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  Academic Programs / Art & Architecture

Architecture

Kate Wingert-Playdon, Chair
Tyler School of Art, Architecture Building, Room 207
2001 North 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA  19122
215-204-7903

architecture@temple.edu

tyler.temple.edu/programs/architecture

About the Architecture Department

Tyler Architecture focuses on design in the contexts of culture, technology, and stewardship of the built and natural environment.  Its programs stress critical inquiry and innovation as part of the creative process, teaching students how to intervene in the physical world through carefully considered acts of making. The Department engages the city, exploring and addressing the ethical and social dimensions of architecture and the urban environment.  Through this engagement, it seeks to develop an ethos of responsibility in the students, preparing them to become effective leaders in practices and discourses surrounding the complex global and local issues of our time.

 

The Department offers the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture pre-professional degree
  • Bachelor of Science in Facilities Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Architectural Preservation
  • National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited Bachelor of Architecture degree, five-year, for students who entered through fall of 2009
  • National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited Master of Architecture degree, two-year track, for students who receive a 4-year pre-professional bachelor’s degree program in architecture, three year track for students who receive a bachelor’s program in other disciplines or in a non-pre-professional architecture program

 

The undergraduate architecture curricula share a common two-year Foundation Program. Upon successful completion of this preparatory program, students may continue in the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Preservation or the Bachelor of Science in Facilities Management, or can apply for acceptance into the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree program.

Since the four-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree program leads directly to the Master of Architecture degree program, admission is competitive. This is so that students are well prepared for graduate level professional program studies after obtaining the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree. Typically, students have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and an excellent portfolio. Completion of minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission. 

The four-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree is a pre-professional program. Graduates are qualified for a variety of positions in architecture and related fields for which a professional degree and registration are not requirements for advancement. Additionally, students may utilize this degree toward the goal of architectural education at the graduate level.

The four-year Bachelor of Science in Facilities Management degree prepares students for a career in the profession of Facility Management. It is a profession that encompasses multiple disciplines to ensure functionality of the built environment by integrating people, place, process and technology. Students who choose this degree program can pursue facility management certification after entering into the profession.

The four-year Bachelor of Science in Architectural Preservation degree prepares students for a career in cultural and historic preservation focused on the built environment. Careers in the field of Architectural Preservation are those where leadership includes advocacy for places important to the underlying cultural and historical infrastructure of communities and environments.

The NAAB accredited Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) professional degree program prepares students for the practice of architecture in entry-level positions and is part of an intern development program that leads to professional registration. Tyler Architecture Department offers two tracks in the M.Arch. degree program, a 2-year Professional Program track for students who have earned a pre-professional Bachelor’s degree in architecture and a 3-year Design Intensive track for students who have a non-pre-professional Bachelor’s degree in architecture or another discipline. This curriculum is designed to enable students to learn theories and methodologies of architectural design as well as to understand the social, economic, political, and technological forces that shape the built environment. The principal educational component of the program is a coordinated series of studio courses in which creative design talents and management skills are developed. Holders of this degree may, upon completion of postgraduate work experience, be admitted to the architectural licensing examinations offered in each state, through which they may become registered architects.

According to the NAAB, "In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. Master's degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree."

All Architecture Department students have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester at Temple Rome or Temple Japan. Admission to these programs is competitive.  Applications are made through the Temple Education Abroad Office.

For students entering our programs from Fall 2010 onwards, the Master of Architecture (2-year professional track and 3-year design intensive track) is the National Architecture Accreditation Board accredited professional degree (NAAB, www.naab.org).

(Note: The Bachelor of Architecture degree program is not available for students entering in Fall 2010 or after. It will be phased out by Spring 2014. Students who entered in 2009 and who have completed a substantial amount of the requirements of the Bachelor of Architecture degree program by Spring 2014 will have until Spring 2016 to finish all requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Architecture or the Bachelor of Architecture degrees offered on entry in 2009. For further information, consult the department's web site at www.temple.edu/architecture.)

Study Abroad

Students who plan to study abroad should arrange to meet with an academic advisor as early as possible, preferably during the freshman year, in order to plan the sequence of courses that would be most appropriate. While students majoring in Architecture may study in Rome in the fall or spring semester, Japan is only an option for the spring.  Architectural Preservation and Facilities Management majors should consider attending the Rome or Japan program only during the spring semester of the junior year. 

University Requirements

All students are required to complete the General Education requirements. Go to the General Education section for more information.

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific writing-intensive courses required for the major are identified below by "WI" in the Attribute column.

A total of 123 s.h. is required for completion of the Bachelor of Science in Architecture; 122 s.h. is required for completion of the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Preservation; 122 s.h. is required for completion of the Bachelor of Science in Facilities Management.

