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.
Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)
This degree option focuses on acquiring the skills needed to be eligible to become a licensed architect, such as design buildings and understand their impact on physical, aesthetic, social, and ecological environments.
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 Environmental Design in Architecture (B.E.D.A.)
The B.E.D.A. is a pre-professional degree that prepares graduates to: pursue a professional degree at the Master’s level; to be engaged in architecture as a non-licensed practitioner; or to become involved in a number of related professions.
The B.E.D.A. curriculum 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.
More About This Degree
James J. Sullivan, RA, AIA
Dean, School of Architecture
Director, Architecture Studies
Undergraduate Admissions Requirements
- Official SAT and/or ACT scores
- Completed application
- Official transcripts
- Letter of recommendation