Department of Architecture

The Department of Architecture provides training in the art and science of architectural design. Its broadly based curriculum is structured as a two plus three year program, including course offerings in architectural design, architectural technology, architectural practice, urban planning, and architectural history and theory.

Graduates enter the profession as capable architect interns qualified to become registered architects. They are capable of solving a variety of design problems, ranging from simple building design or site planning to the design of building complexes and urban design.

 

Bachelor of Architecture

The program of study in architecture is structured as a two plus three year curriculum. The professional degree, Bachelor of Architecture, is conferred upon the completion of the total five years of study. The first two years, referred to as the Pre-Architecture program, provide students with the proper foundation in liberal arts courses such as composition, mathematics, physics, world history and humanities. Students also take introductory courses in architectural design, graphics, architectural history and building systems during the freshman and sophomore years.


Before a sophomore can advance to the third year of the curriculum, the student must apply for admission into the three-year Professional Program. This consists of an application which confirms that all first and second year (Pre-Architecture) courses, except MATH 0207 or 0227, but including the English Proficiency Examination and one Humanities elective have been satisfactorily completed. In addition, a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 overall, and a 2.50 in architecture courses must be earned. Lastly, the student must present a portfolio of graphic work, produced during his/her first two years, which will illustrate an expected level of competence. (Transfer applicants for the Architecture Program who receive transfer credit for courses from the first two years must also meet the requirements described above.)


Upon acceptance into the Professional Program, the student begins the third year of study. These final three years make up the Professional Program. In this portion of the curriculum, students take courses in architectural design, environmental control systems, structural design, construction, architectural history, urban planning and architectural practice.


The architectural curriculum is continually evaluated by its administrators, faculty, and students to insure that it maintains the high standards required by the National Architectural Accrediting Board and remains sensitive to current significant problems and issues of our society. The program also strives to minimize the traditional schism between the non-academic and the academic world through design studios, field trips, and visiting lecturers.

Accreditation

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.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitutes an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The Tuskegee University, Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science, Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited program:

B. Arch (170 undergraduate credits)

Next Accreditation visit for this program: 2017

Accreditation Reports
2011 APR (Architectural Program Report)
2011 VTR (Visiting Team Report)
Annual Reports
NAAB Responses
NAAB Final Decision Letter

Career Development
ArchCareers.org
Towards an Evolution of Studio Culture
The Emerging Professional's Companion
The NCARB Handbook for Interns and Architects

NAAB Conditions and Procedures
2009 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation
2010 NAAB Procedures for Accreditation

Architectural Registration Exam
    Overview
    Pass Rates

 

NCARB
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards


AIA
American Institute
of Architects

NOMA
National Organization
of Minority Architects

ACSA
Association of Collegiate
Schools of Architecture

AIAS
American Institute
of Architecture Students

NOMAS
National Organization of
Minority Architecture Students

 

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