Bachelor of Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture (Professional)

Rhett Russo, Assistant Professor
Undergraduate Chair

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The five-year undergraduate program seeks applicants curious about the acquisition of knowledge, the creative and
scientific aspects of buildings, the importance of ecological design, the power of learning, the value of hard work, and the transformative opportunities afforded the next generation of architects committed to changing the world. Conceived as a supportive and inspiring environment for the beginning student of architecture, the program offers a comprehensive curriculum comprised of architectural design, history/theory, and technology courses as preparation for our graduates to become future leaders in the profession.

The School has an extensive international study abroad program enabling students to spend one full semester in Italy, India or China. In addition, the School also offers a semester-long program in New York City for undergraduate students to study at the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE), a unique educational and research consortium between Rensselaer and the renowned architecture firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), as an opportunity to pursue research on next-generation sustainable architecture.

The Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer is a professional degree fully accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board. Graduates of the School are distinguished by being creatively independent, technologically astute, progressive, professionally ambitious with a strong sense of social responsibility, and prepared for career advancement at any level.

Contact: Lecia O’Dell
518-276-8478


Bachelor of Architecture Curriculum Template:

The five-year B.Arch. program concludes with a year-long individually developed and comprehensive final project in the context of optional research studio and thematic contexts provided by faculty. The first semester of the final project integrates a Research Methods seminar.  An integrated design research phase continues throughout the first and the second semesters.The final project is an opportunity to develop a point of view about architecture and its place in the world; to question conventions, habitual responses, and routine approaches to architectural design; and to investigate issues that the student sees as significant to architecture.

The Bachelor of Architecture degree requires 171 credit hours. All undergraduate students should develop a Plan of Study with their faculty adviser.

A sample template of the B.Arch. curriculum structure is provided below. Please note that special circumstances such as participating in a semester abroad, a semester at CASE in New York City may involve some variation from this template.

[Previous curriculum could be found here]

First Year

Fall
Spring

Second Year

Fall
Spring

Third Year

Fall
Spring

Fourth Year

Fall
Spring

Fifth Year

Fall
Spring

Additional Requirements

In regard to the above template, please note that studios are sequential with the exception of the Design Development Studio, which may be taken any time after Integrated Design Schematic and before Final Project Design Studio. Students are required to complete eight credits in Math, 12 in Science, and 20 in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences from an extensive list of course offerings (see Institute core requirements for greater detail). In addition, students have 12 credits of professional electives, and 12 credits of free electives which may be used to further focus on a concentrated area of study, pursue a minor, or as a means of further broadening exposure to a range of disciplines.

Discipline specific sequences embedded in the curriculum are detailed below.

Technology courses: ARCH 2330 Structures 1 is sequential and prerequisite to ARCH 4330 Structures 2; and ARCH 2360 Environmental and Ecological Systems is sequential and prerequisite to ARCH 4740 Building Systems and Environment.

ARCH 2800 Architectural Design Studio 1, ARCH 2810 Architectural Design Studio 2, ARCH 2820 Architectural Design Studio 3, ARCH 2830 Architectural Design Studio 4, and ARCH 4820 Comprehensive Design Studio, and ARCH 2330 Structures 1, ARCH 2360 Environmental and Ecological Systems, ARCH 4330 Structures 2, ARCH 4740 Building Systems and Environment are prerequisites to the ARCH 4830 Design Development Studio. ARCH 4740 Building Systems and Environment may be taken concurrently with the ARCH 4830 Design Development Studio.

ARCH 2160 Architectural Media is a prerequisite to ARCH 2150 The Ethos of Architecture, and ARCH 4090 Architectural Case Studies.

ARCH 4090 Architectural Case Studies is a prerequisite to ARCH 4120 Modernity in Culture, Civilization, and Architecture 1.

ARCH 4120 Modernity in Culture, Civilization, and Architecture 1 is a prerequisite to ARCH 4130 Modernity in Culture, Civilization, and Architecture 2.

ARCH 4130 Modernity in Culture, Civilization, and Architecture 2 is prerequisite to ARCH 4100 An Architectural Genealogy 1.

ARCH 4100 An Architectural Genealogy 1 is prerequisite to ARCH 4110 An Architectural Genealogy 2.

ARCH 4110 An Architectural Genealogy 2 is prerequisite to ARCH 4150 Contemporary Design Approaches.

ARCH 4150 Contemporary Design Approaches is prerequisite to ARCH 4050 Cities and Their Territories.

ARCH 4910 Final Project Design Research Seminar is prerequisite to ARCH 4920 Final Project Design Studio.


Footnotes
  1. HASS Institute communications intensive requirement (see Class Hour Schedule for approved courses); Final Project Design Studio will fulfill the Architecture major communications intensive requirement.
  2. Four credits of the HASS core requirements are embedded within the Architectural Genealogy sequence: ARCH 4100 and ARCH 4110.
  3. Four credits of the Institute core Science requirements are embedded within the technology sequence: ARCH 2330, ARCH 2360, ARCH 4330, and ARCH 4740.
  4. Taken in the same semester as ARCH 4830.

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Dean

Evan Douglis, Professor

Address

School of Architecture
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street - Greene Bldg.
Troy, NY 12180 - USA

Main Phones

Front Desk: (+1) 518-276-6466
Dean's Office: (+1) 518-276-6460
Undergrad Admissions: (+1) 518-276-8478
Graduate Admissions: (+1) 518-276-6877

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