In order to become an architect, one must first to enroll in an educational undergraduate program. A direct route is to follow the curriculum of a five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree program. Those already holding a bachelor's degree in another area can enroll in a two or three-year Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) program. All graduates of professional programs must then obtain three years of work experience before they can take their state-licensing exam.
Here is an outline of common concepts taught in architecture studio design courses:
- Building materials
- Site location and limitation
- Architectural design
- Urban planning
- Historic conservation
- Architectural theory
- Independent projects
List of Common Courses
Introduction to Studio Design Course
Students are required to take this introductory course as part of most architectural bachelor's degree programs. It is often a prerequisite for entrance into a master's degree program. This course introduces students to basic studio design concepts, such as spatial and structural parameters, function and habitation expectations, building material requirements and site limitations. It also addresses the effect of human behavior and inspiration on architectural design.
Intermediate Studio Design Course
Upper level undergraduate students are introduced to architectural design problems and asked to find options that address such concerns. Topics include design problem assessment, various problem-solving processes, craftsmanship and approaches to developing potential design solutions. Students are often given particular requirements to incorporate into their scenario, such as sustainability requirements or occupation restrictions. Some courses also have project themes like environmental impact, long-span structure or urban setting.
Advanced Studio Design Course
An advanced course in studio design is often only available to graduate students. It usually requires students to create a complex and creative architectural design that remains their focus over the course of an entire semester. Such studio projects are expected to be comprehensive in their development and execution. Often, the course focuses on a particular subject, such as urban design, materials, historic conservation, construction methods or community housing.
Thesis Studio Design Course
Graduate students have the option to design a thesis project that is the culmination of research, architectural theory and design development. They have a semester to conceptualize and design their project during their thesis seminar and then a semester to construct the studio model. Their final evaluation is a presentation of their project to their thesis committee for approval.