Sunday, August 31, 2008

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

If you are a current architecture student, have you ever visited another architecture program? Have you ever visited another architecture program in another country?

I had the fortune of visiting Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago, Chile.

The architecture program is located on its own campus (Lo Contador - left). From my two days meeting with administration, faculty, and students, I was most impressed with the program. It had tremendous resources (shop, library, and classrooms). In addition, there is a strong sense of collegiality amongst the faculty and students.

If you ever have the chance, do visit the Escuela de Architectura at Universidad Catolica. For that matter, visit a school other than your own to gain perspective.

Dr. Architecture

Friday, August 22, 2008

Green Architecture Schools

Can you recommend any specific architecture programs for Green Architecture? Or are most schools incorporating it into their curriculum?

In one sense, most schools are developing courses in sustainability or determining ways that their degree programs can incorporate this hot topic, but the profession is quickly recognizing its importance. As a result, all programs must address it. However, if you search programs on -- -- through the advanced method that allows you to select Environment/Sustainability, the result reveals 72 programs. You will need to establish a few other criteria to further narrow your search.

Schools to Research:
Arizona State University - School of Sustainability
Ball State University - College of Architecture and Planning

Solar Decathalon
U.S. Green Building Council
Green Building Links
AIA Committee on the Environment

Dr. Architecture

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

English degree holder to pursue MArch

Dr. Architecture:

I have an interest in architecture however I have already graduated with a four year degree in Liberal Arts; specifically in English literature and a minor in history. I am wondering if I am able to attend a master's program in architecture instead of starting from the beginning. Thank you.

Absolutely! In the past 20 years, institutions have created Master of Architecture degree programs that are designed for individuals who have an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than architecture. You would be well-suited for pursuing this Master of Architecture.

Visit the following websites to determine which programs exist --

Also, be aware that you may wish to consider taking an ART course at a area community college to help you produce work for a portfolio that most programs require when applying. In addition, many require prerequisites of calculus, physics, and freehand drawing.

Given your interest, consider obtaining Becoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design to learn more about the process of becoming an architect.

Dr. Architecture