Professor and Chair of Architecture
Enrollment in the professional program is limited. Eligibility for acceptance is based on successful completion of the first year courses.
Enrollment in the second year studios is limited and eligibility for acceptance to Architecture and Interior Architecture is based on performance in courses in the first year of the model curriculum. The Architecture Program offers two options for completing the Pre-Architecture first year of the model curriculum: the Foundation Unit Studio sequence and the Summer Design Studio sequence.
Auburn University students must receive an S in Fall semester ARCH classes to be admitted to Foundation Unit Spring semester studio sequence. Students accepted into the Foundation Unit Studio sequence may not defer their acceptance to another academic year. Students who fail to successfully complete the fall semester studio sequence or students not accepted into the Second Year Studio sequence at the end of the spring semester will not be readmitted to the Foundation Unit Program. These students may elect to participate in the following Summer Design Studio session and will be required to participate in the entire Summer program. Eligibility is dependent upon Summer Design criteria.
Auburn University students who successfully complete 27 hours, pass ARCH1000, General Physics I, and Calculus I or Math 1150, and achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.80 are eligible to be accepted into Summer Design Studio. In the event that all available Summer Design seats are not filled based on the stated criteria, the committee may opt to fill the remaining seats based on academic performance of the applicants. Summer Design Studio sequence is divided into two sessions. During the course of the first session, each student’s work is periodically ranked relative to her/his peers. At the end of the first session, the students with the highest rank-in-class are accepted into session two, subject to available space. Students not accepted to the Second Year Studio may elect to retake the entire sequence of courses during the following Summer Design Session if they meet the admission criteria or they may elect to change majors.
Admission to the Second Year Studio sequence is predicated on the receipt of a grade of C or better in both ARCH 1020 and ARCH 1420. The Grade Adjustment Policy may not be used to progress to Second Year Studio.
Transfer students in Architecture must meet the minimum requirements as set by Auburn University to be admitted to the College of Architecture, Design and Construction. They will be advised to begin with the Summer Design Studio Sequence. Transfer students also must meet the minimum qualifications for admission to Summer Design. Transfer students should contact CADC Student Services no later than January to request a space in the Summer Design Studio.
Foundation Unit Studio placement for transfer candidates is determined each year by the school head, the Architecture Program Chair, the First-Year Program coordinator and a representative from the Office of Student Services. Up to 20 percent of Foundation Unit Studio positions may be reserved for transfers each year; however, the positions will only be filled if the transferring student’s academic performance is competitive with the Foundation Unit Studio top tier ranking students from that academic year freshman admission round. It is possible to have a Foundation Unit Studio with no transfer students. Transfers accepted into the Foundation Unit Studio Sequence may not defer their acceptance to another academic year.
Transfer students from NAAB-accredited architecture programs, in addition to meeting the minimum requirements as set by Auburn University, will be evaluated by the Academic Review Committee (ARC) for placement. The ARC will determine the level of placement in the Professional Architecture Design Studio sequence or in the Pre-Architecture Program.
Professional programs are inherently more expensive to run than non-professional programs. They require more space, more personnel, a lower student-to-teacher ratio, access to a higher level of technology than most disciplines, and incur significant costs associated with achieving and maintaining accreditation from the appropriate specialized, national agencies. As a result, the College of Architecture, Design and Construction charges a professional fee to partially defray the difference between state funding and tuition, and the actual costs of our professional programs. Within each program, a professional fee charge of $2,160 is tied to enrollment in specific courses, which are noted on curriculum models. During semesters when students are enrolled in these classes they will be charged a professional fee.
Through the professional fees, the CADC continues to provide our students with rigorous and relevant academic experiences, which contribute to our programs being recognized as among the best in the nation.
The DESIGNhabitat project is the result of collaboration between the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at Auburn University, DesignAlabama, and the Alabama Association of Habitat Affiliates (AAHA). Begun in the summer of 2001, this partnership was initiated by DesignAlabama as a means to bring together the resources and expertise of Auburn University with Habitat for Humanity, perhaps the most significant “builder/developer” of affordable housing in Alabama.
