Degrees Offered

BS in Architecture

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The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Architecture at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture offers students opportunities to explore a variety of creative pathways in the built environment.

With access to the resources of Temple, a leading public research university, and the guidance of a faculty of design practitioners and innovative researchers, students use the diverse urban context of Philadelphia to understand the important topics of our time, including advocacy and civic engagement, technology, healthy and sustainable futures and the global context of architectural design.

The curriculum focuses on design thinking and making through coursework in design studio, architectural history and theory, building technology and practice and general studies. Drawing, model making and digital processes are practiced and learned in spacious studios, classrooms, labs and shops.

At Tyler, career discovery is built into the academic plan. Students get a foundational education in architecture before exploring different paths, including Architecture, Facilities Management, Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture and Community Development.

The BS in Architecture is a pre-professional program that prepares students for internship and study in a professional degree program in architecture, the Master of Architecture (MArch), and through Tyler’s +1 (4+1) accelerated track and +2 (4+2) track. Students in Tyler’s +1 and +2 programs earn both BSArch and MArch degrees in a sequence that meets the National Architectural Accrediting Board’s standards for an accredited professional education. Students in the program also can choose to continue into Tyler’s MS in City and Regional Planning, MS in Facilities Planning or Master of Landscape Architecture programs.

BS in Facilities Management

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Facilities Management at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture prepares students for leadership in a career that integrates people, place, process and technology to ensure functionality of the built environment.

The curriculum spans Tyler and the rest of Temple University, including the Fox School of Business, with the core of the program’s coursework taking place in Tyler’s Facilities Management Lab (FM Lab), where students simulate real-world interdisciplinary collaboration, and lessons learned in the classroom are demonstrated through facilities planning projects. The FM Lab is also a place for professional engagement. Facilities management professionals from the Philadelphia region are frequent visitors to the program, providing students with real-world insights as well as professional connections.

Students graduate well-prepared for careers in the facilities management profession. The degree, which is accredited by the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), accelerates the students’ eligibility to obtain professional credentials administered by IFMA. Students in the program who choose to continue into graduate study can choose the three-year track of Tyler’s Master of Architecture Program or the one-year MS in Facilities Planning degree.

Facilities Management is one of several degree pathways at Tyler for undergraduates studying built-environment design, along with Architecture, Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture and Community Development.

BS in Historic Preservation

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Historic Preservation program at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture is an ideal pathway for students with a keen interest in applied historical research about architecture, buildings and sites.

Taking advantage of the resources offered by Tyler (a national leader among art and architecture schools) and Temple (a public, urban research university), students learn the fundamentals of historic and cultural preservation practice in the United States and are introduced to the range of approaches and methods around the world. Students work in groups and on individual projects and carry out original research, guided by architects, historians and preservationists, conducting archival and on-site investigations into the material and cultural fabric of the built environment in the Philadelphia region.

Coursework in design, history and theory, building technology and research methods is part of the degree program. Students work in the Historic Preservation Lab in the Architecture Building alongside architecture and facilities management students, and in the classrooms, labs and shops where research, drawing, model making and digital processes are practiced and learned.

Students in Historic Preservation—one of several degree pathways at Tyler for undergraduates studying built-environment design, along with Architecture, Facilities Management, Landscape Architecture and Community Development—can continue into professional programs at the master’s level: the three-year track of the Master of Architecture, the MS in City and Regional Planning, the MS in Facilities Planning, or the Master of Landscape Architecture.

Certificate in Historic Preservation
The Certificate in Historic Preservation at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture is a good option for undergraduates in any Temple major who are interest in applied historical research about architecture, buildings and sites. Guided by architects, historians and preservationists, students conduct archival and on-site investigations into the material and cultural fabric of the built environment in the Philadelphia region. Students learn the fundamentals of historic and cultural preservation practice in the United States and are introduced to the range of approaches and methods around the world.

For more information, please visit Temple's Undergraduate Bulletin.

Graduate Degree Programs

Master of Architecture

The Master of Architecture (MArch) at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture offers students a creative, interdisciplinary, NAAB-accredited education alongside artists, scholars, planners and landscape architects, plus access to the resources of Temple University, a leading research university.

Tyler MArch students join a welcoming, diverse community of thinkers and makers who are mission-driven and civically minded. Guided by a faculty who are all practicing designers and innovative researchers, students are pushed to work collaboratively and use the urban context of Philadelphia to engage issues ranging from advocacy and technology to sustainability, health and the global context of architectural design.

The curriculum is focused on design thinking and making through coursework in general studies, design studio, architectural history and theory and building technology and practice. Courses take place in Tyler’s spacious design studios, classrooms, labs and shops where drawing, model making, and digital processes are practiced and learned.

Tyler’s three-year MArch track draws students from a wide range of academic backgrounds and experiences who work alongside students in Tyler’s +1 (4+1) and +2 (4+2) BS Arch + MArch programs in the studio, where they share strengths, skills and experiences. All of Tyler’s programs that conclude with a MArch degree—including the +1, +2 and three-year programs—meet the National Architectural Accrediting Board’s standards for an accredited professional education.

Accelerated BS in Architecture + Master of Architecture Program Option (+1)
The Tyler School of Art and Architecture’s Bachelor of Science in Architecture + Master of Architecture programs include a +1 (4+1) accelerated program track for qualified students seeking a rigorous, NAAB-accredited professional education. Students complete the requirements for both degrees in only five years, including two summer sessions of coursework, by taking up to 12 semester credit hours of graduate coursework as an undergraduate. The credits count towards both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Additional information on Tyler’s +1 accelerated program option may be found here.
 

Master of Science in Architecture

The Tyler School of Art and Architecture’s new Master of Science (MS) in Architecture program offers a post-professional pathway for practicing architects seeking to advance their careers and stay ahead of emergent trends by engaging in forward-thinking, innovative design research.

The studio-based, independent design-focused program explores pressing questions related to topics of individual interest. In studios, classrooms, labs and shops, research, drawing, model making and digital processes inform design investigations. Special topics courses taught by professionals complement the curriculum.

Tyler’s MS in Architecture program offers three optional concentrations to help students expand their knowledge in areas of rapid growth in the industry: Advanced Technologies and Design (focusing on the latest advances in building technology, digital tools and techniques); Urban Ecologies and Design (emphasizing the interrelationship between ecology, society and urban form); and Health and Design (focusing on a range of topics related to design for health, including healthcare facilities).

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Master of Science in Facilities Planning (including Health Facilities concentration)

The Master of Science (MS) in Facilities Planning at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture offers professionals with an academic background or professional experience in facilities management an advanced degree pathway to expand their specialized knowledge and expertise.

The collaborative, workshop-based curriculum focuses on facilities planning, professional practice methodologies and other related topics. In workshops, students address professional practice questions that are drawn from the field. Special topics courses taught by professionals who share best practices and innovations in their own practice.

Tyler’s MS in Facilities Planning degree is also available with a Health and Design concentration—a collaboration with Temple University’s College of Public Health—that focuses on highly specialized healthcare buildings. This concentration creates opportunities for professionals of all types to learn and network with peers in other disciplines.