The Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) program educates students to become imaginative, entrepreneurial, and ethical leaders in the architecture profession. The five-year, nationally accredited, professional Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) degree engages questions about the built environment across a wide range of topics: building and digital technologies, communication and representation, history and theory, and design inquiry.
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The goal is to train students not only as architects but also as citizens. They learn to become professional architects who are designers and cultural builders responsive to the challenges of contemporary practice. The BArch takes a broadminded approach to the economic, formal, social, technological, and urban dimensions of architecture.
In addition to the core program, the faculty-based initiatives of the Architecture + Civic Engagement Center (ACE), the Arid Lands Institute (ALI), and the Julius Shulman Institute (JSI), expand academic and professional possibilities. Extensive optional study away programs coupled with local community outreach provide opportunities for students to directly engage people and places. Projects address relevant urban, community, societal and environmental concerns, and students become passionate and inspired shapers of the built environment.
Design studios form the core of the architecture curriculum with applied theoretical, technical, and liberal arts study. Students gain craftsmanship in drawing, model making, material construction, employing computer design software, digitally fabricating, and critical writing. Educated to be articulate critical thinkers and highly capable practitioners, our bachelor of architecture students regularly distinguish themselves in design competitions and scholarship awards, are valued as leaders in the workplace, and go on to elite graduate schools.
Hailing from varied backgrounds, our student body reflects Southern California itself and creates a rich atmosphere of cultural diversity. Our dynamic faculty is made up of practicing professionals and accomplished academics. A low student-to-faculty ratio fosters a spirit of collaboration and community, and, together, students and faculty share a belief in the power of architecture to affect positive change.