Academic Programs of Study


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 accredited 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.

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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James Eckler
Director, School of Architecture

Kate Ann O'Connor
Associate Director, Undergraduate Studies

Miguel A. Calvo Salve, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Architecture

Stephen Garrison
Associate Professor, Interior Architecture
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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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