2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Architecture BS

(HEGIS: 02.02 ARCHITECTURE, CIP: 04.0201 Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD))

Architecture

126 Hayes Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-8030
716-829-3483
716-829-3256
www.ap.buffalo.edu
Omar Khan
Associate Professor and Chair
R. J. Multari
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education
Debra Eggebrecht
Assistant to the Chair

Why study Architecture BS at UB?

University at Buffalo Architecture's undergraduate preprofessional Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS Arch) is formulated around a studio-based curriculum that emphasizes thinking through making. University at Buffalo Architecture boasts one of the largest material shops for an architecture and urban planning school that includes conventional and digital fabrication technologies. Students work directly with materials and tools, producing models that help them connect the formal basis of architecture with its physical construction. In addition, the design studios are supported by lectures and seminars in history, theory and building technologies of architecture. These courses help students understand that architecture is a multi-disciplinary profession that combines knowledge from the humanities, the applied arts and engineering technology.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:

  • Understanding issues and methods of architectural design, representation and construction
  • Becoming culturally aware, technically competent and environmentally responsible
  • Freshman studio sequence: basic literacy in design principles and fundamentals using two- and three- dimensional media, and to become familiar with the tools, materials, techniques and values that enable an architectural design proposition
  • Sophomore studio sequence: the basic knowledge of historical precedents, site planning and analyzing context and expands the range of design methods
  • Junior studio sequence: students are introduced to a variety of performative criteria that govern the workings of buildings to understand how dynamic forces contribute to the constructional, functional and spatial formation of architecture
  • Senior fall semester studio: students synthesize the social needs of collective domesticity with the real world constraints of site, climate and program

The Learning Environment

University at Buffalo Architecture prepares students to see the implications of what architecture does for the built environment by proposing future forms of habitation that are innovative in their aesthetic and cultural contribution and can inspire the social imagination. Students learn as architects, they have a critical role to play in the progress of society. Their work will be the future built environment that will condition how people live, work and socialize. Students need to approach the task of design with great skill, vision and confidence knowing that the pressing questions of architecture have yet to find appropriate answers. The undergraduate studios develop design thinking and craft skills, allowing students to communicate their ideas in professional ways. University at Buffalo Architecture prides itself on a design curriculum that teaches students how to effectively connect the art of design with the science of building.

About Our Facilities

The Architecture and Planning Library, located in Abbot Hall, is one of ten libraries within the University at Buffalo.

University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning IT Services comprise two sets of facilities: a central collection of laboratories and computing classrooms, and a collection of distributed facilities located in the graduate and undergraduate architecture and urban planning studios.;

The Digital Fabrication Workshop provides a range of the latest equipment dedicated to material research, model making, and digital fabrication.

The Architecture and Planning Materials and Methods Shop, is available for school-wide projects and independent work.

The Visual Resources Center directly supports the curriculum with its ever-growing collection of slides, audiovisual equipment and an extensive image database. The center also produces video recordings of the school's lecture series and other events.

About Our Faculty

Architecture faculty, diverse in their interests and international in their background, are well known and respected in the profession. Both full and part-time clinical faculty are involved in a variety of activities related to research, design and scholarship. Many part-time clinical faculty are also licensed practicing architects in the Western New York community. Graduate teaching assistants supplement instruction by professors in many courses within the undergraduate preprofessional program. In some situations, upper-level graduate teaching assistants may co-instruct with professors in design studios, and conduct lab or workshop sessions that offer students additional help with their coursework. In academic year 2016-2017, University at Buffalo Architecture had 21 tenure/tenure-track faculty, five clinical faculty, two research faculty, two visiting scholars, and 11 adjunct faculty, and 15 teaching assistants.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Opportunities open to students graduating with a preprofessional Bachelor of Science in architecture degree (not requiring state architecture licensure) include:

  • architecture technology
  • building systems technology
  • facilities planning and design
  • property management
  • graphic design
  • interior design
  • industrial design
  • urban planning and design
  • historic preservation
  • real estate development
  • engineering technology
  • construction management
  • set design

All states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands require individuals to be licensed before they may call themselves architects or contract to provide architectural services. Many architecture school graduates work in the profession even though they are not licensed, or while they are in the process of becoming licensed, but they may not call themselves an architect. Visit Becoming an Architect on NCARB’s website for more information.

