Carnegie Mellon University
School of Architecture
The School of Architecture, with 65 faculty, 14 staff, 275 undergraduate students, 30 master students, and 30 PhD students, offers 12 degree programs: a professional Bachelor of Architecture degree, a professional Master of Architecture degree, 7 post-professional master degrees, and 3 PhD concentrations. Complimentary to these programs are five centers, labs, and institutes: The Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics, The CoDe Lab, The Digital Fabrication Lab, The Remaking Cities Institute, and the Sustainable Design Academy.
The School of Architecture advances a shared vision to be recognized as a global leader of integrated design education, practice, research, scholarship and service. As one of the first PhD in Architecture programs in the country, the School enjoys a prominent record of research, and has populated the globe with graduates of significant stature. Through long-term strategic academic, government, industry, and practice partnerships we have defined innovative and collaborative approaches to research and scholarship within the School, while continuing to educate students for leadership roles in professional practice and a wealth of other environments.
A top-ranked institution in the world, Carnegie Mellon manifests itself as a research university of a unique character, "where art and technology meet to create innovation with impact". Founded in 1900, the university has a distinguished history and a determined future for educating leaders across domains of teaching, practice, research, scholarship and service. Carnegie Mellon is a leader among educational institutions by building on its traditions of innovation, problem solving and interdisciplinary collaboration to meet the changing needs of society.
Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2006, the College of Fine Arts enjoys a century of impact and recognition related to its notable legacy as a"School of Fine and Applied Arts". The College is comprised of several interdisciplinary programs, research centers, and five schools including two performing art conservatories -- the School of Music and The School of Drama - as well as Architecture, Art, and Design. The College mission is to provide a challenging, encouraging environment where students and faculty maximize their artistic and intellectual potential through open critical inquiry and creative production.
Our mission is to educate outstanding professionals with design creativity, social responsibility, historical perspective, technical excellence and global environmental leadership. We use the studio setting as an educational laboratory for analytical reasoning, creative exploration, exchange of ideas, integration, and critical thought. In recognition of continuously changing professional requirements, social conditions, and environmental challenges, we promote a highly investigative and research-oriented professional attitude emphasizing the preparation needed for practice and lifelong learning. We respond to continuously changing technology through acquisition and development of advanced educational and professional media and instrumentation.
Undergraduate Program The Bachelor of Architecture Program is a five-year, first professional degree program in preparation for entry into practice. It is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board. The curriculum consists of six sequences in Integrated Design, Drawing and Digital Media, Building and Environmental Technology, History, Practice and Departmental/University Electives. The centerpiece of the curriculum is an in-depth studiobased design education with rigorous, generative knowledge-based foci in: composition, materials, site, environment, structures, occupancy, systems integration, and urban design. Studios are sequenced to build expertise, and are supported by parallel lectures aimed at concept-generation, performance, and the feasibility of design. Pre- and co-requisite core lecture courses are also sequenced to build the student's disciplinary strength in generative/design knowledge bases such as: Fundamental Design Strategies, Structures and Building, Environment and Ecology, Architecture Management, History, Communications & Media, Social Responsibility and Human Factors, and Urban and Regional Sustainability. These sequences enable students to develop minors, pursue dual degrees, or complete requirements for advanced standing in our Master's Programs following the completion of their Bachelor of Architecture degree.
- Art & Design
- Building Information Modeling
- Building Technologies
- Community Design
- Digital Design
- Digital Fabrication
- History, Theory, Criticism