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Department of Architecture

Welcome to the Department of Architecture...

The Department of Architecture 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 in Architecture. Our century-strong traditions of drawing, model-making, community outreach/service learning, and hands-on construction prepare our 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 pursues 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
Master of Science in Architecture (M.S. in Architecture)
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