Architecture enriches our lives by offering us environments that are sensibly compelling, thought provoking, and capable of lifting our spirits. In addition to being beautiful architecture is, by ancient definition, functional and durable. Like art, architecture is permeated by dualities. It is stable and transitory, measurable and immeasurable, and capable of both being touched and touching us. Like science, architecture involves systematic study. Its methods are iterative, experimental, and rely on intense observation. By intertwining the poetic and practical, architecture is uniquely poised to address the challenges of contemporary life and build the culture of the 21st century.
The undergraduate Architecture curriculum is structured as two stages of study: Foundation and Professional Studies. The Foundation Program stimulates a dialogue based on the student designer's attitudes, knowledge, and concerns in working with multiple scales of environmental design activity. Professional studies in Architecture begin with design theory and process, covering building design as an interactive investigation of human factors, environmental forces, and technology and focuses, during the fourth and fifth years, on building design and the fifth-year thesis project.
Graduation checksheets for B.Arch. students
The graduate curriculum options in architecture are structured to accommodate diverse student needs. This is accomplished by offering a combination of professional and post-professional program options, all of which lead to the degree of M.Arch.
The Master of Science in Architecture program allows a student to conduct a research-based program of study which can be expected to contribute to the body of knowledge in the design and building professions. Research concentrations include Building Science, Interior Design, and Urban Design.
Doctoral studies in architecture and design are for those students who desire to pursue careers in the research fields of advanced professional and academic practice and teaching. The program draws from the School faculty's diverse experiences and backgrounds to establish a climate in which scholarship and creativity can flourish.
Opportunities for the study of acoustics -- room acoustics, noise control, and acoustical privacy -- within the Architecture program
Online Architecture and Design courses for Alumni
Resources regarding program accreditation by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc.
Statement on the studio learning environment
List of Program Faculty
Summer workshop for high school students