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.

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. 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

Foundation

ARCH101Foundations of Architecture 
ARCH121History of Art and Architecture I 
ARCH122History of Art and Architecture II 
VARTS101Foundations of Drawing 

Design
Students are required to complete the five-course Architectural Design Core Studio sequence, and one advanced architectural design studio. The Core consists of five sequential semesters addressing fundamental architectural design issues, and graphic and computer communications skills. An advanced architectural studio or a topical studio in urban issues completes the studio sequence.

ARCH113Architectural Design Core Studio I 
ARCH114Architectural Design Core Studio II 
ARCH213Architectural Design Core Studio III 
ARCH214Architectural Design Core Studio IV 
ARCH313Architectural Design Core Studio V 
ARCH413Advanced Architectural Design Studio 

OR

ARCH416Advanced Topical Design Studio: Urban 

History/Theory
The History/Theory sequence is a combination of required introductory and intermediate courses, and advanced elective options.

ARCH121-122History of Art and Architecture I-II 
ARCH325History of Modern Architecture 
ARCH322Theory of Architecture 

And ONE Intermediate History/Theory Elective:

ARCH324Evolution of Urban Form 
ARCH327History of American Architecture 
ARCH328Renaissance Architecture in Perspective 
ARCH329History of Landscape Architecture 
AAH313Arts and Architecture of Africa 
AAH321Arts and Architecture in the Classical World 
AAH322Arts and Architecture in the Medieval World 
AAH323Arts and Architecture in the Islamic World 
AAH330Topics in Art and Architectural History 
HP341Pre-Industrial America 
HP342Industrial America 

Environment and Human Behavior
The Environment and Human Behavior sequence is a two-part structure of required intermediate level courses, and advanced elective options.

ARCH321Site and Environment 

Technical Systems
The Technical Systems sequence is intended to make students aware of practical and theoretical aspects of the interrelationships between materials, building systems, and structures, an understanding of which is essential for both functional and imaginative design.

 

ARCH335Structure, Form, and Order 
ARCH231Construction Materials and Assemblies I 
ARCH333Building Systems: Equipment for Buildings 

 

Practice and Professional Development

ARCH101Foundations of Architecture 
VARTS101Foundations of Drawing 
ARCH287Computer Applications in Design 

Electives Requirement

Completion of two electives is required for graduation. Students are advised to apply one of these electives to expand the University Core Concentration into a minor.

Undergraduate Electives

ARCH430Special Topics in Architecture 
ARCH461Introduction to Landscape Architecture 
ARCH477Architecture in Context 
ARCH478Dutch Architecture: The Enduring 20th Century Legacy 
ARCH484Construction Estimating and Scheduling 
ARCH487Digital Modeling 
ARCH488Computer Applications for Professional Practice 

HP 300 level or above courses
ARCH 500 level or above electives (with permission)

Students are free to choose from the University's course offerings to satisfy this requirement. Pre-requisites for MATH 136 Precalculus (MATH 101 Principles of Algebra, Math 107 Intermediate Algebra, Math 117 College Algebra) and prerequisites for WTNG 102 Expository Writing, (WTN 100 Introdction to Academics Writing) will not count as electives toward the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree.

Mathematics Requirement
Math 136 Precalculus or MATH 213 Calculus I and Lab are required for all Architecture majors, and are a prerequisite for required courses in the structures sequence. Successful completion of one of these courses also fulfills the University's Core requirement in mathematics. Students are encouraged to complete the highest level of mathematics that they place into, in recognition of the fact some Roger Williams University minors and graduate study options at other universities may require calculus. Students seeking to complete a Minor in Structural Engineering must complete MATH 213 Calculus I and Lab.

Science Requirement
Architecture majors are required to complete PHYS 109-Physics I-Algebra Based and Lab or PHYS 201-Physics I-Calculus Based and Lab or ENGR 210, and either CORE 101 Science or BIO 104-Biology II or NATSC 103-Earth Systems Science and Lab. Both BIO 104 and NATSC 103 count toward the Core Concentration and Minor in Sustainability Studies.

Course Catalog

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

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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.

