Degrees Offered

BS in Architecture

Architecture studio

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS Arch) is a four-year, 123 credit undergraduate pre-professional degree program that incorporates two years of Architecture Foundation Studies. The BS Arch pre-professional degree program is the Architecture Department’s required path for admission to the Temple University accredited Master of Architecture (M Arch), the two-year, 60-credit degree program offered at Temple University. The four-year BS Arch and two-year M Arch “when earned sequentially, comprise an accredited professional education.” ( http://www.naab.org).

The course work in the junior and senior years of the BS Arch is architecture intensive, with specific disciplinary content that addresses the National Architecture Accreditation Board (NAAB)’s student performance criteria. It requires 61 credits hours, made up of 40 required architecture credits, 6 General Education credits and 15 elective credits. Together with the 62 credits of the Architecture Foundation Studies program, this makes up the 123 credits required for the BS Arch degree. Students who are interested in pursuing the BS Arch degree program must submit a portfolio for review and acceptance prior to the fall semester of the 3rd year of study.

 

BS in Architectural Preservation

The Bachelor of Science in Architectural Preservation (BS ARCH PRES) is a four year, 122 credit undergraduate degree program that incorporates two years of Architecture Foundation Studies. The program prepares students for a career in cultural and historic preservation focused on the built environment. Careers in the field of Architectural Preservation are those where leadership includes advocacy for places important to the underlying cultural and historical infrastructure of communities and environments.

The program’s junior and senior years require 60 credits hours, made up of 29 required architecture credits, four required chemistry credits, six General Education credits and 18 elective credits. Together with the 62 credits of the Architecture Foundation Studies program, this makes up the 122 credits required for the BS Architectural Preservation degree. It is a guaranteed degree path for all undergraduate students in the Architecture Department in good standing in the University at the end of their second year.

Students in this program are offered four courses (13 credits) specifically in the field of architectural preservation. They undertake courses in architectural history, theory and technology with other architecture majors and are required to complete one chemistry laboratory course. The program offers 18 elective credits, enabling students to obtain a minor in the College of Liberal Arts as part of their degree. Suggested fields include but are not limited to art history, history, geography and urban studies, American studies.

International study is strongly encouraged at Temple Rome or Temple Japan.

BS in Facilities Management

The Bachelor of Science in Facilities Management (BS Fac Man) is a four-year, 122 credit undergraduate degree program that incorporates two years of Architecture Foundation Studies. The program prepares students for a career in the profession of Facility Management. It is a profession that encompasses multiple disciplines to ensure functionality of the built environment by integrating people, place, process and technology. Students who choose this degree program can pursue facility management certification after entering into the profession.

The program’s junior and senior years comprise 60 credits hours, made up of 26 architecture credits, 18 business credits, 3 law credits, 4 statistics credits, 6 General Education credits and 3 elective credits. Together with the 62 credits of Architecture Foundation Studies, this makes up the 122 credits required for the degree. The program is a guaranteed degree path for undergraduate students in the Architecture Department in good standing in the University at the end of their second year.

The Architecture Department offers 16 credits of required courses specifically for facilities management students, which may be taken as electives by other architecture majors. Another 10 required architecture credits are common to BS Arch and BS Architecture Preservation students. 18 credits of required courses are offered in the Fox School of Business and Management in accounting, micro economics, real estate, human resource management and operations management and one required course is offered in the School of Law. A statistics course is required as a prerequisite for the real estate courses. Students may attend TU Rome or TU Japan, where offerings may fulfill free elective requirements. Two of the architecture courses are writing intensive. The program concludes with a capstone research seminar, in which students demonstrate competency in facilities management through applied research presented in report and public presentation format.

MArch in Architecture

Tyler Architecture Department offers two tracks for the Master of Architecture (M ARCH) degree: a two-year track for students who have obtained a pre-professional Bachelor's degree in architecture and a three-year track for students who have a Bachelor's degree in another discipline or a non-pre-professional architecture program. The M ARCH is a first professional degree program offered at the graduate level and is accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (http://www.naab.org).

Professional track

The Professional track of the Master of Architecture is a 60 credit degree program for students who earn Temple University’s Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS Arch) degree and for students from other four-year pre-professional degree programs with equivalent course content to Temple’s BS Arch degree.  The Professional track is designed to be completed in two years, with a maximum of four years allowed for completion of the coursework.  The Professional track of the M Arch constitutes the final two years of a four + two year NAAB accredited program in Architecture. The four-year BS Arch and two-year M Arch “when earned sequentially, comprise an accredited professional education.” (http://www.naab.org).  In the Professional track, students undertake complex and technically advanced coursework and research through a balance of required and elective courses (48 required credits and 12 elective credits) in architecture and related fields. 

Intensive Design track

The Intensive Design track provides a three year curriculum for students with a degree in subjects outside of architecture or without a pre-professional degree in architecture.  This program provides a rigorous introduction to architectural design that consists of up to 30 credits of pre-professional studies including design studios, building technology courses, and history and theory seminars.  The amount of credits students will need to take within the Intensive Design track will vary depending upon the amount of pre-professional architectural course content that has been previously satisfied by the candidate.  Students who have little or no architectural content at the undergraduate level will be required to take the full 30 credits of pre-professional studies in architecture. Students who have degrees in architectural studies may receive credit for some of the courses within the Intensive Design track.  Each student will be individually evaluated and placed into courses.  Upon successful completion of the Intensive Design track, M Arch students will enter the Professional track of the Master of Architecture degree. 

Curriculum

The primary focus of both curricular tracks is the design studio, intensive courses that require the synthesis of information from other courses.  The 6 credit studio courses are investigative and projective, seeking to engage students with urgent urban, architectural and environmental issues. Research seminars along with courses in building technology and professional practice address questions in parallel with design studios. Elective courses allow students to pursue specializations with focus and intent. Together, the architecture courses satisfy professional accreditation requirements.

During the fall semesters of the Professional track, students undertake required studios that are focused on the achievement of comprehensive, integrated design skills.  Spring studios within the Professional track are elective in content and address a range of current architectural issues. Students may elect to undertake a studio in the summer, which will substitute for a regular semester design studio. During the final year of study, students may apply to engage in a self-directed research and design inquiry that culminates in a design thesis. The year long architectural thesis is advanced by the individual student’s interests and skills with the guidance of an advisor.

International study at Temple’s Rome or Japan campuses is encouraged in the spring semester of the final two years.