Cummings School of Architecture

The Cummings School of Architecture provides a balanced education for students seeking to design and maintain our built and cultural environments.

About the school
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RWU Announces Historic $20M Partnership with Cummings Foundation   

In recognition of this transformative philanthropic partnership between RWU and Cummings Foundation, President Ioannis N. Miaoulis announced on April 6 that our School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation will be rededicated as the Cummings School of Architecture (Cummings School), along with the launch of the Cummings Institute for Real Estate, to honor a real estate trailblazer who will inspire RWU students pursuing similar career trajectories. This is one of the largest partnerships with Cummings Foundation outside of Massachusetts, where the Foundation is headquartered, and where Bill and Joyce Cummings have primarily focused their philanthropy. 

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  • 100%
    Placement of 2022 Grads

    Our 2022 Cummings School of Architecture graduates found success in employment or in graduate school within 6 months of graduation.

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    With Our Accelerated Master’s Degree

    Our students have the opportunity to efficiently earn an M-Arch degree in 5½ years with the highest, most prestigious accreditation.

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    Internship Certainty

    Cummings School of Architecture students participate in the Career Investment Program, providing paid student assistantships on or off campus, with firms, organizations and government agencies.

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Academic Programs

The Cummings School of Architecture offers an array of undergraduate, graduate and professional degree, certificate and minor programs in Architecture, Art and Architecural History, Preservation Studies, Preservation Practices, Real Estate, and Urban and Regional Planning. Advisement for those interested in pursuing dual degrees, degree(s) + minor(s), and graduate degree + graduate certificate qualifications is widely available. Our Master of Architecture program is fully NAAB-accredited

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Student Work

Student work in design studios and coursework results from individual efforts as well as many kinds of collaboration. Included here are examples from all levels of study and programs, in a variety of work-in-progress, final projects, and semester portfolios.

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News and Events

Keep up with the latest news and events coming from the Cummings School of Architecture. Learn about our current students, alumni, programs, upcoming lectures or exhibits, and more.

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The Cummings School of Architecture is a community of students, faculty, industry experts and life-long learners. Learn more about the people who make up our school community.

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Career Investment Program

The School’s Career Investment Program is a recipient of an AIA/ACSA Practice and Leadership Award, and features support for paid internships and assistantships throughout the year, and Fall resume and portfolio preparation, and Spring Job Fair engagement with firms and organizations across the country.

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Our facilities foster creativity, learning, and teamwork. We offer design studio space, gallery space, computer and materials labs, seminar and lecture rooms, a comprehensive architecture library, and many more resources our students can utilize.

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Dean White and President Miaoulis announce real estate institute

Cummings Institute for Real Estate

In a unique multidisciplinary Real Estate Program, RWU is combining architecture, preservation, construction management, engineering, business, law, public administration and leadership, humanities and science into a powerful new curriculum that prepares graduates with expansive skillsets and perspectives to meet the multi-faceted challenges of real estate.

Our Real Estate program will offer degrees, minors, and certificates, with graduate certificates coming for 2022 and undergraduate and graduate degree programs for 2023.

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Designing a Positive Experience

Juan Osorio, RWU Class of 2019, 2020M

Juan Osorio ’19, ‘20M was inspired to enter the field of architecture by his grandfather and his Colombian roots. Now, he works as an architectural designer at Summit Design and Engineering Services in Cary, North Carolina.

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