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


I. Major + Minor Requirements Worksheets
II. Program Planning List Archive
III. Independent Study
IV. Faculty Office Hours
V. Courses at the GSAPP for B+C|A Students
VI. The 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

Independent study provides an opportunity for students to work one-on-one with a faculty member through directed reading or supervised research. Typically, independent study is reserved for students at an advanced level within their major.

For the fall 2017 semester, the following faculty are advising independent study students in architecture:

Karen Fairbanks

Kadambari Baxi

Ignacio G. Galan

Students are advised to approach the faculty member they would like to work with as early as possible (ideally a semester in advance), since many instructors limit the number of students they will supervise in a given semester or year.

As part of the proposal and approval process, students must submit two sets of the following documents (1 set to the student’s research adviser and 1 set to the department chair) before the end of the registration period:

1. A completed copy of the ARCH UN3998 Independent Study Approval Form
2. A 1-page work abstract describing the purpose and plan for the the independent study project
3. A schedule of work for the semester/year in which independent study will occur
4. A bibliography for research (including specific readings)


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. Typically, these courses are only recommended for students at an advanced level within the architecture major. A list of open courses is always posted on the bulletin board outside of 500 Diana on the first day of classes.



VI. B+C|A   Archive of Student Work

Each semester, faculty make a selection of student work to be added to the B+C|A Archive. If you are a current or former B+C|A student and would like to request photos or scans of your work from our archives, please submit a request here


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


Job Boards + Recruitment Platforms

We recommend these job boards and recruitment platforms:

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


The 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.


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.


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.


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.