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The Bachelor of Architecture program at KSU is a 5-year, NAAB accredited, first professional degree in architecture, leading to eligibility for licensure (Architectural Registration Exam).

The B.ARCH Program is centered on the ten-semester studio sequence that proceeds from the basic fundamentals of design and architecture, through the technical aspects of building and comprehensive design, to investigations of the urban condition. It culminates in the fifth year’s exploration of architecture as a form of design research. Reinforcing the studios are sequences in design communication, architecture culture, structure, environmental technology and professional practice. Collectively, they provide the more holistic understanding of the design process necessary for the production of functional and meaningful architecture. FAQ's

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  • Most graduates from the 5-year B.ARCH program pursue a career working in architectural offices, but professional training in architecture also opens doors for graduates to pursue additional and/or other careers in planning, graphic design, product design, interiors, film, education and construction.

  • A portfolio review and evaluation is mandatory for all students seeking to enter the upper division of the B.ARCH program (3rd year through 5th year, see course flow chart) must successfully pass the Portfolio Review Evaluation. There are 4 components of the portfolio review process and it is imperative that each applicant be successful in all of them.

    1. You are in good standing with the University, an adjusted GPA of 2.0 or higher.
    2. Met all ARCH course requirements with a grade of ‘C’ or higher and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50
    3. Complete all Georgia Core courses required in the course flow chart with a grade of ‘C’ or higher
    4. Pass the Portfolio Review Evaluation with and average cumulative score of 2.0 (considered “satisfactory”) or higher.

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  • Students pursuing a Bachelor of Architecture must complete all degree requirements, including general education, lower and upper division requirements specific to the major, other major- specific requirements, electives, and University-wide degree requirements. For a complete list of degree requirements, please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog.


  • Undergraduate

    • ARCH 1000 - Introduction to Architecture

      This course will explore theoretical and practical frameworks that inform architecture. Relevant theoretical and global issues will be presented and discussed, allowing students to understand how parameters influence decision-making and inform critical thinking. Students shall be introduced to social and ethical stewardship through community-engagement opportunities that center on sustainability and affordable housing. This course is part of the Fundamentals of Design Thinking Learning Community.

      Credits: 2

    • ARCH 1001 - Architecture Studio I

      This course is the first design studio. Through exercises and projects, it introduces a variety of skills and subjects for the beginning student in architecture including but not limited to the following: drawings, model building, verbal communication, design, and building language. This course is part of the Fundamentals of Design Thinking Learning Community.

      Credits: 4

    • ARCH 1002 - Architecture Studio II

      This course builds and elaborates upon the skills and subjects Introduced in ARCH 1001.  It culminates with a capstone design project that summarizes and measures the learning of the first year, and prepares students for the second year.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 1001 

      Credits: 4

    • ARCH 1241 - Design Communication I

      This course offers lecture and practicum providing fundamentals of design communication through principles of drawing conventions and related techniques including orthographic projections, paraline drawings, and perspective construction systems to represent design ideas and built forms. This involves use of manual media, 2D image manipulation and 3D modeling using digital media. The intention of the course is to develop visual literacy through visual thinking and to develop skills to represent objects and simple buildings in both two and three-dimensions.

      Credits: 2

    • ARCH 2003 - Architecture Studio III

      This course concentrates on shaping, organizing, and designing architectural space using spatial and compositional strategies derived from precedent and architectural case studies.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 1002

      Credits: 4

    • ARCH 2004 - Architecture Studio IV

      The culmination of the Design Foundation incorporates and builds upon all previous course work. It adds the fundamental concept of typology to previous experiences with architectural space, composition, and program. Students investigate layers of functional zoning, geometric organization, three dimensional configuration, openings, physical texture, color, character, and symbolic meaning.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 2003 

      Credits: 4

    • ARCH 2030 - Global Sustainability Strategies

      This is a study of International aspects of buildings related to social orientation by looking at design and construction around the world in the context of sustainability and the carbon footprint of how we live. Form factors are discussed and the issues of planning, design and construction explored. The Architect/Engineer/Construction Manager's perspectives will be completed by specific building examples. International differences in the role of buildings/structures within our physical fabric will be explored, yet common threads will be found which can be useful in a shrinking world and a more universal construction industry. This course is open to all majors and undeclared students.

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 2111 - Architecture Culture I: Early Civilizations & Medieval

      The Architecture Culture sequence is designed as an historical survey of Architectural history and theory. Its aim is to develop an understanding of how architecture manifests the socio-cultural conditions of an era. It achieves this aim by first examining the relationship between architecture and other cultural discourses such as philosophy, aesthetics, science, religion, politics and technology; and second, by examining how architecture as a cultural artifact transforms through time as a response to alterations in the surrounding cultural context of the discourses listed above. History is here used as a didactic device to aid the design student in problem solving by presenting him or her with examples of how architects have successfully transformed the intellectual and practical concerns of their day into built form. The first course in the sequence, Architecture Culture I covers Prehistory through Gothic and includes introductions to non-Western architectural traditions. Architecture Culture I introduces the student to the prehistoric origins of architecture and moves through the development of architecture in the Ancient world, introduces Non-Western Architectural traditions and examines the development of Western Architecture from Early Christian through Gothic.

