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. NewSchool students are innovative designers who are passionate about pursuing exciting careers in the fields of architecture, design, and construction management. 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.
NewSchool is a member of the Laureate International Universities network – a global network of more than 60 institutions. Over 1,000,000 students are part of an academic community that spans more than 20 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
NewSchool’s student body is rich in diversity. In Fall 2017, more than 135 international students from more than 20 countries joined the NewSchool Community, including students from: Saudi Arabia, Mexico, India, Kuwait, China, Spain, Peru, Brazil, Norway, Iran, Turkey, Iraq, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Vietnam, Mali, Republic of Korea, Canada, Morocco, Angola, Bahrain.
Students at NewSchool experience a truly global classroom environment with the opportunity to participate in unique study abroad programs, an international campus community, cross-location collaborations, flexible online learning, and world-renowned guest lecturers.
AWARD WINNING & ACCREDITED
Our faculty and students have the dedication and drive to achieve great things in their education, local communities, and careers. NewSchool students have won local, regional and national competitions, and are continuously striving to gain knowledge and experience to advance their academic and professional careers. Learn more about our award-winning community.
NewSchool of Architecture & Design is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission. Programmatic accreditation is provided through the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) for professional architecture programs. Our Master of Architecture program is ranked as one of the Top 30 in the World by Frame magazine. Read more about our accreditations.
INDUSTRY & CAREER FOCUSED
NewSchool faculty and staff are committed to the success of students both during and after their formal education. Strong industry connections, collaborations, and cutting-edge design education are part of classroom instruction each day, as well as real-world, skills-based instruction that prepares students for employment and successful careers following graduation.
NewSchool’s global university network provides students with access to some of the world’s most influential companies, including Gensler, URS, Balfour Beatty, Hensel Phelps, Delawie Wilkes Rodriquez Barker, and Bjarke Ingels Group.
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 society.
NewSchool achieves this mission through:
- A progressive curriculum, taught by accomplished, active faculty.
- Practitioner-based models of learning focused on problem-solving, experiential learning, and process-based design.
- Active participation and engagement in our local and global community.
- The constant pursuit of academic excellence.
NewSchool’s vision is to be a leading provider of architecture and design education focused on improving the quality of life in the built and natural environments on both the local and global scales as informed by nature, supported by research, focused on professional practice, and committed to sustainability. NewSchool’s vision will be accomplished through a disciplined approach to the following tenets:
- People: NewSchool will be a place where faculty and staff are engaged in a vibrant educational setting and where students find meaning and inspiration in the pursuit of their professional goals.
- Portfolio: NewSchool will grow its commitment to sustainable design and dynamic program development by anticipating the ever-changing needs of our students and the professions we serve.
- Partners: NewSchool will be a leading contributor to the design professions around the globe as the flagship institution within the Laureate International Universities network for architecture education.
- Place: NewSchool will be practice-oriented and student-centric and will contribute to multiple locations, both domestic and international
- We value inquiry as the search for knowledge and the willingness to question.
- We value critical thinking that subjects all concepts, ideas, and opinions to intellectual reflection and a rigorous examination based on logic, clarity, consistency, and fairness.
- We value a climate of open exchange and dialogue that allows for the sharing of a range of opinions and methods.
- We value ethical behavior that promotes the practice and application of personal, professional and social responsibility.
- We value leadership in the academic, professional, and social environments with the expectation that through one’s actions, the actions of others are influenced, inspired, and focused.
- We value the diversity of cultural and social backgrounds, offering differing points of view brought about by an array of cultural traditions, economic backgrounds, religious upbringing, and gender.
- We value engagement as the act of contributing to the health and well-being of the academy, the profession, and the community
At NewSchool, we challenge our students with rigorous advancement standards, and our hands-on instructional program nurtures artistic passion while demanding professional excellence. We believe that a wide range of individuals can find reward and fulfillment in the study of architecture and design. It is this philosophy that shapes the NewSchool Mission, Vision, and Values.
Our faculty includes experienced architects, designers, and practicing professionals who develop creative mentorships with students. NewSchool subscribes to the “learn by doing” thesis of American philosopher John Dewey, and we encourage our students to intern as soon as their abilities and circumstances allow. NewSchool strives to meet the ever-changing demands of the architectural and design professions. We continually adapt our educational objectives to meet the fundamental goals of practice within the professions: ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
INSTITUTIONAL LEARNING OUTCOMES
NewSchool faculty has identified five overarching institutional learning outcomes (ILOs) that apply to students in all programs. NewSchool’s graduates should be able to:
ILO 1. Use critical thinking in the formation, analysis, and evaluation of ideas.
ILO 2. Demonstrate creativity in problem solving.
ILO 3. Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultures and environments.
ILO 4. Communicate effectively through written, oral, and visual media.
ILO 5. Demonstrate professional and ethical practices.
The ILOs are designed to be universal, learning oriented, measurable, and distinct. Interpretation of these ILOs allows our diversified programs to link to the institution and to each other, while maintaining the character and academic rationale of the specific field.
