Interim Head of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture and Associate Professor
The Architecture Program is a five-year program, that leads to an accredited professional Bachelor of Architecture degree. The professional Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.) is a fully accredited program by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. The five-year curriculum is structured as two stages of study: Pre-Architecture and Professional studies. Service learning opportunities form an important component in the curriculum. After graduating with this degree and successfully completing a six-month internship, graduates are eligible to begin taking the ARE licensing exams.
Students apply for admission to the Bachelor of Interior Architecture Program during their second year of the Architecture Program. The Interior Architecture Program has a separate admissions process in addition to the same basic admissions requirements as the Architecture Program because students are pursuing both degrees concurrently. At the end of five years and two summers of study, the ARIA student receives a Bachelor of Interior Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Architecture degree. The Interior Architecture (ARIA) curriculum prepares the graduate as a specialist in shaping the exteriors and the interiors of design environments
The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design is a flexible multi-disciplinary degree. The degree content includes the five core environmental design courses, directed electives, and free electives. Students are encouraged to use the free electives to earn one or two minors. Two summers of coursework are required for the environmental design workshop course series. The degree is a good option for students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in design, planning, and construction related programs.
Pre-Landscape Architecture track of Environmental Design is preparation for the Master of Landscape Architecture Graduate Program. The Master of Landscape Architecture is a two-year professional program degree. The Auburn University Master of Landscape Architecture prepares students for careers as creative and adaptive landscape architects. All the components of our program are therefore designed to teach and model emerging real world conditions. We do this by treating the issues facing the world as design problems that are investigated through the work students do in studios, seminars, workshops and lectures.
This ethos of investigation is born out of the major environmental issues facing societies around the world: resource depletion, climate change, urbanization, water shortages and desertification, energy crises, sea-level rise, suburbanization. Landscape architects now practice in a world in which design is a critical component of building new futures. In order to meet new environmental challenges through innovative and sensitive design, landscape architects need to be trained how to think speculatively as well as practically, how to make new terrains and new conditions for life, and how to reach out to communities composed of diverse peoples with diverse needs.
The Auburn MLA has developed three areas of inquiry, which guide and regulate its teaching and learning strategies. These are ecological urbanism, environmental justice, and global challenges. Together they make up what we call the critical practice of landscape architecture.
Everything in the Auburn University MLA curriculum has been crafted especially for the teaching of contemporary landscape design. Students have twelve hours of studio per week. This gives them plenty of time to develop skills, to work creatively, and to have meaningful sessions with professors. Class size is small: no more than sixteen students. Feedback, project discussion, and review is critical, informed, relevant, and focused. It is always thought-provoking and constructive, shaped to help students achieve their best.
Our research, teaching and outreach programs place a strategic emphasis on urban and regional landscape systems. Students work with real clients and communities, taking on local knowledge and helping organizations and groups to achieve their goals as participants in the building of our collective futures. Students also work with professors who have significant industry experience, learning not only the skills to become a professional landscape architect, but also the confidence and authority that comes with being a good communicator of their creative work.
That's why our students have no trouble finding employment in the professional landscape architecture practices they admire.
The Auburn Master of Landscape Architecture is a two-year, six semester program. Students with no design background are now able to complete the program in just over two years of full time study. Students who have a previous degree in architecture, urban design, or landscape architecture may, on application, achieve Advanced Placement into the program and complete it in just under two years of full time study.