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  Academic Programs / Art & Architecture

Architecture

Lindsay Bremner, Chair
Engineering & Architecture Building, Room 909
1947 North 12th Street
215-204-9414
archinfo@temple.edu
www.temple.edu/architecture

 

About the Architecture Department

The Architecture Department is essentially urban in character. The program treats the city itself as a primary laboratory of study for the student. The wide variety of neighborhoods, public buildings, and major urban design projects in Philadelphia serve as examples for evaluation and study. The Program offers the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited Bachelor of Architecture degree (five-year) and the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree (four-year). The Architecture curricula share a common two-year Basic Studies Program. Upon successful completion of this preparatory program, students may either continue in the Bachelor of Science in Architecture curriculum or apply for acceptance into the Professional Bachelor of Architecture degree program. Admission to the Bachelor of Architecture Program is competitive and requires a minimum GPA of 2.75 and excellent portfolio. Completion of minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

The five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.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. 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. Bachelor of Architecture majors have the opportunity of a semester in Temple Rome in either their third or fourth year. A similar program in Temple Japan is under development.

The four-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture (B.S. in Architecture) degree is designed to develop a strong base in architectural technology and practice upon which students may develop additional areas of special competence. 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.

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 NAAB, which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes two types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture and the Master of Architecture. A program may be granted a six-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on its degree of conformance with established educational standards. Master's degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree, which, when earned sequentially, comprise an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.


Students must satisfy all University Core requirements in addition to major requirements.

Architecture Basic Studies Courses (Year 1 & 2)

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
ARCH        1001 Introduction to Design & the Environment  3 AR
ARCH       1011 Design Foundation I 2  
ARCH      1031 Design Fundamentals I 4  
ARCH      1012 Design Foundation II 2  
ARCH 1032 Design Fundamentals II 4  
ARCH        2131 Architectural Design I 6  
ARCH      2132 Architectural Design II 6  
ARCH 2141 Architectural History: Ancient through Early Renaissance 3 AR
ARCH 2142 Architectural History: Late Renaissance through 20th Century 3 AR
ARCH  2151 Architecture, Technology, & the Environment 3  
ARCH  2152 Architectural Materials & Methods of Construction 4  

Required Courses Also Satisfying University Core

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
MATH 1031 Differential & Integral Calculus 4 QB
Physics  1021 Introduction to General Physics I 4 SA
Physics  1022 Introduction to General Physics II 4 SB

After completion of Architecture Basic Studies, students will follow either the Bachelor of Science in Architecture Curriculum or the Bachelor of Architecture curriculum.  (Separate application is required for Bachelor of Architecture.) 

Bachelor of Science in Architecture (Year 3 & 4)

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
ARCH       3174 Site Investigations 3  
ARCH      3243 Movements in Modern Architecture 3  
ARCH      3251 Structural Analysis for Architects 3  
ARCH       3252 Structural Design for Architects I 3  
ARCH      4253 Structural Design for Architects II 4  
ARCH    4351 Environmental Control Systems for Buildings 3  
ARCH      4096 Professional Practice 3 WI*
ARCH   Required electives from remaining Architecture Program Courses and approved courses from associated disciplines 24  
    University Free Electives 6  
         
*Indicates Writing Capstone

Bachelor of Architecture (Year 3, 4, 5) 

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
ARCH        3174 Site Investigations 3  
ARCH      3251 Structural Analysis for Architects 3  
ARCH      3252 Structural Design for Architects I 3  
ARCH      4253 Structural Design for Architects II 4  
ARCH       3243 Movements in Modern Architecture 3  
ARCH      3231 Architectural Design III 6  
ARCH      3232 Architectural Design IV 6  
ARCH      4331 Architectural Design V 6  
ARCH       4332 Architectural Design VI 6  
ARCH      4351 Environmental Control Systems for Buildings 3  
ARCH      4096 Professional Practice 3 WI
ARCH      4596 Architectural Seminar I 3 WI*
ARCH      4431 Advanced Architectural Design 6  
ARCH      4699 Architectural Thesis 6  
ARCH      4671 Thesis Program Prep 3  
ARCH      4691 Thesis Advising I 1  
ARCH      4791 Thesis Advising II 1  
ARCH        Required electives from remaining Architecture Program Courses 6  
    University Free Electives 12  
         
*Indicates Writing Capstone

A total of 125 s.h. is required for completion of the Bachelor of Science in Architecture; 157 s.h. is required for completion of the Bachelor of Architecture degree.

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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