Guide to Architectural Education

Guide to Architectural Education

This section contains information for high school students, undergraduates, or others interested in studying architecture. Explore this practical guide about architecture degrees and the various degree types, high school preparation, internship, architectural practice and choosing the right school for you.

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Architecture involves the study and transformation of the constructed environment, from the scale of furniture to the scale of the city. The goal of an architectural education is to develop a synthetic thought process of critical thinking and creative problem solving. 

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There are 125 schools offering professional architecture degree programs in the US and Canada. This section offers various information regarding different types of degrees and paths to professional degrees.

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Because architecture programs vary so significantly, students should look carefully at their options. This page offers some factors to consider when selecting a school.

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As a professional discipline, architecture spans both the arts and the sciences. Students must have an understanding of the arts and humanities, as well as a basic technical understanding of structures and construction. Skills in communication, both visual and verbal, are essential. 

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A collection of frequently asked questions as well as questions you should ask schools and yourself during the selection process.

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Links to organizations' websites that will give you even more information about the life of an architecture student.

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College+Career Expo

A free, searchable database of all undergraduate and graduate programs in the US and Canada. The Guide features detailed program descriptions and an index of specialized and related degree programs.

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