Degree Requirements

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Architecture/ Master of Architecture professional degree program must successfully complete the following required courses and electives, in addition the University Core Curriculum requirements. Students complete a minimum of 10 500-600 level courses and 38 credits at the graduate level.

Mathematics Requirement

Math 136 Precalculus or MATH 213 Calculus I and Lab are required for all Architecture majors, and are a prerequisite for required courses in the structures sequence. Successful completion of one of these courses also fulfills the University’s Core requirement in mathematics. Students are encouraged to complete the highest level of mathematics that they place into, in recognition of the fact that some Roger Williams University minors and graduate study options at other universities may require calculus. Students seeking to complete a Minor in Structural Engineering must complete MATH 213 Calculus I and Lab.

Science Requirement

Architecture majors are required to complete PHYS 109-Physics I-Algebra Based and Lab or PHYS 201-Physics I-Calculus Based and Lab or ENGR 210, and either CORE 101 Science or BIO 104-Biology II or NATSC 103-Earth Systems Science and Lab. Both BIO 104 and NATSC 103 count toward the Core Concentration and Minor in Sustainability Studies.

Design

The design studio sequence consists of core studios, advanced undergraduate studios, comprehensive design studio, graduate studios, and a final graduate thesis design studio. The Core consists of five sequential semesters addressing fundamental architectural design issues, and graphic skills. This is followed by one semester of advanced architectural design studio and one advanced topical studio in urban issues. At the graduate level, students undertake comprehensive design studio, and two additional graduate topical studios, before exploring a thesis topic of their own choosing for the final semester of the professional degree program.

ARCH113Architectural Design Core Studio I 
ARCH114Architectural Design Core Studio II 
ARCH213Architectural Design Core Studio III 
ARCH214Architectural Design Core Studio IV 
ARCH313Architectural Design Core Studio V 
ARCH413Advanced Architectural Design Studio 
ARCH416Advanced Topical Design Studio: Urban 
ARCH513Comprehensive Project Design Studio 
ARCH515Graduate Architectural Design Studio (two studios) 
ARCH613Graduate Thesis Design Studio 

History/Theory

The History/Theory sequence is a three-part structure of required introductory and intermediate courses, and advanced elective options. Students complete a two-course introductory survey of Art and Architectural History, followed by a History of Modern Architecture and Theory of Architecture requirements, one intermediate course in the History of Architecture chosen from a broad menu of options, and one advanced elective option:

AAH121-122History of Art and Architecture I-II 
ARCH325History of Modern Architecture 
ARCH322Theory of Architecture 
and one of the following Intermediate Level Course Options
ARCH324Evolution of Urban Form 
ARCH327History of American Architecture 
ARCH328Renaissance Architecture in Perspective 
ARCH329History of Landscape Architecture 
AAH313Arts and Architecture of Africa 
AAH321Arts and Architecture in the Classical World 
AAH322Arts and Architecture in the Medieval World 
AAH323Arts and Architecture in the Islamic World 
AAH330Topics in Art and Architectural History 
HP341Pre- Industrial America 
HP342Industrial America 
and one of the following:
ARCH478Dutch Architecture: The Enduring 20th Century Legacy 
ARCH530Special Topics in Architecture 
AAH530Special Topics (selected topics) 
AAH560The Newport Seminar 
ARCH573Modernism in the Non-Western World: A Comparative Perspective 
ARCH575Contemporary Asian Architecture and Urbanism 
ARCH576Theoretical Origins of Modernism 
ARCH577The American Skyscraper 
HP351History and Philosophy of Historic Preservation 
HP391Architecture and Historic Preservation Abroad 
HP530Special Topics in Historic Preservation 

Environment and Human Behavior

Environment and Human Behavior coursework develops student’s skills and understanding relative to environment, social aspects and research methodology.

ARCH321Site and Environment 
ARCH522Environmental Design Research 

Technical Systems

The Technical Systems sequence gives students an essential understanding of the practical and theoretical interrelationships between the structural, environmental and enclosure systems of a building, and introduces them to various building materials, assemblies and services. Students complete seven required courses, including a three course structures sequence and two courses each in Construction Materials and Assemblies and in Environmental Systems.

