Architecture & Environmental Design

2015 First Prize Pat Small, Senior Architecture Award, Toledo American Institute of Architects (AIA)

The BGSU Architecture and Environmental Design programs pursue the convergence of technical and liberal arts to inspire and empower students to enhance the built environment.

The undergraduate architecture major is a pre-professional degree focused on sequences of architectural design studios, complemented by history and theory courses, structures, materials and building systems courses. Students will also learn about how architecture relates to urban design, interior architecture, and sustainability and the environment. The major results in a four-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree.

It is a comprehensive undergraduate education that is the first step in a series of educational and apprenticeship requirements leading to professional registration as a licensed architect. Those students who wish to pursue a professional career in architecture will be required to obtain a Master of Architecture either from BGSU (granted initial candidacy status in 2013 and continued candidacy status in 2015  by the National Architectural Accrediting Board) or from an institution offering a graduate program in architecture.

Alternatively, BGSU architecture degree is also a foundation to various careers that involve the making of the built environment such as interior design, historic preservation, construction management, real estate development, urban design, sustainable development and among others.

Bachelor of Science in Architecture (4 year pre-professional degree) and a Master of Architecture.

We have a small program by design. We currently have approximately 200 undergraduates in architecture, the second largest program in the College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering. Our focus in on small classes with individual attention to our students.

Our Master of Architecture program will admit 14 each year.

Under the “Student Projects” tab on the left side of this web site you will find links to a wide variety of student work.

We encourage students to take art classes along with math and sciences. Drafting and CAD classes can provide a great start, but are not necessary.

No. Instead of a portfolio, we have several courses that must be passed with at least a C or better. These classes are ARCH 1050, ARCH 2050, ARCH2220, our two history courses (ARCH 2330 and ARCH 2340), CONS 2350, and ARCH 2360. Students must also complete GSW1120 (our general studies writing course), Physics 2010, and the required math course with a C or better. You can get the course descriptions for these from the main BGSU website under the Academics tab (i.e. "Course Descriptions & Schedule").

We have a laser cutter for model building. This uses a computer file to cut out model components so you don't need to do it by hand. It is primarily used by the third and fourth year studios. Specialized classes have access to 3D printers and scanners and other modeling technologies.

The list of requirements, can be found on this web page under the  Bachelor of Science in Architecture tab. The column on the left lists what are called BG Perspective requirements. These are course requirements for all BGSU students. Some of the required classes also fill these requirements. This includes Physics, which meets one of the two natural science requirements, Econ2000 meets the social science requirement, and ARCH2330 and ARCH 2340 meet the humanities and arts requirements and also the international perspective requirement.

As with most architecture programs it is organized around a design studio sequence. We have three design studio classes in the first two years, along with other architecture classes, and math, physics, English and other general studies. In the third and fourth years, the studios are 6 semester hour classes.

The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) has granted BGSU's Department of Architecture and Environmental Design continuing candidacy for its Master of Architecture professional degree.   The Accreditation process has involved the following:

·         NAAB Visit for Initial Candidacy: 2013
·         NAAB Visit for Continuing Candidacy: 2015
·         NAAB Visit for Initial Accreditation: 2017​​

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 three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

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 6 years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented. In order to meet the education requirement set forth by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, an applicant for an NCARB Certificate must hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the NAAB; the degree must have been awarded not more than two years prior to initial accreditation. However, meeting the education requirement for the NCARB Certificate may not be equivalent to meeting the education requirement for registration in a specific jurisdiction. Please contact NCARB for more information.

Each year about 70% of our graduating students apply to go on to graduate school. The rest will typically work in architects offices, for construction management firms, or take jobs in the public sector. 

Many students are now applying to our new Master in Architecture Program at BGSU.  

Othier schools our students get accepted at are the University of Michigan, the Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Illinois, and SCIArc (Southern California institute of architecture). There are many others but these are some that we have students accepted into their 2 year programs almost every year. Recent graduates of our program are also currently at Harvard, Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute, and The Ohio State University in addition to the schools mentioned before. You can contact us at architecture@bgsu.edu for more information on our graduate school placements.

Because we have a curriculum with strong technical content, paired with our studios, our students are competitive in the workplace. Also, because BGSU architecture majors typically graduate with strong CAD skills, this also helps when they are competing for positions at firm.