In 2019, we celebrate our own 100th Anniversary – marking the establishment of the School of Fine Arts which offered a BS in Architecture degree and graduate architectural coursework for eleven initial students. Today we have grown to a student population of nearly 600, but our impact remains defined not solely by our numbers, but by the collective strength of the individuals — faculty, students, and alumni — who together are extending Jefferson’s bold vision into our next century of architectural education by living our values, advancing our academic mission, and being proactive agents of change.
Our vision builds upon four strategic areas that embody our values and help to shape our academic mission. Inherently multi-disciplinary, these focus areas aim to capitalize on the strengths of all four of our disciplines, to move us forward as a School of Architecture that is a global leader in reputation, cutting-edge research and scholarly practice, and sustained design excellence. We seek to strengthen every aspect of this endeavor by attracting and sustaining top faculty and students who will challenge existing practices that are impacting our built and natural environment, and who will lead in its stewardship and strategic re-visioning.
AT IT'S CORE, PHILANTHROPY IS ABOUT CREATING OPPORTUNITIES.
On the individual level, it enables students – graduate and undergraduate – to be part of an extraordinary school and benefit from a unique and powerful educational experience; provides the means for faculty to explore, conduct research, and expand the body of knowledge about the built world; and creates physical environments that help foster community, creativity, and intellectual curiosity. At the collective level, it strengthens the school as a whole, and this drives everything from recruiting students and faculty, to career placement, to the School of Architecture’s national and international reputation.
What follows are the A-School’s top fundraising priorities. There are many ways to support the School, so if these do not fit with your philanthropic goals, we would value the opportunity to help find one that does.
LEGACY: A CULTURE OF DESIGN EXCELLENCE
We are committed to design as one of the key foundational activities of the School. With design thinking and making, both within and beyond the studio, we apply creative methodologies informed by spatial understanding and material making, to address complex real-world issues in the built and natural environment. At UVA School of Architecture, every day we make and remake the world.
IMPACT: NEXT CITIES
The most pressing global challenges—planetary urbanization and social justice, climate change and environmental degradation, and the accelerating transformation of information technologies are fundamentally reshaping our cities and environments. We are committed to engaging the most difficult challenges of our time and to envisioning, designing, and building the most just, compelling, and courageous of futures.
ENGAGEMENT: OUR LOCAL/GLOBAL NEXUS
We believe that first-hand experience of historic and contemporary cities, buildings, landscapes, and cultures is a key component of every student’s architectural education. We send them out into the world through international travel experiences and bring the global community to UVA through visiting international faculty, lectures, symposia, and exhibitions. In addition to our long-standing semester and summer programs in Venice, Vicenza, and China, we continue to grow our international travel opportunities, including recent and upcoming semester and summer programs in Barcelona, Germany, and Ghana.
INNOVATION: ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES
Design innovation is shaped by rigorous experimentation where tools and technologies are explored, tested, and applied. We will continue to invest in emergent technologies—from design computation and data-driven design research to robotics and fabrication—that are redefining our present and future.
These four priority areas overlap with the School of Architecture's RESEARCH THEMES - areas that we rigorously investigate and critically interpret through all our disciplines, the work of our students and faculty, and our public programming.
GIVING TO OUR STUDENTS
Investing in our students allows the School of Architecture to continue to recruit exceptional prospectives, to promote a diverse student body, and to provide impactful experiences for our students - at the undergraduate, graduate and PhD level.
Investing in this area provides student scholarships, fellowships, travel support, research funding, and more.
GIVING TO OUR FACULTY
Investing in our faculty allows the School of Architecture to continue to recruit the very best in our disciplines, whose teaching and research strengthens the School's international reputation. It also assists in supporting our current award-winning and prominent faculty who are leading design's global cause - through research, scholarship, creative work, and teaching.
Investing in this area provides faculty research funds, support for faculty recruitment, retaining incentives, and travel support.
GIVING TO OUR SPACES
Our studios, labs, classrooms, learning and making spaces are at the heart of our practices. Campbell Hall offers our students and faculty a stimulating environment in which to create, think, build, reflect, discuss and debate. We continue to invest in the growth of our School through new spaces and resources.
Investing in this area provides support for Campbell Hall additions and renovations, as well as new 'off-site' initiatives, such a physical home for our ongoing NYC Studio and the newly launched Real Estate + Design certificate located in NYC.
WHAT IS THE A-SCHOOL ANNUAL FUND?
The A-School Annual Fund is the most direct way for alumni, family, and friends to support the School. Every unrestricted donation, no matter what the size, significantly helps support the areas of greatest need at the School. Annual Fund gifts make a daily impact and have been applied to top priorities such as:
- Student scholarships
- Faculty research
- Travel fellowships
- New technology
- Innovation in curricula and studios
- Lectures and symposia
- Alumni Events
WHAT IS THE A-SCHOOL DEAN'S FORUM?
The A-School Dean’s Forum recognizes all alumni, parents, friends, firms, corporations, and faculty who donate unrestricted dollars to the A-School Annual Fund at a leadership level, within a fiscal year.
WHAT ARE RESTRICTED GIFTS?
Restricted gifts are donations designated to a specific area of the UVA School of Architecture, including faculty projects, student scholarships and fellowships. We encourage donors to consider establishing a named endowment to ensure generations of future support to the School and Foundation.
OUR CURRENT ENDOWMENT + RESTRICTED GIVING OPPORTUNITIES
JAMES A.D. COX DISTINGUISHED LECTURESHIP
It is with great sadness that we shared the news that Professor James A.D. Cox passed away Thursday morning, June 9th, 2016, at his home in Savannah, GA. He was 92.
Jim came to the University of Virginia School of Architecture from England as a visiting professor in 1961, then in 1967, Dean Joe Bosserman hired him as a professor of Architectural History. Jim was a treasured and much-respected professor, sharing his love of architecture, and connecting it to a larger understanding of culture and place. Before his retirement in 1990, Jim taught over 2,500 students from within the School of Architecture as well as the University at large, to understand and appreciate the significance of our rich architectural heritage. Many remember his history survey class, his intriguing conversations and his passion for exploring the world.
As a tribute to Jim, and his legacy, please consider supporting the James A.D. Cox Distinguished Lectureship.
THE FANZONE FELLOWSHIP FOR TRAVELING CRAFTIVISM
The Fanzone Fellowship for Traveling Craftivism Fund at the University of Virginia School of Architecture will support an annual travel fellowship for design/build research related to craft, construction, and community invention. Established in honor of Carmen Fanzone (Class of '09), his family, friends, and classmates in the Class of ‘09, have come together to establish this travel fellowship at the School of Architecture Foundation to provide an enduring legacy for Carmen and to inspire creative design for communities by UVA students here and abroad. Carmen had a constant positive energy. He had a kindness, a genuine interest in others, and an ease with which he made friends that made him a unifying force, and for all of these reasons, he will be missed dearly. The travel fund will support a student that exemplifies the traits that were uniquely Carmen - a dedication to craft and creativity of construction details, commitment to building communities through design and activism, and the genuine positive energy, generosity and thoughtful enthusiasm he shared with those around him. Applicants will propose to travel to a destination of their choice (preferably international travel) in order to study and/or influence an aspect of local life through craft, with preference given to research that specifically relates to the craft of construction at a human scale.