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 2211 - Architecture Structures I - Introduction to Structures

      This course is an introduction to architectural structures with an emphasis on statics and strength of materials concepts. Focus is on force systems, shear and moment diagrams and determination of section properties.

      Prerequisites: (PHYS 1111  and PHYS 1111L) or (PHYS 2211  and PHYS 2211L)

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 2242 - Design Communication II

      This course offers lecture and practicum and is seen as a continuation of Design Communication I. It introduces techniques and conventions of graphic communication as an aid for architectural design. This course advances levels of visualization and representation of architectural building and related design ideas. Techniques include hand drawings, digital rendering, and 3D computer modeling. The goal is to link traditional techniques and digital modeling to various studio works both at process level and final presentation level. A variety of representation techniques are introduced to highlight design vocabulary through a series of projects ranging from page layout to building. Both small-scale objects and moderate-scale structures/buildings can be used as base information to represent concepts of design and techniques of representation.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 1241 or permission of the instructor.

      Credits: 2

    • ARCH 2311 - Environmental Tech I -Systems Selection and Materials

      This course offers lecture and practicum. It introduces selection criteria of materials and their properties relative to structural and enclosure systems. Emphasis is placed on wood, steel, masonry, and concrete structural systems. Enclosure Systems are explored in relation to various applications of existing and new materials and finishes that building systems entail within the context of sustainability.

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 3011 - Architecture Studio V

      This course builds on the previous studio course's emphasis on space making and introduces the integration of building technology into the design process. Assignments focus on the expressive use of wood and steel within rural and light urban site contexts.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 2004 and acceptance into the upper division upon portfolio review.

      Credits: 4

    • ARCH 3012 - Architecture Studio VI

      This course is a continuation of ARCH 3011 and the integration of technology. Students design a small scale project usually in a dense urban setting. Emphasis in placed on site context and systems and materials research in support of design intent. The first half of the semester is devoted to project design and the latter half is spent examining the construct of the design through large scale models.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 3011 and ARCH 3211 and ARCH 3313

      Credits: 4

    • ARCH 3112 - Architecture Culture II - The Renaissance through 1850

      The second course in the sequence, Architecture Culture II covers the Renaissance through Neo-Classicism in the West and includes introductions to Native American and Colonial architectural traditions. Architecture Culture II begins with an introduction to the cultural forces that shaped the Renaissance and formed the backdrop for the development of Architectural theory and the defining of the profession. It follows the developmental course of Classical Architecture in the West and its transformation over time as a response to changes in the cultural context, including advances in science, technology, and philosophy. The course also introduces Native American architecture and the development of Colonial Architecture in North America.

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 3113 - Architecture Culture III - 1850 through 1945

      This course covers the Renaissance through Neo-Classicism in the West and includes introductions to Native American and Colonial architectural traditions. Architecture Culture III begins with cultural shifts and developments in the second half of the 18th century and their impact on architectural history and theory. It proceeds with developments in the 19th century particularly the industrial revolution developments of new building materials and techniques and political structures and how they shaped the discourse of architecture. The course ends with the formulation of the theories of modernism and the development of the Avant-garde and the key historical figures that shaped it.

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 3211 - Architecture Structures II: Concrete and Lateral Loads

      This course is a continuation of ARCH 2211 with emphasis on gravity loads and basic design of wood structural components including beams, columns, and trusses. Engineered wood products, glue-laminated, and connections are also covered.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 2211

      Credits: 4

    • ARCH 3212 - Architecture Structures III: Steel and Wood

      This course is a continuation of ARCH 3211 with the design of steel structural members, connections and statically determinate structural steel systems. Approximate analysis of rigid frames is introduced and the student learns to use pre-packaged computer programs to input data and evaluate results.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 3211

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 3313 - Environmental Technology II: Human Comfort and Building Systems

      This course offers lecture instruction that is focused on the fundamental connection between human comfort and active / passive design mechanisms. Topics include building context / orientation and form, envelope characteristics and materials, and human comfort within interior environments. Additionally, energy conservation and major mechanical systems are examined in relation to building typology and sustainability.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 2311 

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 3314 - Environmental Technology III: Lighting, Electrical and Acoustics

      This course is the culmination of the environmental technology sequence. Lectures elaborate upon prior coursework and place focus upon natural and artificial lighting, electrical systems, and building acoustical design. Students will continue to explore the connection between building form and environmental design strategies to develop and enhance interior atmospheres.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 3313 

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 3398 - Internship

      This course is an internship course designed to provide real world experience options supported by the department.

