Department of Architecture & Environmental Design
Welcome Message from the Chair
The architecture program at Bowling Green State University has a long standing tradition of providing comprehensive architectural training in which the study of history and humanities are combined with scientific and technical instruction, producing a broad-based approach to design and problem-solving that is, essentially, learning how to think. It embodies an open-mindedness and cultural hybridization that, even if not taken as the only model, must at least be understood on its own terms.
At BGSU architecture is understood to be a study which incorporates many other disciplines and provides lessons both categorical and diffuse. To study architecture at BGSU means to learn the nature of materials, tectonics, history, aesthetics, physiology and psychology as well as to study the culture of space and the geometries of use. Architecture at BGSU is about relational networks; about structures both visible and invisible in the conjunction with an entrepreneurial spirit.
The experience of architecture - in any part of the world - is divided between the mind’s share and the body’s share. This provides a distinct advantage to the student of architecture who is involved, at every stage of his/her education, in the creation of both physical and intellectual products. Architecture is about conflict and compromise; about balancing attention to detail with attention to the broader scope of a project. The student will learn the discipline and value of craftsmanship, a value that is long overdue for a world-wide renaissance. Architecture students will learn to articulate their ideas in images and in words, in addition to mastering the ability to make convincing arguments in defense of their work. The student will also gain self-knowledge by recording what style it is he/she likes and, more importantly, analyzing why.
For architecture students who love design, today’s multi-disciplinary design environment offers outlets beyond the traditional practice, to include: exhibition design, stage design, environmental design, space planning, information design, and virtual space design. This list of design applications will continue to grow as we move into the future. The reality of three-dimensional virtual space is only one of the challenges currently engaging students and practitioners of architecture. Who would not want to be part of such an exciting movement? The sky is the limit when it comes to applications. Forget the sky. The stratosphere is the limit. After all, we will need some shelter in outer space, too.
Andreas Luescher, Ph.D.
Professor and Interim Chair