Architecture school in the United States

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Architecture school in the United States refers to university schools and colleges with the purpose of educating students in the field of architecture.

Professional degrees[edit]

There are three types of professional degrees in architecture in the United States:

Non-professional degrees include (require a Master of Architecture for licensure):

  • Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (BA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture (BFA Arch)
  • Bachelor of Environmental Design (B.Envd or B.E.D.)

A non-professional degree typically takes four years to complete (as opposed to five years for a Bachelor of Architecture) and may be part of the later completion of professional degree (A "4+2" plan comprises a 4-year BA and a 2-year Master of Architecture). The 5-year BArch and 6-year MArch are regarded as virtual equals in the registration and accreditation processes. There are also M.Arch programs for those with undergraduate degrees in areas outside architecture; these program typically take six or seven semester (3 or 3.5 years) to complete.

Other programs (such as those offered at Drexel University, Boston Architectural College and NewSchool of Architecture and Design) combine the required educational courses with the work component necessary to sit for the professional licensing exams. Programs such as this often afford students the ability to immediately test for licensure upon graduation, as opposed to having to put in several years working in the field after graduation before being able to get licensed, as is common in more traditional programs.

Some architecture schools, such as Florida International University, offer the Master of Architecture degree in an accelerated five-year or six-year format without the need of a bachelor's degree. There is currently an ongoing debate to upgrade the 3.5 year M.Arch title to D.Arch both for current students and retroactively for 3.5 year M.Arch graduates.

Rankings[edit]

Each year, the journal DesignIntelligence ranks both undergraduate and graduate architecture programs that are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. These rankings, collectively called "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools" are obtained by surveying hundreds of practicing architecture leaders with direct and recent experience hiring and supervising architects. They are asked what programs they consider to be best preparing students for professional success overall. They are also asked to cite the programs they consider to be the best in educating and training for specific skills. These skills rankings are also published in "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools."

Founded in 1912 to advance the quality of architectural education, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) represents all accredited programs and their faculty across the United States and Canada, as well as nonaccredited and international affiliate members around the world. The ACSA collects detailed information from these schools for its "Guide to Architecture Schools," which exists both as a book and as a free online searchable database at archschools.org. These publications are the only complete directories of all accredited professional architecture programs in North America and are used as a reference for prospective students, graduate students, educators, administrators, counselors, and practitioners. The ACSA Guide to Architecture Schools features detailed program descriptions, an index of specialized and related degree programs, an overview of the profession of architecture and the education process, advice on how to select the right school, and scholarship and financial aid information.[1]

In addition, "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools" each year presents Architect Registration Examination pass rates by school, a historical review of top architecture schools, how current architecture students rank their schools, and a directory of accredited programs.

The following schools have consistently been ranked within the top 15 of all undergraduate architecture schools in the nation. In alphabetical order, the top 15 schools are: Auburn University, California Polytechnic State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Iowa State University, Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, Rice University, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Syracuse University, University of Notre Dame, University of Oregon, University of Texas at Austin, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute.[2]

The following schools are top 10 graduate schools, in order, according to "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools 2014": Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University tied with Rice University, University of Michigan, Kansas State University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Texas at Austin.[3]

List of architecture schools in the United States[edit]

