The Architecture Major is an exacting enterprise. It's the intersection of Engineering and Art. The ability to draw, build, think, calculate, and design are all present and expected. Look at all the buildings in a city, and you'll see layers and time periods of the profession at work. Many Architecture schools offer CO-OP (Work-Study) programs that allow students to work in the field before graduating. Look for programs that suit your ethos and sense of wonder. Architecture is NOT for the faint hearted. You're "All In" or nothing.
"The Bachelor of Architecture, or BArch program, offers a five-year course of study leading to a NAAB-accredited professional architecture degree. Woodbury’s program provides students the knowledge and skills required for a career as a professional architect, as well as personalized attention, small class sizes, and a general understanding of the profound social and cultural power of design at local and global scales."
(Provided By: Woodbury University)
"The architecture program at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan recognizes the multiplicity and changing nature of future roles open to the architect. Whatever the exact nature of these roles, the program is designed to prepare students to perceive the ordered relationship of people and their environment and to translate this order into design for the enrichment of human experience."
(Provided By: The University of Michigan)
"Preceptorship places our B.Arch. students in notable offices across the world where they gain a year's worth of mentored experience as paid employees.... In addition to the invaluable Preceptorship experience, fifth year students directly engage practice in the advanced Totalization studio in the fall semester of their final year; this unique program embeds distinguished consultants in the studios, emphasizing the intrinsic relationship of design to other fields, ranging from finance to fabrication."
(Provided By: Rice University)
Our accredited Five-Year BArch degree provides an outstanding foundation for your future career: one that can lead to the design of buildings for private, public and institutional use, or can help you carve alternative career-paths that focus on innovative ways of spatial and creative production. The breadth of options in your course of study will help you determine the goals that work for you, all while stressing the impact that architecture has on the human condition, culture and the landscape.
(Provided By: Iowa State University)
"We offer students a unique experience as they pursue their degrees. Our approximately 500 students and 80 faculty members—most of the latter practicing architects—work together in a fluid, nonhierarchical manner to rethink assumptions, create, explore, and test the limits of architecture."
(Provided By: Southern California Institute of Architecture)
“Over the course of their studies, a BSAS students enroll in a variety of studios, lectures and seminars to accrue skills in architectural making, thinking, design, visualization, digital fabrication, prototyping, and simulation. In addition to learning essential analytical and creative-problem solving skills, students are required to complete courses in structures & construction, environmental & building technology, human behavior, and contemporary criticism.”
(Provided By: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
"Co-op (or, cooperative education) is an experiential learning program enabling you to explore potential career paths while alternating semesters of academic study with 6-month periods of full-time, paid employment. Northeastern partners with more than 2,000 co-op employers across the U.S. and more than 65 countries around the world."
(Provided By: Northeastern University)
"The primary mission of the B.Arch program is to prepare students for the practice of architecture. The School fulfills this mission through an urban design studio, a comprehensive building design studio and various lecture courses. B.Arch students use the School and faculty as rich resources in the development of their professional interests."
(Provided By: Florida A&M University)