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Mission, Vision, Values

DoArch Mission

The faculty and staff of the Department of Architecture seek to provide an innovative architectural education that offers a rich academic experience in a hands-on environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student centered learning, practical investigations and disciplinary research that builds quality of life in the communities of South Dakota, the Upper Great Plains and beyond.


The department is a newly accredited, emerging program that is student centered, fiscally tuned, well managed and well connected to its professional community. We are charged to serve the public good through engaged scholarship, practical investigation, innovative research and professional stewardship within a global society. 

Guiding Values 

The faculty and staff of the Department of Architecture place the highest value on student centered learning, teaching and advising. Research, scholarship and practical investigation advance our production of knowledge and enhance instructional quality. We advocate and promote sustainable communities and the built environment. We believe that the study of the discipline is the foundation for life-long learning and career preparation by developing communication skills, critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, aesthetic understanding, civic engagement and appreciation of diversity. We are accountable to our students and stakeholders.