- Community Design Assistance Group
- University or Departmental Honors
- Senior Independent Studio
- Student-Faculty Research Projects
- Undergraduate Summer Scholars
- Undergraduate Associateships
As part of the effort to enhance student education and strengthen community/University relations, the Department of Architecture maintains the Community Design Assistance Group (CDAG). This group is composed of faculty and students who offer design services to community and non-profit groups in southwestern Ohio and elsewhere. The program directly exposes students to the social, political, economic, and environmental factors influential in determining physical form. CDAG constitutes a vehicle for students to augment the theory of the University with practical experience.
University or Departmental Honors represents an important endeavor in independent research and scholarship. Students admitted to the University Honors Program may pursue University Honors in the Department of Architecture and Interior Design. Departmental and divisional advisers will assist students during Summer Orientation in the establishment of a relationship between studies in the Department of Architecture + Interior Design and the University Honors Program.
Although many students in the Department of Architecture + Interior design participate in the University Honors Program, the department also sponsors its own honors program. Students who wish to graduate with departmental honors must apply to the faculty and complete several requirements. These include maintaining high academic standing (with a minimum 3.5 gpa), participating in courses and projects outside the normal boundaries of the prescribed curriculum, and completing a senior honors project.
Under certain circumstances, seniors in the Department of Architecture may apply to conduct an independent studio project during their final semester under the guidance of a faculty mentor. This could be a competition design or a project to explore a certain design issue. Selection is based on appropriate academic record, review of the student's application by the undergraduate studio coordinator, and the approval of the project by a faculty member who will oversee the work. Interior Design majors use the capstone thesis studio as an independent studio experience.
Each year members of the faculty engaged in research ventures announce projects in which students may take an active part. Such projects may involve design, the building sciences, computer applications, theory, history, preservation, or a variety of other research areas. Students negotiate their project with the sponsoring faculty members and are paid a modest hourly wage for their work. Published research, whether in the form of competition designs, papers, articles, chapters, or books cite the student as a research assistant. In some cases, students have presented their own research conclusions at academic or professional meetings.
Undergraduate Summer Scholars is a program of undergraduate research in which rising Juniors and Seniors develop a research proposal with a faculty sponsor or mentor. If a student's proposal is selected, the student receives 12 hours of research credit tuition free, a $2,600 stipend, and a $400 project budget. Students in Architecture and Interior Design have conducted summer scholar research in Ghana (West Africa), the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Lebanon, Laguna Beach, rural southeastern Indiana, inner-city Cincinnati, in Oxford and elsewhere. Research results are presented to the Department of Architecture and Interior Design by its Summer Scholars early in the fall semester after the projects have been completed.
Under the auspices of the University Honors Program, students may become Undergraduate Associates. Participants in this program help a faculty member prepare materials for a course. In some cases, they may assist in grading or they may even prepare and give a lecture. Students who take advantage of this program have the designation "Undergraduate Associate" marked on their final transcripts when they graduate.