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  Academic Programs / Art & Architecture

Architecture

M. Katherine Wingert-Playdon, Chair
Engineering & Architecture Building, Room 915
1947 North 12th Street
215-204-7903
archinfo@temple.edu
www.temple.edu/architecture

 

About the Architecture Department

Temple University is located in Philadelphia, one of America’s founding cities. It and architectural practice have been transformed by post-industrialization, global restructuring and the urgent imperative to reduce its carbon footprint. Our pedagogy and research are framed by this urban and professional condition. The city is used as a laboratory for critical engagement and architectural enquiry, and as a lens for global investigations.

The Department 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 an 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 and/or Temple Japan in either their third or fourth year.

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 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 preprofessional 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."

Temple Rome and Temple Japan offers architecture courses to students in their junior or senior years of study in the fall semester (Japan), or fall and spring semesters (Rome).  Admission to these programs is competitive.  Applications are made through the Temple International Program's Office.

As of Fall 2010, the Architecture Department will be offering three new four-year undergraduate degrees and a new two-year graduate degree - Bachelor of Science in Architecture (pre-professional), Bachelor of Science in Facility Management, Bachelor of Science in Architectural Preservation and Master of Architecture (professional). The Bachelor of Science in Architecture (pre-professional) and the Master of Architecture (professional) will replace the Bachelor of Architecture as a National Architecture Accreditation Board (NAAB, www.naab.org) accredited professional education. The last intake into the freshman year of the Bachelor of Architecture and the existing Bachelor of Science in Architecture will be in Fall 2009. Thereafter, they will be phased out year by year until Spring 2013 (B.S. Arch) and 2014 (B. Arch). Students will have until Spring 2016 (B.S. Arch) and Spring 2018 (B.Arch.) to complete the requirements for these degrees. For further information, consult the department's web site at www.temple.edu/architecture.

University Requirements

All students are required to complete a set of university requirements: General Education (GenEd) or Core.

  • New freshmen starting in the 2009-2010 academic year are required to complete the GenEd curriculum in addition to major requirements.
  • New transfer students starting in the 2009-2010 academic year are required to complete the Core curriculum in addition to major requirements.

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 RCI column.

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.

 

Architecture Basic Studies Courses (Year 1 & 2)

1st Semester - Fall
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
ARCH        1001 Introduction to Design & the Environment  3 AR
ARCH       1011 Design Representation I 2  
ARCH      1031 Design Fundamentals I 4  
MATH 1031 Differential & Integral Calculus 4 QB
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
Total     17  
 
2nd Semester - Spring
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
ARCH      1012 Design Representation II 2  
ARCH 1032 Design Fundamentals II 4  
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Total     15  
 
3rd Semester - Fall
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
ARCH      2131 Architectural Design I 6  
ARCH 2141 Architectural History: Ancient through Early Renaissance 3 AR
ARCH 2151 Architecture, Technology, & the Environment 3  
Physics 1021 Introduction to General Physics I 4 SA
Total     16  
 
4th Semester - Spring
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
ARCH      2132 Architectural Design II 6  
ARCH 2142 Architectural History: Late Renaissance through 20th Century 3 AR
ARCH 2152 Architectural Materials & Methods of Construction 4  
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
Total     16  

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)

5th Semester - Fall
Department Course# Course Name Hours RCI
ARCH      3243 Movements in Modern Architecture 3  
ARCH      3251 Structural Analysis for Architects 3  
ARCH   Elective 3  
ARCH   Elective 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
Total     15  
 
6th Semester - Spring
Department Course# Course Name Hours RCI
ARCH       3252 Structural Design for Architects I 3  
ARCH        Elective 3  
ARCH        Elective 3  
Elective   University Free Elective 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3 GA
Total     15  
 
7th Semester - Fall
Department Course# Course Name Hours RCI
ARCH      4253 Structural Design for Architects II 4  
ARCH    4351 Environmental Control Systems for Buildings 3  
Elective   University Free Elective 3  
Elective   University Free Elective 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Total     16  
 
8th Semester - Spring
Department Course# Course Name Hours RCI
ARCH      4096 Professional Practice 3 WI*
ARCH        Elective 3  
ARCH   Elective 3  
    University Free Elective 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Total     15  
*Indicates Writing Capstone
 
Total Credits for the B.S. in Architecture: 125  

 

Bachelor of Architecture (Year 3, 4, & 5) 

5th Semester - Fall
Department Course# Course Name Hours RCI
ARCH 3174 Site Investigations 3  
ARCH 3231 Architectural Design III 6  
ARCH      3243 Movements in Modern Architecture 3  
ARCH 3251 Structural Analysis for Architects 3  
Total     15  
 
6th Semester - Spring
Department Course# Course Name Hours RCI
ARCH      3232 Architectural Design IV 6  
ARCH      3252 Structural Design for Architects I 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
Total     15  
 
7th Semester - Fall
Department Course# Course Name Hours RCI
ARCH      4253 Structural Design for Architects II 4  
ARCH 4331 Architectural Design V 6  
ARCH      4351 Environmental Systems 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Total     16  
 
8th Semester - Spring
Department Course# Course Name Hours RCI
ARCH      4096 Professional Practice 3 WI*
ARCH      4332 Architectural Design VI 6  
ARCH 4596 Seminar in Architectural Theory 3 WI*
ARCH   Elective 3  
Total     15  
*Indicates Writing Capstone
 
9th Semester - Fall
Department Course# Course Name Hours RCI
ARCH      4431 Advanced Architectural Design 6  
ARCH      4671 Thesis Program Prep 3  
ARCH 4691 Thesis Advising I 1  
ARCH   Elective 3  
Elective   University Free Elective (Arch courses excluded) 3  
Total     16  
 
10th Semester - Spring
Department Course# Course Name Hours RCI
ARCH      4699 Architectural Thesis 6  
ARCH      4791 Thesis Advising II 1  
ARCH   University Free Elective (Arch courses excluded) 3  
ARCH   University Free Elective (Arch courses excluded) 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Total     16  
 
Total Credits for the Bachelor of Architecture: 157  

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.

Students who elect to study abroad will be required to register for Architecture 3146 on Main Campus during their study abroad semester.

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