Located in the design district of Downtown San Diego, NewSchool of Architecture & Design, a globally recognized and awarded design university, is known for its forward-thinking professors, an inspiring campus community and top industry connections and collaboration opportunities. From the first day of class, students explore and break through creative boundaries, while hands-on experiences provide the foundation and tools necessary to grow and succeed as a designer. For over 30 years, we have offered leading architecture programs, including our Master of Architecture program which is ranked as one of the Top 30 in the World by Frame magazine.
Mission & Pedagogy
We believe that design thinking is at the essence of an architectural education. The mission of NewSchool of Architecture & Design is to nurture and inspire design-minded students. NewSchool graduates demonstrate a firm foundation of critical thinking, ethical behavior, and a culture of professional practice on their way to becoming socially responsible leaders of change for our global
We are defined by what we call the 4 institutional pillars:
- Preparation for practice: our architecture programs focus on preparing our students to work in the field, and therefore are not only theory based. We emphasize practice and studio culture, and the curriculum is built on evidence based design and project based learning model.
- International reach: as a part of Laureate network of universities, we are able to provide unparalleled global opportunities for our students. With international faculty prominent in the field, you’ll be exposed to many different approaches to design and innovative technologies. Students participate in and experience a truly global classroom environment with unique study abroad programs, a diverse international student body, cross-location collaborations, flexible online learning, and world-renowned guest lecturers.
- Sustainability: our focus on sustainability and environmental stewardship permeates everything that we do at NewSchool.
- Urban engagement: with our dynamic urban location in downtown San Diego’s design district, we are an urban laboratory to our community which allows students to work on exciting, real world projects all throughout their educational journey at NewSchool.
Preparation for Practice through Industry Focus
Our philosophy is rooted in design thinking and we focus on preparation for practice and project based learning. We also emphasize regional approach to design in southern California. Our unique location provides our students an invaluable opportunity to be an integral part of the ever-evolving built environment of the city. We are an urban laboratory where each architecture student has their own studio space and an opportunity to work on projects with real clients and community organizations through the Design Clinic.
We work closely with the architecture and design firms and the industry in everything we do. We hire practicing professionals to teach our courses, we partner with leading architecture and design professionals to provide industry insights as advisory board members and we encourage our students to get involved with the professional design community while still in school. And we are proud of our 91% job placement rate.
Thought Leadership in Neuroscience for Architecture and Healthy Urbanism
NewSchool’s expertise in architecture and the build environment has been widely recognized in the industry. In 2003, American Institute of Architects (AIA) granted an award for the establishment of the first offices of Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA), housed at NewSchool and today, NewSchool faculty continue to contribute as key participants in ANFA, which supports studies, workshops, and university-based educational programs designed to explore research that integrates neuroscience and architecture.
In December 2015, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) together with AIA Foundation and the Association for Collegiate Schools in Architecture (ACSA) named NewSchool as one of the 11 charter members of its first AIA Design & Health Research Consortium. Today, NewSchool students have a unique opportunity to earn certificates in Neuroscience for Architecture, Healthy Urbanism and Interior Design for Architects. Indeed, NewSchool is one of only 3 schools in the country to teach neuroscience focus in their architecture program. Due to this expertise, NewSchool recently launched the Center for Healthy Environments with a mission to promote the school’s established leadership and expertise in the fields of neuroscience in architecture, healthy urbanism and sustainable architecture. The Center provides consulting and research expertise to the community as well as specialized educational tracks in these fields.