BS+BA in Architecture

We offer a rigorous architecture program within a dynamic, cross-disciplinary campus. Our courses engage actual sites and tackle complex social, cultural, and environmental challenges. You'll graduate with the tools to design beautiful, innovative, and sustainable architectural environments, and become a more creative thinker and designer.

We believe that you learn by doing. Our program provides numerous opportunities for hands-on, real-world engagement, both in the St. Louis community and beyond. Our program is centered around the design studio, which emphasizes craft and making. Students work collaboratively with faculty on design projects, exploring a wide array of media and techniques, including freehand drawing and computer-aided design. You'll also study building technology, architectural history and theory, and any field that interests you at WashU.

Our students are bright and driven, but they are also incredibly supportive of one another. Studio is a place for collaboration and creative development. Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized in their fields—and they are accessible and deeply committed to teaching each and every student. Studio classes typically have a 15:1 student-faculty ratio for individualized attention and a positive creative culture.

WashU's College of Architecture is ranked #1 in Niche's rankings of Best Colleges for Architecture in America.

Facilities & Resources

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


Alexis Vidaurreta is leveraging community to create sustainable, resilient cities>>

Fox Fridays

Each Friday during the academic year, the School hosts a free workshop that transforms a particular resource facility or tool space into a classroom for exploration. These workshops are intended to provide quick, effortless, and fun investigations into mediums and tools that might not ordinarily find their way into your studio practice. Prior experience in a given area is not required, and workshops are open to all students.

Fall 2019 workshops included: Image Making in Photoshop, Pulp Fiction: Painting with Paper, Generative Modeling: Rhino and Grasshopper, From Print to Web: Basics in Coding for the Web, Adobe Illustrator & Beyond, Alginate Body Casting, Laser Cutting, Prototyping Mindset: How Google Learns Quickly, Drone Photography, Scan Your Head: 3D Scanning and Printing, Darkroom, and Textile Surface Design with Natural Dyes.

For more information or to sign up for a workshop, visit the Fox Fridays website.

About St. Louis

St. Louis is made for artists and designers. Beloved for its distinctive red brick, its incredible parks and gardens, its thriving food scene, and its numerous galleries, St. Louis is a place for curiosity and exploration. Its neighborhoods are vibrant, varied, and alive. All the city's art museums are free—including the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and the Sam Fox School's own Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. Learn more>>