Undergraduate Architecture

Mission Statement

The mission of the undergraduate program in Architecture is to develop basic skills, knowledge, and methods of inquiry in the discipline of architecture within the context of a liberal education in the arts and sciences.  The program provides for the study of architecture on three levels of engagement: a Minor, a Major, and an Intensive Major.  Most of the required courses offered in the undergraduate program are design studios.  Student work in the design studios ranges from hand drawing and three-dimensional physical models to three-dimensional parametric modeling and 3D-printing.

The undergraduate study of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania takes place within a liberal arts and sciences education.  While undergraduate architecture at the University of Pennsylvania resides in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), faculty and staff from the School of Design teach and administer the Major and Minor in Architecture.  As with other freshman in the CAS, students enroll in general courses during their freshman year and declare a major during their sophomore year.
 

The Major in Architecture includes courses in design, history, and theory of architecture.  The degree earned is a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.).  While a B.A. in itself does not fulfill the education requirement for architectural licensure by States within the United States of America (see the National Architectural Accrediting Board at www.naab.org), the courses required for the Major in Architecture meet or exceed the prerequisites for admission to most Master of Architecture professional degree programs in the United States.  A select number of seniors in the Major in Architecture, enroll in the Intensive Major, which includes first-year technology courses in the graduate professional degree program.  Students who have successfully completed the Intensive Major are qualified to be admitted with advanced placement into the second year of the graduate program.

Curriculum

There are two possible concentrations in the undergraduate Major in Architecture: Design (16 cu) and History, Theory and Criticism (14 cu).  The required courses in Architecture in the Design concentration are ARCH 102 (1 cu), ARCH 201 (1.5 cu), ARCH 202 (1.5 cu), ARCH 301 (2 cu), ARCH 302 (2 cu), ARCH 312 (1 cu), ARCH 401 (2 cu), and ARCH 411 (1 cu).  The required courses in the History of Art in the Design concentration are ARTH 102, ARTH 106, ARTH 281, and one ARTH 200-500 level course.

The required courses in Architecture in the History, Theory, and Criticism concentration are ARCH 102, ARCH 201 (1.5 cu), ARCH 202 (1.5 cu), ARCH 301 (2 cu), ARCH 312, and ARCH 411.  The required courses in the History of Art in the History, Theory, and Criticism concentration are ARTH 102, ARTH 106, ARTH 281, ARTH 301, ARTH 398, and one ARTH 200-500 level course.

Student Work

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Contact

Richard Wesley
Undergraduate Chair, Architecture
 
Katherine Linton
Administrative Coordinator
 
 

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