How to Choose an Architectural University, School or College
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, architects design residencies, office buildings and other structures. These professionals must design structures to meet their client's demands and estimate items like time and budget. They work closely with other professionals in the construction and engineering fields. Becoming an architect requires completing a degree, earning work experience and passing a licensing exam.
Further considerations for students in this field:
- Large universities frequently have a professional architecture school that may offer a 4-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture, a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture and multiple master's degree programs.
- Most states require architects to be licensed to practice professionally which often entails a required Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture degree from an architecture school accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
- Architectural program are often available with areas of specialization or with courses on a particular area of focus, including a focus on 'green' design - a school with a strong program in environmental design or sustainability - or residential design.
The Bachelor of Architecture is a 5-year program that is design-oriented and includes coursework in architectural technology and history. This degree is designed for students interested in the professional practice of architecture. Another common undergraduate degree is the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, which is a pre-professional degree.
Master's degree programs may be catered toward a student's undergraduate training. Some degree programs are designed for individuals without a professional architecture undergraduate degree. Other programs are designed for individuals with architectural experience or with a professionally accredited undergraduate degree.
List of Schools in the U.S. with Architectural Programs
|Pennsylvania State University||4-year, Public|
|University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign||4-year, Public|
|University of Florida||4-year, Public|
|University of Texas - Austin||4-year, Public|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||4-year, Public|
|University of Washington||4-year, Public|
|Florida International University||4-year, Public|
|University of California - Los Angeles||4-year, Public|
|University of Arizona||4-year, Public|
|University of Maryland - College Park||4-year, Public|