During the third year of design studio, students are required to participate in at least one of a variety of field studies opportunities aimed at enriching students’ learning experience and preparing students for professional life. These opportunities include both an international studies program with a variety of options for study abroad as well as the possibility of participation in the Rural Studio—a program based in rural west Alabama where students engage local communities via hands-on service-learning projects to help meet needs of shelter and improved quality-of-life.
In addition to the required third year opportunities, students may have additional opportunities during their fifth year of study to participate in the Rural Studio or the Urban Studio—a design center in downtown Birmingham where upper-level students and faculty engage in community-centered, service-learning activities. Participation in each of these programs is limited, and students are allowed to participate based on academic standing, available resources, and a competitive selection process. Professional internships with practicing architects are recommended before the last year of study.
The Design Studio is a rare academic environment. In studio, one develops ideas, projects, and self by way of experimentation, collaboration, and expression. The Design Studio embodies a fragile balance between many personal spheres that overlap to create a series of dynamic relationships. It is only when equal respect is paid to all that the Studio environment can operate to its full potential. Without this balance, this equality and respect, the Studio environment can become unhealthy.
The right to have personal property respected.
When one’s work and property is not respected, the environment of the Studio suffers. No relationship can be founded on mistrust. Because the activity of Studio is about forming relationships, growth stops in Studio when trustful relationships cease.
The right to have an environment where all ideas and beliefs are respected.
Whether one agrees or disagrees with another’s belief, the Studio is a place that guarantees the right to express that belief without persecution, so long as it (the belief or idea) is respectful to others' beliefs.
The right to obtain knowledge from courses and experiences outside of Studio.
It should be recognized that courses outside of Studio (such as seminars, lectures, and off campus experiences) offer unique and valuable opportunities for learning, growth, and experience. The more experiences and knowledge one gains outside of Studio directly affects the Studio environment by way of allowing more connections to be made, and thus enriching the Architecture Program as a whole. Within the context of the learning objectives of a course or assignment, we have the right to establish our own research agendas, and expect full faculty support.
The right to a healthy environment.
A healthy studio environment that is orderly, safe, and free from toxins (whether physical, social or cultural) is crucial to the development of a studio space. Just as our bodies function better while healthy, a Design studio functions better while healthy.
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 professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program: B. Arch (159 undergraduate credits).
Most recent accreditation visit for our program: 2011. Next visit: 2017.
Auburn University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture is committed to providing advanced educational facilities and experiences for students in preparation for professional life, both inside and outside of traditional design and planning practices. To provide the level of digital input technologies that professional education demands, students are required to purchase a laptop computer along with a suite of software that coordinates with both studio and classroom instruction upon entry to the second year of the Architecture program.
A “Paradigmatic Approach” to the delivery of digital media is practiced in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. Rather than focusing on how a task is accomplished, we are more interested in why it is approached in a certain way. Please refer to the list of hardware and mainstream software that are required; your interests may dictate the use and acquisition of tools and software outside of the mainstream. The school is primarily a Windows environment, but most other operating systems (OS), such as Mac OS X, are welcome and will be treated the same as Windows-based computers. Many students and faculty use Apple computers running the Macintosh OS. Macintosh computers are compatible with CADC's Windows environment with only a few minor incompatibility problems. You can set your Macintosh to boot both OS X as well as a Windows 7 to overcome most compatibility problems. Access to network resources like network shares will be available to all common operating systems. However, certain mainstream applications are only available for the Windows Operating System*.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (Virtual Lab)
The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture maintains a virtual lab, utilizing a VMware interface. The virtual lab can be accessed from your personal laptop and is configured with specialty software for the program. The use of school-provided virtual lab is contingent upon your laptop meeting the minimum hardware requirements that follow. The virtual lab can be accessed from a Windows or Macintosh environment.
