Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) and Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture (BEDA)

  • First and only school of architecture in Northeast Pennsylvania
  • Located in LEED Gold adaptive reuse facility

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Architecture at Marywood

Architects must be educated to think critically, to assess holistically, to synthesize comprehensively and to design with environmental responsibility. Marywood’s architecture programs—undergraduate and graduate—recognize that architecture, both as a discipline and as a profession, engages the realms of art and science. Buildings and other physical spaces created by architects combine design innovation and aesthetic with the laws of gravity and the requirements of constructability. Architects create unique and highly inventive realities that emphasize organization, proportion, and beauty, as well as material properties, budgets and structural systems.

Marywood architecture students benefit from the University’s liberal arts core curriculum. These liberal arts courses provide the foundation for a profession in which social responsibilities are integral to the practice of architecture. In addition to courses in the social sciences, math, history, science, religion, and a foreign language, students are exposed to courses in critical thinking, writing and literature. The B.Arch. curriculum integrates these core competencies with professional course requirements, including architecture topics in structures, environmental science, building systems and other areas of building technology. Ten design studios, each one semester long, serve as the continuous place of exploration and synthesis.

Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)

This degree option focuses on acquiring the skills needed to be eligible to become a licensed architect, such as designing buildings and understanding their impact on physical, aesthetic, social, and ecological environments.

Our Bachelor of Architecture degree is a candidate program for accreditation by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Full accreditation is expected in the fall semester of 2016. Learn more about accreditation and education requirements for licensed architects.

Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture (B.E.D.A.)

The B.E.D.A. is a pre-professional degree that follows the first four years of the B.Arch. curriculum but with the option to substitute some advanced professionally oriented courses with courses from other areas of the curriculum or other university course offerings.

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Stephen Garrison
Assistant Professor, Interior Architecture/Design

James Eckler
Director, Architecture Studies

Margaret McManus
Assistant Professor

Andrew Doyle
Instructor
This is just a sample of our School of Architecture faculty - see them all!

Only the B.Arch. degree makes you eligible to become a licensed architect. It also enables you to pursue a professional degree at the master's level or begin a career in a number of related professions.

The B.E.D.A. degree, on the other hand, allows you to engage in architecture as a non-licensed practitioner. It, too, enables you to pursue a master's degree or begin a career in a number of related professions.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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Track 1: Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture (B.E.D.A.)

(Four-year professional degree)

First-year curriculum: 30 credits
Fall 1

ARCH 110 Foundation Design I 4
ARCH 112 Introduction to the Designed Environment and Design Thinking         3
RST 112 Modern Belief 3
ENGL 160 Composition and Rhetoric 3
UNIV 100 New Student Seminar: Living Responsibly in an Interdependent World 1
Total: 14 Credits

Spring 1

ARCH 120 Foundation Design II 4
ARCH 124 Digital Media I 3
ARCH 125 History and Theory of Architecture I 3
ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature 3
MATH 150 Architectural Mathematics 3
Total: 16 Credits

Second-year curriculum: 33 credits
Fall 2

ARCH 210 Design Studio III
6
ARCH 214 Digital Media II
3
ARCH 216 History and Theory of Architecture II
3
****LANG Foreign Language I
3
PHIL 113 Introduction to Philosophy 
3
Total: 18 credits

Spring 2

ARCH 220 Design Studio IV
6
ARCH 225 History and Theory of Architecture III 3
****LANG Foreign Language II
3
PHYS 140 Physics for Architects
3
Total: 15 credits

Third-year curriculum: 36 credits
Fall 3

ARCH 310 Design Studio V
6
ARCH 312 Structures I
3
ARCH 313 Building Assemblies 3
SOC 315 Studies in Urbanization
3
**PHIL XXX Philosophy Elective
3
Total: 18 credits

Spring 3

ARCH 320 Design Studio VI
6
ARCH 322 Structures II
3
ARCH/IARC XXX Program Elective
3
HIST XXX History Elective
3
***FA XXX Fine Arts Elective 3
Total: 18 credits

Fourth-year curriculum: 33 credits
Fall 4

ARCH 410 Design Studio VII
6
ARCH 411 Environmental Systems I
3
ARCH/IARC XXX Program Elective
3
ARCH/IARC XXX Program Elective
3
HIST XXX History Elective
3
Total: 18 Credits

