Architecture is the art and science of building. As a meeting place of the arts and sciences, it is innately interdisciplinary and has continuing vitality as a field of study or a life career. Students of architecture investigate both the broad relationships between human and natural forces and the relationships between materials and technologies required to realize architecture as built form. The college program is organized with the design studio as the element of focus.

Today, the architect may be involved with the design of a new community, a complex of buildings, an individual structure, or the smallest details of interior space. Architects may also be involved in programming and pre-design activities, site analysis, financial feasibility, user needs analysis, management, administration, and related issues. The College of Architecture prepares students to participate in this broad spectrum of challenges in the shaping of our built environment.

The College of Architecture has an NAAB accredited five-year program.


The College of Architecture offers a five-year program leading to the professional degree, Bachelor of Architecture. The program is organized around courses in five areas of study: history and theory, design and communication, technologies, practice and management and a general education curriculum supported by University electives. The first year is preprofessional. The professional years are composed of two parts: a two-year core (the second and third years) and the fourth and fifth years, which provide opportunities for design studio options, foreign studies and a senior project. Fourth- and fifth-year design studio options are offered in desert architecture, historic preservation, community design, computer-aided design, building design, design competitions and energy-conscious design. Offerings vary each year according to faculty availability. New options may be introduced.

The College also offers a program of study leading to the Master of Architecture degree. Areas of particular emphasis in the graduate program are desert architecture (including technological and cultural aspects of sustainability) and design communication (including verbal, graphic and multi-media studies). Two years of full-time study are normally recommended; however, students with a five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree from an accredited school of architecture may be able to complete the degree in less time. See the Graduate Catalog for additional information.



PREPROFESSIONAL YEAR (FIRST YEAR)-See "Admission to Particular Colleges, Schools and Programs" in the Admission to the University section of this catalog. Admission to full standing in the College of Architecture requires all entering first-year students to present 15 units of acceptable high school credit as shown in following chart:

In some cases, students deficient in one or more of the high school courses listed above may be permitted to enter the College of Architecture. Applicants with a deficiency in intermediate algebra should take MATH 116. All entrance deficiencies must be removed prior to admission to the professional phase of the program.

Applicants are advised to include among their electives additional courses in mathematics, such as trigonometry and advanced algebra.

Students who have made a decision to pursue professional education in architecture are strongly advised to seek admission to the College of Architecture at their first opportunity in order to minimize the time required to complete the professional degree.

Students in the preprofessional year may not enroll in required professional phase courses except upon petition to the Student Affairs Committee. Preprofessional students may, however, enroll in some architecture elective courses.

Subject                        High School Units 

    English                              4
    Algebra I                            1
    Plane Geometry                       1
    Algebra II                           1
    American History and Social Studies  2
    Physics or Chemistry                 1
    Laboratory Science*                  1
    Electives                            4

*Physics and Chemistry preferred.

PROFESSIONAL PHASE (SECOND-FIFTH YEARS)-Admission to the professional phase is highly competitive. The number of students admitted is limited by the resources of the college. Selections are made only once a year in early summer for the fall term. Cumulative and architecture grade-point averages above 3.000 are normally required for admission.

Students must apply to the College of Architecture for admission into the professional phase. To be considered for professional phase admission, students must have completed all preprofessional courses, except electives, be in good academic standing (both cumulative and architecture), have removed any high-school deficiencies, have submitted an "archfolio" of creative work, and have filed an application with the college.

Minimum requirements in the professional phase include courses in five areas of study:

1. Design and Communication-201, 202, 301, 302, 401, 402, 451, 452 (6 units each), 212, 222 (3 units each)-54 units.

2. Practice and Management-270, 439, 459 (3 units each), 226, 227 (2 units each)-13 units.

3. Architectural Technologies-235, 236, 318, 328, 335, 336, 418, 428 (3 units each)-24 units.

4. History and Theory-324, 334 (4 units each), 484 (2 units), plus 6 units of architectural history options-16 units.

5. General Education Electives-fine arts (3), social sciences and humanities (6), science and technology (6), business, management and government (6), open (9), architecture
(6)-36 units. (Twelve of these 36 units must be in upper-division courses.)

COMPUTER REQUIREMENT-Professional Phase students are required to purchase laptop computers. Contact the College of Architecture for information and specifications.

TRANSFER STUDENTS-Applicants who are applying for transfer from other colleges or Universities must present the same high school units as required for admission to the preprofessional year and also must meet the general University and college admission requirements as stated in this catalog. Except in cases of exceptional merit, transfer credit for required College of Architecture courses will be allowed only for work taken in an architectural program that is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.

Transfer applicants applying for advanced standing must forward a portfolio of their work to the College of Architecture at the time their application for admission is sent to the Office of Admissions. The portfolio should include unofficial copies of all transcripts.

Students transferring from community colleges, other disciplines, or programs not accredited by NAAB will normally be required to spend a minimum of one semester in the preprofessional year and should consider enrolling at mid year, in January, if they wish to be considered for admission to the professional phase for the following August. Prospective transfer students should correspond directly with the college for advice regarding their status. Selections for professional phase admission are made only once per year in summer for the fall term. College resources do not allow midyear admission into the first semester of the professional phase.

APPLICATION DEADLINES-Students apply to the Office of Admissions and New Student Enrollment. Applications received by November 1 receive priority service. April 1 is the deadline for out-of-state freshman applicants. Students seeking advanced placement or admission to the professional phase should also correspond directly with the college for additional deadlines, information and applications.

