Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture (B.E.D.A.); Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.); Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

  • First School of Architecture in Northeast Pennsylvania
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) focus
  • Located in LEED Gold adaptive reuse facility
  • Member of the United States Green Building Council

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Architecture as Art and Science

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.

Pre-professional Degree:

Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture (B.E.D.A.) (4-Year)

This degree option focuses on acquiring the skills needed to design buildings and to understand the impact of designs on physical, aesthetic, social, and ecological environments.

Marywood University architecture students will benefit from the University’s liberal arts core curriculum, providing 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.E.D.A. curriculum fully integrates these core competencies with the professional course requirements, including architecture topics in structures, environmental science, building systems and other areas of building technology. Eight design studios, each one semester long, serve as the continuous place of exploration and synthesis.

The B.E.D.A. is a pre-professional degree that prepares graduates to: pursue a professional degree in architecture at Marywood; to undertake graduate study at another institution; to be engaged in architecture as a non-licensed practitioner; or to become involved in a number of related professions. Marywood students who have completed the B.E.D.A. degree may apply to the Master of Architecture program with advanced standing and complete their professional degree in a minimum of one-and-one-half years.

Professional Degrees:

Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) (5-year)

The B.Arch program builds on the pre-professional degree by adding courses in professional practice, environmental law, and a selection of more focused program electives. Students are also prepared for the LEED accreditation exam, a national program certifying advanced knowledge in sustainable design practices. All students will be required to become LEED Accredited Professionals by passing this exam prior to graduation.

The Fifth-Year Thesis Project, involving a comprehensive design project formulated by the student in consultation with a faculty committee selected by the student, serves as the capstone project for the professional degree.

Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) (6-year)

After obtaining the pre-professional degree at Marywood, students pursuing the M.Arch degree will need two years of graduate-level study. Certain qualified students may accelerate their M.Arch program for completion in one-and-a-half years.

Professional electives, along with subjects in architectural theory, enable students to expand their knowledge in selected interest areas as they define and structure their Design Thesis—an extensively researched design investigation demonstrating a comprehensive process of hypothesis, analysis and synthesis.

Courses dealing with practice, environmental law, management and policy, and business are intended to give graduates an added understanding of the expanding professional contexts in which architects are practicing. Professional LEED Accreditation is also required to complete this track.

More About This Degree

Accomplished Architecture Faculty

Brian Loughlin
Associate Professor

Margaret McManus
Assistant Professor

Stephen Garrison
Assistant Professor, Interior Architecture/Design

Gabriel Fuentes
Assistant Professor

Marywood's School of Architecture is a place for research, exploration, and testing ideas. We believe in quilted knowledge -- the notion that we learn most effectively by weaving together concepts to discover meaningful applications. Our facilities support this holistic approach to learning.

The School of Architecture is a state-of-the-art example of sustainable design. It's a spacious, adaptive re-use of Marywood's former gymnasium. It features:

  • Two levels of studios
  • Fully-equipped woodshop
  • Plaster-casting room
  • Printers and plotters
  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD) lab
  • Student lounge
  • Reference library

A two-story commons under a continuous skylight harvests abundant natural light throughout the day and serves as the building's "agora" - an open, shared, central space for educational exchanges among students and faculty. This is an ideal place for group discussions, debates, displays, and project critiques.

Every student is provided an individual work space with a drawing board, personal storage area, pin-up wall, and space for a laptop.

In addition to the familiar role of architects as designers of buildings and city-scapes, architecture graduates (including those with the B.E.D.A.) are re-shaping the profession by expanding traditional employment opportunities into these areas:

Digital Visualization

Product Design

Construction Management

Real Estate Development

Interior Graphics

Historic Preservation

Architectural Photography

Urban Design/Planning

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

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

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