Mission Statement Advisory Committee  

The mission of the architecture program is to provide students with the opportunity to study, appreciate and contribute to the design of the built environment within a supportive academic context that recognises multiple abilities, career paths and academic goals.

For more than thirty years the Diablo Valley College architecture program has been preparing students for employment within architecture firms and transfer to architectural schools throughout the United States. The program began under the guidance of Charles Dennis and David Coleman, both World War II veterans and practicing architects who sought to bring their passion for teaching and architecture to the DVC Pleasant Hill Campus in the 1970's.

Over the years the program has grown to its current status, serving approximately 400 students every year in a variety of classes that range from general education courses in architecture for non-majors, to technical classes fundamental to career placement within architectural practices. As our department has developed, classes have changed to reflect the latest teaching methods, subject matter and technological skills necessary in the profession today. In addition to continuing the tradition of fundamental classical instruction in architectural history, drawing, theory and design, we also offer a series of courses with an emphasis on digital technology, fabrication and sustainable design practices.

Students who are interested in architecture as a career or those who wish to enrich their studies will find a number of courses taught by professors with significant academic and practical knowledge. Every year we are proud to transfer a significant number of our graduating design students to schools throughout the United States with some of the best preperation possible.

We look forward to seeing you on campus!