Students

In this section, you will find information on the following topics:

 

I. B+C|A  Major + Minor Requirements Worksheets
II. B+C|A  Program Planning List Archive
III. B+C|A  Independent Study Application
IV. B+C|A  Faculty Office Hours
V. Courses at the GSAPP for B+C|A Students
VI. B+C|A   Archive of Student Work
VII. Job + Internships for B+C|A Students
VIII. Study Abroad Programs for B+C|A Students

 

 

I. B+C|A  Major + Minor Requirements Worksheets
 

 

II. B+C|A  Program Planning Lists
 

 

 

III. B+C|A Independent Study Application
 

​In order to conduct independent research for school credit, students should draft a 1-page abstract, bibliography, and schedule of work to be completed the semester in advance. These materials should be submitted to your architecture advisor along with this form:

Independent Study Application Form:  Download (PDF)

Your advisor will review your proposal, suggest any necessary changes, and advise you on the subsequent steps you need to take. 

 

IV. B+C|A  Faculty Office Hours
 

All full-time architecture faculty have sign-up sheets posted on the bulletin board outside of 500 Diana. To make an appointment with an adjunct faculty member, you may submit a request for an appointment to them directly by email. Faculty contact information is listed in the faculty directory.

 

V. Courses at the GSAPP
 

Some Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation (GSAPP) courses are open to undergraduate students. A list of open courses is always posted on the bulletin board outside of 500 Diana during the first week of classes.

To enroll in a GSAPP course, undergraduate students must seek approval from both the professor of the GSAPP course and their own major advisor during the program filing period. Before a GSAPP course can be added to a student's program, they must obtain written approval from Dean Danielle Smoller on the 400-level of Avery. She will provide an add/drop form to fill out; Columbia College students will have their classes added at Dean Smoller's office and are required to bring a copy of the form to the architecture office for our records. Barnard College students will bring their signed forms to the office, and the department assistant will notify the registrar. Once the registrar has processed the request, students will be able to manually add the course to their schedule on eBear within 24-48 hours.

 

VI. B+C|A   Archive of Student Work
 

Work selected for the B+C|A Archive will be collected by faculty at the end of each semester. In the fall term, archiving will take place over the winter break and archived work will be available for students to pick up during the first week of the spring semester. Work collected for spring term archiving will be available for students to pick up no later than the last day of final exams.

If you are a current or former B+C|A student and wish to request photos of your work from our archives, please submit a request here

 

VII. Jobs + Internships for B+C|A Students

 

A. Job + Internship Opportunities Submitted to B+C|A

Every week, our department sends a list of job and internship opportunities to declared architecture majors.
 

 

B. Job Boards + Recruitment Platforms

We recommend these job boards and recruitment platforms:

Archinect
AIA Career Center
Architizer
New York Foundation for the Arts
Jopwell
Columbia University LionSHARE
Barnard NACElink

 

 

C. Columbia University Center for Career Education (CC and GS only)  + Barnard Career Development (BC only)

Barnard, Columbia, and School of General Studies students have access to many professional development resources through the Columbia University Center for Career Education (CC and GS only) and Barnard Career Development (BC only). Both centers offer a range of career planning resources, including but not limited to the following: instructions for writing a resume and cover letter, job and internship recruitment opportunities, annual career fairs, access to a variety of self-assessment counseling tools for career research, and assistance with preparing for interviews. One-on-one career counseling and group workshops are offered throughout the academic year. Students are strongly encouraged to explore these resources and attend programs.

 

 

D. The Barnard + Columbia Architecture Society

Additionally, The Barnard+Columbia Architecture Society is a student organization that provides a forum for students interested in architecture to learn about a range of career paths for architecture majors. In the past, society activities have included: field trips, firm tours, building tours, career nights, student exhibitions on campus, snack breaks in studio, and the coordination of a student publication. You can subscribe to their mailing list to get the most up-to date information here.

 

E. Professional Associations

The American Institute of Architects
The Architectural League of New York
American Institute of Building Design
American Planning Association
The National Organization of Minority Architects

 

F. Developing your Portfolio for Jobs + Internships

Printing your Portfolio
If you've already completed your portfolio and are ready to print it, here is a spreadsheet with several options for your consideration. Please note that this list is not comprehensive and we do not screen or advocate for any of these printing services.

Office Hours with B+C|A Faculty
If you have any questions about designing a portfolio, we strongly encourage you to sign up for an office hours appointment with any of our advising faculty. Sign-up sheets are located on the department bulletin board (5th floor, Diana).

B+C|A Portfolio Archive
If you would like to see samples of student portfolios, the department has an archive of senior portfolios in 500, Diana that are available for you to browse, M-F, 9-5.

B+C|A Archive of Student Work
If your project(s) from a prior semester have been archived by the department, you can place a request for the photographs that were taken of your model and/or scans of your drawings by filling out this form.

B+C|A Software Tutorials + Tumblr
B+C|A software tutorials are offered throughout the semester and are open to all architecture majors and students that are currently enrolled in architecture courses.

B+C|A DAL TA Office Hours
Architecture students are encouraged to drop by 404A Diana to ask the DAL TAs for help and feedback on their portfolios.

 

 

G. Planning Ahead: The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Experience Requirement

All of NCARB's 54 U.S. jurisdictions have an experience requirement that must be documented and completed before one becomes a licensed architect. This time between fulfilling the education requirement and getting licensed is referred to as an architectural internship. NCARB's Intern Development Program (IDP) guides interns through the process and is the standard accepted means of completing the experience requirement in almost all U.S. jurisdictions. For more information, download the NCARB Guidelines: Download (PDF)

 

VIII. Study Abroad Programs for B+C|A Students
 

Studying abroad is a wonderful way to gain a direct understanding of how different cities have evolved and to experience major works of architecture first hand.  We highly recommend this experience and have designed the major requirements to be flexible enough to accommodate a semester abroad. For assistance selecting a program, Barnard College students should refer to this website. Columbia College and School of General Studies students should take advantage of the resources made available by the Office of Global Programs.