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 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

  • Architecture Design Studios 
  • Architecture History 
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Construction and Structures


BGSU Architecture and Environmental Design graduates average starting salary


of graduates report they're employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation


A new School of the Built Environment within the college is composed of the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design and the Department of Construction Management. The curricula for architecture and environmental design and construction management degrees are grounded on experiential education, integrated practice-collaboration and global engagement, including design-build innovation, leadership in outreach endeavors and immersion in the interdisciplinary learning environment.

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

GO FAR in your career

  • Interior Architecture
  • Historic Preservation
  • Building Information Modeling
  • Sustainable Development

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.