Why study Architecture Minor at UB?
*Not a baccalaureate degree program
The Architecture Minor, a non-studio based track offered by University at Buffalo Architecture, provides students with a liberal exposure to the humanities, technology, social sciences, and aesthetic expression through the lenses of the built and the natural environments. The study of architecture offers an indispensable background for students in most fields of study in that it develops skills in critical thinking and making as well as furnishing tools for interpreting and understanding the ways in which we inhabit and shape the material world. In addition, the architecture minor may enhance and provide additional knowledge for students interested in pursuing a 3+ year accredited professional master of architecture (MArch) degree upon completion of their baccalaureate studies. The Architecture Minor is typically completed within six semesters. Contact School of Architecture and Planning Undergraduate Education for additional academic advisement.
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
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.
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
University at Buffalo 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.
Individuals must be licensed to call themselves architects or contract to provide architectural services. Salaries range greatly from one occupation, position and work setting to another. Many opportunities are available for students graduating with a minor in Architecture.
Students in the School of Architecture and Planning have access to faculty mentors upon enrollment into the School's design studio. Advisors are also available for assistance. Students are encouraged to consult regularly with their advisors and faculty mentors in matters pertaining to academic options, course selection, postbaccalaureate studies and career opportunities. Students meet with advisors and faculty mentors as often as they choose to explore educational opportunities available within the Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning and the University at Buffalo 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
Scholarships and Financial Support
There is no scholarship information available for Architecture minors.
Situated within the resurging Buffalo binational region, University at Buffalo Architecture partners with local industries, firms, governments and an active grassroots movement to test and advance ideas. Such hands-on engagement and critical practice within our local and global communities cultivate core skills for today’s rapidly changing architecture profession. Visit the School of Architecture and Planning website for more information.
As a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), the University at Buffalo considers advanced research integral and fundamental to its mission. Consequently, the School of Architecture and Planning faculty are actively involved in the creation of new knowledge through sponsored research, creative design work and text-based scholarship. This research activity is intertwined with the departmental curricula, allowing students to take full advantage of the faculty's expertise. University at Buffalo Architecture is affiliated with the following centers that afford students opportunities for applied research activities. Interested students should contact each research center for more information about available opportunities:
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, 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
Departmental distinctions may be awarded to graduating architecture majors and minors who achieve a high level of academic excellence, creativity and ingenuity within University at Buffalo Architecture.
Becoming a(n) Architecture Minor Student
Acceptance Criteria - Architecture Minor
- Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
- Minimum GPA of 2.5 in two 100/200-level architecture courses.
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.
Suggested Introductory Courses
ARC 121 Introduction to Architecture
ARC 122 Architectural Sketching and the Built Environment
ARC 211 American Diversity and Design
ARC 280 Environment and Landscape: Discovering Landscape
Completing the Architecture Minor Program
Upon admission to the Architecture Minor, it is strongly recommended that students complete the Architecture Shop Safety Workshop. For more information on the Safety Workshop, contact the Architecture Materials Shop, 2 Parker Hall, South Campus.
All students must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours and three courses in the lower division and a minimum of 12 credit hours and four courses in the upper division. Students devise an Architecture Minor plan of study in consultation with their school advisors.
No more than 3 credits of ARC 467 (Research Practice), 3 credits of ARC 496 (Community Design Service), and 3 credits of ARC 499 (Independent Study) may be applied toward Architecture Minor requirements.
No more than six credits of architecture transfer coursework may be applied toward Architecture Minor requirements. Contact School of Architecture and Planning Undergraduate Education for more information.
Other relevant courses (such as Special Topics courses) in the undergraduate curriculum from University at Buffalo Architecture may be approved for the minor, with qualified special permission, from the course instructor and School of Architecture and Planning Education.
A minimum ARC-prefixed GPA of 2.50 in all Architecture Minor courses and minimum overall University at Buffalo GPA of 2.0 is required for successful completion of the program.
Architecture Minor program requirements:
- A minimum of 9 credits and 3 courses at the 100- or 200- level,
- A minimum of 12 credits and 4 courses at the 300- or 400-level; and
- An ARC-prefixed GPA of 2.50 in Architecture Minor courses and minimum overall University at Buffalo GPA of 2.0 is required for program completion.
- The Architecture Minor is typically completed within 6 semesters.
Transfer Credit Policy
Courses completed at other colleges and universities are not automatically accepted by University at Buffalo Architecture 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 to courses in accordance with SUNY policy. Student transcript evaluations are conducted by School of Architecture and Planning Undergraduate Education. Design studio courses completed at other colleges are accepted as by University at Buffalo Architecture as transfer elective credit only. Contact School of Architecture and Planning Undergraduate Education for academic advisement.
No more than six credits of architecture transfer coursework may be applied toward Architecture Minor requirements.
A minimum of 15 ARC-prefixed credit hours must be completed at the University at Buffalo to satisfy the Architecture Minor’s academic residency requirement. A minimum overall University at Buffalo GPA of 2.0 and minimum ARC-prefixed GPA of 2.5 in minor courses is required to graduate with the Architecture Minor.
Two 100/200-level architecture courses.
LOWER-DIVISION COURSES (select at least three courses)
ARC 121 Introduction to Architecture
ARC 211 American Diversity and Design
ARC 231 Architecture History : Ancient - 1450
ARC 234 Architecture History : 1450 - Present
ARC 241 Introduction to Building Technology (Suggested)
UPPER-DIVISION COURSES (select at least four courses)
ARC 422 Introduction to Building Reuse
ARC 425 History of Design
ARC 343 Building Systems Technology I
ARC 344 Building Systems Technology II
ARC 352 Structures 1
ARC 354 Experimental Structures
ARC 457 Fabric Structures
ARC 435 American Architecture and Urbanism
ARC 448 Building Projects
ARC 453 Structures 2
ARC 455 Structures 3
ARC 464 Behavior and Space
ARC 467 Research Practice
ARC 473 Environmental Controls: Thermal Systems
ARC 475 Environmental Controls: Acoustics and Lighting
ARC 481 Cost Control and Analysis
ARC 482 Professional Practice
ARC 488 Seminar in Design Theory
ARC 496 Community Design Service
ARC 499 Independent Study
END 312 Design of Cities
Departmental Honors Requirements
University at Buffalo Architecture 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.”
Total Credit Hours Required
Total Credits Required for Minor: 21
Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.
Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite or major requirements.