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Architectural Studies

Program Description

The primary mission of the architecture program is to provide a comprehensive education in design, history and theory, technology, and practice. The architecture program is dedicated to the education of future architects who are intellectually aware and who critically understand social, political, and global conditions that influence our built environment.

The architecture program in the SDC offers a unique architectural education through both our undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our program is highly integrated, providing students with disciplinary as well as collaborative skills that are needed to succeed in the profession. Architecture students have many opportunities for off-campus experiences via study tours and foreign studies programs. Studio critiques and portfolio reviews held in Seattle offer additional exposure to industry professionals and the urban environment.

The Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies provides a foundation in architecture through intensive studio and technical courses as well as integrated courses and experiences with allied disciplines. The undergraduate degree is designed for those who anticipate continuing their professional educations through accredited graduate programs, or who may choose to work in architecturally related fields.

At Washington State University’s School of Design and Construction, the Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree program is the degree fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Visit the M.Arch program page for requirements, application information, and more.

Career Opportunities

Architects can be individual designers in private practice, part of a corporate group, city planners, environmental systems designers or work in related disciplines such as planning, technology, project and community development, or within government agencies. A critical aspect of architectural education is to understand important environmental issues, such as energy, materials, density, and fabrication systems.

Employers value the knowledge that WSU students develop in these areas. Architects must be well versed in many disciplines and able to effectively communicate and work with a diversity of professionals. Architects must understand and respect the values that other disciplines bring to a project and learn to integrate multiple ideas through collaborative “design thinking.”

Both the undergraduate and graduate programs in architecture at the School of Design and Construction establish an educational experience that can be applied to a lifelong career that advances the betterment of our communities, cities and natural environment. There are a variety of career prep services offered through the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture’s Internships and Career Services office.

Involvement with the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) chapter provides students opportunities to engage in community service projects, help with school functions, and participate in national conferences and events. To earn a license and become an architect, you will need to document real-world experience through the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®). Developed by NCARB and required by most U.S. licensing boards, the AXP provides a framework to guide you through earning and reporting your professional experience. It is never too early to get started. Learn more about the AXP requirements here.

Schedule of Studies

Articulation Agreements

The architectural studies program at WSU has articulation transfer agreements with the following colleges:


Jaime Rice
Academic Program Manager


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