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Community, Creativity, Scholarship

DoArch is immersed in three focused areas of scholarship that reflect our mission: Building Arts, Public Works and Media Practices. Ultimately, our vision as a Department is to maintain a professionally accredited and nationally recognized program. These three areas of focus underscore our strengths and mark a path forward in continuing to meet these goals.

Since the beginning DoArch has been a catalytic and energetic addition to the campus community, meeting its academic standards, reaching out to surrounding communities, providing service and design advocacy, and teaching to the highest standard and betterment of its students. University and professional support builds on a strong culture of design practice, a desire to enhance professional education in the academy, and a need to replenish the professional ranks in the state. Because of this, the department has developed activities and initiatives that enhance SDSU and South Dakota, including a leadership role in the development of the School of Design, establishing a studio culture based in an open room / cold desk model, and leading successful community outreach projects that connect students at all levels to towns within our state.