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SCI-Arc attracts student from nearby and throughout the world in pursuit of the unique education the school offers. Many students have already completed some college level work; some already hold degrees. SCI-Arc is serious about educating and challenging its students—but does it so in an unconventional atmosphere. It is not uncommon to see a student using his or her skateboard to get from one end of the building to the other, or to be working on a model with a dog resting at their feet.

Students actively engage in preparing the SCI-Arc Gallery exhibitions, help fellow graduating students in setting up their models for thesis presentations, and contribute to workshops that result in projects throughout the school, such as the graduation pavilion and other unique structures.

Students have access to their SCI-Arc studio spaces 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Among social events organized by students are Fridays at Five, a weekly barbecue open to the entire SCI-Arc community, and the Annual Halloween Party.

Students actively participate in all aspects of the operation of the school through the SCI-Arc Student Union, made up of representatives from each studio. The union voices the concerns of students to the directors, faculty and staff, who in turn provide feedback on student-initiated policies.

With funds collected from SCI-Arc's student community, the student union becomes involved in shaping and organizing public lectures, publications, student exhibitions and design competitions. You can contact the SCI-Arc Student Union at student_union@sciarc.edu.

An elected student representative sits on the SCI-Arc Board of Trustees for a two-year term—reporting directly to and from the student community—and on committees that advise the Academic Council, including the Curriculum Committee. Two student representatives sit on the Academic Council which meets monthly to advise the directors on school policy matters.

 
Melissa L.
B.Arch

"There are no limits to being creative, and going above and beyond of what you have. SCI-Arc helps us and urges us to continuously use and improve our theoretical minds."
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Tony M.
B.Arch

"A SCI-Arc student is SCI-Arc. Nothing more, nothing less. At SCI-Arc, no style is out of style, or in style. We're in a continuous state of evolution and the school is no longer today what it was yesterday."
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Kenji H.
M.Arch

"Whether built or not, the creative endeavors we pursue to shape our environment and society are what drives me to become a great architect." Read more >>


Patrice C.
B.Arch

"There is a certain level of permanency in architecture which I could not achieve as a classical violinist. As an architect, I will be able to expand my efforts to include not only sound but also visual expressions."
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Hussam A.
M.Arch 2

"Architecture to me is more than just a major or a career path. It's a lifestyle that connects to all things around me."
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Eric L.
M.Arch

"I think that the architectural language that we are enabled to cultivate here is truly unique and exciting and I am convinced that SCI-Arc has the best collection of intellectuals and artists who are completely devoted to the progression of the field."
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H Clark
M.Arch

"Traditional school programs work from A to Z, whereas a program like SCI-Arc may work from Z to A, or A to M to K to Y...."
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Janiva H.
SCIFI

"SCI-Arc's progressive community of faculty and students is a magnet. It is the ideal environment to learn, grow and contribute."
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Peter V.
ESTm

"It's fascinating to build...and to destroy! At SCI-Arc, we all share a certain curiosity for capital A, Architecture, a will to build, and of course to discuss this whole process. " Read more >>


 

Lea S.
B.Arch

"SCI-Arc has a phenomenal way of bringing out a high level of creativity in students through a very well thought out structured manner."
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Bryan K.
M.Arch

"SCI-Arc stands out among other architecture schools through its emphasis on form and its hands-on approach to architecture."
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Brian H.
ESTm

"I think the most exciting thing about architecture is that it is extremely multifaceted—especially as an academic pursuit. It provides opportunities to explore both very broad territories and very specific niches in the same arena, all of which affect each other in some way."
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Sara L.
M.Arch

"I chose SCI-Arc because I felt the school could give me an educational experience unique to this institution alone, and the ability to think and create architecture in a more engaging and less traditional way."
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Matheos A.
B.Arch

"At SCI-Arc, we are not learning a way to solve a problem, but a way to learn in itself and how we can apply that to any problem we face..." Read more >>


Mohammed A.
M.Arch

"SCI-Arc inspires us to think in a different way, to look at architecture from a different angle, and because of that, I believe the end result will be very unique."
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Francisco Javier M.
ESTm

"It's amazing to build, and to change things!"
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Ryonna C.
B.Arch

"I love that architecture has no boundaries and is related to different fields; it's versatile, it's enigmatic and very engaging."
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Makanakai S.
B.Arch

"The idea that architects mold an inhabitable space drives my motivation to follow in the same footsteps."
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Poorva G.
B.Arch

"When you're inside SCI-Arc, the only thing you can think about is architecture and everything related to it." Read more >>


Nels L.
EST│m

"In contrast to my traditional undergraduate program, SCI-Arc provides me with the other end of the spectrum allowing me to experiment and explore the virtual, more fantastical side of architecture." Read more >>


Mimmi v.d.V.
M.Arch 2

"Architecture is structures, space and creativity, all that surrounds us and affects every one, thus incredibly important." Read more >>


Henry Y.
M.Arch 2

"Architecture as a study and practice has a potential of changing cultural and traditional relationship with the society."
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Carolina M.
B.Arch

"We are the architects of the future and SCI-Arc is the place that guides us to reach our goals as designers."
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Madeleine H.
M.Arch

"Living and studying in a city that embraces experimental architecture (in a climate that can better sustain it) is a distinct bonus."
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Joao V.
B.Arch

"The great thing about SCI-Arc is that you are allowed to pursue your individual interests and the instructors guide and help you to develop those ideas."
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Makenzie M.
M.Arch 2

"I am excited knowing a small school like SCI-Arc would give me the chance to build valuable relationships with both the students and faculty."
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Scully B.
M.Arch

"Students here are moderately competitive; yet very approachable critical thinkers. The eclectic international crowd sets the tone to a distinct atmosphere and different level of diversity."
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Patricia J.
M.Arch 2

"I see architecture around myself and almost always look at it, take it in, like it or criticize it, and remember why." Read more >>


Jonathan D.C.
B.Arch

"The thing about Architecture that drives me is the ability to make a difference in people’s lives through the design of new architecture."
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Rachel B.
B.Arch

"SCI-Arc is anything but your typical architecture school. It is its own culture in itself, from the level of work being produced to the studio culture and the unity and collaboration between faculty and students."
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Ryan M.
M.Arch 2

"To my surprise, the enchanting work that SCI-Arc has been producing over the past years has an enriching theoretical context to it."
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