The Architecture Major
The Architecture Major (studio-based)
14 classes required
The required classes are broken down into four categories: studio, history/theory, senior courses, and the cluster. To track your progress for the Architecture major please refer to the Architecture Major Worksheet.
Studio Requirement – 4 Courses
• Architectural Representation: Abstraction
• Architectural Representation: Perception
• Architectural Design I
• Architectural Design II
History/Theory Requirement – 5 Courses
• Modern Architecture in the World (formerly titled Perceptions of Architecture)
• Pre-1750 elective course
• Post-1750 elective course
• Two elective courses
(It is recommended that one of these courses be on non-western architecture)
Senior Courses Requirement – 2 Courses
• Senior Seminar
• Elective Architecture seminar (another Senior Seminar in the Department or senior level seminar elsewhere across the University, Architectural Design III Studio, or Independent Research)
Cluster – 3 Courses
All majors are asked to complement their work with a thematic unit (three courses) called the "cluster." The cluster is devised by each student based on their interest in historical, technical, place-specific or issue-specific themes. The cluster sets up the opportunity for students to think in cross-disciplinary terms and to enrich their architectural work as they work through other forms of knowledge. (Examples include: New York City, Sustainability, Digital Design and New Media).
The major also requires that students submit a portfolio and a writing sample before graduation. The design portfolio includes representative work from all design studios and the writing sample is a paper or essay from a senior level architecture or architecture-related course. Final submissions are archived in the department, the portfolios are displayed at the end of the year show, and both are used to award graduation honors.