Hands-on

To become a successful architect requires the cultivation of direct hands-on skills. 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 and relate to clients and building users. Our program complements theoretical understanding with direct practical experience in making and communicating.

  • Our students are makers—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.

  • Students have access to design-build opportunities and have completed real projects for communities in need—including post-tornado Joplin. A student team is currently designing and building a solar-powered and storm-resilient house for the national Solar Decathlon competition.

  • All students take part in a community-engagement design studio, through which they gain experience working with real clients and solving problems for real communities. Drury community-engagement studios have contributed the equivalent of nearly 6 million dollars in design services to nearly 40 communities across our region.