Many of the most pressing problems of contemporary society now demand creative solutions: urban conditions of both density and sprawl, the accelerating depletion of the earth’s natural resources, and globalization’s impact on local culture and meaning. Education in the design professions is intended to prepare students to address these and other problems creatively.
NewSchool’s programs in Architecture, Construction Management, Graphic Design & Interactive Media, Product Design, and Interior Architecture & Design are dedicated to providing the skills and methodologies necessary to adapt to — and excel in — a changing professional environment positioned to serve society. Design and its related fields necessitate a commitment to lifelong learning and exploration. This requires the mental agility to learn new disciplines and to communicate effectively. In addition to learning their professions, students are instructed in a variety of areas based in critical thinking, including a broad general education program, oral and written communication, computer application, library research, and problem analysis. Graduate students are expected to focus on the key issues, methodologies, and skill sets necessary for advancement within their disciplines.
Architecture, design, and related disciplines are integrative professions that require lifelong learning and exploration. Excellence requires the mental agility to learn new disciplines and to effectively communicate new ideas. At NewSchool, we give students the skills they need to adapt and thrive in a challenging professional environment.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Thomas Anglewicz, FAIA
Architect | Boulder, Colorado
Thomas M. Anglewicz was Principal in Charge of HMC Architects until retiring in 2010. Prior to joining HMC Architects, Anglewicz was Urban Studio Director for Austin Veum Robbins Partners’ San Diego-based office. Through his extensive involvement with the Downtown San Diego Partnership and other community organizations, Anglewicz has been a vocal advocate for the creative redevelopment of San Diego’s downtown core and waterfront lands since the early 1990s. From 1995 to 2005 Anglewicz was a principal with the MW Steele Group, where he provided firm leadership for public, institutional and urban design projects. Among other efforts, he was a key member of the planning and urban design team responsible for the original North Embarcadero Visionary Plan in 1997. The following are some of the major projects in San Diego for which Anglewicz was responsible: Coronado Public Library–Coronado, Calif.; California Western School of Law Library–San Diego, Calif.; UCSD Faculty Club–La Jolla, Calif.; The Bayview–San Diego, Calif.
Chief Operating Officer (COO) | Department of Humanities, Health, & Society at Florida International University
Since 2012, Sonia Benitez has served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Department of Humanities, Healthy, & Society at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (FIU COM). During her time at FIU COM, Benitez has driven the execution of many regulatory parameters of the program that expanded the access to health services and personalized health education to South Florida’s most vulnerable communities. Prior to her employment at FIU COM, Benitez served from 2005 to 2012 as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc., a nonprofit organization created in response to a need for local control and leadership of the newly-privatized child welfare system. From 1997 to 2002, Benitez was Vice President of Finance for Visa International Latin America & Caribbean region, where she led financial planning, treasury, accounting, financial operations, and tax teams for operations in 32 countries. Benitez is a Certified Public Accountant; she received a Bachelor in Accounting and a Master in Taxation from Florida International University.
Vice President - L& I Global Operations | Laureate Online Education, Global Enrollment and Business Development
Norman Bloomberg delivers operational support for Laureate Network products (Advantage Courseware, One Faculty, One Campus, One Folio) and services targeted to achieve corporate hybridity targets. He serves for student and faculty support, course translations, course building/ maintenance as well as course registration are delivered by our operations unit in Honduras. He also has additional services such as rights and licensing, text procurement and fulfillment, project management and vendor management are delivered from the Columbia office. He provides operational consultancy to network institutions to ensure best practices are followed when delivering courses online.
Denise DeZolt, Ph.D.
Chief Academic Officer | Laureate Education, Global Products and Services
Dr. Denise DeZolt brings a range of expertise in higher education through teaching and academic positions as well as administrative leadership posts. She is currently the Chief Academic Officer at Laureate Education, Global Products and Services, and previously served as Chief Academic Officer and Senior Vice President at Walden University. She also served as the institution’s Dean for the College of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences and the School of Psychology. Additionally, she held teaching and academic positions at the University at Albany, Lewis and Clark College, University of Rhode Island, and Illinois State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Kent State University, an M.S. in Education Counseling from University of Dayton, and a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences from Plattsburgh State University. Her areas of expertise include graduate and distance education, psychology, multiculturalism, and diversity in higher education.
Principal | Front Studio Architects, New York, NY
Yen Ha is a founding principal of Front Studio, established in 2001 in New York City. She completed her undergraduate work with honors and continued with postgraduate work in urbanism at L’École d’Architecture in Paris, France. Fluent in French and Vietnamese, Yen is a LEED-accredited professional and a licensed architect. She has been profiled in the New York Daily News, Real Estate Weekly and the Mann Report. Her recent work has been featured in Interior Design, Icon Magazine, Wallpaper, and The New York Times. Yen has been a panelist at Catholic University, the Academy of Arts in Gdansk, Poland, the AIA Center for Architecture in New York City, and at Carnegie Mellon University.