After completing the Architectural Experience Program™ (on-the-job training) period, individuals are eligible to sit for the state-licensing architecture exam. The Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) assesses candidates for their knowledge, skills and ability to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture. The ARE® has been adopted for use by all 54 U.S. Member Boards and the Canadian provincial and territorial architectural associations as a registration examination required for architectural registration. Licensing examinations are offered in New York by the State Education Department's Office of the Professions.

Salaries range greatly from one occupation, position, and work setting to another. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual salary for Architects in May 2015 was $76,100 per year. Visit the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards website for more information.

Academic Advising

All architecture students have access to faculty mentors upon enrollment into the school. In addition, advisors with School of Architecture and Planning Undergraduate Education are available for assistance. Students are encouraged to consult regularly with their advisors and faculty mentors in matters pertaining to academic options, course selection, graduate studies and career opportunities. Students meet with advisors and faculty mentors as often as they choose to explore educational opportunities available within the department to plan a course of study that is consistent with their abilities, achievements, interests and expectations. The ultimate goal of advisement is to empower students to be active, responsible learners who take full advantage of the many opportunities the university provides in the areas of academics, research and community and global engagement. Visit UB Undergraduate Academic Advisement for additional information.

Academic Advising Contact Information

School of Architecture Undergraduate Education
126 Hayes Hall, South Campus
Phone: 716-829-3484 ext. 4
FAX: 716-829-3256
Website: http://ap.buffalo.edu/admissions/related/request-information/undergrad-request-information.html

Scholarships and Financial Support

The University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning in partnership with the university, our alumni, our faculty and staff, and our philanthropic supporters, provides support to our undergraduate students. In addition to tuition scholarships, stipends for travel and supplies, and support for study abroad, our students, like our faculty, are actively engaged in teaching, research and service — and are rewarded for their hard work. Visit the School of Architecture and Planning website for more information.

Extracurricular Activities

University at Buffalo Architecture sponsors a chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), as well as the Graduate Students Architecture (GSA), and Alpha Rho Chi (the fraternity of Architecture, the Applied Arts, and Environment Design), and the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS). These student groups sponsor a variety of events, such as field trips to cities of architectural interest, films and lectures, an annual Beaux-Arts Ball, Lunchtime Lecture Series, GSA Student Exhibit, Graduate Student Reception, Graduation Brunch, exhibits at local galleries, and annual design and building competitions. GSA also supports funding for scholarly publications, grants for thesis work and conference attendance.

Honors and Awards

  • Matthew W. Del Gaudio Award. The New York Society of Architects presents this award to a graduating student who has demonstrated 'Total Design' excellence, defined by: 'an imaginative solution of an architectural problem that is functionally ideal, structurally feasible, suitably sited, and employing available materials in a practical and aesthetically sound manner.'
  • Henry Adams Medal. The AIA awards an engraved medal and certificate of merit to the top-ranking graduating student in each architecture program accredited by NAAB. A certificate of merit is awarded to the second-ranking student.
  • R. Buckminster Fuller Award. Awarded to the graduating senior who is continuing on for graduate studies within the UB School of Architecture and Planning and exemplifies attributes of creativity, inventiveness, and intellectual excellence.
  • Design Excellence Award. Awarded to students with outstanding studio work.
  • Academic Achievement Award. Awarded to students with the highest overall GPA

Departmental Honors

Departmental  distinctions may be awarded to graduating architecture students who achieve a high level of academic excellence, creativity, and distinction ingenuity University at Buffalo Architecture.

