Bachelor of Architecture
Thomas Jefferson University’s Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch) is a five-year professional degree program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Students receive an industry-centered, liberal arts-infused education, blending academic scholarship with hands-on, professional learning. The program encourages interdisciplinary collaboration, and most of our faculty members are practicing industry professionals. As architectural practices evolve rapidly to meet new environmental, economic and societal challenges, our curriculum’s unique focus on market-driven innovation and sustainability gives students a competitive advantage in the industry. The program builds on an interdisciplinary foundation of design and visualization studies and grows into more advanced courses that support design projects of increasing complexity and scope.
Students learn essential research skills and can take focused courses in experimental structures and materials, furniture design, design theory, construction management, historic preservation, business, and more. Instruction goes beyond the classroom to include industry partnerships, community engagement projects, study abroad, and internships with architectural firms in Philadelphia. As a transformative force in professional education, PhilaU gives students a working knowledge of the industry so they may contribute to a firm immediately, present work professionally, and think critically. Graduates are well-prepared for leadership roles as stewards of sustainability and to work with top firms worldwide.
Our 5-year professional architecture program prepares you to think and design for the future. From advanced design courses to business classes, and a focus on sustainability throughout, you will be ready to dive into careers upon graduation. You will collaborate with various disciplines on industry projects, gain valuable experience in internships and get a global perspective through study abroad programs. The NAAB-accredited program provides a challenging curriculum with a design studio sequence that is the core of the program comprehensively synthesizing all the courses into project-based learning.
- Focus on sustainability and building for the future.
- Learn from an interdisciplinary faculty of professionals.
- Master the skills to be a creative and innovative professional in the built environment.
Explore Jefferson's Other Architecture Programs
- Architectural Studies
- Architecture (M.Arch.)
- Architecture (M.S.)
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