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Mission + Vision + Values


Our Philosophy

At NSAD, we challenge our students with rigorous advancement standards, and our hands-on instructional program nurtures artistic passion while demanding professional excellence.  We believe that a wide range of individuals can find reward and fulfillment in the study of architecture and design.

Our faculty includes experienced architects, designers, and practicing professionals who develop creative mentorships with students. NSAD subscribes to the “learn by doing” thesis of American philosopher John Dewey, and we encourage our students to intern as soon as their abilities and circumstances allow.

Educational Intent

NSAD strives to meet the ever-changing demands of the architectural and design professions. We continually adapt our educational objectives to meet the fundamental goals of practice within the professions: ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

Architecture, design, and related disciplines are integrative professions that require lifelong learning and exploration. Excellence requires the mental agility to learn new disciplines and to effectively communicate new ideas. At NSAD, we give students the skills they need to adapt and thrive in a challenging professional environment.

To enhance this training, we instruct students in oral and written communication, research methods, problem analysis, and critical thinking.

NSAD’s afternoon and evening architecture program schedule allows students the flexibility to gain hands-on experience with local firms during the day, building relationships that they can call upon throughout their careers.

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