The School of Architecture (SoA) is devoted to the energetic study of architecture and its influence on our everyday lives. Faculty and students are committed to a stimulating, open-minded and creative discourse, exploring design thinking and new forms of building, discovering collaborative practices that nurture human potential, and pursuing transformative research. We engage in creative interdisciplinary work, alliances with the profession and industry, and active community participation. Our students understand how to integrate their voices with others to influence the art and science of architecture.
The creation of architecture is inherently complex, requiring design vision and competence, effective visual communication and literacy, technological knowledge, environmental responsibility, sophisticated problem solving skills, creative leadership, and cultural, historical and theoretical perspective. Architects must possess knowledge of science and liberal arts, ethics, critical thinking, and research methods. Architects understand the value of building an intellectual foundation that embraces the widest possible range of knowledge and ideas. The SoA seeks to provide both a liberal and a professional education based on a holistic view of the built environment that prepares undergraduate students to become future community and architectural leaders.
The SoA offers pre-professional and professional, accredited undergraduate degrees in architecture. Exceptional undergraduate students at UNC Charlotte may also apply to the Early Entry Program to begin work toward a graduate degree before completion of the baccalaureate degree.
The Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (B.A. in Arch.) is a 4-Year, Pre-Professional Degree (128 credit hours) that serves as a foundation for a professional accredited degree at the graduate level.
The two-semester curriculum of the Bachelor of Architecture program consists of 30 credit hours, preceded by the 128 credit hours B.A. in Architecture, for a total of 158 undergraduate credit hours. The program includes the four-year Bachelor of Arts in Architecture Advanced Program curriculum outlined in the B.A. in Architecture.
The SoA also offers a Minor in Architectural History and Criticism, which offers a foundational understanding of the history and interpretation of architecture as well as the cultural, economic, political, material, geographic, and other factors that have shaped the built enviornment across time. The program requires a combination of broad survey courses, seminars on specialized topics, and a course in methodologies. This Minor focuses on interpretive lenses, research methods, and writing strategies for the historical analysis and criticism of architecture. Work in this minor includes exploring how these activities inform and relate to contemporary architectural practice as well as how related disciplines in the social sciences and humanities inform an understanding of the built environment.
The Minor is open to students of any major and requires completion of 18 credit hours of coursework. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all courses counted toward the Minor. Students may share up to 9 credit hours between their Minor and Major.
Highly qualified graduates from UNC Charlotte's Bachelor of Arts in Architecture program may be considered for Advanced Standing in the Master of Architecture program, which leads to a 40 credit hour accredited professional degree in Architecture at the graduate level.
Examples of student work can be viewed by viewing the SoA Undergraduate Programs Prospectus.
Additional Resources for Students
SoA Undergraduate Program Director
Associate Professor Greg Snyder
SoA Academic Advisor: Meredith Klauss
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