Architecture

A degree in Architecture combines rigorous professional training in design, history, planning and technology with a broad liberal arts education. Our students have the opportunity to study Architecture in Europe and get their work critiqued by accomplished professionals through RWU’s one-of-a-kind Teaching Firm in Residence Program. When you complete this accredited program, you’ll be prepared to take the next step toward becoming a professional architect.

The four-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree serves both as a non-professional liberal arts degree, and as preparation for further graduate study in architecture and related fields. Students completing a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree may apply to professional Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture and Doctor of Architecture professional degree programs in order to fulfill their educational requirements toward professional registration in architecture.

Degree Requirements

The Architecture Major

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The four-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree serves both as a non-professional liberal arts degree, and as preparation for further graduate study in architecture and related fields. 

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Bachelor of Science in Architecture / Master of Architecture 4+1.5-2 Degree Sequence

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The Bachelor of Science in Architecture/Master of Architecture 4+1.5-2 degree program is an NAAB-accredited Architecture professional degree sequence. Students can expect to complete the degree program sequence through a program of five and one half or six years of study, though students may accelerate through summer study.

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The Architecture Minor

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Students wishing to explore the ideas and forms associated with architecture, yet not wishing to embark on the major, may elect to minor in this discipline.

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Portfolio Requirements

A portfolio of two and/or three-dimensional work demonstrating evidence of an applicant’s creative potential is required for all applicants for admission to the B.S. in Architecture program.

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To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

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Designing His Own Experiences

Vincent Pacifico, RWU Class of 2017
Architecture

Between the personal attention from faculty members and a dedicated studio space guaranteed to every architecture student, Vincent Pacifico ’17 knew that Roger Williams University was the perfect fit for him. “It felt like a family here in the architecture program, where everyone is connected and the professors are warm and welcoming,” he says.

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Student Work

The Architecture Design Core Studios I, II, III, & IV are crafted in a progressive learning sequence based on themes. The themes have basis in the humanities, where architecture and its various modes of expression, can be understood as means to document, record, process and re-cast the human experience to the built environment. Students are immersed in the studio learning environment where they develop critical thinking, design communication and representation skills, building practices, technical skills, professional practices and asked to contribute to the making of a global knowledge of architecture. Through this understanding we approach the studio as place to practice, to ply one’s craft, and develop the discipline necessary to lead the profession of Architecture.

First Year Design Studio

A sketch by Adam Clary
A sketch by Adam Clary '21

The First Year Design Studios are a rigorous introduction to the fundamentals of the design process in architecture, including how one develops architecture’s relationships to people, spaces and basic forms of shelter. Valuable learning tools are embedded in the process of design, as a way of working on something, refining it, moving it toward a goal. 

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Second Year Design Studio

A design by Connor-Arsenault '20
A design by Connor-Arsenault '20

The Second Year Design Studios concentrate on the exploration of a rational design methodology through the process of analysis, synthesis and transformation. Through combinations of short exercises and comprehensive projects, students are encouraged to develop a conceptual trajectory for their work.

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Third Year Design Studio

A interior design by Chrissy Cadigan '19
A interior design by Chrissy Cadigan '19

The third year design studio emphasizes the architectural synthesis of more complex and challenging contexts, programs, design procedures and methodologies. The studio topics often engage with civic or cultural institutions, that serve as symbolic expression of social values and/or as catalysts for dynamic urban influences. 

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Fourth Year Design Studio

A full building design by Caroline Buffum '18
A full building design by Caroline Buffum '18

The Fourth Year Design studios begin to explore architecture and urban design questions with a greater sense of depth within a framework of different design methodologies.  They examine specific topics in the architectural design process, as well as the role of Architecture as a critical component of the larger built environment and of the public realm.

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Undergraduate Award & Scholarship Winners

A full building design by Caroline Buffum '18
A full building design by Caroline Buffum '18

The Fourth Year Design studios begin to explore architecture and urban design questions with a greater sense of depth within a framework of different design methodologies.  They examine specific topics in the architectural design process, as well as the role of Architecture as a critical component of the larger built environment and of the public realm.

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