The Architecture and Environmental Design program is part of the School of the Built Environment in the BGSU College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering.

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Architecture and Environmental Design

Inspiring and empowering students to enhance the built environment through an advanced practice of architecture through the convergence of technical expertise and liberal arts.

Within the intensive design studio setting, students have opportunities to investigate real-world issues and strategies, integrate solutions as well as test alternatives to conventions. Supplemented with an intensive curricula in research, theory, systems, sustainability, structures, materials, methods, and professional practice, the department emphasizes entrepreneurial experience in the architecture and design field.

Quality classroom experiences

The recently renovated building for the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design brings all undergraduate and graduate lectures and design studios to one facility, allowing for more meaningful collaboration.  

Diverse faculty with national and international recognition provide student-centered teaching with an emphasis on community-based learning and entrepreneurship. The program provides small class sizes and individual attention to our students both at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Design Studios 
  • Architecture History 
  • Computer-Aided Design for Architecture
  • Sustainability Systems
  • Business Innovation By Design 


The curriculum is designed as a seamless progression from years one through six with students achieving the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree at the end of their senior-year and thereafter progressing into the Master of Architecture professional degree program. Students are exposed to design representation, architecture design, computer-aided design, building information modeling, architecture history and theory, building systems and materials, structural systems, sustainability systems, codes and regulations, professional practice and design entrepreneurship.

State-of-the-art facility with NEW studios, materials and reference library, lecture room, gallery and print room featuring NEW workstations, plotters and laser cutters.

Internships and Careers

An integral component of this program is an emphasis on gaining professional experience through paid internships or co-ops. This hands-on learning not only offers invaluable practical experience, but in many cases may lead to the student’s first permanent job.

Average Starting Salary & BGSU Placement Rate

$44,490* — BGSU Architecture and Environmental Design graduates average starting salary

100% of Architecture and Environmental Design graduates report they're employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation

(BGSU data compiled from students who completed the related questions on the graduation survey.)

GO FAR in your career

  • Urban Studies
  • Historic Preservation
  • Computer Applications in Architecture
  • Sustainable Design and Construction
  • Design Entrepreneurship

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in the Architecture and Environmental Design program are expected to:

  • Analyze architectural and urban design problems and synthesize solutions at different levels of complexity, scope, and building types;
  • Employ the oral, written, and graphic modes of communication for expressing research work and design efforts at different stages of the design process;
  • Apply the concepts of architectural history and theory in shaping buildings, cities, and other spatial environments—encompassing international traditions as related to aesthetics, environment, society, and human behavior;
  • Understand the basic principles that inform the design of the structural, material, and mechanical/electrical systems and to assess, select, and integrate such systems into a comprehensive building design.

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Department of Architecture and Environmental Design is in candidacy for accreditation by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB).

More information on accreditation

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Architecture and Environmental Design program leads to professional licensure.

More information on professional licensure

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Architecture and Environmental Design program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact