School of Architecture and Construction Management

The School of Architecture at NewSchool offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Architecture and Construction Management programs. We are one of the leading architectural schools in southern California providing bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

Located in the design district of Downtown San Diego, NewSchool of Architecture and Design, a globally recognized and awarded design college, is known for its forward-thinking professors, an inspiring campus community and top architecture and construction 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 a leading bachelor degree in architecture programs, and our Master of Architecture program which is ranked as one of the Top 30 in the World by Frame magazine. We also offer a Master of Construction Management online. The comprehensive program will ready you for real world success through its online curriculum.

Institutional Mission & Pedagogy

At NewSchool, we believe design thinking, grounded in being Human-Centered by Design, is the essence of an education in design, architecture, and construction management. The pedagogic mission of the NewSchool of Architecture & Design is to nurture and inspire design-minded learners to become citizen architects and designers. The mission of the institution is realized through NewSchool’s guiding principle of being Human-Centered by Design – a foundational belief characterizing NewSchool’s contribution to the public good by improving the quality of life through design.

Human centered design thinking and making permeates NewSchool’s degree programs as exemplified in the institution’s approach to design education; one based on the tradition of John Dewey’s “learning by doing.” NewSchool’s pedagogic foundation is project-based learning and the conviction that for design to succeed it must be human-centered.

Our graduates demonstrate a firm foundation in critical and creative thinking, ethical behavior, and a culture of professional practice on their way to becoming socially responsible leaders in our global society. The institution’s academic programs are defined by four academic pillars.

  • Professional Practice: preparation for practice is emphasized in a curriculum built on design thinking.
  • Human Welfare: at the heart of NewSchool’s mission is a desire to improve the quality of life through design.
  • Environmental Empathy: focusing on sustainability and environmental stewardship permeates all we do.
  • Community and Industry Engagement: NewSchool’s location provides an urban laboratory in which students learn and work with community leaders and design professionals while investigating creative solutions to complex problems affecting society.

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 a 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 87% job placement rate. Learn about NewSchool’s National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) - accredited degree programs today.

Thought Leadership in Neuroscience for Architecture and Healthy Urbanism

NewSchool’s expertise in architectural design and the built 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 of architecture and construction 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. Talk to us today to learn more about our architecture and construction management school. Our hands-on undergraduate and graduate programs will put you on the path to becoming an architect or construction manager.

Meet Our Dean

Click here to read a letter from the Acting Dean of the School of Architecture and Construction Management at NewSchool, Kurt Hunker.

Architecture Advisory Board

NewSchool’s Architecture Advisory Board includes leading professionals from the design community who provide advice and counsel to the administration and faculty on employment trends, market conditions, professional practice, curriculum opportunities, and other critical information to advance the school’s mission. Members of the Construction Management Advisory Board include:

  • Doug Austin, FAIA | Chairman and CEO, AVRP Studios
  • Kennon W. Baldwin, AIA | President, Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects
  • Jack Carpenter, FAIA | Architects Mosher Drew
  • Ben Dalton | Miller Hull
  • Eric Davy | Davy Architecture
  • Laura DuCharme-Conboy, AIA | Architect, DuCharme Architecture
  • James T. Frost, AIA Emeritus | Principal, J.R. Frost, Inc.
  • Jeffrey Gill, AIA | Studio 1 Architects
  • David Gilmore, AIA | Principal, LPA Architecture
  • J. Kevin Heinly, AIA | Managing Director, Gensler
  • Lesley Henegar | Senior Planner, City of San Diego Planning Department
  • Kathy Lord, AIA | Lord Architecture
  • Ralph Roesling, FAIA | Principal, Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects
  • Michael Somin, AIA | Harley Ellis Devereaux
  • Alison Whitelaw, FAIA | Principal, Platt/Whitelaw Architects, Inc.

Construction Management Advisory Board

NewSchool’s Construction Management Advisory Board includes leading professionals from the design community who provide advice and counsel to the administration and faculty on employment trends, market conditions, professional practice, curriculum opportunities, and other critical information to advance the school’s mission. Members of the Construction Management Advisory Board include:

  • Tracy Addis | Construction Manager, Naval Facilities Engineering Command
  • David Akers, P.E. | Senior Engineer, California Nevada Cement Association
  • Jef Farrell | Vice President/Operations Manager, Swinerton Builders
  • Jake Jaenicke, CMIT | Project Engineer, Balfour Beatty Construction
  • Frank Jones | Project Executive, DPR Construction
  • Diane Keltner | President, Synergy Electric
  • Phil Kern | Program Manager, Bureau Veritas
  • Diane Koester-Dion | President, I.E. Pacific, Inc.
  • Brad Hardin, RA, LEED AP | Global CTO, Black & Veatch
  • Keith Hsiueh | Project Architect, GSA
  • Lisa Sachs | Managing Principal, Cumming Corporation
  • Ron Sutliff | Principal, Integrated Project Management, LLC
  • Frank Young | First Vice President and Program Chair, American Society of Professional Estimators
  • Linda Young | Treasurer, National Association of Women in Construction Education Foundation