Architecture

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.

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Accomplished Architecture Faculty


Patrick Martin
Instructor

James Eckler
Director, Architecture Studies

Gabriel Fuentes
Assistant Professor

Rob Petrie
Visiting Professor of Practice

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

(Four-year professional degree)

First-year curriculum: 33 credits
Fall 1

ARCH 110 Foundation Design I 4
ARCH 111 Introduction to the Designed Environment 1
ARCH 113 History of Architecture I
3
RST 112 Modern Belief 3
ENGL 160 Compostion and Rhetoric 3
UNIV 100 New Student Seminar: Living Responsibly in an Interdependent World 1
Total: 15 Credits

Spring 1

ARCH 120 Foundation Design II 4
ARCH 122 Design Thinking 2
ARCH 123 History of Architecture II
3
ARCH 124 Digital Media I
3
ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature 3
MATH 150 Architectural Mathematics 3
Total: 18 Credits

Second-year curriculum: 36 credits
Fall 2

ARCH 210 Design Studio III
6
ARCH 214 Digital Media II
3
*GE XXX General Elective
3
ENVS 109 Technology, Environment and Society
3
PHIL 113 Introduction to PhilosophyI
3
Total: 18 credits

Spring 2

ARCH 220 Design Studio IV
6
ARCH 224 Theories of Architecture 3
HIST 101 Global History of the Twentieth Century
3
ENGL XXX Literature Elective
3
PHYS 140 Physics for Architects
3
Total: 18 credits

Third-year curriculum: 36 credits
Fall 3

ARCH 310 Design Studio V
6
ARCH 312 Structures I
3
ARCH 313 Building Assemblies  
SOC 315 Theories in Urbanization
3
**PHIL XXX Philsophy 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: 30 credits
Fall 4

ARCH 410 Design Studio VII
6
ARCH 411 Environmental Systems I
3
ARCH/IARC Program Elective
3
****LANG XXX
Foreign Language I
3
Total: 15 Credits

Spring 4

ARCH 420 Design Studio VIII (Comprehensive Studio)
6
ARCH 421 Environmental Systems II
3
****LANG XXX Foreign Language II
3
RST XXX Religious Studies Elective
3
Total: 15 Credits

Total credits: 135

*Recommended: ECON 100 (Basic Economics); ART 223 (Basic Ceramics); ART 226 (Basic Printmaking); ART 262 (Sculpture I); ART 315 A (Basic Photography)
**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: 33 credits
Fall 1

ARCH 101 Foundation Design I
4
ARCH 111
Introduction to the Designed Environment
1
ARCH 113 History of Architecture I 3
RST 112 Modern Belief
3
ENGL 160 Writing Skills
3
UNIV 100 New Student Seminar: Living Responsibly in an Interdependent World
1
Total: 15 Credits

Spring 1

ARCH 120 Foundation Design II
4
ARCH 122 Design Thinking 2
ARCH 123 History of Architecture II
3
ARCH 124 Digital Media I 3
ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature
3
MATH 150 Architectural Mathematics
3
Total: 18 Credits

Second-year curriculum: 36 credits
Fall 2

ARCH 210 Design Studio III
6
ARCH 212 Digital Media II
3
*GE XXX General Elective 3
ENVS 109 Technology, Environment and Society
3
PHIL 113 Introduction to Philosophy
3
Total: 18 credits

Spring 2

ARCH 220 Design Studio IV
6
ARCH 224 Theories of Architecture 3
HIST 101 Global History of the Twentieth Century
3
ENGL XXX Literature Elective
3
PHYS 140 Physics for Architects
3
Total: 18 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
Theories in Urbanization
3
**PHIL XXX Philsophy 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 Elective
3
Total: 18 credits

Fourth-year curriculum: 30 credits
Fall 4

ARCH 410 Design Studio VII
6
ARCH 411 Environmental Systems I
3
ARCH/IARC XXX Program Elective
3
****LANG XXX
Foreign Language II
3
Total: 15 Credits

Spring 4

ARCH 420 Design Studio VIII (Comprehensive Studio)
6
ARCH 421 Environmental Systems II
3
****LANG Foreign Language
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 XA
6
ARCH/IARC XXX Program Elective
3
ARCH 462 Professional Practice
3
GE XXX General Elective
3
Total: 15 Credits

Total Credits: 165

*Recommended: ECON 100 (Basic Economics); ART 223 (Basic Ceramics); ART 226 (Basic Printmaking); ART 262 (Sculpture I); ART 315 A (Basic Photography)
**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.