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Undergraduate, BAR
5 Years
Plan of Study
Lawrence Blough, professor of undergraduate architecture, presenting the Co-Housing Center at ROH 2023 (photo by Sam Stuart)
Lawrence Blough, professor of undergraduate architecture, presenting the Co-Housing Center at ROH 2023 (photo by Sam Stuart)

Architecture at Pratt

Program Ethos

Design Excellence

Pratt Undergraduate Architecture students transform design ideas into architectural proposals towards a more resilient and sustainable built environment, by incorporating skills developed from core to advance design.

Social & Cultural Thinking

Pratt Undergraduate Architecture students acknowledge that architectural discourse contributes meaningfully to culture and critical thought through research and design, while embodying an ethos of equity and inclusion within a larger social, geographic, ecological, and ethical framework. Pratt Undergraduate Architecture students are immersed in diverse learning environments with respect to both content and community.

Technology & Innovation

Pratt Undergraduate Architecture students critically engage emerging technologies in representation, fabrication, and building science, to advance innovations in research and practice, with the goal of promoting continuous disciplinary progress towards a more ethical and sustainable future.


Pratt Undergraduate Architecture students, as residents of Brooklyn, New York, draw from the urban context, discourse, and culture that defines the city and shapes the pedagogy of the program. Pratt Undergraduate Architecture students integrate research in multimodal, multi-scalar approaches to inclusive and sustainable design with an awareness of their work’s impact on the urban environment.

Critical Thinking

Pratt Undergraduate Architecture students employ creative and intellectual agility to applied architectural research with a thorough understanding of the discipline’s body of knowledge, histories, theories, and role in shaping culture, society, and the environment.

Professional Leadership

Pratt Undergraduate Architecture students practice the ethical application of aesthetic judgment and technical expertise, through the process of collaboration and the integration of theory with practice. Pratt Undergraduate Architecture students lead in ensuring that the profession is more responsive and responsible to the communities it serves.

Student Work

Take a look at examples of work by Undergraduate Architecture students and alumni, and imagine what you might be able to do!

The Experience

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Interdisciplinary, socially engaged, and justice-driven, our tight-knit community is connected by a shared mission for transformative change. Your first three years are designed to provide basic professional preparation in architectural design, construction technology, graphic communication, and the humanistic aspects of design. Then, by purposefully selecting courses within all elective areas during your last four semesters, you can develop your own unique architectural education.

Professional Degree

The Bachelor of Architecture program is a professional program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) requiring a minimum of five years of study. Most states require that individuals intending to become architects hold an accredited degree. These professional degrees are structured to educate those who aspire to registration and licensure to practice as architects.

Culminating Degree Project

Degree Project is the final year, two-semester sequence, in which students are required to articulate a critical architectural position, define a design problem that situates a position, and create a design proposal that tests the position. In the Fall semester, the Degree Project Research seminar is cross-linked with Humanities and Media Studies, 497B Research Writing. Together, the courses consist of directed research, reading, and writing workshops to assist students in preparing a critical project proposal within the framework of each Degree Project section’s specific themes and topics.  The course is dedicated to a student-driven and faculty-led process of proposing and refining the parameters of a speculative Degree Project. The goal of the course is for students to engage in and develop research and design methodologies rooted in a historical understanding of a critical practice and in dialogue with contemporary cultural and architectural discourse. The year-long sequence of courses offer a unique opportunity for students to develop a culturally relevant architectural position or critique that emphasizes critical thinking, risk-taking, innovation and communication, as well as experimenting with various representational and design agendas. Degree Project aims to situate design research within a broader framework of cultural and theoretical concerns, including matters of social and political responsibility.

Minors and Concentrations

Undergraduate architecture students may also be interested in a Minor in Construction Management or a Concentration in Morphology as well as options combining the undergraduate degrees with various master’s degrees in planning and facilities management.

Undergraduate Architecture in Rome

Fourth-year Undergraduate Architecture students in Rome, spring semester 2023.
Fourth-year Undergraduate Architecture students in Rome, spring semester 2023.

This program gives fourth-year, Undergraduate Architecture students the opportunity to live and study in Rome during their spring semester. The 18-credit hour curriculum consists of seven credits in Architectural Design and Urban Studies. The studios focus on the city’s ancient and contemporary urban context, public space, and the issues of synthesizing the old with the new. Emphasis is placed on hand drawing as a critical tool for analysis and investigation.

In the 50 years that the program has been offered, it has always been intended that the contrast between New York and Rome would stimulate discourse and inspire re-evaluation of existing preconceptions.

Summer Programs Abroad

There are many opportunities to study abroad during the summer while gaining elective credits including programs in Japan, Venice, Rome, Kigali, and Porto, among many others.

Learning Resources

We develop disciplinary fluency in our program of study and we celebrate the interdisciplinary nature of design critical to address the plurality and complexity of the environments in which we operate. Learn about resources.

Our Faculty

Pratt’s distinguished faculty of outstanding creative professionals and scholars share a common desire to develop each student’s potential and creativity to the fullest. Bringing different views, methods, and perspectives they provide a rigorous educational model in which students make and learn. See all undergraduate Architecture faculty and administrators.

  1. Lawrence Blough


  2. Ann Dinh

    AICAD Post-Graduate Teaching Fellow

  3. Deborah Gans


  4. Duks Koschitz


  5. Zehra Kuz

    Adjunct Professor – CCE

  6. Haresh Lalvani


  7. Jason Lee

    Associate Professor

  8. Yetunde Olaiya

    Adjunct Assistant Professor

  9. Scott Ruff

    Adjunct Associate Professor

  10. Jonathan Scelsa

    Associate Professor; K-12 Center Instructor

  11. Meredith TenHoor


  12. Jason Vigneri-Beane


Our Alumni

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Pratt’s distinguished alums are leading thriving careers, addressing critical challenges and creating innovative work that reimagines our world, at a diverse selection of companies and institutions. They also go on to become entrepreneurs and principals leading their own studios and businesses.

Where They Work

  • Pascale Sablan, President to NOMA
  • Peter Zumthor, Peter Zumthor & Partner
  • Molly Claypool, Automated Architecture (AUAR) Labs
  • Bradley Rothenberg, nTopology
  • Annabelle Selldorf, Selldorf Architects
  • Rodney Leon, Rodney Leon Architect
  • Carlos Zapata, Carlos Zapata Studio
  • Vicky Chan, Avoid Obvious Architect
  • Charles Gwathmey, Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman Architects

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