I was recently doing some research online about studying architecture and came across your blog. I can't seem to find a straight answer to my question which is: can you become an architect with a bachelor's degree in something that has nothing to do with architecture, and if so how? I would imagine that one could study anything during undergraduate years, and then apply for a master's architecture program. Is this correct? Also, what type of course work should someone enrolled in a master's architecture program expect?
Thank you very much in advance!
My expertise is in the process of becoming an architect in the U.S.; as such, my comments/answers are from that perspective.
To become an architect for more jurisdictions in the U.S., one needs to have 1) education, 2) experience, and 3) examination.
meet the education standard, one must possess an accredited degree in
architecture - a BArch, MArch, or DArch. For the Master of
Architecture, one can pursue what is typically a 3-4 year graduate
degree following an undergraduate degree in most any discipline.
So, what you state below - I would imagine that one could study anything during undergraduate
years, and then apply for a master's architecture program. Is this
correct? - is correct.
As for what to pursue as an
undergraduate, it will vary depending on the individual. It is common
that the degree would be related to design and architecture - civil
engineering, fine arts, landscape architecture, etc. But it could be
completely unrelated - English, finance, etc.
would suggest you and others pursue an undergraduate in which you will
enjoy and do well academically to allow for graduate admission. As
well, most graduate programs require a portfolio for admission -- thus,
take courses in fine art and design that will allow you to produce
materials for a portfolio.
Best. Dr. Architecture