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Meet our Team

Faculty and staff share their expertise, passion, and course offerings.

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Studios and Labs

Students, faculty, and community partners collaborate to solve real-world problems in our innovative spaces.

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Communications Resource Center

Laser and large-format printing and supplies available to students, faculty, and the public.
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Libraries and Exhibits

Experience our interactive library and inspiring exhibits.
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Archives

We dedicate ourselves to capturing materials that celebrate Indiana’s rich architectural history.
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News, Events, and Publications

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Our supportive, expert faculty advance the latest theories and skills through a blend of relevant classroom instruction paired with field trips, study abroad experiences, and partnerships with industry leaders.

How We’re Shaping the World

Designing the Future

It’s exciting enough to think about designing a visually appealing building or landscape, restoring a historic structure, or creating a plan for urban development. But our work is more than that—it reflects the needs and priorities of societies and the planet itself.

Architects, landscape architects, and urban planners must develop spaces that are environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable—places that are healthy, affordable, and enriching for people to live, work, and play.

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We Address Real-World Issues

The work done here is all about designing the future. Through teaching, research, creative projects, and community service, our college addresses issues to that include affordable housing, urban growth, economic revitalization, and transportation, as well as historic preservation, energy efficiency, land stewardship, resource conservation, and technology.

We Draw Inspiration from Across the Globe

We have forged numerous connections and partnerships with schools and professionals in countries around the world. International field-study trips take Ball State students to Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia, while international students and teachers come to enrich our college through partnerships and exchanges. Such experiences give both students and faculty a broader cultural perspective and a valuable foundation for global design practice.

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Building Careers

We make you real-world ready—as aspiring architects, landscape architects, urban planners, urban designers, and historic preservationists—for exciting and rewarding careers that will make a lasting impact on our world.

How?

Our nationally accredited degree programs, world-class faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities link to provide you with a broad range of opportunities in the public and private sectors. We’ll guide you through both practical and theoretical learning until you master innovative design that synthesizes art and science.

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What We Offer

The foundation of an enriching career is solid undergraduate and graduate programming:

  • The First-Year Program introduces undergraduate students to all the disciplines in the college before asking them to choose a major.
  • The first level of specialized education is a bachelor’s degree in architecture, landscape architecture, or urban planning and development. For many, this is all that’s needed to launch into an exciting and diverse career.
  • Master’s degrees in architecture, landscape architecture, urban and regional planning, historic preservation, and urban design sustain lifelong careers through further knowledge, experience, and enrichment.
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You’ll Be Real-World Ready

  • The college blends theoretical learning with a wide range of experiential opportunities that prepare students well for the professional world that awaits them. Among the highlights:
  • studio classes in all disciplines and personal studio work space for every student
  • hands-on and immersive learning projects for actual clients and communities
  • internships and student professional organizations
  • international field studies and national/regional field trips
Engaging Sustainability

Student extreme livingChanging the world requires us to protect and strengthen its future. We demonstrate our deep-seated emphasis on sustainability and community design in many ways. This begins with a focus on teaching students to create buildings, landscapes, and cityscapes that are sensitive to social, environmental, financial, political, international, and historical considerations.

We teach students about ecologically-responsible design through studios, classroom courses, workshops, simulation labs, digital fabrication technologies, and community outreach and research centers.

Our Facilities

Architecture Building Performance
Heating Load - 3,669 Mbtuh
Hot Water - 245 gpm
Cooling Load - 333 tons
Chilled Water - 7990 gpm
Electricity - 305,240 kWh

Here at CAP, we want our building to perform to the standards we teach in the classroom. We are continually developing our facilities to produce the smallest carbon footprint within our means.

Learn more about our campus’ efficiency through the Ball State Council on the Environment. Or you can learn more about how our campus has the largest geothermal system of its kind in the country.

Courses

Environmental design and green technologies are woven through most courses. The university also offers several interdepartmental minors in environmentally sustainable practices. If you have any questions about our courses in sustainability, please email us.

Organizations

Interested in making a greener campus or learning more about environmental issues? Ball State and the College of Architecture and Planning feature student- and faculty-led organizations that aim to create a better future.

  • Ball State Energy Action Team (BEAT) – a student organization created to present and publicize energy-related opportunities on Ball State's campus and to increase awareness of energy-use and reduction.
  • Council on the Environment (COTE) – the council provides leadership for initiatives at Ball State and in the surrounding community that promote the sustainable use of natural resources and the protection of ecological systems that sustain life.
  • Emerging Green Builders (EGB) – integrates students and professionals into the green building movement, to create a network of emerging green building leaders, and to develop opportunity involvement through the U.S. Green Building Council to further generate momentum for the green building industry.
  • Muncie Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) – a center committed to integrating and expanding the university's numerous outreach and applied research activities in Muncie-Delaware County.
  • Students for a Sustainable Campus – a grassroots organization that promotes sustainability on the Ball State campus; Recycle-mania and Step It Up (a national global warming action day) are just a few of activities of this impactful organization.