      Prerequisites: Department Approval

      Credits: Variable 1-12

    • ARCH 4013 - Architecture Studio VII: Integrative Design

      This course focuses on building structural systems and systems integration in relation to an architectural concept. Students will work on a program allowing them to study the impact of site and programmatic forces in relation to integrative principles as described by NAAB. The course builds upon and emphasizes synthesizing knowledge and skills acquired in concurrent and prior coursework.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 3012 , ARCH 3314  and ARCH 3212 

      Credits: 4

    • ARCH 4014 - Architecture Studio VIII: Urban Lab

      This course focuses on the design of multi-use projects with an emphasis on urban design, the integration of construction technology, and the application of knowledge acquired in the concurrent history/theory course sequence. ARCH 4013 features urban revitalization and mixed-use design and development as underlying themes.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 4013 and ARCH 4116 

      Credits: 4

    • ARCH 4114 - Architecture Cultures IV: 1945-Current

      The fourth course in the sequence, Architecture Culture IV covers the development of Architecture in the twentieth century. Architecture Culture IV begins with an examination of the diverse regional approaches to modernity prior to World War I and then introduces the questioning of Modernity that followed. It introduces the second wave of the Avant-garde in the 1960's and proceeds to a critical investigation of Post-Modernism and the impact of Post- Structuralism on Architectural Theory. The course ends with an introduction to the contemporary discourse. 

      Prerequisites: ARCH 3113

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 4116 - Urban Planning and Design Theory

      This course offers lecture and practicum. It critically examines the evolution and current trends in the development of modern cities. Diverse socio-economic-political and spatial issues are explored that shape and continuously transform the physical fabric of cities, metropolitan centers, regions and global facets of architecture and urbanism. Class exercises range from actual urban design project to critical and applied assignments to explore and understand theoretical and applied underpinnings of varied and diverse urban forms.

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 4117 - Thesis Prep

      The course prepares students to develop topics for their Thesis Proposal. Students must develop a clear design premise supported with research and a clear methodology to develop a robust thesis proposal for their thesis Project.

      Credits: 2

    • ARCH 4224 - Professional Practice I - Codes and Technical Documents

      This course offers lecture and practicum. It introduces Standard Building Code, N.F.P.A. 101 and A.D.A and / or International Building Code. Emphasis is placed on theory of building safety, code document organization and the application of codes to actual buildings. The learning of codes is further extended by applying the code knowledge to producing an actual set of technical [contract] documentation of an assigned architectural project.

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 4225 - Professional Practice II - Cost Control

      This course introduces methods commonly used concepts of building economics to create budgets for the construction cost of commercial building projects from conceptual discussions with the Owner and the early stage of development of the drawings and specifications. These methods are typically used by architects and general contractors for feasibility and value engineering and building economic studies. The focus of this course is to enable architectural students to effectively create realistic estimates of probable economic cost for their clients and thereby work as a team member with the Owner and General Contractor to establish and maintain a project budget throughout the process of project design and construction.

      Credits: 2

    • ARCH 4226 - Professional Practice III - Practice and Ethics

      Study of professional ethics, laws governing the practice of architecture, and contractual relationships are undertaken in this course.

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 4400 - Directed Study

      This course is designed to provide an independent study option for students to satisfy curriculum requirements.

      Prerequisites: Departmental Approval

      Credits: Variable 1-3

    • ARCH 4490 - Special Topics

      Special Topics in Architecture determined by the Department topics vary in credit hour and in focus

      Prerequisites: Departmental Approval

      Credits: Variable 1-4

    • ARCH 5015 - Focus Studio

      The annual Focus Studio at KSU is an intrinsic part of the professional core of the Architecture Program and is designed to foster a strong relationship between the program, our students, and the profession as a whole. All qualified fifth year students have the option to select a studio critic according to their interest in a subject-based studio. The Focus Studio aims to produce high student performance while allowing for a broad range of experiences. The goal is that both the invited studio critics and the students learn and grow through mutual interest and research.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 4014

      Credits: 4

    • ARCH 5016 - Thesis Research

      Students pursue their thesis topic conceived in the Thesis-Prep course into a fully developed thesis proposal under the guidance of their thesis committee. Thesis Committee (two internal professors) must approve student Design Proposal. This course must be passed with a grade of an S (Satisfactory Progress) to move forward to Thesis Studio.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 4117 

      Credits: 1

    • ARCH 5017 - Thesis Studio

      Design solutions must demonstrate Ability to produce evidence to meet and exceed applicable NAAB criteria set by the Faculty. Thesis Coordinators uphold thesis procedures, standards and pedagogical mechanics keeping in view applicable NAAB student performance criteria [learning outcomes], values, principles and expectations of the Architecture Faculty in line with the vision and mission of the Arch Program and the University. Thesis Projects must follow the approved design proposal and be properly documented according to the approved thesis book layout, structure and table of contents. Thesis Project Book must be approved by student's Committee and Thesis Coordinator to be acceptable for publication. Thesis requirements will be considered incomplete without the submission of the Project Book according to the approved guidelines. 

      Prerequisites: ARCH 5015 and ARCH 5016 

      Credits: 4

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