 

Architecture Foundation Studies Courses (Year 1 & 2)

 

Freshman Year - Fall
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3 GA
Mathematics 1031 Differential & Integral Calculus 4  
Architecture 1011* Visual Literacy for Architects 1 (fall only) 3  
Total     14  
* Although not required, freshman students registered for Architecture 1011 should also take Foundation 1501: Introduction to Art & Design
 
Freshman Year - Spring
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Physics 1021 Introduction to General Physics I 4 (GS)
Architecture 1001 Introduction to Design & the Environment  3  
Architecture 1012* Visual Literacy for Architects 2 (spring only) 3  
Total     16  
*Although not required, students registered for Architecture 1012 should also take Foundation 1502: Investigations of Art & Design
 
Sophomore Year - Fall
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
Architecture 2121* Foundation Architectural Design 1 (fall only) 4  
Architecture 2141 Architectural History: Ancient through Renaissance (fall only) 3  
Architecture 2151 Architecture, Technology, & the Environment 3  
Total     16  
*Option to take Architecture 2123/2153 instead of Architecture 2121 for B.S. in Facilities Management
 
Sophomore Year - Spring
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology 3 GS
Architecture 2122* Foundation Architectural Design 2 4  
Architecture 2142 Architectural History: Renaissance through 20th Century 3  
Elective ** Free elective 3  
Elective ** Free elective 3  
Total     16  
*Option to take Architecture 2124/2154 instead of Architecture 2122 for B.S. in Facilities Management.
**Students planning to study abroad should substitute the Free Elective for a required course available only on Main campus.
For more information, please see your advisor.

Note: The Architecture Foundation is common to all three undergraduate degrees.  In the spring of the sophomore year, students declare a major in one of the degrees offered.  A place in the B.S. in Facilities Management or the B.S. in Architectural Preservation is guaranteed for all students in good standing with the University.  Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Architecture is competitive. Typically, students have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and an excellent portfolio. Completion of minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission. 

 

Bachelor of Science in Architecture (Year 3 & 4)

 

Junior Year - Fall
Subject Course# Course Title Hours Attribute
Architecture 3231 Architectural Design III 6  
Architecture 3152 Materials & Methods 4  
Architecture 3296 Movements in Modern Architecture 3 WI
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Total     16  
 
Junior Year - Spring
Subject Course# Course Title Hours Attribute
Architecture 3232 Architectural Design IV 6  
Architecture 3354 Sustainability & Architecture 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx* Global/World Society 3 GG
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Total     15  
*Successful completion of an approved study abroad program provides a waiver from the Global/World Society area of GenEd
 
Senior Year - Fall
Subject Course# Course Title Hours Attribute
Architecture 4331 Architectural Design V (fall only) 6  
Architecture 3251 Structural Analysis for Architects 3  
Architecture   Architecture Elective 3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Total     15  
 
Senior Year - Spring
Subject Course# Course Title Hours Attribute
Architecture 4332 Architectural Design VI (capstone) (spring only) 6  
Architecture 4596 Seminar in Architectural Theory 3 WI
Architecture   Architecture Elective 3  
Architecture   Architecture Elective 3  
Total     15  
 
Total Credits for the B.S. in Architecture: 123  
 
Rome Option
BS Arch students who plan to study abroad are encouraged to meet with an advisor as early as the freshman year.
While the grid below suggests appropriate coursework, a semester abroad would require using free electives
that ordinarily would be taken in other semesters. It will take careful planning with an advisor to ensure that
the degree is completed as efficiently as possible, and that courses normally taken in the spring of junior year
or the fall of senior year on Main campus are completed before the semester abroad.  Architecture 3234 can
substitute for Architecture 4331; Architecture 3241 counts as an Architecture elective.
Subject Course# Course Title Hours Attribute
Architecture 3234 Architectural Design Studio in Rome 6  
Architecture 3241 Seminar Analysis of Urban Structure in Rome  3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Total     15  
         
Japan Option
BS Arch students who plan to study abroad are encouraged to meet with an advisor as early as the freshman year.
While the grid below suggests appropriate coursework, a semester abroad would require using free electives
that ordinarily would be taken in other semesters. It will take careful planning with an advisor to ensure that
the degree is completed as efficiently as possible, and that courses normally taken in the spring of junior year or
fall of senior year on Main campus are completed before the semester abroad.

GenEd courses are offered at the Japan campus and can be substituted where appropriate for Free electives.
Architecture 3234 can substitute for Architecture 4331; Architecture 3242 counts as an Architecture elective.
Subject Course# Course Title Hours Attribute
Architecture 3233 Architectural Design Studio in Tokyo (spring only) 6  
Architecture 3242 Urban Seminar in Tokyo (spring only) 3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Total     15  

 

 

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Preservation (Year 3 & 4) 

 

Junior Year - Fall
Subject Course# Course Title Hours Attribute
Architecture 3111 Introduction to Architectural Preservation 3  
Architecture 3152 Materials & Methods 4  
Architecture  3296 Movements in Modern Architecture 3 WI
Chemistry 1011 Chemistry: The Study of Matter I 4  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Total     17  
 
Junior Year - Spring
Subject Course# Course Title Hours Attribute
Architecture 3251 Structural Analysis for Architects 3  
Architecture   Architecture Elective 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx* Global/World Society 3 GG
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Total     15  
*Successful completion of an approved study abroad program provides a waiver from the Global/World Society area of GenEd
 
