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Studio Culture Statement

Architecture and design is a field of study that requires tremendous passion and dedication. Professors expect a great deal, the workload can be daunting, and the range of skills and abilities one is expected to acquire is immense. The experience can be extremely rewarding—even life-changing—but it can also be stressful.

Studio classes can be particularly demanding, and the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) now mandates that all accredited schools of architecture draft a Studio Culture Policy Statement. To quote directly from its website:

The school is expected to demonstrate a positive and respectful learning environment through the encouragement of the fundamental values of optimism, respect, sharing, engagement, and innovation between and among the members of its faculty, student body, administration, and staff. The school should encourage students and faculty to appreciate these values as guiding principles of professional conduct throughout their careers.

What is New York Tech's studio culture policy?

Here in the School of Architecture and Design, we will honor everything stated above. However, we will place special emphasis on diversity, safety, accountability, and excellence.

Diversity
Diversity is the cornerstone of the New York Tech studio experience. We value reasoned judgment and creative self-expression, as well as differences in ideas and opinions. Students and faculty are expected to treat one another with respect and dignity. Discrimination or prejudicial behavior on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, or economic background is absolutely unacceptable.

Safety
Personal safety is vital. The stealing or effacement of property that is not one’s own may serve as grounds for dismissal or suspension from New York Tech. Studio workloads will never be so great as to prevent students from carrying out their responsibilities to other classes. Students and faculty can expect that studio spaces and facilities, from bathrooms to computer rooms, will be sanitary and reasonably maintained. Flagrant littering or disrespect of school property will not be tolerated.

Accountability
Professors will clearly outline their expectations in a syllabus handed out at the beginning of the semester. If asked, they will also offer informal grade evaluations to students during the semester. Students are encouraged to participate in faculty committee discussions and deliberations. The faculty and administration are particularly welcoming of involvement and input from the New York Tech chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS).

Excellence
New York Tech prides itself on the teaching and research skills of its faculty and the intellectual and technical abilities of its students. To this end, students can expect that instructors will be dedicated, responsible, and competent; conversely, professors can expect that students will appear for classes in a timely fashion, complete assignments when they are due, and simply do the best work they can whenever they can.

The NYIT School of Architecture and Design Studio Culture Statement is a document that evolves with time. Some values are universal, respect for others' opinions, for instance, while others will grow and change. Bearing this in mind, we encourage continued input from students and faculty in improving this document.