Bachelor of Architecture Mission Statement

The five-year Bachelor of Architecture program prepares students with an early interest in architecture to become leading professional practitioners.  The mission is to train students as leaders in the professional practice of architecture with substantive methods of design and inquiry. The program aims to establish a student’s professional education with new forms of thinking and practice and to help students develop a lifelong relationship to their respective fields.

The five-year design sequence offers a thorough foundation in architecture integrating critical thinking, design, technology, building, representation, sustainability, 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. 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, cultural, environmental and ethical context.

Bachelor of Architecture Goals and Objectives

  • Professional Knowledge: 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)

  • Social & Cultural Thinking: 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)

  • Technology: 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)

  • Urbanism: Students will demonstrate the ability to integrate sustainable practices, material research, and interdisciplinary approaches to find sustainable design solutions. (Ecological Design)

  • Critical Thinking: Students will demonstrate creative and intellectual independence to applied architectural research. (Research)

  • Professional Knowledge: 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.

STEM Designation

The CIP code (Classification of Instructional Programs) for the Bachelor of Architecture program, 04.0902, Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology, is eligible for a STEM
OPT Extension if other criteria are met. Consequently, international Bachelor of Architecture students are eligible to apply to extend their Optional Practical Training (OPT) for an additional 24 months of OPT authorization after the initial 12 months of OPT to work in the United States. Please visit the Office of International Affairs on STEM OPT Extension for detailed information and to learn how to apply.

Curriculum

Requirements for Bachelor of Architecture

  • 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 Literary and Critical Studies for Architecture Students I

    HMS-291B Intro to Transdisciplinary Writing I 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-201B Literary and Critical Stud for Arch St Studies for Architects II

    HMS-292B Intro to Transdisciplinary Writing II 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 the following courses.

    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 elective credits.

    ARCH-301 Comprehensive Design I

    ARCH-331 Concrete Structures

    ARCH-361 Building Environment

    ARCH-363 Professional Practice

  • Semester 6

    Complete these courses plus 3 Architecture (History/Theory) elective credits.

    ARCH-302 Comprehensive Design II

    ARCH-362 Building Services

    ARCH-364 Construction Documents

    COMPLETE 3 CREDITS OF SOCIAL SCIENCE/PHILOSOPHY
  • Semester 7

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

    ARCH-401 Advanced Design I
    OR
    ARCH-400I Advanced Design (Rome)

    ARCH-461 Urban Genealogies

    CH-300 World Civilizations I

  • 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
    OR
    ARCH-400I Advanced Design (Rome)

    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
    OR
    ARCH-400I Advanced Design (Rome)

    ARCH-501 Degree Project: Research

    HMS-497B Research Writing for Architecture Students

    COMPLETE 3 CREDITS OF SOCIAL SCIENCE/PHILOSOPHY
  • Semester 10

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

    ARCH-503 Degree Project: Design Studio

    HMS-498B Advanced Transdisciplinary Writing