ARCH335Structure, Form and Order 
ARCH434Design of Structures I 
ARCH435Design of Structures II 
ARCH231-331Construction Materials and Assemblies I and II 
ARCH332Acoustics and Lighting 
ARCH333Building Systems: Electrical for Buildings 

Practice and Professional Development

Practice and Professional Development coursework develops students’ communication skills and understanding of the role of architects within society and in relation to the various participants in the building process. This sequence culminates with the Graduate Thesis Seminar, where students are asked to formulate an independent architectural investigation that engages a set of issues that further their understanding of Architecture as a cultural medium and as a profession.

VARTS101Foundations of Drawing 
ARCH101Foundations of Architecture 
ARCH287Computer Applications in Design 
ARCH488Computer Applications for Professional Practice 
ARCH542Professional Practice 
ARCH641Graduate Thesis Research Seminar 

Architecture Electives

In addition to the elective options outlined above in History/ Theory, the completion of four Architecture Electives is required for graduation, with a minimum of three at the Graduate Level.

Undergraduate Architecture Electives

ARCH430Special Topics in Architecture 
ARCH461Introduction to Landscape Architecture 
ARCH477Architecture in Context 
ARCH478Dutch Architecture: The Enduring 20th Century Legacy 
ARCH484Construction Estimating and Scheduling 
ARCH487Digital Modeling 
ARCH492Writing About Architecture 
300 Level or Above Historic Preservation courses

Graduate Architecture Electives:

Graduate electives are grouped in the areas of Sustainable Design, Urban Design, Digital Media and Historic Preservation. In addition, some multidisciplinary Core MS in Architecture courses are available as Architecture Electives.

Sustainable Design: ARCH 521 Sustainable Design Seminar, ARCH 593 Sustainable Paradigms, ARCH 594 Urban Ecology, ARCH 533 Detailing the High-performance Envelope, ARCH 535 Introduction to Proactive Simulation, ARCH 536 Special Topics in Sustainable Design.

Urban Design: ARCH 572 Urban Design Theory, ARCH 594 Urban Ecology, ARCH 524 Evolution of Urban Form, ARCH 529 History of Landscape Architecture, ARCH 561 Landscape Architecture, HP 682L Preservation Planning Workshop, ARCH 537 Special Topics in Urban Design.

Digital Media: ARCH 587 Advanced Computer Applications in Design, ARCH 586 Processing, ARCH 588 Digital Manufacturing, ARCH 589 4-D (Four Dimensional), ARCH 535 Intro to Proactive Simulation, ARCH 538 Special Topics in Digital Media.

Historic Preservation: HP 501 Fundamentals of Historic Preservation, HP 502 Preservation Planning, HP 503 Principles of Architectural Conservation, HP 525 Preservation Economics, HP 530 Special Topics in Historic Preservation, HP 681L Historic Rehabilitation Workshop, HP 582L Architectural Conservation, HP 526 Preservation Law and Regulation, HP 682L Preservation Planning Workshop.

Core MSc in Architecture courses: ARCH 606 Field Research Seminar, ARCH 616 Collaborative Workshop. Misc.

Graduate Architecture Electives: AAH 560 The Newport Seminar, ARCH 574 Regionalism in Architecture, ARCH 581 Construction Contract Documents, ARCH 530 Special Topics in Architecture.

Electives

Completion of two electives outside of the major is required for graduation. Students are advised to apply one of these electives to expand the University Core Concentration into a minor.
Students are free to choose from the University’s course offerings to satisfy this requirement. Prerequisites for MATH 136 Precalculus (MATH 117 College Algebra) and prerequisites for WTNG 102 Expository Writing (WTNG 100 Introduction to Academic Writing) will not count as electives toward the Bachelor of Science/Master of Architecture degree sequence.

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.

Degree Requirements

ARCH101Foundations of Architecture 
ARCH113-114Architectural Design Core Studio I and II 
ARCH121-122History of Art and Architecture I and II 

Course Catalog

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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