The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a Tier I Research University and a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. It is distinguished by the breadth of its programs, broad academic excellence, and internationally renowned faculty. Prominent alumni include Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, astronauts and scientists, and leaders of international corporations.
The School of Architecture, founded in 1869, is the second oldest architecture school in the U.S. and had the first architecture graduate, Nathan Clifford Ricker who became the Dean of the College of Engineering and Architecture. Today, the School is a leader in the College of Fine and Applied Arts with 500 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students. It is a 4+2 program with BSAS, MArch, and Ph.D. degrees. Its programs and faculty specialize in four interrelated academic and research programs: Design, Structures, Professional Practice & Technology, and Architectural History & Preservation.
High-Rise & Habitat Graduate Architecture Seminar
High-Rise & Habitat is a graduate seminar that is taught jointly by Mir M. Ali, Structures and Paul J. Armstrong, Design. It introduces students to the principles and concepts of tall building architecture, engineering, technology, and design and relates them to the role of tall buildings and their urban habitats. The seminar is unique in that it brings together the expertise of the architect and the engineer as students research and present findings on a range of topics including design, technology, structures, building systems, and the impact of tall buildings on cities. Special emphasis is placed on the sustainable design of tall buildings and cities today and in the future. This seminar parallels a High-Rise & Habitat architecture design graduate studio taught by Professor Armstrong.