Undergraduate Degrees

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Architecture Undergraduate Degrees
HOW TO APPLY

The School of Architecture’s undergraduate architecture program combines the intensity of a professional education with opportunities afforded by a world-class research university. Our rigorous curriculum emphasizes design, as well as history, technology, representation, and structures. Early on, students are introduced to basic conceptual skills and the fundamental elements of architecture. They learn to communicate their ideas through models and drawings, working fluidly and seamlessly between analog and digital representation. In later years, they apply lessons learned to both real-world and speculative problems.

STUDIO LEARNING
At the center of the student experience is a sequence of studio courses that serve as laboratories of innovation. Studio learning encourages dialogue, collaboration, risk-taking, innovation, and learning-by-doing. Studio also fosters a close, tight-knit community and our students forge relationships that last a lifetime.

The design studio offers a synthetic form of education, where project-based learning becomes the foundation for developing an understanding of and commitment to the school's core values — broadmindedness, interconnectivity, professionalism, exploration, and activism — all in service of architecture's fundamental mission: to improve the quality of the built and natural environments.

DEGREE TYPES OFFERED
We offer two undergraduate degrees. A professional five-year degree and a pre-professional four-year degree. The School of Architecture also offers dual degrees, detailed below.

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES

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BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE [BARCH]

A five-year professional degree, the Bachelor of Architecture features a rigorous design-oriented curriculum with a solid foundation in technology and the history of architecture. The degree is evaluated and accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board and contains the required academic coursework to pursue internship, and eventually, licensure.

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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES [BSAS]

A four-year pre-professional degree with an optional architectural history track that contains part of the coursework required for licensure. BSAS must be followed by a professional degree to pursue licensure and is an excellent platform for future graduate studies in architecture and associated fields.

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DUAL DEGREES

The School of Architecture also offers two undergraduate dual degrees. These include the Bachelor of Architecture / Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering, sponsored jointly with the Cockrell School of Engineering, and the Bachelor of Architecture / Plan II Honors, sponsored jointly with the College of Liberal Arts. 

ADMISSIONS INFORMATION

The School of Architecture is one of the smallest academic units at The University of Texas at Austin. Our undergraduate student body exemplifies the diverse constitution of the communities we strive to serve. In support of unique perspectives and experiences, all applications are reviewed with an understanding that excellence may manifest itself in many areas and may be expressed in different forms. Visit our Undergraduate Admissions page for more information and Frequently Asked Questions.

 

STUDENT WORK

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    Meet Tyler Swingle, our 2022-2024 Emerging Scholar in Design Fellow, who joined the school last fall.<br />
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    Meet Tyler Swingle, our 2022-2024 Emerging Scholar in Design Fellow, who joined the school last fall.

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    Winter is making a rare appearance so we’re reminiscing about warmer days 🌸 Y’all stay safe out there
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    Winter is making a rare appearance so we’re reminiscing about warmer days 🌸 Y’all stay safe out there

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    “Hill Country Lowlands” by Mason Brown for Hope Hasbrouck and Claire Eddleman Heath’s @texas.landscape Design Studio II // 2021-2022 Design Excellence Award Winner<br /><br />@masonbrow @topococo @claireeddleman <br />
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    “Hill Country Lowlands” by Mason Brown for Hope Hasbrouck and Claire Eddleman Heath’s @texas.landscape Design Studio II // 2021-2022 Design Excellence Award Winner

    @masonbrow @topococo @claireeddleman

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    “Architecture After AI” is an exhibition and complementary symposium that explores the potential of artificial intelligence platforms to revolutionize the field of architecture, from the way buildings are designed, to the conception of new forms and structures that were previously unimaginable.<br />
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    “Architecture After AI” is an exhibition and complementary symposium that explores the potential of artificial intelligence platforms to revolutionize the field of architecture, from the way buildings are designed, to the conception of new forms and structures that were previously unimaginable.

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    On Monday, Tod Williams of Tod Williams Billie Tsien join us for our first Jessen Lecture of the semester! 5:00 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium. Event details at the link in our bio. <br />
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    On Monday, Tod Williams of Tod Williams Billie Tsien join us for our first Jessen Lecture of the semester! 5:00 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium. Event details at the link in our bio.

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    Join us in welcoming this semester’s slate of visiting faculty teaching at the school this spring!<br />
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    Join us in welcoming this semester’s slate of visiting faculty teaching at the school this spring!

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    This Wednesday, Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu of Oyler Wu Collaborative kick off our Spring 2023 lecture series with their lecture “Inlays, Loose Fits, and Other Puzzling Forms of Assembly.” Lecture kicks off at 5:00 p.m. in the Goldsmith Lecture Hall.
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    This Wednesday, Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu of Oyler Wu Collaborative kick off our Spring 2023 lecture series with their lecture “Inlays, Loose Fits, and Other Puzzling Forms of Assembly.” Lecture kicks off at 5:00 p.m. in the Goldsmith Lecture Hall.

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    Announcing our Spring 2023 Lecture Series ✨ This semester the school’s public programming builds on our ongoing exploration of issues vital to the study and practice of architecture, design, and the built environment. <br />
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    Announcing our Spring 2023 Lecture Series ✨ This semester the school’s public programming builds on our ongoing exploration of issues vital to the study and practice of architecture, design, and the built environment.

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    Villa et Thanatos (Facility for Dignified Death) by Gabi Gremillion (@gabi.renee), Kaley Polk (@kaleyreneaa), and Aya Wen (@ayawayalla) for Stephanie Choi’s (@lesssemioticsmorepsychedelics) Advanced Design Studio // 2021-22 Design Excellence Award Winner<br />
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    Villa et Thanatos (Facility for Dignified Death) by Gabi Gremillion (@gabi.renee), Kaley Polk (@kaleyreneaa), and Aya Wen (@ayawayalla) for Stephanie Choi’s (@lesssemioticsmorepsychedelics) Advanced Design Studio // 2021-22 Design Excellence Award Winner