Spring 4

ARCH 420 Design Studio VIII 
6
ARCH 421 Environmental Systems II
3
RST XXX Religion Elective
3
ENGL XXX English Elective (Level 300+)
Total: 15 Credits

Total credits: 132

**Choose from: PHIL 215 (Critical Thinking); PHIL 315 (Ethics); or PHIL 325 (Philosophy of Art)

***Choose from: ART 218 (Art in the Modern Era); FA 100 (Music, Art, and the Contemporary World); FA 102 (Sound and Symbol in the Arts)

****Third-year students electing the Study Abroad Option at the ISI in Florence, Italy in the spring semester of their third year must take ITAL 101 (Italian Language: The Florence Experience) at the ISI and ITAL 102 at Marywood when they return; Fourth-year students electing the Study Abroad Option at the ISI in Florence, Italy in the fall semester of their fourth year must take ITAL 101 (Italian Language: The Florence Experience) at the ISI and ITAL 102 at Marywood when they return.

Track 2: Bachelor of Architecture (B.ARCH.)

(Five-year professional degree)

First-year curriculum: 30 credits
Fall 1

ARCH 110 Foundation Design I
4
ARCH 112 Introduction to the Designed Environment and Design Thinking
3
RST 112 Modern Belief
3
ENGL 160 Composition and Rhetoric
3
UNIV 100 New Student Seminar: Living Responsibly in an Interdependent World
1
Total: 14 Credits

Spring 1

ARCH 120 Foundation Design II
4
ARCH 124 Digital Media I 3
ARCH 125 History and Theory of Architecture I 3
ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature
3
MATH 150 Architectural Mathematics
3
Total: 16 Credits

Second-year curriculum: 33 credits
Fall 2

ARCH 210 Design Studio III
6
ARCH 214 Digital Media II
3
ARCH 216 History and Theory of Architecture II
3
****LANG Foreign Language I 3
PHIL 113 Introduction to Philosophy
3
Total: 18 credits

Spring 2

ARCH 220 Design Studio IV
6
ARCH 225 History and Theory of Architecture III 3
ENGL XXX Literature Elective
3
PHYS 140 Physics for Architects
3
Total: 15 credits

Third-year curriculum: 36 credits
Fall 3

ARCH 310 Design Studio V
6
ARCH 312 Structures I
3
ARCH 313 Building Assemblies 3
SOC 315 Studies in Urbanization
3
**PHIL XXX Philosophy Elective
3
Total: 18 credits

Spring 3

ARCH 320 Design Studio VI
6
ARCH 322 Structures II
3
ARCH/IARC XXX Program Elective
3
HIST XXX History Elective
3
***FA Fine Arts
3
Total: 18 credits

Fourth-year curriculum: 33 credits
Fall 4

ARCH 410 Design Studio VII
6
ARCH 411 Environmental Systems I
3
ARCH/IARC XXX Program Elective
3
ARCH/IARC XXX Program Elective
3
HIST XXX History Elective
3
Total: 18 Credits

Spring 4

ARCH 420 Design Studio VIII (Comprehensive Studio)
6
ARCH 421 Environmental Systems II
3
ENGL XXX English Elective (Level 300+)
3
RST XXX Religion Elective
3
Total: 15 Credits

Fifth-year curriculum: 30 credits
Fall 5

ARCH 450 Design Studio IX
6
ARCH 451 Art & Craft of Building
3
ARCH 452 LEED Accreditation 3
ARCH 453 History and Theories of Urban Form
3
Total: 15 Credits

Spring 5

ARCH 460 Design Studio X
6
ARCH/IARC XXX Program Elective
3
ARCH 462 Professional Practice
3
GE XXX General Elective
3
Total: 15 Credits

Total Credits: 162

**Choose from: PHIL 215 (Critical Thinking); PHIL 315 (Ethics); or PHIL 325 (Philosophy of Art)

***Choose from ART 218 (Art in the Modern Era); FA 100 (Music, Art and the Contemporary World); FA 102 (Sound and Symbol in the Arts)

****Third-year Architecture students electing the Study Abroad Option at the ISI in Florence, Italy in the spring semester of their third year must take ITAL 101 (Italian Language: The Florence Experience) at the ISI and ITAL 102 at Marywood when they return; Fourth-year students electing the Study Abroad Option at the ISI in Florence, Italy in the fall semester of their fourth year must take ITAL 101 (Italian Language: The Florence Experience) at the ISI and ITAL 102 at Marywood when they return.