knowledge unique to the discipline paired with interprofessional collaboration preparing students to become successful leaders in the global marketplace. At the heart of our education lies PhilaU’s Nexus Learning approach, featuring active, collaborative, real-world experiences. Our integrated practice model and curricular focus on sustainable design are reflected in our students’ work, offering evidence of the excellence and relevance of our programs.

You will be joining a student body with a tradition of success. Here are just a few particularly noteworthy accomplishments from this year:

  • For the fourth continuous year, DesignIntelligence ranked the PhilaU Bachelor of Science in Interior Design program as one of the top fifteen programs nationally (# 11 in 2016). The prestigious annual ranking is based on surveys from hiring professionals who indicate which students are best prepared for success in their industries.
  • The PhilaU architecture program was named the 9th top-ranked program nationally in the architecture and related services category, and also scored high marks for most focused (8th nationally), best value (17th) and most popular (19th) in the latest report of College Factual.
  • Interior Design Senior Amy Hufford was named 2016 International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Student of the Year, an honor only given to one student per year nationally.
  • In the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) 2016 Race to Zero Student Design Competition, teams from Philadelphia University won first place in the Attached Urban Housing category and second place in the Suburban Single Family category.
  • Fifth-year architecture student Ryan Thompson won first place in the prestigious 2016 John Stewardson Competition in Architecture, a student design competition among all seven accredited architecture programs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

In an effort to expand our educational model, we are adding an online option for the Master of Science in Construction Management program, set to begin summer 2017; and launching a new graduate program, a Master of Science in Real Estate Development, set to begin fall 2017. With an interdisciplinary project experience across all graduate programs focusing on sustainable design and integrated practice, the college continues to be committed to educating the next generation of leaders for a sustainable future.

I hope you decide to visit our beautiful campus, which is located in Philadelphia adjacent to the Fairmount Park system. Please let us know if you would like to shadow a current student for a day. This is a wonderful opportunity that allows you to see and feel the heartbeat of Jefferson. Please click here to contact the admissions office to schedule your campus visit.

Warm regards,
Barbara Klinkhammer, Dipl.-Ing.
Executive Dean
College of Architecture and the Built Environment