NAAB Accreditation
In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. Learn More…
SARUP Building Use Policy
The occupants and users of this building are intimately involved with the design, use, efficiency, look and maintenance of environments. If anyone can appreciate the benefits of creating an environment conducive to productive and collaborative work the users of this building are such individuals and should respect efforts to maintain it as such. These policies are an attempt to make our environment as comfortable, efficient and aesthetic as possible. Learn More…
SARUP Honor Code
The design studio is an architecture student’s quintessential workplace. It is in the space where all creative work, stimulated by input from others, evolves and is continually evaluated. It is imperative that we maintain the vital spirit of this environment. Toward that end, in order to keep an atmosphere conducive to creative production, the following are the collective thoughts and desires of our community with regard to appropriate studio behavior. Learn More…
SARUP Studio Culture Policy
The architectural design studio should demonstrate a positive and respectful learning environment that encourages the fundamental values of optimism, respect, sharing, engagement and innovation between and among all members of our faculty, student body, administration, and staff. The school encourages students and faculty to appreciate these values as guiding principles of professional conduct throughout their careers. Learn More…
Policies on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statements

Value Statement

The Department of Architecture (DAR) at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM) acknowledges Milwaukee as a vibrant, resource-laden, and historically significant metropolis that sits within traditional Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk, and Menominee homeland along the southwest shores of Michigami.

Milwaukee’s intractable and racially rooted problems of segregation, poverty, disinvestment, and environmental inequity overshadow local efforts1 to create sustainable development, economic resurgence, and social stability—especially for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). These problems are widespread in our country. DAR, as part of a Milwaukee institution of higher education, has a unique and specific responsibility to tend the wounds that our discipline has helped inflict2 on those among and around us, including aspiring architects.

As a first step towards taking responsibility, we are working to understand and acknowledge the role architecture and its allied fields play in undermining persistently marginalized people’s access to well-being, power, and full participation in the civic, social, and economic life of Milwaukee. This includes the displacement of Indigenous people, segregation and impoverishment of Black communities, marginalization of immigrant communities, devaluing and disregarding the work of LGBTQIA+ people, inadequate accommodations of space and access to the profession for disabled people, ageism, economic disparity in rural and urban communities, redlining, infrastructural displacement, climate justice, and more which we have yet to fully discuss and discover. We must also take the time to acknowledge the much larger system under which DAR has been functioning for more than 50 years. We acknowledge the ways in which our nation is built on colonization, racial wars, and sexist hierarchies3, the ways in which these harms persist in our local communities, and their urgent need for repair. This history is engrained in the dominant architectural education values and methodologies that persist in our institution today.

We acknowledge that all members of our community have different lived experiences of injustice and come to this conversation with various levels of expertise. We uplift this moment as an opportunity for collaboration between beginners and experts in allyship, anti-racism, and compassion in the academic environment and workplace. This work requires ongoing engagement from the faculty, staff, and students, so it is important that we hold each other with patience and kindness as we reach understanding and build new habits and practices. We will work together with humility and a growth mindset to move in the direction of being a highly trustworthy, caring, and collegial team of connected people. We know that there will not be a universal solution to these issues and commit ourselves to meeting each person’s experience where they stand.

We acknowledge that this is a first step to initiate a process of drafting accountable improvement for all our actions.

We commit to:

  • Building a more welcoming academic environment that prioritizes mutual respect for each other’s cultures, values, backgrounds, and world views in which no student, faculty, staff, or guest shall be prejudiced based on their race, sex, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, family status, age, LGBTQIA+ status, and financial or educational status.
  • Rejecting the erasure of any member of our community by ableist, heteronormative, racist, ageist, classist and/or sexist norms;
  • De-centering whiteness as the default or “norm” in our school’s culture and curriculum;
  • Questioning and reevaluating the education of architects and our role in perpetuating the systems of oppression we have inherited;
  • Training future architects who have the skills to lead the practice and profession of architecture to a more equitable future;
  • Commitment to Action

    We understand as a community that value statements such as these mean very little without actions. To this end, an executive summary of actions taken by DAR students, faculty, and staff in alignment with its principles will be reviewed annually.