About the David R. Ravin School of Architecture

One of two accredited architecture programs in North Carolina, the David R. Ravin School of Architecture capitalizes on its location in one of the fastest-growing and most diverse cities in the United States. Founded in 1971, the School celebrated its 50th anniversary in the 2021-22 academic year and has 2,500 alumni who make contributions to architecture and related disciplines in nearly 700 cities worldwide. More than 500 architecture alumni live and work in Charlotte, with the school represented in nearly every local design office.

Over 350 enrolled students pursue one of four degree programs: a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, a Master of Architecture, a Master of Science in Architecture (Design Computation and Design Science concentrations), and a Master of Urban Design. There is also a minor in Architectural History. Approximately 30 full-time faculty lead award-winning research efforts that include the work of four state-of-the-art labs: the City Building Lab (CBL), DesignLab (DL), Fabrication Lab (FL), and Integrated Design Research Lab (IDRL). Our academic home within the College of Arts and Architecture offers exceptional opportunities to explore interdisciplinary connections between architecture and music, theater, dance, visual art, and art history.

On November 18, 2022, the UNC Charlotte School of Architecture was named for alumnus David R. Ravin ’94, president and CEO of Northwood Ravin LLC, a leading full-service development, construction and property management firm and one of the Charlotte area’s largest commercial real estate developers.

our mission

The mission of the David R. Ravin School of Architecture is to promote excellence in architecture and urban design education, scholarship, and practice in an inclusive and collaborative environment.


The vision of the David R. Ravin School of Architecture is to be a nationally recognized program known for linking academic excellence and access, preparing students to be entrepreneurial change agents, and expanding the disciplinary capacities and contributions of architecture in advancing social, technological, and environmental justice.


Faculty and students at the David R. Ravin School of Architecture are committed to creating an open-minded and creative atmosphere to pursue research, explore new forms of building, and discover collaborative practices that nurture human potential. Our graduates understand where knowledge comes from and how to integrate their voice with others to influence the art and science of architecture. The School of Architecture opens opportunities to students through interdisciplinary programs, close alliances with the profession, and active programs in the community.


We invite you to join us in our quest to question, apply knowledge, speculate, and engage in the discourse of how architecture shapes our lives!

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