Department of Architecture and Environmental Design

Welcome Message from the Chair

The architecture program at Bowling Green State University has a long standing tradition of providing comprehensive architectural training in which the study of history and humanities are combined with scientific and technical instruction, producing a broad-based approach to design and problem-solving that is, essentially, learning how to think. It embodies an open-mindedness and cultural hybridization that, even if not taken as the only model, must at least be understood on its own terms.

At BGSU architecture is understood to be a study which incorporates many other disciplines and provides lessons both categorical and diffuse. To study architecture at BGSU means to learn the nature of materials, tectonics, history, aesthetics, physiology and psychology as well as to study the culture of space and the geometries of use. Architecture at BGSU is about relational networks; about structures both visible and invisible in the conjunction with an entrepreneurial spirit.


The experience of architecture - in any part of the world - is divided between the mind’s share and the body’s share. This provides a distinct advantage to the student of architecture who is involved, at every stage of his/her education, in the creation of both physical and intellectual products. Architecture is about conflict and compromise; about balancing attention to detail with attention to the broader scope of a project. The student will learn the discipline and value of craftsmanship, a value that is long overdue for a world-wide renaissance.   Architecture students will learn to articulate their ideas in images and in words, in addition to mastering the ability to make convincing arguments in defense of their work.  The student will also gain self-knowledge by recording what style it is he/she likes and, more importantly, analyzing why.

For architecture students who love design, today’s multi-disciplinary design environment offers outlets beyond the traditional practice, to include: exhibition design, stage design, environmental design, space planning, information design, and virtual space design. This list of design applications will continue to grow as we move into the future. The reality of three-dimensional virtual space is only one of the challenges currently engaging students and practitioners of architecture.  Who would not want to be part of such an exciting movement? The sky is the limit when it comes to applications. Forget the sky. The stratosphere is the limit.  After all, we will need some shelter in outer space, too.

Andreas Luescher, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair


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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.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review

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). For more information, click here.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)

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. For more information, click here.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)     

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.