Top 30 Undergraduate Architecture Schools in the U.S.

21. University of Michigan

Architecture Dept.: A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Location: (North Campus) Ann Arbour, Michigan
Degrees: Four-year B.S. (Bachelor of Science in Architecture)
Websites: umich.edu
Architecture: taubmancollege.umich.edu

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree prepares students for future work in a myriad of areas. After graduating, some students choose to pursue graduate studies in a professional Master of Architecture program in order to prepare for architectural licensure. Some pursue graduate study in related fields, including landscape architecture, engineering, art, construction, urban planning, urban design, or historic preservation, while others pursue graduate degrees in business or law, applying their design knowledge to these fields. Others find opportunities with architecture firms or in other related design occupations or use their degree as a springboard for creative work in unrelated fields.

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22. University of Minnesota

Architecture Dept.: School of Architecture in the College of Design
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Degrees: Four-year B.S. (Bachelor of Science in Architecture) and B.D.A. (Bachelor of Design in Architecture)
Websites:twin-cities.umn.edu
Architecture: arch.design.umn.edu

The School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota exposes students to the socio-cultural, environmental, formal, and historical factors that shape the built environment. Students develop visual literacy by thinking through the design process in studios and workshops, by researching historical precedents, and by analyzing theoretical texts and the physical environment.

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23. University of Pennsylvania

Architecture Dept.: Department of Architecture in School of Arts and Sciences
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Degrees: Four-year B.A. (Bachelor of Arts in Architecture)
Websites: www.upenn.edu
Architecture: architecture.sas.upenn.edu

The undergraduate program in architecture was established in 2000 to offer opportunities for undergraduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences to study architecture on various levels of engagement ranging from a Freshman Seminar and a Minor in Architecture to a Major in Architecture with three concentrations (Design, History & Theory, and Intensive Design). The degree earned is a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from the School of Arts & Sciences with a Major in Architecture.

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24. University of Southern California

Architecture Dept.: School of Architecture
Location: Los Angeles, California
Degrees: Four-year B.A. (Bachelor of Arts in Architecture) and Five-year B.Arch.
(Bachelor of Architecture)
Websites: www.usc.edu
Architecture: arch.usc.edu

The USC School of Architecture nurtures its students, supporting your interests, challenging you, and helping you transition into the professional world of design and architecture. Beyond design studios and other classes, there is much going on at the School, including student events, lectures, exhibitions, global travel opportunities, and workshops. The School is a constant hive of activity and invention, and the deeply knit undergraduate architecture community progresses our ideals into the future built environment.

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25. University of Texas at Austin

Architecture Dept.: School of Architecture
Location: Austin, Texas
Degrees: Five-year B.Arch. (Bachelor of Architecture) and Four-year B.S.A.S. (Bachelor of
Science in Architectural Studies)
Websites: www.utexas.edu
Architecture: soa.utexas.edu

The Bachelor of Architecture features a rigorous design-oriented curriculum with a solid foundation in technology and the history of architecture. The curriculum prepares students for the challenges and demands of professional practice. The Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, with an optional architectural history track, is an excellent platform for future graduate studies in architecture and associated fields. The required coursework is concentrated in the first three years leaving the fourth year to develop the student’s career interest.

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26. University of Virginia

Architecture Dept.:School of Architecture
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
Degrees: Four-year B.S. (Bachelor of Science in Architecture)
Websites: www.virginia.edu
Architecture: www.arch.virginia.edu

The curriculum is enhanced by an expansive set of courses that include history, theory, building technology, visualization, computation, urbanism, and professional practice, among others. Utilizing design as the primary objective of instruction, UVA Architecture is committed to shaping the citizen-architect of the twenty-first century. In examining a multiplicity of spatial conditions—from interiors to buildings to public space to open territories—it shapes architects that will become critical mediators between society and space.

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27. University of Notre Dame

Architecture Dept.: School of Architecture
Location: Notre Dame, Indiana
Degrees: Five-year B.Arch. (Bachelor of Architecture)
Websites: www.nd.edu
Architecture: architecture.nd.edu

The First-Year Curriculum explored by all Notre Dame students forms the foundation for the principles of construction and their relationship to architectural form and the built environment. The third year, which the students spend entirely in Rome, explores traditional urbanism and how classical architecture facilitates a humane and sustainable way of life. By the fourth year, issues of regionalism and cross-cultural values are explored through the typological understanding of the city and its architecture developed during the previous three years. By the fifth year, the students have forged individual viewpoints about architecture and engage a diversity of issues that culminate in their spring thesis studio.

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28. University of Washington Seattle campus

Architecture Dept.: Department of Architecture in the College of Build Environment
Location: Seattle, Washington
Degrees: Four-year B.A. (Bachelor of Arts in Architecture) and B.A. in Architectural
Design
Websites: www.washington.edu
Architecture: arch.be.washington.edu

Students in this program will be well prepared for graduate study in the field of architectural design as well as advanced study in allied disciplines such as architectural history, historic preservation, landscape architecture, urban planning, or construction management. This liberal arts degree also prepares students for careers in other areas of design, journalism, and criticism, planning policy and law, community leadership, real estate or development, or work in related non-profit organizations.

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29. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Architecture Dept.: School of Architecture + Design
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Degrees: Five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)
Websites: vt.edu
Architecture: archdesign.caus.vt.edu

The professional Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.) curriculum at Virginia Tech requires five years of study and is fully-accredited as a first professional architecture degree program for the current maximum term of accreditation by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. All undergraduate students in the School of Architecture + Design – in Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture – begin their studies in the first year in a common Foundation Program, after which Architecture students pursue Professional Studies in the 2nd through 5th years of the B.Arch. program.

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30. Yale University

Architecture Dept.: Yale School of Architecture
Location: New Haven, Connecticut
Degrees: Four-year Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (B.A. in Architecture)
Websites: www.yale.edu
Architecture: www.architecture.yale.edu

The architecture major is structured around a broad curriculum, state of the art resources and a variety of programs and events to cultivate design exploration, visual inquiry, and critical discourse. The curriculum offers studios in design and labs in urbanism, together with lectures and seminars in the following subject categories: architectural history and theory, urbanism and landscape, materials and technology, and structures and computation. The curriculum is complemented by numerous programs, activities, and informal events, which include opportunities for student travel, exhibitions of student work, and open studios.

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Bibliography:

Information Credits:

  1. https://blog.prepscholar.com/best-architecture-schools-undergraduate
  2. https://www.archdaily.com/900143/which-of-the-25-best-ranked-colleges-in-the-us-have-architecture-programs
  3. All the Individual College Websites mentioned above for the Information about their respective Colleges.

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