Architects must be educated to think critically, to assess holistically, to synthesize comprehensively and to design with environmental responsibility. Marywood’s architecture programs—undergraduate and graduate—recognize that architecture, both as a discipline and as a profession, engages the realms of art and science. Buildings and other physical spaces created by architects combine design innovation and aesthetic with the laws of gravity and the requirements of constructability. Architects create unique and highly inventive realities that emphasize organization, proportion, and beauty, as well as material properties, budgets and structural systems.
Marywood architecture students benefit from the University’s liberal arts core curriculum. These liberal arts courses provide the foundation for a profession in which social responsibilities are integral to the practice of architecture. In addition to courses in the social sciences, math, history, science, religion, and a foreign language, students are exposed to courses in critical thinking, writing and literature. The B.Arch. curriculum integrates these core competencies with professional course requirements, including architecture topics in structures, environmental science, building systems and other areas of building technology. Ten design studios, each one semester long, serve as the continuous place of exploration and synthesis.
Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)
This accredited degree option focuses on acquiring the skills needed to be eligible to become a licensed architect, such as designing buildings and understanding their impact on physical, aesthetic, social, and ecological environments.
Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture (B.E.D.A.)
The B.E.D.A. is a pre-professional degree that follows the first four years of the B.Arch. curriculum but with the option to substitute some advanced professionally oriented courses with courses from other areas of the curriculum or other university course offerings.
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) recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation. Master’s degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional 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 NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program should be accredited within six years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented. Marywood University’s Five-year Architecture program (B.ARCH.) is in the process of securing accreditation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Following an NAAB visit in October, 2012, the School of Architecture was formally granted Initial Candidacy status for its B.ARCH professional degree program in March, 2013. The next NAAB visit for Continuation of Candidacy will occur in 2014 (most likely in the spring), and the anticipated year for Initial Accreditation is 2016.
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