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Harvard will join with the University of Virginia in offering a new course of professional study in architecture, it was announced yesterday by President Edwin A. Alderman, Hon. '09, of Virginia. President Alderman, speaking at the celebration in honor of Thomas Jefferson, founder of Virginia University, announced that the new course would be known as the "Virginia-Harvard Course in Architecture."
The course will be a six-year course, the University of Virginia announced, comprising four years of undergraduate study at Virginia and two years of graduate work at the University. It will include in its curriculum not only those technical studies necessary to the architect's education, but also a much larger number of liberal studies than have heretofore been included in any professional course in architecture.
President Alderman in his announcement says: "There is a growing feeling among people interested in the arts, in architecture no less than in painting and sculpture, that has been too widely separated from the general work of education. The majority of art students do not receive an adequate academic education, and those who do receive it are compelled to acquire it before or after they have learned their art.
"It is felt that both art studies and academic studies will be greatly enriched by associating them in the systematic manner proposed in the new course which permits the coordinate development of mind and hand at the period of life when such coordination is most valuable and most easily obtained.
"At the same time the new course permits a student of architecture to take advantage of the special qualities of the two schools. Virginia, because of its tradition and its environment, is best qualified to offer, in a sympathetic atmosphere, an academic course in which each subject will be definitely linked to some step in the development of architectural knowledge and experience.
"Harvard, because of, its extensive equipment, its staff of specialists in architecture and allied subjects, its large library, its museums, and its civic environment, is best equipped for advanced technical work.
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