State (city) University School Control Year Founded Website
Alabama Auburn University School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture Public http://cadc.auburn.edu/
Alabama (Tuskegee) Tuskegee University Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science Private 1881 http://www.tuskegee.edu/academics/colleges/school_of_architecture_and_construction_science/dept_of_architecture.aspx
California (San Diego) NewSchool of Architecture and Design Private http://www.newschoolarch.edu
California (San Luis Obispo) California Polytechnic State University School of Architecture Public http://www.caed.calpoly.edu/
California (Pomona) California State Polytechnic University, Pomona College of Environmental Design Public 1938 http://www.csupomona.edu/~env/
California (Los Angeles) University of Southern California School of Architecture Private http://arch.usc.edu/
California (Berkeley) University of California, Berkeley Department of Architecture Public http://arch.ced.berkeley.edu
California (Los Angeles) University of California, Los Angeles School of the Arts and Architecture Public http://www.aud.ucla.edu
California (Los Angeles) Southern California Institute of Architecture Private 1972 http://www.sciarc.edu
California (Los Angeles / San Diego) Woodbury University Woodbury University School of Architecture Private http://architecture.woodbury.edu/
Colorado (Boulder/Denver) University of Colorado College of Architecture & Planning Public http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/ArchitecturePlanning/Pages/default.aspx
Connecticut (New Haven) Yale University School of Architecture Private 1916 http://www.architecture.yale.edu
Florida (Miami) Florida International University School of Architecture Public 1980 http://soa.fiu.edu
Florida (Fort Lauderdale) Florida Atlantic University College for Design and Social Inquiry Public http://fau.edu/arch
Florida (Miami) Miami Dade College School of Architecture and Interior Design Public http://www.mdc.edu/main/architecture/
Florida (Miami) University of Miami School of Architecture Private 1981 http://arc.miami.edu/
Florida (Tampa) University of South Florida School of Architecture and Community Design Public 1985 http://www.arch.usf.edu/
Florida (Tallahassee) Florida A&M University School of Architecture Public http://www.famu.edu/Architecture
Florida (Gainesville) University of Florida School of Architecture Public 1925 http://www.dcp.ufl.edu/arch/
Georgia (Atlanta) Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture Public 1908 http://coa.gatech.edu/
Idaho (Moscow) University of Idaho College of Art & Architecture Public http://www.uidaho.edu/caa
Illinois (Chicago) Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture Private http://www.iit.edu/arch
Indiana (Muncie) Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning Public http://www.bsu.edu/cap
Indiana (Notre Dame) University of Notre Dame School of Architecture (for traditional architecture and urbanism) Private http://architecture.nd.edu/
Kansas (Lawrence) The University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design, and Planning Public 1912 http://www.sadp.ku.edu/
Kansas (Manhattan) Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning & Design Public http://k-state.edu
Kentucky (Lexington) University of Kentucky School of Architecture Public http://www.uky.edu/design/index.php/info/category/architecture/
Louisiana (New Orleans) Tulane University School of Architecture Private 1894 http://architecture.tulane.edu/home/
Maryland (College Park) University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation Public http://arch.umd.edu/
Maryland (Baltimore) Morgan State University School of Architecture and Planning Public http://www.morgan.edu/School_of_Architecture_and_Planning.html
Massachusetts (Amherst) University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Architecture + Design Public http://www.umass.edu/architecture/
Massachusetts (Boston) Boston Architectural College Private 1889 http://www.the-bac.edu/
Massachusetts (Boston) Northeastern University School of Architecture Private 1898 http://www.architecture.neu.edu
Massachusetts (Boston) Wentworth Institute of Technology College of Architecture, Design & Construction Management Private 1904 http://www.wit.edu/arch/index.html
Massachusetts (Cambridge) Harvard University Graduate School of Design Private 1936 http://www.gsd.harvard.edu
Massachusetts (Cambridge) Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Architecture Private 1865 http://architecture.mit.edu
Michigan (Ann Arbor) University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Public http://www.tcaup.umich.edu/
Michigan (Southfield) Lawrence Technological University College of Architecture and Design Public http://onlinedegrees.ltu.edu/online-programs/college-of-architecture-and-design/online-master-of-architecture/
Minnesota (Minneapolis) University of Minnesota College of Design, School of Architecture Public http://arch.design.umn.edu/
Mississippi (Starkville) Mississippi State University School of Architecture Public http://www.caad.msstate.edu/caad_web/sarc/home.php
Missouri (St. Louis) Washington University in St. Louis Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts - College of Architecture Private 1910 http://bulletin.wustl.edu/architecture/; http://samfoxschool.wustl.edu/node/4099
Missouri (Springfield) Drury University Hammons School of Architecture Private 1984 http://www.drury.edu/architecture
Montana (Bozeman) Montana State University – Bozeman School of Architecture Public http://arch.montana.edu/
Nebraska (Lincoln) University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Architecture Public http://architecture.unl.edu
New Jersey (Princeton) Princeton University School of Architecture Private http://soa.princeton.edu
New Mexico (Albuquerque) University of New Mexico - Albuquerque School of Architecture and Planning Public http://saap.unm.edu//
New York (Buffalo) University at Buffalo, The State University of New York University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning Public 1968 http://ap.buffalo.edu/
New York (New York City) Columbia University School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Private 1881 http://www.arch.columbia.edu/
New York (New York City) Cooper Union The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Private http://www.cooper.edu/architecture
New York (New York City) City University of New York/The City College The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture Public http://ssa1.ccny.cuny.edu
New York (Ithaca) Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning Private http://www.aap.cornell.edu/arch/
New York (New York City) Pratt Institute School of Architecture Private http://www.pratt.edu/academics/architecture/
New York (Troy) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture Private http://www.arch.rpi.edu/
North Dakota (Fargo) North Dakota State University Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Public http://ala.ndsu.edu/
New York (Syracuse) Syracuse University School of Architecture Private http://www.soa.syr.edu
Ohio (Cincinnati) University of Cincinnati School of Architecture and Interior Design Public http://daap.uc.edu/academics/said.html
Ohio (Columbus) Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture Public http://knowlton.osu.edu/
Ohio (Kent) Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design Public http://www.kent.edu/caed/
Oklahoma (Norman) University of Oklahoma College of Architecture Public 1926 http://www.ou.edu/architecture.html
Oklahoma (Stillwater) Oklahoma State University School of Architecture Public 1909 http://architecture.okstate.edu
Oregon (Eugene) University of Oregon Department of Architecture Public http://architecture.uoregon.edu/
Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture Private http://www.cmu.edu/architecture/
Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) Philadelphia University College of Architecture and the Built Environment Private http://www.PhilaU.edu/architectureandthebuiltenvironment/
Pennsylvania (State College) Pennsylvania State University College of Arts and Architecture Public 1910 http://stuckeman.psu.edu/arch
Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) University of Pennsylvania Penn Design Private 1868 http://www.design.upenn.edu
Tennessee (Knoxville) University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design Public 1965 http://archdesign.utk.edu/
Texas (Austin) University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture Public 1948 http://www.soa.utexas.edu/
Texas (Houston) Rice University School of Architecture Private http://architecture.rice.edu/
Texas (Houston) University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture Private http://www.arch.uh.edu
Utah (Salt Lake City) University of Utah College of Architecture and Planning Public http://www.arch.utah.edu
Virginia (Charlottesville) University of Virginia School of Architecture Public http://www.arch.virginia.edu/
Virginia (Blacksburg) Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University College of Architecture and Urban Studies Public http://www.arch.vt.edu/

See also[edit]

List of international architecture schools

References[edit]