Bachelor of Architecture
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 6 month internship, graduates are eligible to begin taking the ARE licensing exams.
Enrollment in the professional program is limited. Eligibility for
acceptance is based on successful completion of the first year courses.
First Year Admission
Foundation Unit Studio
sequence is offered to freshmen students who have previously demonstrated exemplary academic performance. Freshmen candidates will be admitted to the Foundation Unit Studio based on an academic performance ranking system that positions the top tier of applicants as measured by the candidate's test score (SAT/ACT), prior college credit GPA, high school GPA, AP or IB credit, and a placement survey. The top ranked tier of students will fill the available number of Foundation Unit Studio positions for freshmen. The number of available positions is determined yearly by the School Head, the Program Chair, the First Year Program Coordinator and Student Services. Students accepted into the Foundation Unit Studio sequence may not defer their acceptance to another academic year.
Fall Semester of the Foundation Unit consists of ARCH 1000, ARCH 1010, and ARCH 1060. Students must receive an "Satisfaction" in fall semester ARCH classes to be admitted to the Foundation Unit spring semester studio sequence of ARCH1020 and ARCH 1420.
Summer Design Studio
sequence is guaranteed to students who meet the following criteria: a minimum of 27 credit hours of university work, successful completion of ARCH 1000, Pre-Calculus Algebra and Trigonometry or Calculus I and General Physics I (Trig. Based) and a minimum 2.80 GPA. Students not meeting these criteria may be admitted on a space-available basis.
The Summer Design Studio sequence is divided into two parts. Part One consists of ARCH 1010. During the course of the first four weeks each student's work is periodically ranked relative to that of his/her peers. At the end of the first part the students with the highest rank-in-class are accepted into Part Two, subject to available space. Part Two consists of ARCH 1020, ARCH 1060 and ARCH 1420. Students must make a ―C‖ or better in classes from Part Two to advance to second year.
Transfer students must meet the minimum requirements as set by Auburn University to be admitted to the College of Architecture, Design & Construction. They will be advised to begin with the Summer Design Studio Sequence. Transfer students must meet the minimum qualifications for admission to Summer Design.
Foundation Unit Studio
placement for transfer candidates is determined each year by the School Head, Program Chair, the First Year Program Coordinator and Student Services. Up to 20% of Foundation Unit Studio positions may be re-served 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 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 required to submit transcripts, course descriptions and sylabi of all courses for which they seek credit. In the case of studio based design courses a portfolio may also be required and presented to the Academic Review Committee (ARC) for evaluation. The ARC will determine the level of placement in the design studio sequence. Courses completed in non-accredited programs will not be considered for advanced standing.
Matriculation to Second Year Studio Sequence
Admission to the Second Year Studio sequence is predicated on the receipt of a grade of "C" or better in both ARCH1020 and ARCH1420. The Grade Adjustment Policy may not be used to progress to Second Year Studio.
Foundation Unit students
that 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.
Summer Design 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.
5th Year Options Applications
Note: All students are required to fill out the On-Campus application. If you do not, you will not be considered for any of the three options. All applications should be delivered to Dudley Hall 104 unless specifically noted otherwise in the applications.
As a student in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction (CADC), you will be required to pay a professional fee in addition to your normal tuition. This fee is used to support our professional programs in regard to the provision of information technology infrastructure and the general needs of professional instruction.
Auburn University offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program:
Bachelor of Architecture (159 credit hours)
Information about NAAB Accreditation and supporting documentation.
In the event a grade of "D" or "F" is received in any required course in the major, a review is required for continuance in the program. Based on the outcome of this review, a student may be required to repeat the course or, in the case of design studios, the entire studio sequence for that respective year-level. Students receiving a second "D" when repeating a required course will be reviewed for continuance in the program. Similarly, a student receiving a majority of grades of "C" or poorer may be reviewed for continuance in the program.
Students must maintain professional standards of behavior, as outlined in the Tiger Cub, at all times while on university property and while participating in school sponsored trips, events and activities. Failure to do so may be grounds for dismissal from the program.
To proceed to the beginning sequence of design studio at third, fourth, and fifth year levels, the student must have completed all required prerequisite courses for that respective year-level, as indicated in the model curriculum. Enrollment in 3000-level SSCI courses will be limited to those students with a GPA of 2.5 or above and second-year standing in design studio.
Believing that the individual is better placed than the academic organization to manage the increased financial commitment required to provide the level digital input technologies that the professional education demands, the decision has been made to require students to purchase Laptop computers upon entry to the Architecture and Landscape Architecture programs, along with a suite of software that coordinates with both studio and classroom instruction.
- Barthel, Elena
- Bennett, Dan
- Burleson, Doug
- Dagg, Christian
- Fletcher, Margaret
- Finn, Scott
- Freear, Andrew
- Garmaz, Magdalena
- Hinson, David | School of Architecture Head
- Keyvanian, Carla
- Miller, Justin
- Moore, Kevin
- Morgan, Cheryl
- Nakhjavan, Behzad | Architecture Program Chair
- Orgen, Tarik
- O’Neal-Dagg, Becky | CADC Associate Dean
- Rogers, Karen | CADC Associate Dean
- Schumacher, Sheri
- Smith, Rusty | Architecture Program Associate Chair
- Sproul, Robert
- Zorr, Paul
- Hudgens, Richard
- Norman, Stacy
- Vaughan, Randal
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