Why 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.