Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Architecture BS


126 Hayes Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-8030
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 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 the Architecture 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
School of Architecture and Planning Website

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.

Published: November 17, 2017 09:57:50 AM