Better salary, more professional prestige, following passions — there are many reasons why we take up master’s degrees. Now, more are doing so for a reason fitting to the 2020s: spark positive change.
If you wish to achieve all of the above as an architecture and built environment expert, head to Thomas Jefferson University. At Philadelphia — where the College of Architecture & the Built Environment is located — you’ll learn how to make an impact. Here’s how.
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It’s also a city to live one’s best life. Jefferson students take in fresh, crisp air in Fairmount Park, eat dim sum in Chinatown or fresh pretzels at Penn’s Landing, and clear their heads with a walk along the Delaware River. At night, they’re never short of pop-up events, light shows, beer gardens, and many other world-class entertainment options to head to. Philadelphia’s neighbouring cities — New York, Baltimore, Washington DC, Virginia Beach, and more — are a short trip away.
From real-world projects, networking opportunities and a lifetime of memories, you’ll find them all in Philadelphia.
For a peek of how architecture can inject a new sense, style and sustainability into cities, Philadelphia is the place to be. At the College of Architecture and the Built Environment, aspiring Wu Liangyongs and Zaha Hadids benefit from a location that serves as a living laboratory, surrounded by thriving architecture, design and construction industries. In fact, there are over 250 architecture firms here ready to recruit.
In historic Philadelphia, the US’s first “World Heritage City,” inspiration abounds. After all, it was a hub for modern architecture in the 50’s. Its streets have been explored by notable architects such as Louis Kahn and Richard Neutra. Newer buildings are just as iconic, such as the glassy Cira Center, the award-winning Barnes Foundation, and the revamped Comcast Innovation and Technology Center designed by Sir Norman Foster.
Barbara Klinkhammer, Dean of the College of Architecture and the Built Environment
At Jefferson, we are committed to providing a forward-thinking education that is resulting in our students and faculty winning numerous regional, national and international awards. Most recently, our students have been awarded in a number of design competitions: American Society of Landscape Architects’ (ASLA) student competition, IIDA Awards, IDEC Awards, DOE Race to Zero Competition, John Stewardson Memorial Fellowship in Architecture and more.”
What sets Jefferson apart is its combination of cutting-edge education, professional preparation, focus on sustainability and a thriving location. Graduates know this as the “Jefferson advantage.”
The university holds strategic partnerships with major corporations, international universities, professional architecture and engineering firms, local communities and non-profit organizations. These, couple with many accredited and ranked programs, ensure students gain valuable industry experience well before entering the workforce or even before graduating. The STEM designated programs offered also afford students the chance to remain in the US for additional practice training before entering the workforce.
Professional success is not the only goal here. Jefferson’s goal is to improve lives, by designing and building a better world. Hence why students are currently turning vacant lots into beautiful parks, faculty members are finding solutions to make cities sustainable, efficient, healthy and resilient, and programs encourage students to consider community and history when they design.
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