About the Stuckeman School
Nearly since their beginnings a century ago, the Penn State departments of architecture and landscape architecture – and their corresponding faculties – inhabited their own spaces, planned their own programs, taught their own students, collaborated with their own peers. People with top-notch talents, educations, and credentials conducted important research and provided the knowledge and experiences their students needed to become great architects and landscape architects.
The Department of Landscape Architecture, founded by John Gregg in 1907 with only a handful of students, grew exponentially over the years. By the time the department celebrated its centennial in 2007, it had 220 students and was ranked as the top program of its kind in the nation. The program had achieved accreditation some fifty years earlier. Landscape architecture faculty and graduates are making their mark on the national as well as international landscape – in private practice, as heads of multidisciplinary firms, and even as members of government agencies and not-for-profit organizations.
Architecture, which celebrated its centennial with a weekend of special events in 2010, began as a four-year course in architectural engineering. Twelve years later, a curriculum in architecture would allow students to earn the Bachelor of Science in architecture degree. Later, a five-year accredited program leading to the bachelor of architecture degree was adopted, and the department would become part of Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture. The department maintains close teaching and research ties with the Department of Architectural Engineering in the College of Engineering. By being selective in its admissions practices, and by recruiting internationally recognized practitioners and scholars to its faculty, the Penn State Department of Architecture became one of the finest in the country. Its faculty and graduates are recognized leaders in the field.
Architects and landscape architects, however, share a common mission: to design places and spaces that foster and celebrate humanity. Though professionally they sometimes work independently, their work is complementary and often collaborative. And when they collaborate with each other, their designs can be transformative.
For these reasons, in 1998, the Penn State departments of architecture and landscape architecture became the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.
Years later, thanks to the generosity of an architecture alumnus who believed in the power of collaboration, the school would have its own building – the Stuckeman Family Building – and would be called the H. Campbell and Eleanor R. Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.
The possibilities were, and are, endless.