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Schaeffer Somers

Assistant Professor
Associate Director, UVA Center for Design + Health
Registered Architect
Unit: School of Architecture
Department: Department of Architecture
Office location and address
110 Bayly Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
AR-Dean Health Impact Project Demonstration HIA with Santo Domingo Tribal Authority (SDTHA)
Source: The Pew Charitable Trusts
October 31, 2014 – August 31, 2016
ARCH 2010: Foundation Studio II
Credits: 6
The foundations studios involve beginning design students in thoughtful application of fundamental design principles, foundational techniques of representation and fabrication and comprehensive critical design strategies. These courses foster the development of the beginning design student's design methodology founded on thoughtful, creative, ethical and rigorous work practices in service of exploring meaningful formal and spatial propositions. Prerequisite: ARCH 1010, 1020, 1030.
ARCH 3020: Foundation Studio V
Credits: 6
This studio course emphasizes conceptualization and synthesis of complex programs in contemporary contexts at multiple scales. Prerequisite: ARCH 3010
PHS 3620: Built Environment & Public Health: Local to Global
Credits: 3
How do sidewalks, block parties, food deserts, and transit systems impact our health? This course maps the intersections between architecture, urban planning, and public health that shape the built environment, health and well being of our local and global communities. Lectures and learning applications will present the evidence and its limits on topics such as food security, age-friendly cities, obesity, social equity and vulnerable population.
SARC 5500: Special Topics in the School of Architecture
Credits: 1–4
Topical offerings in the School of Architecture.
PLAN 5500: Special Topics in Planning
Credits: 1–4
Varies annually to meet the needs of graduate students.
ARCH 5500: Special Topics in Architecture
Credits: 1–6
Topical offerings in architecture.
PHS 5620: Built Environment & Health Impact
Credits: 3
How do sidewalks, block parties, food deserts, and transit systems impact our health? This course maps the intersections between architecture, urban planning, and public health that shape the built environment, health and well being of our local and global communities. Lectures and learning applications will present the evidence and its limits on topics such as food security, age-friendly cities, obesity, social equity and vulnerable population.
ARCH 5993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Independent research on topics selected by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor
PLAN 5993: Applied Independent Study
Credits: 1–4
Individual study directed by a faculty member. Prerequisite: Planning faculty approval of topic.
PHS 8880: Integrative Learning RP Part 1
Credits: 1–3
Practicum associated with Methods Course for Research in Practice Concentration. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
PHS 8881: Integrative Learning HP Part 1
Credits: 1–3
Practicum associated with Methods Course for Health Policy, Law & Ethics Concentration. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission