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Department of Architecture

Welcome to the Department of Architecture.

The Department of Architecture at Penn State was established in 1910 with a four-year course in architectural engineering; in 1922, a curriculum in architecture was added, leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture. Our century-strong traditions of drawing, model-making, community outreach/service learning, and hands-on construction prepare students to explore innovative models of architectural practice as well as to engage non-traditional means of building delivery, such as design-build and digital fabrication.

Expanding on tradition, our undergraduate and graduate programs offer concentrated inquiry, research, and study. Key focal areas include: culture, space, and society; design computing; material matters; and sustainability.

Our award-winning faculty actively pursue work in professional practice, research and service projects, participation in national and international competitions, publications, and presentations of papers at professional meetings. The results of participation in these activities have contributed substantially to the recognition of our program and its teaching personnel.

Degree Programs

Ph.D. in Architecture
Ph.D. in Architecture and HDNRE (Dual-title Ph.D.)
Master of Science in Architecture (M.S. in Architecture)
Master of Science in Architecture and HDNRE (Dual-title M.S.)
Professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch)

Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate
Integrated Bachelor/Master of Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch)
Bachelor of Science in Architecture (ARCBS)
Architecture Minor

High School Summer Camps

On-Campus Summer Camp (University Park)
Design Experience Camp Philadelphia

Visiting Scholars

Visiting Ph.D. Program



Spend a Summer Day!

Spend a Summer Day events are open houses designed to help you learn about admissions, academics, and student life at Penn State. You and your family are invited to join us at University Park for an upcoming event.

This summer, visit days at University Park are July 22, 25, 26, 29, and 30. Click here to register to attend

Schedule a Visit or Request architecture Program Information

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Department of Architecture
121 Stuckeman Family Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814.865.9535
Fax: 814.863.8137
Program Assistant: Jennifer Howard