Bachelor of Architecture Degree Program
The Division of Architecture offers a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture degree that is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and fulfills the educational prerequisites for professional registration required by most state boards.
Our design pedagogy is founded on a philosophy of Creating-Making which is grounded in experience; a tangible connection between the creative endeavor and the physical act of making. As such, we are committed to maintaining a foundation in the material practices of design, in promoting intellectual engagement with creative processes, in providing both alternative cultural and professional work experiences, and in fostering intra-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary opportunities for collaboration. The philosophy of Creating-Making encourages diverse research, critical inquiry, and informed experimentation dedicated to reinforcing our core beliefs; a commitment to fostering critical engagement, material aptitude, manual competence, and most importantly an ethical commitment to the real, the tangible, and the human capital that is architecture.
The core of our new curriculum is defined by a parallel set of Design studios and Methods courses. The Methods courses will directly inform Design studios with issues of fundamental design, materials, environmental technologies, the craft of manual and digital fabrication, professional ethics, and the realities of architectural practice. These parallel courses will be taught in collaboration with courses in structures, history, and theory. Further, we have created opportunities for our students to immerse themselves in alternative cultural studies, to gain experience within professional work environments, and to productively collaborate within and across disciplines.
As a faculty, our aspiration is to create architects who are recognized for their abilities as critical thinkers and practical problem solvers as well as demonstrating a foundational knowledge grounded in design and material aptitude. Learning within the philosophical environment of Creating-Making, we strive to educate students toward an ethical leadership model committed to employing their aggregate skills as a means of serving and improving the diverse social and cultural environments in which we live.