University of Memphis
Department of Architecture
The Department of Architecture consists of the Architecture Program and the Interior Design Program. Three degree programs are provided within the Department: the professional Master of Architecture degree, the pre-professional Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture degree, and the professional Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree. The mission of the Department is to prepare graduates to enter the professional practice of architecture and interior design and to serve the Memphis and Mid-South region through research, engaged scholarship, interdisciplinary collaboration, and creative expression that contributes to sustainable, healthy, stable communities and enhances the quality of life for all citizens.
The University of Memphis is a learner-centered metropolitan research university providing high quality educational experiences while pursuing new knowledge through research, artistic expression, and interdisciplinary and engaged scholarship. Founded in 1912, the University of Memphis is the flagship institution of the Tennessee Board of Regents system. Situated in a beautiful park-like setting in the largest city in the state, the University has an enrollment of approximately 23,000 students and awards more than 3,000 degrees annually. The University of Memphis has more Chairs of Excellence than any other Tennessee university, and five state-approved Centers of Excellence. The University is centrally located in the city of Memphis, approximately fifteen minutes from Downtown.
The Department offers a rigorous, high-quality educational experience through a low student to faculty ratio (class sizes average less than fifteen students), opportunities to become involved in wide-ranging community-based practice and research in a variety of areas, and a student-driven studio culture of cooperation and collaboration. The Department provides research opportunities for faculty and students with emphasis on hands-on multidisciplinary projects through which students gain valuable professional experience while providing services to the citizens of the region. With a focus on 'City Building' and sustainability, all graduate and undergraduate design studios have at least one project per semester with a community partner. The Department is also a founding partner with the Department of City + Regional Planning in the University of Memphis Design Collaborative.
At the University of Memphis, the study of architecture and interior design encompasses both the art and science of design. The focus is on the education of the individual student through a well-rounded approach in a sequence of foundation courses, design studios, and professional/technical courses. The program of study for each degree program is structured to engage students in the processes and professional standards of design and technology necessary for shaping the built environment. Students are placed at the center of discovery-based studies, and required to assume responsible participation in the study of architecture and interior design. We believe students are our most important asset. This is reflected in the close working relationship between faculty and students in the design studios and professional/technical courses. In the design studio, students quickly find the value in peer critiques and comments. Whether in a formal setting or an informal late night conversation, beginning students and more advanced students learn from each other and build upon their experiences to enhance their success in the studio. Our "Culture of Engagement" offers students the opportunity to work with community partners and faculty and students in other academic programs on real, hands-on projects to enhance the quality of life for residents within the region and beyond. Every graduate design studio and undergraduate design studio has at least one project per semester with a community partner. The Master of Architecture is a two-year, 60 credit hour professional degree fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Students may take electives in Architecture, City and Regional Planning, Real Estate Development, and a variety of other program areas. All design studios are taught by registered architects who bring years of professional practice into the studios. The average faculty to student ration in the studios is 1:6. The BFA in Architecture is a 128 credit hour pre-professional degree. Together the four-year BFA and the two-year M.Arch. make up the professional "4+2" sequence. Virtually every design studio has two faculty members assigned to it bringing the average faculty student ratio to 1 to 8. The BFA in Interior Design is a 120 credit hour degree fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Most courses are shared with the BFA in Architecture degree program including foundation courses and design studios. The Department also offers a special dual Architecture/Interior Design major which may be completed within four years. Finally, the Department enjoys a strong relationship with the Memphis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. This close, interactive relationship provides students with mentoring, internship, and other opportunities for academic and career enhancements.
- Cross-Cultural Contexts
- Ecological Design
- Historic Preservation
- Industry Collaborations
- Interior Design