Becoming a(n) Architecture BS Student

The University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning has an admission policy that actively encourages applicants from protected groups and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Admission is competitive, and applicants are reviewed according to the admission criteria. Acceptance of students in the preprofessional, professional, and advanced graduate programs is determined on the basis of the applicants' qualifications and experience. However, since the school's size is limited, the programs may exercise discretionary powers of selection. Courses and programs offered by the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning may include an instructional support services fee. Contact School of Architecture and Planning Undergraduate Education or visit their website for additional information and academic advisement.

National Architectural Accreditation Board Statement on Accreditation: In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a(n) 8-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree. The University at Buffalo is the only campus in the State University of New York system to offer the accredited professional master of architecture (MArch) degree.

The University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

  • MArch 2-Year (pre-professional undergraduate degree + 64 graduate credits
  • MArch 3.5-Year (non-pre-professional undergraduate degree + 112 graduate credit

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2023

Visit here for more information on University at Buffalo Architecture NAAB Statement on Accreditation.

Studio Culture Policy Statement. The Department of Architecture in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo acts in accordance with the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) studio policy requirement. Therefore, all studio faculty and/or departmental administrators agree to:

  • Provide students with a syllabus that complies with the University at Buffalo syllabus guidelines, and includes a studio description, objectives, evaluation methods, and grading policies.
  • Encourage students to lead balanced lives. This includes regular sleep and exercise, healthy eating habits, and breaks for non-architecture related endeavors.
  • Assist students in developing effective time management strategies.
  • Integrate knowledge and information acquired in other architecture courses in studio, when possible.
  • Integrate knowledge and information acquired in other disciplines in studio, when possible.
  • Encourage collaboration both within the studio, and, when appropriate, outside of the studio.
  • Provide guidance to new instructors on studio curriculum development.
  • In addition to existing guidance and grievance procedures, the department will establish an ombudsman group, comprised of University at Buffalo architecture alumni, to act on behalf of students who are having difficulty with studio culture. All concerns expressed to this group will be kept in confidence unless otherwise expressed by the student. 
  • Foster a constructive atmosphere in design reviews that promotes critical dialogue between students and reviewers.
  • Promote theories, research, and experiences that increase students' awareness of multi-cultural issues.

Approved by the voting faculty of the University at Buffalo Department of Architecture: 4/2005.

Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

Admission to UB is highly competitive. For the 2016 incoming freshman class, UB reported an average ACT score of 24-30 and an average SAT (CR+M) score of 1100-1300. 90 percent of admitted students are in the top 50 percent of their class.

Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank, SAT (critical reading and math) or ACT scores, and strength of the high school academic record. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered.

The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:

  • Four years of English (with a substantial writing component)
  • Four years of social studies
  • Three years of college-preparatory science
  • Three years of a second language
  • Three years of college-preparatory mathematics

Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

Freshman Admission to the Program

University at Buffalo Architecture uses HS average, completed courses, class rank, and SAT/ACT scores. Prospective HS students considering Architecture must submit an application early in the fall of your senior year.

Visit Undergraduate Admissions for freshmen application submission dates. The preprofessional Architecture BS is a fall-only admission program.

Applicants are invited to submit a digital student portfolio or complete an architecture design project to demonstrate their creativity and interest in Architecture. Please note the portfolio or design project does not determine final admissibility into the program or the university. Visit here for more information.

First-time freshman applicants are notified of program acceptance by UB Undergraduate Admissions, with admission on a space available basis. Minimum SAT, ACT, and TOEFL scores are required for studio enrollment. Contact School of Architecture and Planning Undergraduate Education for additional advisement.

