Architecture Colleges in Arizona with Course and Degree Summaries

Jul 24, 2019

There are eight schools in Arizona that have architecture degrees. Read an overview of three of these schools' programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Essential Information

Arizona State University (ASU), the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and the University of Arizona all provide undergraduate and/or graduate programs in the field of architecture. Students may earn baccalaureate or master's degrees from any of the schools. Bachelor's degrees in architectural studies can take five years to complete; master's degrees may be earned in one to three years. Independent study, research projects, and the development of student portfolios may be required. Alternative and flexible scheduling may be available.

Below are more detailed profiles of each of the schools that offer architectural programs in Arizona, as well as a comparison chart for said schools' program titles, tuition costs, and locations.

Arizona State University - Tempe

Located in Tempe, Arizona State University offers undergraduate and graduate architecture programs. Undergraduate students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Design with a major in architectural studies. This program emphasizes design labs and covers architectural history, theories and technology. By itself, this program does not qualify students for state licensure.

ASU also offers a Master of Architecture (M.Arch). The M.Arch program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Students who hold a bachelor's degree in architecture can complete the program in two years. The school also has a three-plus-year program for students who have a bachelor's degree in another field. Both versions of the program prepare students for state licensure. Students at this school have access to a prototype/modeling shop, multiple computer labs and an architecture and environmental design library.

Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture (The School of Architecture at Taliesin)

The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Scottsdale, also known as Taliesin West, is located on 500 acres in the Sonoran Desert. The school's buildings were originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. As of 2014, 8 students attended the school. Students study in Arizona from October to May and spend the summer term at the Spring Green campus in Wisconsin. All students and faculty members live on campus.

This school offers a Master of Architecture. The M.Arch is a professional degree that meets the educational qualifications for architectural licensure. The program contains core coursework, electives, independent study, research and design studios. Students work closely with faculty members and mentors who assess student portfolios rather than provide traditional grades.

University of Arizona

The University of Arizona is located in Tucson and offers a Bachelor of Architecture, a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in Architecture. The five-year Bachelor of Architecture program prepares students for state licensure. The curriculum emphasizes design, history, theory, technology, management and communication. The M.Arch program also prepares students to become licensed architects, and it's offered in multiple formats to accommodate students with varying academic backgrounds. Students may complete the program in one to three years.

The Master of Science in Architecture program is designed for students who have already earned a professional degree in architecture or engineering and wish to gain specialized knowledge and pursue research. Students may concentrate their studies in either design and energy conservation or architecture and heritage conservation. Alternatively, they may complete an independent study option. The College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture is also home to a variety of lab facilities.

Career Requirements

To work as an architect, candidates must become licensed by meeting educational, experience, and examination requirements. In Arizona, architects are licensed through the Arizona State Board of Technical Registration. Prospective architects must complete a professional educational program; students can pursue a professional bachelor's or master's degree to fulfill this requirement.

To meet experience requirements, the Board of Registration requires that candidates complete the National Council of Architectural Registration Board's (NCARB) Intern Development Program. This requires 5,600 hours of supervised work in an architectural setting. Upon completion, students may sit for the NCARB Architect Registration Examination in order to gain licensure.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Architecture Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)
Arizona State University - Tempe Four-year, public; midsize city Bachelor of Science in Design - Architectural Studies,
Master of Architecture
$10,822 in-state; $28,336 out-of-state*
The School of Architecture at Taliesin Four-year, private not-for-profit; fringe rural Master of Architecture $34,500 tuition, $525 fees (graduate)*
University of Arizona Four-year, public; large city Bachelor of Architecture,
Master of Architecture,
Master of Science in Architecture
$12,467 in-state; $36,366 out-of-state*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.

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