School of the Built Environment
BGSU’s School of the Built Environment is the only school of its kind in the state of Ohio. The newly founded school offers a transformative experience for students who seek to engage in design-build innovation and the creation of exemplary places, structures and systems with the penultimate goal of shaping the future of our built environment.
Housed within the College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering, the School of the Built Environment comprises of the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design and the Department of Construction Management, two units of established histories, collaborations and synergies. Within the school, we offer four degrees, including one certificate. These include:
- Bachelor of Science in Architecture
- Bachelor of Science in Construction Management
- Master of Architecture
- Master of Technology Management - Construction Management; and
- Graduate Certificate in Construction Management.
The mission and core-values of the school highlight the impact and significance of architectural practice and construction management on the user, the environment, and the broader socio-economic context. Our students are immersed in a cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning environment – one that seamlessly infuses design, technical and management education. Our programs remain distinct, because we require 2-3 paid co-op experiences, which typically transition into full-time job opportunities for our students, upon graduation.
Highlights of the educational experience we seek to offer in the School of the Built Environment at BGSU are as followed.
- Small class sizes, optimum coupling of lectures and hands-on-experiences,
- dedicated faculty with extensive academic qualifications and industry experience,
- personal attention and mentorship,
- study abroad opportunities,
- diverse student organization presence, and
- strong professional/industry connections.
With an overarching focus on innovation, entrepreneurship, integrated design-build practice/collaboration, community outreach, environmental stewardship and global engagement, our graduates are uniquely poised and prepared to enter the work-force as entrepreneurs and leaders of the design profession and construction industry.
Graduate Areas of Study
The Bachelor of Science in Architecture program strives to balance the development of technical knowledge and skills with the cultivation of professional values, entrepreneurial and leadership abilities necessary for success in our knowledge and innovation-based economy.
The program utilizes a quality-driven approach for graduate and undergraduate education – a pedagogical model that is structured to cultivate professional competency through advanced studies and research in the areas of history/theory, structures, environmental and construction technology, urbanism, sustainable design, digital media and entrepreneurship as equally important components of the discipline. This approach is based on learning outcomes and the conviction that broad-based inquiry and analysis yield the greatest benefit for our community and profession as well as our students.
The mission of the architecture program is to pursue the convergence of technical and liberal arts to inspire and empower students to enhance the built environment. Discovery, teaching, engagement, and service is well defined in the program’s curriculum and is aligned with the University's and College’s mission to provide educational experiences inside and outside the classroom as well as providing a culture of applied research and professional service.
- Urban Studies
- Historic Preservation
- Computer Applications in Architecture
- Sustainable Design & Construction
- Design Entrepreneurship
- Our cooperative education program provides the opportunity to apply their skills in a real-world setting
- Job placement is at 100% after graduation
- State-of-the-art facility with new studios, materials and reference library, lecture room, and gallery
- American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Organization
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.
The Bachelor of Science in Construction Management program prepares students for leadership and management roles in the rapidly expanding field of construction. It is the offspring of the marriage of the architecture, engineering, and business professions.
The construction management curriculum is a combination of architecture, engineering, and business courses. Students are given a blend of course work and real-life experience including academic work in the classroom, application of concepts in laboratory workshop, and cooperative education experiences with construction businesses. Students learn blueprint reading, building material properties, math, quantity take off, structural analysis, computer applications, cost estimating, scheduling, surveying, safety, contracts, problem solving, people and networking, management and leadership skills.
- Project Managers
- Construction Managers
Companies that employ our graduates
- Turner Construction
- Lathrop Company
- Rudolph Libbe Companies
- Cleveland Construction
- Marous Brothers Construction
- Kokosing Construction
- Kiewit Corporation
- BGSU’s construction management program is one of only three in Ohio and 73 nationwide that is accredited by the ACCE.
- Students are required to have three co-ops. The construction management program maintains a strong connection with the industry for co-op opportunities and employment after graduation.
- Job placement is at 100% after graduation.
- The Student Construction Management Association (SCMA) is a student organization managed by construction management majors.