Although there are two schools in Delaware that offer architecture degrees, none of the programs in the state are accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB). These programs also do not prepare students to become licensed architects. In order to find NAAB-accredited programs, Delaware students will have to travel out of the state.
The following programs in architecture could instead provide an understanding of the field for those wanting to work in supportive careers, such as administrative professionals within architecture firms or research professionals who focus on historical buildings. Lab work is incorporated into the associate's degree program, and graduate degree students must complete a thesis or analytical study.
Delaware Technical Community College
Dover's Delaware Technical Community College offers an architectural engineering associate's degree program with studies in architectural engineering technology. The program can be completed in four semesters and includes lab work to complement a student's classroom studies. The architectural engineering technology program teaches students how to use computer-aided drafting and building information modeling software. Students can expect to take courses covering building service systems, the strength of materials and engineering construction drafting. This program can prepare graduates to work as engineering technicians in a variety of specialties.
University of Delaware
The University of Delaware in Newark offers a master's degree and a graduate certificate program in historic preservation as well as a master's degree in urban affairs and public policy with a focus on historic preservation. Graduate students can also find research assistantships at the university. The Master of Arts in Historic Preservation program requires students to complete a set of core courses that cover vernacular architecture, planning sustainable communities and architectural photography. This master's program can be completed in two years and includes an internship opportunity. The four-course graduate certificate program is intended for individuals who are considering earning a master's degree in historic preservation bur want to get a feel for the field first.
Individuals in the urban affairs and public policy master's program can also find a pre-defined area of focus in historic preservation. This program requires students to complete an analytical paper or thesis in addition to graduate coursework. This program can prepare students for a variety of positions in planning, policy analysis, and organizational leadership or help them eventually pursue a doctoral degree.
Delaware architects can become licensed by passing the Architect Registration Examination and having met the experience requirements set by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Aspiring architects need to have 5,600 hours of relevant work experience to meet the requirements set by NCARB. Architects who hold a valid license from another state may also qualify for licensure.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Architecture Degrees Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Delaware Technical Community College||Two-year; public; small city||Associate in Applied Science in Architectural Engineering Technology|| $4,904 in-state*
|University of Delaware||Four-year; public; large suburb|| Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation,
Master of Arts in Historic Preservation,
Master of Arts in Urban Affairs & Public Policy - Focus in Historic Preservation
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.