Architecture

Academics and Admissions

You can hardly find a more local—and at the same time, more global—choice of study than architecture. It’s as varied and as interesting as all the buildings and all the people in all of the world, and as specialized as a single room in a structure. At its heart, it is idea sharing, understanding culture, and applying science.

Architecture demands imagination, technical expertise, teamwork, and an understanding of humanity. It is an incredibly collaborative practice that crosses and binds many disciplines and cultures. So, our world-class curriculum exposes students to a world of variation—different places, ideas, and people—while providing solid knowledge and skills.

But as collaborative as architecture is, it is also competitive. When you're ready to investigate, develop, and challenge design, we’re waiting for you with competitions that will inspire and push your ideas forward.

In our accredited bachelor's and master's degree programs and our minors, study is guided by our innovative faculty, who are at the forefront of emerging needs in the fields. Noted professional guest lecturers, visiting scholars, and studio critics also share their expertise with students on campus, through interactive teleconferences, and in gallery exhibits.  You'll enjoy almost limitless opportunities to learn in state-of-the-art labs and studios, in immersive learning projects where you solve real-world problems for business and community partners, and in experiences outside the classroom such as trips to significant sites, conferences, and field work.

Bachelor's Degrees

If you want to become a licensed architect, our bachelor’s degree in architecture (BS or BA) preprofessional course of study is where you begin.

  • It is designed to be followed by a master of architecture professional degree, a prerequisite for licensure.
  • If you complete a four-year bachelor's and a two-year master's degree, you will have earned an accredited professional architecture degree.
  • If you complete a four-year bachelor's degree, you can also move into a number of other related degree programs, such as interior design, industrial design, historic preservation or construction management.
  • bachelor’s degree in environmental design (BS or BA) provides a good foundation on which to enter the workforce directly or to later pursue graduate studies in a range of fields.

Minors

  • Our 18-hour historic preservation minor offers an opportunity for undergraduate students in all disciplines to learn more about how historic preservation can help a historic building or neighborhood be vibrant in the 21st century while maintaining its distinctive character.

Master's Degrees

  • The master of architecture professional degree (MArch). This degree is accredited by the NAAB (National Architectural Accrediting Board). We offer two options for earning this degree:
    • Option 1 is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in architecture from universities offering an accredited architecture program or its equivalent (in the case of international students).
    • Option 2 is designed for students holding a bachelor degree in a field other than architecture or students of unaccredited architecture programs.
    • The Post-professional Master's degree (currently on hold and being redesigned). This degree is for students who have completed their master of architecture professional education and wish to pursue research-oriented academic studies. The postprofessional degree is not accredited.
    • The master of science in historic preservation (MSHP) meets the standards of the National Council for Preservation Education. This degree is designed for students from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds who are interested in rejuvenating, revitalizing, preserving, and finding new uses for historic buildings and landscapes.