Senior Year - Fall
Subject Course# Course Title Hours Attribute
Architecture 4141 Global Preservation Practice (fall only) 3  
Architecture 4145 Research Methods for Architectural Preservation (fall only) 3  
Architecture 3354 Sustainability & Architecture 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Total     15  
 
Senior Year - Spring
Subject Course# Course Title Hours Attribute
Architecture 4199 Capstone Research Seminar for Architectural Preservation 4  
Architecture 4596 Seminar in Architectural Theory 3 WI
Architecture   Architecture Elective 3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Total     13  
 
Total Credits for the B.S. in Architectural Preservation: 122  
 
Rome Option
Students who plan to study abroad are encouraged to meet with an advisor as early as the freshman year.
While the grid below suggests appropriate coursework, a semester abroad would require using free electives
that ordinarily would be taken in other semesters. It will take careful planning with an advisor to ensure that
the degree is completed as efficiently as possible, and that courses normally taken in the spring of junior year
on Main campus are completed before the semester abroad. Architecture 3241 counts as an Architecture elective.
Subject Course# Course Title Hours Attribute
Architecture 3241 Seminar Analysis of Urban Structure in Rome  3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Total     15  
         
Japan Option
Students who plan to study abroad are encouraged to meet with an advisor as early as the freshman year.
While the grid below suggests appropriate coursework, a semester abroad would require using free electives
that ordinarily would be taken in other semesters. It will take careful planning with an advisor to ensure that
the degree is completed as efficiently as possible, and that courses normally taken in the spring of junior year
on Main campus are completed before the semester abroad.

GenEd courses are offered at the Japan campus and can be substituted where appropriate for Free electives.
Architecture 3242 counts as an Architecture elective.
Subject Course# Course Title Hours Attribute
Architecture 3242 Urban Seminar in Tokyo (spring only) 3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Total     15  

 

 

Bachelor of Science in Facilities Management (Year 3 & 4) 

 

Junior Year - Fall
Subject Course# Course Title Hours Attribute
Architecture 3097 Introduction to Facility Management (fall only) 3 WI
Architecture 3152 Materials & Methods 4  
Accounting 2101 Financial Accounting 3  
Real Estate 3501 Real Estate Fundamentals 3  
Human Resource Management 1101 Leadership & Organizational Management 3  
Total     16  
 
Junior Year - Spring
Subject Course# Course Title Hours Attribute
Architecture 3013 Project Planning & Programming 3  
Architecture 3354 Sustainability & Architecture 3  
Economics 1102 Microeconomic Principles 3  
Real Estate 3502 Real Estate Practice 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx* Global/World Society 3 GG
Total     15  
*Successful completion of an approved study abroad program provides a waiver from the Global/World Society area of GenEd
 
Senior Year - Fall
Subject Course# Course Title Hours Attribute
Architecture 3012 Computer Aided Facility Management (fall only) 3  
Architecture 4011 Research Methods for Facility Management (fall only) 3  
Architecture 4296 Design, Behavior & Culture 3 WI
Legal Studies 1102 Law of Contracts 3  
Statistics 2103 Business Statistics 4  
Total     16  
 
Senior Year - Spring
Subject Course# Course Title Hours Attribute
Architecture 4099 Capstone Research Seminar for Facility Management (spring only) 4  
Management Science/
Operations Management
3101 Operations Management 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Architecture   Architecture Elective 3  
Total     13  
 
Total Credits for the B.S. in Facilities Management: 122  
 
Rome Option
Students who plan to study abroad are encouraged to meet with an advisor as early as the freshman year.
While the grid below suggests appropriate coursework, a semester abroad would require using free electives
that ordinarily would be taken in other semesters. It will take careful planning with an advisor to ensure that
the degree is completed as efficiently as possible, and that courses normally taken in the spring of junior year
on Main campus are completed before the semester abroad. Architecture 3241 counts as an Architecture elective.
Subject Course# Course Title Hours Attribute
Architecture 3241 Seminar Analysis of Urban Structure in Rome  3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Total     16  
 
 
Japan Option
Students who plan to study abroad are encouraged to meet with an advisor as early as the freshman year.
While the grid below suggests appropriate coursework, a semester abroad would require using free electives
that ordinarily would be taken in other semesters. It will take careful planning with an advisor to ensure that
the degree is completed as efficiently as possible, and that courses normally taken in the spring of junior year
on Main campus are completed before the semester abroad.

GenEd courses are offered at the Japan campus and can be substituted where appropriate for Free electives. 
Architecture 3242 counts as an Architecture elective.
Subject Course# Course Title Hours Attribute
Architecture 3242 Urban Seminar in Tokyo (spring only) 3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Total     15  
         

 

Following a student's matriculation into the Architecture Program, transfer credits for architecture courses are accepted only from accredited architectural programs in four-year institutions.  Students must receive permission in advance to take courses at other institutions. All university policies governing this process will be enforced.

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