GRADUATE STANDING-Prospective domestic graduate students must apply directly to the College of Architecture. Prospective international graduate students must apply directly to the Graduate College. For graduate standing admission requirements, refer to the Graduate Catalog.


For advancement in any particular course sequence in the professional phase, individual course prerequisites must have been satisfied, and a cumulative grade-point average of 2.000 or better must have been maintained for the preceding academic year. For advancement to the final year, the student must have completed all requirements in the lower years.

Preprofessional Year Required Curriculum (Recommended Sequence)

First Year 

    First Semester                       Second Semester 

    Subject              Units            Subject              Units

    ENGL 101               3              ENGL 102              3
    MATH 117R/S1           3              PHYS 102a             3
    MATH 1181              2              PHYS 180a             1
    ARCH 118 or 112        3 or 2         ARCH 112 or 118       2 or 3
    Elective2 or ARCH 114  3              ARCH 114 or Elective2 3
    Total                  14 or 13       Elective2             3
                                          Total                 15 or 16
Professional Phase Required Curriculum (Recommended Sequence)
Second Year 

First Semester Second Semester Subject Units Subject Units ARCH 201 6 ARCH 202 6 ARCH 212 3 ARCH 222 3 ARCH 226 2 ARCH 227(3) 2 ARCH 235(3) 3 ARCH 236(3) 3 Elective4 or ARCH 270 3 ARCH 270 or Elective4 3 Total 17 Total 17 Third Year First Semester Second Semester Subject Units Subject Units ARCH 301 6 ARCH 302 6 ARCH 318 3 ARCH 328(3) 3 ARCH 336(3) 3 ARCH 335(3) 3 ARCH 324(3*) 4 ARCH 334(3) 4 Total 16 Total 16 Fourth Year First Semester Second Semester Subject Units Subject Units ARCH 401 6 ARCH 402 6 ARCH 418(3) 3 ARCH 428(3) 3 ARCH 439(3) 3 Elective4 3 Arch Hist. Option3,5 3 Arch. Hist. Option3,5 3 Elective4 3 Elective4 3 Total 18 Total 18 Fifth Year First Semester Second Semester Subject Units Subject Units ARCH 451 6 ARCH 452 6 ARCH 459 3 Elective4 3 ARCH 484 2 Elective4 3 Elective4 3 Elective4 3 Elective4 3 Elective4 3 Total 17 Total 18

1One 3-unit calculus course may be used to meet the algebra and trigonometry requirement. High school courses may not be used to meet the math requirement except AP calculus with college credit.

2Electives are not required for admission to the Professional Phase.

3Course may be taken in another year but must be completed prior to entrance to the
fifth year.

4A total of 36 units of electives are required and must be selected from 4 general areas of knowledge (Fine Arts, Humanities, Science, Business) plus open and architecture electives. Twelve of these 36 units must be in upper-division courses. Refer to the Elective Group List, available from the college, for guidance.

5Architectural History Options include the following: ARCH 404, 414, 424, 434, 464, 466 and selected courses from other colleges. Contact the College of Architecture for a list of the approved courses.



The activities of the college are housed in the Architecture Building, which was constructed in 1966 and expanded in 1970 and 1978. It is a three-story facility that houses the majority of the design studios, classrooms and seminar rooms, a large and completely equipped audio-visual lecture hall, model shop, faculty offices, exhibition areas, archives and the college library. The library has an extensive collection of books and periodicals about architecture and related environmental design fields. An important and active part of this resource is the 35mm slide collection covering the historical and contemporary architecture of the world.

Accreditation and Affiliations

The program is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Most states require that an individual intending to become an architect hold an accredited degree. There are two types of degrees that are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board: (1) The Bachelor of Architecture, which requires a minimum of five years of study, and (2) The Master of Architecture which requires a minimum of three years of study following an unrelated bachelor's degree or two years following a related preprofessional bachelor's degree. These professional degrees are structured to educate those who aspire to registration/licensure as architects.

The four-year preprofessional degree, where offered, is not accredited by the NAAB. The preprofessional degree is useful for those wishing a foundation in the field of architecture, as preparation for either continued education in a professional degree program or for employment options in architecturally related areas. The College of Architecture is affiliated with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and recognizes a chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students. There is a regular liaison with the Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and AIA Arizona, both of which lend support to the college.

Placement Services

Arizona graduates tend to work nationally and internationally. The College regularly receives requests from firms in all regions of the country seeking to employ Arizona graduates. These are referred to fifth-year students who arrange their own interviews. Some firms come to the college to interview graduating seniors. Other firms offer third- and fourth-year students summer internships with the goal of hiring those
students upon graduation. Many fifth-year students target a specific city or region of the country and arrange interviews during the spring break of the fifth year. The University Career and Placement Service also provides employment assistance for fifth-year and former students. Positions are normally available for all graduates willing to relocate.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

All architecture majors are eligible to apply for university scholarships and aid. In addition, for students in the professional phase of the program there are special College of Architecture scholarships, as well as a short-term loan fund. For further information, refer to the section on Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Awards and Honors

Outstanding student accomplishments are recognized each year through the presentation of a number of awards, including the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award, the National School Medal of the American Institute of Architects, the Henry Adams Fund Award, the National School Medal of Alpha Rho Chi and Faculty Commendation Awards. The Dean's List citation goes to all students who attain a grade average of 3.500 or better for a semester while carrying no fewer than 15 units of work.

Student Guidance

Each entering student is assigned a faculty advisor who is available for guidance and counseling throughout the academic year. The faculty advisors maintain regular office hours and students are encouraged to review their progress and problems with their advisors.