Program Objectives

There are two primary objectives of the BS in Architecture and Sustainability program:

1) To prepare graduates for employment in the architectural profession at career-entry levels;

2) To prepare graduates to continue their education in a NAAB accredited Master of Architecture  program, leading to licensure as an architect.

To this end, students who complete the program will possess the ability to:

  • Produce professional-quality graphic presentations and technical documents
  • Conduct independent and directed research to gather information about architectural and community planning problems
  • Develop fundamental design concepts
  • Demonstrate collaborative skills and synthesis thinking
  • Practice responsible approaches to environmental conservation
  • Demonstrate knowledge of building materials and assemblies
  • Demonstrate an understanding of structural systems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of building environmental and control systems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the technology and aesthetics of building envelope systems
  • Integrate building codes and systems, including HVACR, electrical, life-safety, communication, and acoustics, into comprehensive architectural solutions

 

Traditionally, 50% of a graduating class seeks and finds employment within architecture or engineering firms.  The other 50% continue their education and transfer to Master of Architecture programs that include:

  • Ball State University
  • Clemson University
  • Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (Grand Rapids)
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Carolina