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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


1200 Architecture Building, 301-405-8000
Dean: David Cronrath
Associate Dean(s): Donald Linebaugh, Gerrit Knaap
Assistant Dean(s): Ingrid Farrell

The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation offers a four-year pre-professional undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture. The School also offers graduate programs leading to the professional degrees of Master of Architecture, Master of Historic Preservation, Master of Community Planning, and Master of Real Estate Development, as well as joint professional degrees and certificates. The School offers a post-professional Master of Science in Architecture degree and a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning and Design. Students graduating with the undergraduate major in architecture typically require two years to complete the curriculum leading to the professional degree in architecture. Please see the graduate catalog for more information on graduate programs at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

The School is a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

Students receive rigorous and comprehensive instruction from a faculty whose members are active in professional practice and research. Many faculty members have distinguished themselves across the professional spectrum and represent different approaches to architectural design. Their individual areas of expertise include architectural design and theory, history, architectural archaeology, technology, urban design and planning, and historic preservation. Visiting critics, lecturers, and the Kea Distinguished Professor augment the faculty; together they provide students with the requisite exposure to contemporary realities of architectural design.

Special Advantages and Facilities


NAAB - In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The University of Maryland's School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

  • M.Arch (pre-professional degree + 60 graduate credits)
  • M.Arch (non-pre-professional degree + 109 credits)


The school is housed in a modern building providing design workstations for each student, a 300 seat auditorium, and seminar and classroom facilities. The Great Space, an atrium at the center of the School, is the location for collaborative projects, design reviews, critiques, and a variety of events that that bring the architecture program together. Facilities include a well-equipped woodworking and model shop, computer labs, digital output and digital fabrication. The Architecture Library, one of the finest in the nation, offers convenient access to a current circulating collection of more than 34,000 volumes, 8,000 periodicals, and an extensive selection of reference materials. Rare books and special acquisitions include a collection relating to international expositions and the 11,000-volume National Trust for Historic Preservation Library. The Elizabeth D. Alley Visual Resources Collection includes a reserve collection of 500,000 slides on architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, architectural science, and technology as well as audio-visual equipment for classroom and studio use.

Upper level summer programs include travel to Rome, Paris, Turkey, Great Britain, and other countries. Students may earn direct credit doing hands-on restoration work and by attending lectures by visiting architects, preservationists, and scholars. Undergraduate seniors and graduate students may also participate in a Study Abroad Semester at the School's facility at Kiplin Hall, in northern England.   

Admission Requirements

http://arch.umd.edu/arch/degree/bachelor-science-architecture for admissions questions.

Freshman Admission. Students with the most competitive records from high school gain admission to the Undergraduate Architecture Program through the University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Early application is strongly recommended due to limited space in the program. Admitted freshmen have access to the necessary advising through their initial semesters to determine if architecture is an appropriate major for their interests and abilities.

Before a student enrolls in the studio sequence during their third year of study, they must complete the Studio Placement Review Process. This will determine their standing in the undergraduate curriculum and duration of their studies until graduation. Students must complete the following benchmark courses as prerequisites before beginning the studio sequence:

  • ARCH170, 225, 226, and 242 with a grade of "C-"
  • MATH220, PHYS121 and one natural science course with a minimum grade of "C-" in all three 

Students may be enrolled in ARCH226 and completing their distributive studies contemporaneous with the Studio Placement Review Process during their fourth semester. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in all college level coursework is also required. In addition, the review will include an assessment of transcripts, an essay, and a portfolio, the nature of which is specified by the Architecture Program. Please contact the Undergraduate Architecture Advisors at  archadvise@umd.edu  for the application and guidelines, available in October.The application, detailed portfolio requirements and deadlines are also available online at  www.arch.umd.edu

Transfer Admission Requirements. Transfer students who wish to study Architecture must first gain admission to the University and concurrently submit for the Studio Placement Review Process. Please see above for the requirements. Transfer applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the priority deadline and should contact the Undergraduate Architecture Advisors as soon as possible at archadvise@umd.edu .

