Architecture and planning must respond to the needs and aspirations of our society, and practitioners must understand how people have lived across time, space, and cultures. As a part of the national university of the Catholic Church in America, our principles of design are shaped by our awareness of the ethical, spiritual, social, and ecological impacts of our work.

Our approaches to teaching reflect our commitment to our students’ future responsibilities as creators and preservers of our built environment, sacred and civil, historic and contemporary. In his 2015 encyclical letter, Pope Francis As Pope Francis wrote on the urgent need to change how we care for the Earth, our common home:

“All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.”

– Pope Francis, Laudato Si

By joining the study of modernism and classicism in a single distinctive educational structure, the School’s faculty and students will be empowered to dissolve outdated dichotomies that treat these powerful design approaches as either/or choices. 

Grounded in the Church’s teachings that we must be faithful stewards of the Earth and contribute to social justice for all, our goal is to establish the School of Architecture and Planning as the country’s leading institution dedicated to the joint study of modernist and classical design, with sustainability and excellence binding these traditions together.

Campaign Priorities

Reimagining Architecture Education

We will create a nationally distinctive program exploring classical Western design in active dialogue with contemporary modernism.

$5
million

Updating the School's Built Environment

The redesign of the Edward M. Crough Center exterior will give physical expression to our new approach to architectural education, compliment surrounding structures, and bring our studios into the 21st century.

$2
million

Building the Future: Annual Support for Architecture

The School’s financial future will be built on generous annual-fund support from alumni and friends, preparing us to take advantage of rising opportunities and address unforeseen challenges.

$1.5
million