Bachelor of Architecture Mission Statement

Undergraduate Architecture is a five-year Bachelor of Architecture program that prepares students with an early interest in architecture to become leading professional practitioners. Students at Pratt learn that architecture is a meaningful cultural contribution dedicated to the sustenance of the imagination and the necessity for material embodiment within a larger social and ethical context. The five year design sequence offers a thorough foundation in architecture integrating critical thinking, design, technology, building, representation, and social responsibility. Firmly committed to contemporary material practices, the program is constantly integrating new technologies into the curriculum. Students are encouraged to aspire towards creative and intellectual independence as well as to commit to authentically inspired architectural research.

Bachelor of Architecture Goals and Objectives

  • Each student will demonstrate the ability to transform an idea to an architectural proposition by incorporating all skills developed from core to advance design. (Design Excellence)
  • Students at Pratt learn that architecture is a meaningful cultural contribution dedicated to the sustenance of the imagination and the necessity for material embodiment within a larger social and ethical context. (Critical Thinking/Cultural and Social Knowledge)
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate through visual medium from the hand to the computer. (Media and Representation)
  • Students will demonstrate the critical use of digital technology, fabrication, and environmentally responsible design in relationship to contemporary design and practice. (Technology: Computation and Digital Fabrication)
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to integrate sustainable practices, material research, and interdisciplinary approaches to find sustainable design solutions. (Ecological Design)
  • Students will demonstrate creative and intellectual independence to applied architectural research. (Research)
  • Pratt seeks to instill aesthetic judgment, knowledge, collaborative skill, and technical expertise which can blend theory with creative applications in the preparation of students to become leaders in the profession. (Professionalism)

Highest Professional Standards

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes two types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture and the Master of Architecture. A program may be granted a five-year, three-year, or a two-year term of accreditation, depending on its degree of conformance with established educational standards.

Master’s degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a post-professional graduate degree, which, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. The pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree, however.

The NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program should be accredited within six years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented.

Curriculum

Requirements for Bachelor of Architecture, 2013

  • Semester 1

    Complete these courses.

    ARCH-101 Design I
    ARCH-111 Representation 1
    ARCH-131 Technics
    ARCH-151 History and Theory of Architecture 1
    HMS-101B Introduction to Literary and Critical Studies for Architects I
    HMS-291B Introduction to Transdisciplinary Writing I
  • Semester 2

    Complete these courses.

    ARCH-102 Design II
    ARCH-112 Representation 2
    ARCH-152 History and Theory of Architecture 2
    MSCI-110 Intro to Physics/Chemistry
    HMS-103B Introduction to Literary and Critical Studies for Architects II
    HMS-292B Introduction to Transdisciplinary Writing II
  • Semester 3

    Complete these courses.

    ARCH-201 Intermediate Design I
    ARCH-211 Representation 3
    ARCH-231 Statics and Strength of Materials
    ARCH-251 History and Theory of Architecture 3
    ARCH-261 Architectural Materials
  • Semester 4

    Complete these courses plus 3 architecture elective credits.

    ARCH-202 Intermediate Design II
    ARCH-232 Structures: Steel
    ARCH-252 History and Theory of Architecture 4
    ARCH-262 Architectural Assembly Systems
    MSCI-271 Ecology for Architects
  • Semester 5

    Complete these courses plus 3 Liberal Arts Electives.

    ARCH-301 Comprehensive Design I
    ARCH-331 Concrete Structures
    ARCH-361 Building Environment
    ARCH-363 Professional Practice
  • Semester 6

    Complete these courses plus 3 credits of Architecture Electives.

    ARCH-302 Comprehensive Design II
    ARCH-362 Building Services
    ARCH-364 Construction Documents
    COMPLETE 3 CREDITS OF SOCIAL SCIENCE OR PHILOSOPHY
  • Semester 7

    Complete these courses plus 3 Liberal Arts elective credits and 3 Architecture Elective credits.

    ARCH-401 Advanced Design I
    ARCH-461 Urban Planning: City/Regional
    CH-300 World Civilizations I
    HMS-496A Creative Writing for Art and Design Practice
  • Semester 8

    Complete these courses plus 3 Liberal Arts elective credits, 3 Architecture elective credits, and 3 All Institute elective credits.

    ARCH-402 Advanced Design Ii
    CH-400 World Civilizations II
  • Semester 9

    Complete these courses plus 3 Architecture elective credits, and 2 All Institute elective credits.

    ARCH-403 Advanced Design III
    ARCH-501 Degree Project: Research
    HMS-497A Thesis Writing
    COMPLETE 3 CREDITS OF SOCIAL SCIENCE OR PHILOSOPHY
  • Semester 10

    Complete these courses 3 Architecture elective credits, and 6 All Institute elective credits.

    ARCH-503 Degree Project: Design Studio