Architecture addresses the impact that the built environment has on the human population and the natural world. Our BS program will prepare you to make innovative contributions as an architect or designer.

You’ll gain broad exposure to aspects of building and material science, as well as a variety of cultural, environmental, and historic perspectives through courses in studio art, art history, environmental design, landscape architecture and regional planning, engineering, and building materials. In the process, you will learn to assess and find solutions to complex problems by clarifying the issues, envisioning approaches, conducting research, and enlisting the right stakeholders. 

Within the architecture major, you will choose a concentration in either architectural studies or design studies. The architectural studies subplan is a pre-professional program intended for students who plan to pursue a professional graduate degree, such as the UMass master in architecture (MArch), in order to become a licensed architect. Design studies is a more general program intended for students with a broader interest in the design fields, including interior design.