Alongside, the main target of preparing our undergraduate students to address the issues of professional practice and the demands of the everyday architectural market, our Program focuses upon two broader schemas. The first schema is concerned with preparing our future architects to address the cultural, social, ecological, economic, and aesthetic conditions of contemporary architecture within the complexities of contemporary cities. While recognizing the influx of changes the discipline of architecture is going through in terms of theory, issues of architectural production and technological advances, sustainability and renewable energy, urbanity and city redevelopment are greatly affecting the architectural practice. Our Program is structured to prepare the students to creatively, critically, and effectively envision, design, and implement architectural and urban design projects that better address these issues. The second schema is concerned with the increasingly complex rule of the digital in producing the physical. As the disciplines of design in general and architecture in particular progressively embrace the transient domain of virtual space through electronically mediated design, it is all the more important for architects not only to grasp the material and technological means by which designs are both imagined and realized but also to utilize these means as resources of critical thinking.