Sharen Hannah, Esquire
President | Mettron Contracting, Tallahassee, Florida
Sharen Hannah is president of Mettron Contracting, Inc. and works with the design team of Baycrest+Mettron, a Construction Management Joint Venture on the Florida A&M University Gore Education Complex Renovation and Remodeling Project. She is a civil engineer, attorney and entrepreneurial professional whose 29 years of experience and multi-disciplinary skills include small businesses and local organizational management and construction management. She worked for Florida Power and Light Company for 13 years as a Senior Distribution Designer, Construction Service Engineer, and a Minority Business Specialist. She served as Director of Public Works in the State of Florida and was active in working with the community on issues related to capital improvement projects, redevelopment, and recycling. In 2002, she and her husband, Caleb E. Hannah, III, founded Mettron Contracting, Inc. She is a native of Miami, Fla. and has degrees from the University of Florida School of Civil Engineering and School of Law.
Charles O. Heller, Ph.D.
President | Annapolis Capital Group, Annapolis, Maryland
Dr. Charles O. Heller is President of Annapolis Capital Group, a management consulting and investment firm. At the same time, he is a writer and Professor of Practice/Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland Smith School of Business. Previously, he was Director and Investment Committee Chair of Athlone Global Security, an international venture capital firm investing in early-stage companies in the homeland security sector. From 2000 to 2003, Dr. Heller was General Partner of Gabriel Venture Partners, an early-stage, bi-coastal, venture capital fund. He has been very active in the Mid-Atlantic business community for many years as a successful entrepreneur, investor, board member, and mentor to many of the region’s entrepreneurial companies. For 10 years, he was President of the Baltimore-Washington Venture Group, an angel investor network. Dr. Heller received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Oklahoma State University and a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America, all in engineering.
Bonnie Copeland, Ph.D.
Former Divisional Vice President, Academic Quality and Accreditation | Laureate Education
Former CEO | Baltimore City Schools
Dr. Bonnie S. Copeland joined Laureate Education in September 2009. As Divisional Vice President, Academic Quality and Accreditation, she provides regulatory leadership and support to Laureate institutions and programs regarding regional, national, and specialized accreditation. She also oversees the reviews of quality assurance, the conduct of regulatory research and analysis, and assists institutions in maintaining compliance with accreditation and regulatory requirements. Dr. Copeland has more than 40 years of experience in the field of education, most recently serving as Chief Executive Officer for the Baltimore City Public School System. During her tenure, student performance on state assessments, along with the high school graduation rate, increased significantly. Under her leadership, Baltimore became a school system of choice through the creation of smaller high schools, more focused on academic rigor; additional K-8 schools; and 12 charter schools. Dr. Copeland established a state-of-the-art accountability system, SchoolStat, and was able to close an operating budget deficit of $58 million within two years. Previously, Dr. Copeland served as president and executive director of the Fund for Educational Excellence and as executive vice president of the Greater Baltimore Committee, a public policy organization whose mission is to improve the business climate of the Baltimore region. She has also held various positions at the Maryland State Department of Education, including acting state superintendent and four years as deputy state superintendent of schools. In December 2011, Dr. Copeland was appointed by the U.S. Department of Education to serve as an Alternate Negotiator on the Teacher Preparation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee to recommend regulations regarding the Title II and Title IV reporting requirements on teacher education program quality and the TEACH grant program. Twice named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women, Dr. Copeland is an active member of the community. She serves on a number of boards, including the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, and the Fund for Educational Excellence. She was selected for the Greater Baltimore Leadership program in 1995 and was admitted to Phi Delta Kappa in 1980. From 1997 to 1999, Dr. Copeland served as vice chair of the New Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners, appointed by the governor of Maryland and mayor of Baltimore City. Dr. Copeland earned her Ph.D. from St. Louis University and her BS and Master of Education from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
The NewSchool Foundation (NSF) promotes the awareness, appreciation, and understanding of architecture, and its crucial role in society, along with art and design disciplines, in creative problem solving and building better communities. NSF focuses on the following areas to achieve this mission to benefit students and the general public:
- Support and enhance the Richard Welsh Memorial Library at the NewSchool of Architecture & Design through acquisition, expansion, preservation and special programs.
- Provide funding and organization for continuing and expanding the NewSchool Lecture Series of architects, designers, and artists.
- Work with local architecture firms and others to create events that promote and enhance architecture and design awareness.
- Provide scholarship and grant opportunities to architecture & design students.
- Initiate and cooperate with experimental architectural design projects and concepts in urban design.
- Sponsor architecture and design competitions.
- Publish Cartouche to acknowledge excellence in architecture and design disciplines and provide a forum on related topics.
- Sponsor fundraising events and other activities to support the mission.
Vision of the NewSchool Foundation
Our vision is to enhance the educational experience of students at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design and to provide research opportunities for faculty. For more information on the NewSchool Foundation, click here.