BS+BA in Architecture

Our four-year undergraduate degree programs emphasize the development of both making and digital skills, in order to help you become a more creative thinker and designer. All architecture students take similar courses the first three years; however, courses during the fourth year will differ depending on your choice of program.

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture entails a more intensive study of architecture during your senior year. You'll take a senior-level design studio focused on advanced building design, along with structures courses, architectural history/theory courses that emphasize urban design issues, and technology courses in environmental systems or landscape architecture.

The Bachelor of Arts in Architecture offers greater flexibility. During your senior year, you may choose to take additional architecture design studios, or you may pursue courses in other areas of interest.

Both programs prepare you to move on to a master's degree, putting you on track for teaching and leadership positions in architecture and other related fields.

Facilities & Resources

Our spacious facilities support all kinds of making, with dedicated wood and metal shops, 3D printers, laser cutters, a digital fabrication lab, and more. >

You can research and explore the books, art, and special collections of the world-class Kemper Art Museum, Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library, and Dowd Modern Graphic History Library—all right on campus.

Career Outcomes

A degree in architecture prepares you to pursue any number of professional paths. As proof, 96% of our alumni are employed in desired professions, or enrolled in graduate programs, within three months of graduation. Our dedicated Career Services office offers Sam Fox School students one-on-one advising and specialized programs to pursue their professional interests. Learn more here>>

Studio Spotlight

Architecture students explored building in precarious environments as part of Disappearing Ground, a speculative design studio centering on Fogelpole Cave in Illinois>>

Student Spotlights

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