School of Architecture
We learn by doing.
The School of Architecture is devoted to a professional education with a sensibility honed by the conditions of an extreme climate. In our Sonoran Desert setting we teach students to design for extreme conditions in accordance with principles of sustainability. Students and researchers then build on that knowledge in application to other climates.
Our students learn by doing. From building and breaking model structures to develop an understanding of building physics to design-build studios in which students build furniture, shelters, and small buildings, learners thrive in this hands-on environment. Students grow in ways that prepare them for the later challenges of professional practice in an ever-changing built environment.
Career paths our graduates have taken include:
- Art and visual communication
- Interior and spatial design
- Construction and fabrication
- Project management
- Software design and development
- Theatre, film, and television production design
Bachelor of Architecture
This five-year program culminates in an accredited, professional B.Arch degree. The curriculum centers on design studios each year of the program.
Master of Architecture
The M.Arch is an accredited professional degree with an emphasis on critical practice and sustainable design honed by the poetics of place.
Master of Science in Architecture
With seven different options of study, the MS.Arch is a post-graduate degree devoted to applied research in the built environment.
Minor in Architecture History and Theory
This minor is designed for those interested in preservation or in history and theory.