Undergraduate Degree Requirements/Degree Options

In the first two years of college, directly admitted students and those seeking to transfer into the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation should adhere to the following curriculum:







General Education and Electives




The Students in the University




Introduction to Writing




Elementary Calculus I




Introduction to the Built Environment




Fundamentals of Physics I




History of World Architecture I




History of World Architecture II




Drawing I




One from the following:




Environmental Science




Coastal Environments




Environmental Geology




Causes and Implications of Global Change




Fundamentals of Physics II




 Total Credits


 +GEOL123 is also offered as AOSC123 and as GEOG123

If admitted after completing 56 credits, students are expected to complete the following requirements for a total of 120 credits:


Third Year



 History of World Architecture III



 Architecture Studio I*



 Architectural Technology I



 Architecture Studio II



 Architectural Technology II



 Advanced Composition



 Directed Electives



 General Education Requirements






 Fourth Year



 Architecture Studio III



 Architectural Technology III



 Directed History of Architecture Elective**



 Architecture Studio IV



 Architectural Technology IV



 Directed Electives



 General Education Requirements






Total Credits


*Courses are to be taken in sequence as indicated by Roman numerals in course titles.

**Directed Architecture history courses:


 History of American Architecture



 History of Greek Architecture



 History of Roman Architecture



 History of Renaissance Architecture



 History of Modern Architecture



 History of Contemporary Architecture




Entering students are advised by the Undergraduate Advisors located in the School's Main Office.  Advising is mandatory for all undergraduate architecture majors each semester. Students must meet with an academic advisor to discuss their academic plan and course selection. Students can make an appointment for advising online by visiting www.arch.umd.edu . Students may also contact the advising office via archadvise@umd.edu . Walk-in appointments may be available. Students may use the archadvise@umd.edu email at any time. Students should always include their full name, UID and contact information in any email correspondence.

Approved Student Societies and Professional Organizations

The Architecture Student Assembly represents the student body. Assembly members are elected from undergraduate and graduate classes. Representatives attend Faculty Meetings, serve on committees, and organize the Architecture Program Retrospective at the end of each semester.

The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation sponsors a chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), the national association for architecture students.  The AIAS chapter sponsors a variety of activities including an annual Career Fair, Beaux Arts Ball, field trips, conferences, workshops, and other events throughout the academic year.

The University of Maryland chapter of NOMAS is affiliated with the national professional organization NOMA. NOMAS is a group of students from a variety of backgrounds pursuing architecture degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels, interested in contributing to the UMD School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation by building a sense of community based on shared experiences unique to our diverse student body.

USGBC Students – University of Maryland Chapter of the United States Green Building Council is a coalition of undergraduate and graduate students intent on learning about and promoting sustainable design and building practices. Formed in 2007, the group hosts monthly meetings in the Architecture Building.

Alpha Rho Chi (APX) is the national co-ed fraternity for architecture and the allied arts. Its brotherhood unites men and women for the purpose of fellowship and lifelong frienships, as well as professional development. This is exemplified by the fraternity's motto: Fidelitas, Amor et Artes or "Fidelity and Love of the Arts."

Financial Assistance

Many financial awards are offered to freshman upon admission.  Any questions about financial aid for freshman admits should be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Aid. 

Each year, the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation offers a number of merit-based scholarships to qualifying undergraduate students.  Many are offered to students participating in study abroad programs.  Interested students are encouraged to apply for these in early Spring. Information is available at www.arch.umd.edu . Please note that most of these scholarships are reserved for students in the studio sequence of the program.

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OFSA) administers all types of federal, state, and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other University offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students.  Freshmen and sophomores are strongly encouraged to visit the OFSA early in their tenure at the University of Maryland to determine any scholarships they may be eligible for in the following years.

For more information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu .

Research Units

National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education
1112 Preinkert Fieldhouse, College Park,301-405-6788
Dr. Gerrit Knaap

The National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education is a non-partisan center for research and leadership training on Smart Growth and related land use issues nationally and internationally. Founded in 2000, the National Center for Smart Growth is a cooperative venture of four University of Maryland schools: Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Public Policy; