The College of Architecture’s programs of study emphasize investigations in architectural and landscape architectural design and technology, while expanding the significance of these investigations through a rigorous application of critical thought and intellectual inquiry. The College draws strength from its unique traditions and circumstances, such as its Miesian legacy as a preeminent school of modernism, its location in Chicago with its profuse architectural heritage and devotion to enhanced landscapes, and the city’s present-day connections to progressively minded, global practitioners. The students, faculty, and alumni foster an academic environment that is intellectually stimulating, professionally challenging, committed to innovation, and international in scope.

Architectural and landscape architectural education at IIT combine top-tier educators and enhanced educational resources with a setting in an unparalleled urban laboratory and associations with the top practices in the world. Our commitment encompasses the needs of our southside Chicago neighborhood, our city, and its inhabitants. An immediately immersive program of studies intertwines analytical skills, design, technology, and practical knowledge. Our perspective invites collaborations with the programs’ allied disciplines and is committed to the highest standards of professional preparation. Our mission incorporates the values of design excellence, technical expertise, and the advancement of professional practice and educational significance. Our goal is to graduate highly qualified professionals who are ethical, thoughtful, and informed creators of buildings, landscapes and related visual and physical environments.

In addition to our historic strength in Architecture and Planning, our curriculum emphasizes landscape architecture, digital applications (including building information management), advanced technologies, history and theory, development and design/build, and sustainable design and planning. A continuing process of enhancing coursework in these areas strengthens our commitment to address the needs of today's students and enable them to develop specialized knowledge.

IIT's College of Architecture seeks to become a force for designing environments of high quality through the incorporation of planning, technology, materials, space, and formal generation. We believe the responsible integration of these attributes will arm the student with the historical, social, moral, and environmental tools for creating a better world.