MAY 8, 2019 - JUNE 12, 2019 

LET’S DO IT 

umbau is raising $30,000 to fund its first permanent studio space in the U.S., in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.

umbau will use the funding to host a series of lectures, develop free workshops and a design project that seeks to build carbon-neutral houses in the Shenandoah Valley. 

With this initial seed funding, umbau will develop a full educational model for year-round programming with no-tuition. 



FALL 2019 + SPRING 2020 GOALS 

DEVELOP PUBLIC WORKSHOPS

Develop public workshops which offer a range of topics, mediums, and media including design charrettes, aikido classes, flower arrangement, drawing, and more to encourage the holistic development of the individual.

HOST PUBLIC LECTURES AND DISCUSSIONS

Hosting a series of guest lecturers from home and abroad; including architects, writers, and directors. Lectures will take place in the Shenandoah Valley and in the hometowns of our directors; cities include but are not limited to: Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Washington D.C., Charleston, Richmond, and Staunton. 

CREATE A LONG-TERM DESIGN PROJECT

“Staunton Werkbund” - to design and build a set of houses in the Shenandoah Valley that are carbon neutral and well-crafted responding to environmental and emotional needs. 

STUDENTS = LANDERS

umbau students will graduate the program as Landers. Landers learn the skills to engage in a chaotic and ever-changing world with the ability to lead and trigger positive change in their local communities, workplaces, and homes. 



WE ARE umbau: 

AN UNCONVENTIONAL SCHOOL FOR UNCONVENTIONAL TIMES. 

We see a major need for improvement in the spaces we live in and the education we participate in within the United States. We believe that spaces are an inherent part of how we experience the world around us and significantly impact our wellbeing—but our worn-out teaching practices and the current trend of painfully high tuition rates have forced many into creating and living in spaces that do not address their ecological impacts nor give us the quality of life we desire. 

umbau’s current educational programming includes a 5-week cultural immersion experience in Vienna, Austria and a 2-week silkscreen workshop in Kraków, Poland led by umbau’s founder, William Tate. Studio Vienna is in its nineteenth year. Studio Kraków is in its fourth year. 

Prompted by the 100th year anniversary of the Bauhaus, a revolutionary design school in Germany, we now seek to increase the scale of our efforts to impact as many people in our local communities as possible by launching a U.S.-based studio, curriculum, and open educational programming. It is critical that our education is free as an ultimate responsibility to provoke positive change in our society and local communities. 


WHY NOW AND WHY umbau? 

We are at an exciting and pivotal moment in history where we have to respond to the impact humans have made on the natural environment and the missteps we have made in our educational system. The natural and built environment being damaged and uncared for should not be normal. Having years of college loans to pay off without having found a discipline that energizes you should not be normal. umbau is tackling these challenges head-on. 

For umbau, learning is a process of discovery. We educate students through a diverse practice of studio learning, apprenticeship, and travel that values the point of view of the architect; where problems are considered opportunities and solutions are found through research, making, and analysis. umbau re-imagines the way we approach designing the spaces we live in and the land we build on. umbau recognizes that there are no clear-cut answers to the complex problems that exist in the world. With these values in mind, we invite all who are interested to participate in the programming umbau offers. 



WHY IN VIRGINIA? WHY IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY? 

The studio will be housed in the Shenandoah Valley in Staunton, Virginia, USA. Staunton is a unique place with a rich history of art, design, and the humanities. Human in scale, and geographically accessible, Staunton is umbau’s laboratory. 

On behalf of umbau, we would like to leave you with the following thought: If we do not provoke positive change in our local communities and the world at large, who will? If not now, when? If not here, where? 


Visit our website! 

umbauschool.org

Make A Donation

U.S. Studio Launch 2019

by umbau School for Architecture


MAY 8, 2019 - JUNE 12, 2019 

LET’S DO IT 

umbau is raising $30,000 to fund its first permanent studio space in the U.S., in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.

umbau will use the funding to host a series of lectures, develop free workshops and a design project that seeks to build carbon-neutral houses in the Shenandoah Valley. 

With this initial seed funding, umbau will develop a full educational model for year-round programming with no-tuition. 



FALL 2019 + SPRING 2020 GOALS 

DEVELOP PUBLIC WORKSHOPS

Develop public workshops which offer a range of topics, mediums, and media including design charrettes, aikido classes, flower arrangement, drawing, and more to encourage the holistic development of the individual.

HOST PUBLIC LECTURES AND DISCUSSIONS

Hosting a series of guest lecturers from home and abroad; including architects, writers, and directors. Lectures will take place in the Shenandoah Valley and in the hometowns of our directors; cities include but are not limited to: Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Washington D.C., Charleston, Richmond, and Staunton. 

CREATE A LONG-TERM DESIGN PROJECT

“Staunton Werkbund” - to design and build a set of houses in the Shenandoah Valley that are carbon neutral and well-crafted responding to environmental and emotional needs. 

STUDENTS = LANDERS

umbau students will graduate the program as Landers. Landers learn the skills to engage in a chaotic and ever-changing world with the ability to lead and trigger positive change in their local communities, workplaces, and homes. 



WE ARE umbau: 

AN UNCONVENTIONAL SCHOOL FOR UNCONVENTIONAL TIMES. 

We see a major need for improvement in the spaces we live in and the education we participate in within the United States. We believe that spaces are an inherent part of how we experience the world around us and significantly impact our wellbeing—but our worn-out teaching practices and the current trend of painfully high tuition rates have forced many into creating and living in spaces that do not address their ecological impacts nor give us the quality of life we desire. 

umbau’s current educational programming includes a 5-week cultural immersion experience in Vienna, Austria and a 2-week silkscreen workshop in Kraków, Poland led by umbau’s founder, William Tate. Studio Vienna is in its nineteenth year. Studio Kraków is in its fourth year. 

Prompted by the 100th year anniversary of the Bauhaus, a revolutionary design school in Germany, we now seek to increase the scale of our efforts to impact as many people in our local communities as possible by launching a U.S.-based studio, curriculum, and open educational programming. It is critical that our education is free as an ultimate responsibility to provoke positive change in our society and local communities. 


WHY NOW AND WHY umbau? 

We are at an exciting and pivotal moment in history where we have to respond to the impact humans have made on the natural environment and the missteps we have made in our educational system. The natural and built environment being damaged and uncared for should not be normal. Having years of college loans to pay off without having found a discipline that energizes you should not be normal. umbau is tackling these challenges head-on. 

For umbau, learning is a process of discovery. We educate students through a diverse practice of studio learning, apprenticeship, and travel that values the point of view of the architect; where problems are considered opportunities and solutions are found through research, making, and analysis. umbau re-imagines the way we approach designing the spaces we live in and the land we build on. umbau recognizes that there are no clear-cut answers to the complex problems that exist in the world. With these values in mind, we invite all who are interested to participate in the programming umbau offers. 



WHY IN VIRGINIA? WHY IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY? 

The studio will be housed in the Shenandoah Valley in Staunton, Virginia, USA. Staunton is a unique place with a rich history of art, design, and the humanities. Human in scale, and geographically accessible, Staunton is umbau’s laboratory. 

On behalf of umbau, we would like to leave you with the following thought: If we do not provoke positive change in our local communities and the world at large, who will? If not now, when? If not here, where? 


Visit our website! 

umbauschool.org