About Architecture at Drury
Programs of Study
- Master of Architecture
- B.S. in Architectural Studies
- Architecture & Design Minor
- Environment & Sustainability Minor
- Design in Society Minor
Dean's Message: The Drury Difference
Architects combine the raw materials of site, shelter, and human need to make significant places—places that are useful, durable, memorable, and inspiring. This equation is both incredibly complex and ancient. Today, however, the architect’s traditional tasks are supplemented by new ones: architects are leaders, collaborators, organizers, entrepreneurs, strategists, researchers, and inventors.
The expanding demands placed on today’s architects require training beyond the limits of a strictly professional curriculum. Drury graduates are well prepared to meet these challenges with an education that is not only professionally rigorous and technically sound but also broadened and enriched by the foundation of a top-caliber liberal-arts curriculum. Our graduates think critically and creatively, communicate clearly and effectively, and empathize with their clients and the communities they represent.
The Drury Architecture program’s difference begins with its unique setting—a small liberal arts university committed to preparing students to think outside the limits of their particular discipline. Minors and double-majors are common and encouraged. Students have close one-on-one working relationships with faculty—facilitated by a student/faculty ratio below 14 to 1. For many graduates, these relationships lead to long-term and meaningful professional and personal mentorship.
In addition, the Drury Architecture curriculum extends beyond the design studio:
- All Drury Architecture graduates study abroad for a minimum of five weeks, and most spend a full semester living and studying at the Drury Center in Greece, located on the picturesque island of Aegina. This exposes students not only to great architectural works and settings but also fosters a broad cultural awareness that is essential for professionals and leaders.
All Drury Architecture graduates engage communities directly through participation in Community Studies studios, which provide needed design and planning input to towns and cities throughout the region. Through these experiences, students learn to look and listen closely—developing sensitivity to the real concerns of community members and putting into practice the principles and skills they cultivate in classrooms and studios.
All Drury Architecture graduates complete internships in architecture or related fields. This exposes students to possible future professional settings, and to the kinds of collaborative leadership needed to excel in a changing world.
This sensitivity to the profession’s wider context is reflected in our student-body. While many students hail from the American Midwest, international students represent over 17% of our community. They are attracted by Drury Architecture’s rigorous professional program, but also by its difference—its emphasis on an education of both depth and breadth, its intense engagement with its local setting, and its commitment to the global dimensions of contemporary practice.
Professor and Dean, Hammons School of Architecture
An educational program must be measured primarily by its success in helping students to achieve professional goals. The Hammons School of Architecture provides an extremely effective preparation for successful practice and with great efficiency: most students graduate with an M.Arch. in only 5 years, rather than the national average of 6 years.
Drury’s liberal-arts tradition and the personalized education it fosters gives students broad preparation and superior critical-thinking and leadership skills. We emphasize one-to-one instruction from talented and connected professors, in classes and studios with low student-faculty ratios. We support student involvement in music performance, athletics, student government, and other extra-curricular activities. In addition, our curriculum is flexible enough to encourage minors and double-majors, and many students pursue these in diverse fields including fine arts, business, graphic design, and music.
Architects shape places and the lives of the people who use them, so they must be able to understand both how to put things together physically and how to communicate with clients and building users. Our students excel in both. Their exploration of materials and construction is supported by an advanced workshop with both traditional and digital fabrication capabilities, including laser cutting, CNC routing, and 3-D printing. Design-build experiences and community-based studios provide opportunities to develop design and communication skills by working with real clients and solving problems for real communities.
Celebrated Students, Alumni, and Faculty
The Hammons School of Architecture prepares graduates for design excellence and professional leadership. These qualities are recognized by the many recognitions our students and graduates receive. Active and accomplished faculty work directly with students and remain connected with alumni.
Our students and program are connected to people and places around the globe—reflecting the increasingly global nature of architectural practice. Students hail from across the United States and 21 countries while HSA alumni can be found in 41 states and 16 countries. All students are required to study abroad for at least 5 weeks and complete 360 paid internship hours in architectural offices or related activities. And lecturers and distinguished visiting professors expose students to broad perspectives and a range of critical issues, places, and approaches to architectural research and practice.
The Hammons School of Architecture (HSA) offers a five-year first professional Master of Architecture degree that is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which requires that all accredited programs post the following statement:
In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
Drury University, Hammons School of Architecture, offers the following NAAB-accredited program:
M.Arch. (168 total credit hours; minimum 30 master’s-level credit hours)
The program received a full-term re-accreditation in 2016, and will next be re-accredited in 2024.
The NAAB requires that the following public information be made available by the program:
NAAB 2015 Procedures for Accreditation
NAAB 2014 Conditions for Accreditation
NAAB 2004 Conditions for Accreditation
NAAB-mandated Interim Progress Reports and Annual Reports:
2016 Hammons School of Architecture NAAB Architecture Program Report
2016 NAAB Visiting Team Report
2016 NAAB Decision Letter
Architect Registration Exam (ARE) pass rate information
Admissions Information for prospective and current students
Advising Information for prospective and current students
Financial Information for prospective and current students
Financial Aid Information for prospective and current students
Career Development Information for prospective and current students
The Hammons School of Architecture facility constructed in 1991, is an exceptional structure that provides the proper setting for this unique educational experience. The heart of the building consists of the welcoming studio environment supported by computers, classrooms, and a well-equipped shop. The 250-seat auditorium is used for academic, professional, and public functions that make the school an important cultural center in Southwest Missouri.
Facility Usage Policies
Our facilities and printing equipment are available to Drury University students, faculty, and staff outside the architecture department. Please see the following policies for more details.