Majoring in Architectural Studies at Ithaca College

The B.A. in Architectural Studies is a liberal arts program that educates students interested in the design professions. The curriculum combines coursework in architectural history and theory, environmental and sustainability studies, math, and physics with studio experiences in art and architectural design. An Architectural Studies degree from IC provides a path to professional training and practice in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, historic preservation, urban design, and city planning. 

A Holistic Approach
Our program taps into the growing societal interest in the built environment and its relationships with natural and cultural forces. The opportunity to pursue architectural study in the context of the diverse courses offered in the School of Humanities and Sciences prepares students to be more conscientious, informed and well rounded design professionals, aware of the promise of good architecture and urban form to improve daily lives and enhance the sustainability of our ecosystem.  

Mentoring and Career Guidance
Our high student-faculty ratio, especially in design studio and advanced history and theory courses, ensures that students enjoy close working relationships with their faculty, and with other students in the program at all levels.  Faculty take an active role in mentoring students through their four years, including intensive next-steps planning in the senior year.

History/Theory & Urbanism Sequence
Courses in architectural history and theory provide students with the basic tools and global perspectives for understanding building practices and architectural ideas. These courses provide a context for creation in the present, and a repertoire of past responses to evolving cultural and environmental conditions. A capstone experience of an academic seminar or a professional internship gives students the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained in these courses to real issues in a variety of settings.

The Design Studio
Studio courses in art and architectural design train the hand and the eye, cultivating creativity and teaching representational skills including hand drawing, computer drafting and model building techniques. Coursework in the Art department provides a foundation in drawing and sculpture, skills necessary for advanced work in architectural design.

A two-course sequence in architectural design studio, followed by a senior portfolio course, train our students to create and critically appraise their design projects. These courses provide structured guidance in how to explain and present their work graphically and orally; skills that will help them when applying to graduate schools and for employment opportunities. Studio is taught by faculty with a professional degree and professional experience in architecture, as well as advanced academic degrees. Invited academics and professional practitioners regularly visit the studio to review student designs and portfolios.

Architecture and the Environment
Our program also exposes students to the socio-political impacts of building activity and their effects on the sustainability of our ecosystem.  Required coursework in Physics and Calculus trains students in the fundamental tools for understanding the physical behavior of structures and materials and prepares students for graduate study in architecture.

For requirements of the Architectural Studies B.A., click here.

For descriptions of Art History courses in the Architectural Studies B.A., click here.

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Note: The B.A. in Architectural Studies is a degree that does not qualify students to practice architecture. Students who want to practice architecture and become licensed architects may pursue an NAAB accredited Master of Architecture program after completion of the B.A. in Architectural Studies or the student may submit experience to the New York State Education Department that is acceptable to the New York State Board for Architecture totaling 9 years after completion of the B.A. in Architectural Studies. Graduates of the B.A. in Architectural Studies would most likely need to pursue a 3-3.5 year Master of Architecture program in order to receive a Master of Architecture degree from an NAAB accredited program.

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