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Curriculum

We value our students: diverse in age, beliefs, and educational background, who are motivated to make a difference in shaping the architecture of the city. We seek students who want to learn in the workplace as well as in the classroom, to engage social and environmental issues in the resolution of design problems, and to join our network of design professionals.

Our concurrent practice education offers an ongoing integration of design practice with the learning process, supported by a like-minded community of students and faculty. Mentored and supervised, students grow as working design professionals. Degree students work in the design profession during the day and attend classes in the afternoon and evening. This interplay of education and practice provides graduates with a solid preparation for a career in design, a professional network, and the opportunity to meet the Intern Development Program (IDP) required to sit for NCARB at graduation. The studio experience invites students to imagine and make work that responds to social and spatial conditions. Students design buildings that matter - spaces that contribute to people's well-being and that respond sustainably. Individually and collaboratively, students learn how to create innovative designs and forge their design identity. (Some students elect to travel during the summer in an intensive study program to accelerate their studies.) The program includes the following curricular areas: Studio Design, Design Media, History and Theory, Building Technology and Management, Liberal Studies and Electives.

Students work in a paid position in a design firm. Our graduates leave the BAC with substantial résumés, including professional experience and a diverse portfolio, and typically with the ability to sit immediately for the national licensure examination. Graduates of the Master of Architecture program become architects, energy performance consultants, exhibit designers, and educators who work collaboratively to engage and transform communities. Educators and professional practitioners in architecture, interior design, planning, landscape architecture, and allied professions teach at the BAC. Approximately 250 adjunct faculty members serve as instructors and mentors each semester.

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  • Segment III

Prerequisite: College Algebra and TrigonometryPrerequisite: Physics

Semester 1                                                              

  • FND3006 City Lab
  • FND3032 Transdisciplinary Studio 1
  • FND3033 Visual Thinking
  • FND3031 Design Theory and Inquiry

Semester 2

  • ARC3306 Architecture Studio 1
  • FND2011 Sustainable Material Assemblies
  • FND3010 Making and Modeling
  • HTC2001 History of Architecture and Design 1
  • FND2003 Community Practice
  • PRV001 Portfolio Review
  • Practice Assessment 1

Semester 3

  • ARC3307 Architecture Studio 2
  • HTC2002 History of Architecture and Design 2
  • TSM2004 Structural Systems 1
  • DME2000 Representation: Spatial Thinking
  • Practice Assesment 2: Skill Level 4 & 1000 Practice Hours

Semester 4

  • ARC3308 Architecture Studio 3
  • TSM2003 Sitework
  • TSM2001 Sustainable Systems 1
  • HTC2003 Contemporary Architecture

Semester 5

  • TSM2005 Structural Systems 2
  • TSM2006 Detailing and Construction
  • TSM2019 Human Factors, Programming, and Codes
  • HTCxxxx  History and Theory Elective
  • Practice Assesment 3: Skill Level 6 & 2500 Practice Hours

Semester 6

  • ARC3309 Architecture Studio 4: Comprehensive Project
  • HTC3011 Architecture and Society: Special Topics
  • TSM2002 Sustainable Systems 2
  • PRV0002 Portfolio Review 2
  • Practice Assesment 4

Semester 7

  • XDS3001 Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio
  • XDS3002 Thesis Research Strategies
  • Practice Assesment 5: Skill Level 8 & 5000 Practice Hours

Semester 8

  • ARC3310 Thesis Seminar and Studio
  • TSM2018 Professional Practice

Semester 9

  • ARC3311 Architecture Thesis
  • DME2100 Representation | Workshop


Prerequisite: College Algebra and Trigonometry
Prerequisite: Physics

Semester 1

  • FND3006 City Lab
  • FND3032 Transdisciplinary Studio 1
  • FND3033 Visual Thinking
  • FND3031 Design Theory and Inquiry

Semester 2

  • ARC3306 Architecture Studio 1
  • FND2011 Sustainable Material Assemblies
  • FND3010 Making and Modeling
  • HTC2001 History of Architecture and Design 1
  • FND2003 Community Practice
  • PRV001 Portfolio Review
  • Practice Assessment 1

Semester 3

  • ARC3307 Architecture Studio 2
  • HTC2002 History of Architecture and Design 2
  • TSM2004 Structural Systems 1
  • DME2000 Representation: Spatial Thinking
  • Practice Assesment 2: Skill Level 4 & 1000 Practice Hours

Semester 4

  • ARC3308 Architecture Studio 3
  • TSM2003 Sitework
  • TSM2001 Sustainable Systems 1
  • HTC2003 Contemporary Architecture

Semester 5

  • TSM2005 Structural Systems 2
  • TSM2006 Detailing and Construction
  • TSM2019 Human Factors, Programming, and Codes
  • HTCxxxx History and Theory Elective
  • Practice Assesment 3: Skill Level 6 & 2500 Practice Hours

Semester 6

  • ARC3309 Architecture Studio 4: Comprehensive Project
  • HTC3011 Architecture and Society: Special Topics
  • TSM2002 Sustainable Systems 2
  • PRV0002 Portfolio Review 2
  • Practice Assesment 4

Semester 7

  • XDS3001 Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio
  • XDS3002 Thesis Research Strategies
  • Practice Assesment 5: Skill Level 8 & 5000 Practice Hours

Semester 8

  • ARC3311 Thesis Seminar and Studio
  • TSM2018 Professional Practice

Semester 9

  • ARC3311 Architcture Thesis
  • DME2100 Representation | Workshop