Seattle Architecture School Overviews with Degree Overviews

Oct 12, 2018

The Seattle area has 2 colleges offering architecture programs that are located within five miles of downtown. Learn about one school's degree program requirements and admission info to get a better idea of the programs that are offered.

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Architecture Programs in Seattle

Those interested in studying architecture have 2 options that are around 10 minutes away from downtown Seattle. Read about the undergraduate and graduate coursework available at 1 school, and then review a table of facts and figures to find out more about the university.

  • Located around five miles from the city center, the University of Washington - Seattle is ideally situated for students to gain practical experience in urban design while working with local architectural professionals. Bachelor's and master's degree programs are available in architecture and landscape architecture.

School Statistics

Before you learn about the degrees offered by the profiled university, take a glance at the table below to find out more about the institution. There's info on tuition rates, graduation rates and enrollment figures, among other areas.

University of Washington - Seattle
School Type 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2018) 46,166*
Campus Setting Large city
Tuition and Fees (2017-18) $10,974 in-state, $35,538 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2016-17) 57%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 46%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 94% for full-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Began in Fall 2011) 84% within 6 years*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

University of Washington - Seattle

At the University of Washington - Seattle, students can engage in architectural research, study architectural design and get practical experience creating building designs and doing site planning. The university works with various local centers, labs and institutes, such as the Green Futures Research and Design Lab and the Center for Environment, Education and Design Studies, so students can work with professionals and gain applicable experience.

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

This program prepares learners for professional architect programs. The first two years consist of design drawing, as well as an exploration of the natural world, historic architectural styles, modern architectural history and ancient architecture. Students also focus on developing critical thinking and communication skills. For the program's final two years, students are admitted via a competitive process. Through coursework and studio projects, they learn about architectural design and structures, environmental controls, building science and courses that focus on students' interests. Another 4-year degree in architectural design is offered, as well, along with a dual degree in architectural studies and construction management.

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

This 5-year program is infused with both modern and historic theories of landscape architecture. It emphasizes using existing landscapes and natural resources through site design and planning, home design, urban environments, cultural landscapes and the Seattle region's interface between rapid urban development and wilderness. Other courses include planting design, urban sites, ecological systems, ecology and construction law. Studio projects, a practicum and a capstone project, play important roles in the learning process.

Master of Architecture

The Master of Architecture is a professional degree program that prepares students to become licensed architects. Individuals can pursue a 2-year or 3-year program depending on their background in architecture. Both programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Students explore structural principles and discover how to use architecture to enhance and complement existing environments. They also study architectural theory and complete professional practice. Design studio projects may reflect the natural outdoor setting of the Seattle area.

Master of Science in Architecture

The Master of Science in Architecture is a specialized architectural program that allows students to complete a research emphasis in history and theory or design-computing. Through the history and theory emphasis, students research historical architecture from the West and around the world and identify factors that have shaped modern architecture. The design-computing emphasis pertains to technological aspects of architecture, including modern software used to design buildings and methods for creating virtual reality systems that fabricate buildings to aid in design creation.

Master of Landscape Architecture

This program offers a 2-year track for those with a design background and a 3-year track for those new to the discipline. Courses include planting design, landscape ecology, urban landscapes, urban site design and computer-aided design for urban systems. To graduate, learners must also acquire professional practice experience and write a thesis or complete a collaborative project with other students.

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