High-end color printers and plotters are located throughout the building near studios. Scanners, comprised of regular, wide, and large format, are available for student use. The Library of Architecture, Design and Construction (LADC) has digital and A/V equipment available for checkout. The shop is equipped with three laser cutters, a CNC Router, and dedicated computers for running the equipment.
Please note that there are different requirements for Architecture and Landscape Architecture.
When selecting the hardware specifications for a laptop, consider that the minimum hardware specs (outline below) should provide an APLA Student with around three years of reliable service. In most cases, students will not need such a robust machine for the first three years of studio. Most students in the lower year level studios only run specific software that do not require such powerful laptops. In most cases, an “off the shelf” laptop, with the 3rd year and below specifications, will suffice. If the occasion does arrive where more power is needed, the Virtual Lab offers a great alternative. You may choose to wait to purchase a robust laptop with the specs below until the beginning of 4th year studio.
Minimum Requirements for Architecture (3rd year and below)
Windows 7,8,10 or OS X 10.9 or above
512MB Video Card
512GB to 1TB
1TB External Drive for Backups
8GB USB Drive
Minimum Requirements for Architecture (4th year and above)
Windows 7,8,10 or OS X 10.9 or above
Multi-Core Intel Xeon or Intel i7
16GB of RAM
2GB Video Card
1TB, 7200RPM HardDrive or 512GB SSD
2TB External Drive for Backups
16GB USB Drive
All applications for admission to undergraduate programs within the College of Architecture, Design and Construction (CADC) at Auburn must be completed through the Auburn Undergraduate Admissions office.
No. Many high schools do not teach art classes. Our studios provide the design fundamentals needed to be a successful designer. Admissions are primarily based on a student’s grade point average and SAT or ACT score. If you have questions regarding the admission requirements, please contact the AU Undergraduate Admissions Office.
Courses in Math, Science, and English are the best preparatory courses. These classes show dedication to one’s learning and are the best preparation for taking the ACT/ SAT exam. Art and architecture classes are encouraged, but not required.
If you are a high school student trying to decide on a foreign language, we recommend Spanish or Italian. Many of our study abroad opportunities travel through Italy and several countries in South America.
You may access the AP and IB information through the Registrar’s website to determine how this type of credit will transfer to Auburn.
Several forms of financial assistance are available to students, including scholarships, grants by federal agencies, as well as low and moderate-interest, federally-insured loans, including subsidized loan programs.
Interested students can obtain detailed and updated information directly from the University Office of Financial Aid.
Visit the scholarship page for more information for scholarship opportunities within the college and program.
Please see the section entitled Transfer Students above for Iinformation for undergraduate students currently enrolled at other universities or enrolled in other majors at Auburn on applying to the Pre-Architecture or Pre-Landscape Architecture Programs.
We refer to currently enrolled Auburn undergraduate students who want to change their major and transfer into our programs as “internal transfers”. All students must have a 2.8 GPA to transfer. Pick up your change of major form from your current student services office along with your file and make an appointment to see one of our program advisors by emailing Deborah Jordan, or call 334.844.5350.
Students enrolled at Auburn who are accepted through the Internal transfer process are all required to take the appropriate Summer Studio.
You would be classified as an “external transfer student”. You need to apply for admission through the Auburn Undergraduate Admissions Office.
Pre-Architecture and Pre-Landscape Architecture students admitted through the external transfer process will be required to take the Summer Design prior to entering the fall semester of the academic year in which application has been made. Placement during the fall semester will be determined upon completion of the summer session.
All students pursuing an Architecture degree at Auburn must qualify for Summer Design and if accepted, will complete four or more years of study to receive a professional Bachelor of Architecture, fully-accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.
For more information about undergraduate admissions and curriculum, please contact Deborah Jordan in Student Services or make an appointment to see an advisor, or call 334.844.5350.