Transfer Admission to the Program

Transfer students first apply to UB. University at Buffalo Architecture application forms and information are mailed or downloaded once the transfer admission application is received by UB. Transfer students should consult with School of Architecture and Planning Undergraduate Education for more information. Applications are reviewed on a space-available basis from March 1-May 31. No additional application material is reviewed after May 31. A minimum GPA of 2.50 in architecture and related courses and a minimum overall GPA of 2.70 is required. Courses may include intro collegiate courses in architecture; environmental design, studio art; 2-D & 3-D design; drafting; art history; math; and, urban environments. Minimum TOEFL scores are required for studio enrollment. The preprofessional Architecture BS is fall-only admission, with applicants admitted on a space available basis.

Current UB Students Applying to the Program

Minimum GPA of 2.70 overall.

Minimum GPA of 2.50 in architecture and architecture-related courses.

Admission on a space available basis.

The preprofessional Bachelor of Science in Architecture is a fall-only admission program.

Architecture and architecture-related courses may include introductory collegiate courses in architecture; environmental design, studio art; 2-D and 3-D design; drafting; art history; math; and, urban environments. Current UB students must complete the University at Buffalo Architecture departmental transfer admission application. Applications are reviewed on a space-available basis from March 1-May 31, and application material will not be reviewed after May 31. Minimum TOFEL scores required for studio enrollment. Contact School of Architecture and Planning Undergraduate Education for academic advisement.

Completing the Architecture BS Program

Students are reviewed on their progress in the preprofessional Bachelor of Science in architecture by the University at Buffalo Architecture on a semesterly basis. This review determines the student's eligibility to continue onto the next level in the architecture program. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all required architecture curricular courses and minimum cumulative UB GPA of 2.0 is compulsory for satisfactory academic program requirements. In addition to all minimum GPA levels, students are expected to make satisfactory progress in design studios and architecture media courses.

Any student who receives a grade lower than C- must repeat the studio and media course before taking the next studio and media sequence, and grades lower than C- in any design studio and media course will not count toward the preprofessional Bachelor of Science in Architecture requirements. A grade of F in any design studio & media course may result in dismissal from University at Buffalo Architecture.

Academic Requirements

Statement on Continuous Studio Enrollment: Students must complete the appropriate design studio each semester to maintain continuous enrollment in the academic program, unless a student is approved for a studio leave of absence by School of Architecture and Planning Undergraduate Education. Studio leaves of absence are often approved for students with medical, legal, military, or other extenuating circumstances, and students must be in good academic standing with the Department of Architecture and the University at Buffalo to be eligible for a studio leave of absence.

A student who resigns design studio with an "R" (resign) grade without prior approval for a studio leave of absence will be disqualified from the preprofessional Bachelor of Science in Architecture. A student who has been disqualified may apply for re-entry through the Undergraduate Transfer and Re-Entry Application Form, available from School of Architecture and Planning Undergraduate Education.

Academic Advice

Architecture students are placed into mathematics, physics, and English courses based upon the following criteria: SAT/ACT scores; TOFEL scores; Advanced Placement scores; or, completed college courses.

Students are reviewed on their progress within the preprofessional Bachelor of Science in Architecture by the Department of Architecture on an annual basis. This review determines the student's eligibility to continue onto the next level in the undergraduate preprofessional program. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all required architecture curricular courses and a minimum cumulative UB GPA of 2.0 is required for satisfactory academic progress and progression through the undergraduate program. Grades lower than C- in any design studio and media course will not count toward the preprofessional Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree requirements, and a grade of F in any design studio may result in dismissal from University at Buffalo Architecture.  

Transfer Credit Policy

Courses completed at other colleges and universities are not automatically accepted as fulfilling departmental requirements. While select architecture courses taken elsewhere may be accepted, determination is made by an evaluation of the student's transcripts, course content, contact hours, and grades earned. A minimum passing grade on a 4.0 scale is required in each course for possible articulation. Student transcript evaluations are conducted by School of Architecture and Planning Undergraduate Education. Design studio placement in the undergraduate architecture program is made by the department following this formal evaluation, in tandem with portfolio review, when applicable. Design studio courses completed at other colleges are accepted by UB Architecture as transfer elective credit only. The preprofessional Bachelor of Science in Architecture is a fall-only admission program. Contact School of Architecture and Planning Undergraduate Education for advisement.

