Architecture students learn how to collaborate with other professionals to design buildings, which include modern skyscrapers and simple houses. By taking classes such as construction materials and architectural engineering, students learn the skills necessary to transform their ideas into structurally sound and elegant buildings.
Architecture students are required to complete design studio courses throughout their college career. While participating in these courses, students learn essential skills in hands-on environments. Teachers assign students projects with specific requirements, and they typically spend hours designing a building or other structure.
Students solve problems, develop drawings, construct models, and modify results. After they’re finished, or the project deadline approaches, students are required to present their completed project to their classmates. Classmates and the teacher then provide feedback.
In order to become a licensed architect students must earn a Bachelor of Architect (B.Arch.) or Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and pass the Architectural Registration Examination (ARE). Only licensed architects are allowed to practice in the United States. Select a concentration below to explore various architecture majors, and view colleges and universities offering NAAB-accredited degree programs in architecture.
- Architecture, General
- City/urban, Community and Regional Planning
- Environmental Design/architecture
- Interior Architecture
- Landscape Architecture
- Architectural History and Criticism, General
- Architectural Technology/technician
- Architectural and Building Sciences/technology
- Real Estate Development
- Architecture and Related Services, Other
Selecting an Architecture SchoolWith such a large selection of architecture schools to choose from, how do you even know where to begin your search? Well, a good place to start is the America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools, a publication which ranks schools based on a variety of criteria. You can also review any number of college ranking reports produced by organizations, such as archdaily.com; but betware, most ranking reports only consider a few criteria and don’t represent the unique qualities of each school. In fact, a top ranked architecture school may not even have the type of program you’re looking for. As you evaluate different schools, consider exactly what you want to achieve from your architecture education. Request catalogs from each architecture school of interest, and even take the time to visit some of the schools that are at the top of your list. Once you’ve narrowed down your list, talk with architects in field about their experience at these schools. Most schools will have an extensive list of alumni that you can use to find and contact their graduates.
You’ll also want to make sure that the school you attend is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (if you’re in the United States) and the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (if you’re in Canada).