Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Art History to Architecture

Dear Dr. Architecture,

I recently graduated with a B.A in Art History because my university did not have an architecture program. It has always been a plan of mine to be an architect. What universities or programs would you recommend before applying for graduate school?


First, congrats on your recent degree and interest in pursuing architecture.

As a practice, I refrain from recommending particular universities or programs as there are many factors to consider when selecting a program.  I would suggest you begin your research process by visiting -- and -- both provide lists of NAAB accredited programs.

Given your undergraduate degree is in an unrelated discipline, you will be pursue the Master of Architecture (3-4 years).  As outlined in my book, Becoming an Architect, 2nd ed., there are many factors to consider - You, Institution, and Program.  I will suggest that you spend much of your time on the factors related to the program as you will spend the most time there.

Degree, academic structure, philosophy/approach, accreditation, enrollment, academic resources, special programs, faculty, students, career programs, postgraduate plans, etc.

It is up to you to consider these and determine their level of importance.

Also, contact each program and speak directly with the academic leader (dean, chair, head, etc.) and be in contact with current students or recent graduates.


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