Required Courses

ARC 101 Design Studio 1
ARC 102 Design Studio 2
ARC 111 Architecture Media 1
ARC 112 Architecture Media 2
ARC 121 Introduction to Architecture
AED 199 UB Seminar
AED 399 UB Capstone
ARC 201 Design Studio 3 **
ARC 202 Design Studio 4 **
ARC 211 American Diversity and Design
ARC 231 Architecture History : Ancient - 1450
ARC 234 Architecture History : 1450 - Present
ARC 241 Introduction to Building Technology
ARC 301 Design Studio 5
ARC 302 Design Studio 6
ARC 311 Architecture Media 3
ARC 312 Architecture Media 4
ARC 352 Structures 1
ARC 362 Architectural Theory
AED 399 UB Capstone
ARC 403 Design Studio 7
ARC 404 Design Practicum/Proseminar
ARC 411 Architecture Media 5
ARC 412 Architecture Media 6
ARC 442 Construction Technology
ARC 453 Structures 2
ARC 473 Environmental Controls: Thermal Systems
ARC *** Architecture Elective (3.0 credits)
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications 1 or MTH 131 Calculus Analysis for Management
PHY 101 or AED 101 College Physics I*
Minimum of 18 credits of non-ARC liberal arts electives

The following is a possible sample, but not all-inclusive, list of possible electives offered by University at Buffalo Architecture on an intermittent basis. For additional course advisement, please contact School of Architecture and Planning Undergraduate Education.
ARC 318 Design Methods
ARC 422 Introduction To Building Reuse
ARC 427 Building Types
ARC 354 Experimental Structures
ARC 457 Fabric Structures
ARC 419 Contemporary Theory
ARC 435 American Architecture and Urbanism
ARC 440 Computer Application
ARC 448 Building Projects
ARC 449 Architectural Materials
ARC 455 Structures 3
ARC 467 Research Practice
ARC 470 Climate and Architecture
ARC 472 Energy and Shelter
ARC 475 Environmental Controls: Acoustics and Lighting
ARC 476 Landscape Design
ARC 479 Sustainable Design
ARC 481 Cost Control and Analysis
ARC 482 Professional Practice
ARC 488 Special Topics: Seminar in Design Theory
ARC 496 Community Design Service
ARC 499 Independent Study

**Student Passport Requirement: All domestic U.S. students entering the ARC 201-202 studio sequence must have a passport, passport card, or other approved documents (including a valid NEXUS card, government-issued photo ID {e.g. Driver's License} and proof of U.S. citizenship such as a U.S. birth certificate, naturalization certificate or expired U.S. passport) for required studio excursions into Canada. Domestic U.S. students may visit the Department of State for further information and guidelines on Canadian entry and re-entering the United States. International students should contact International Student Services, 210 Talbert Hall, North Campus, for information on guidelines for traveling to Canada and re-entering the United States.

Departmental Honors Requirements

University at Buffalo Architecture offers the designations offers the designations “with distinction,” “with high distinction,” and “with highest distinction” to students who achieve a certain level of academic excellence in the major or minor upon graduation.

The award of Program Distinction is based on the UB GPA for the program. A minimum of 50% of credits for the major or minor program must be completed at UB. University at Buffalo Architecture requires a minimum of 3.25 for “with distinction”; 3.50 for “with high distinction”; and 3.75 for “with highest distinction.”

Curricular Plan / Degree Map

View the Curricular Plan for the Architecture BS which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

Architecture

126 Hayes Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-8030
716-829-3483
716-829-3256
www.ap.buffalo.edu
Omar Khan
Associate Professor and Chair
R. J. Multari
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education
Debra Eggebrecht
Assistant to the Chair

Curricular Plan

Architecture BS
Published: May 22, 2017 11:15:57 AM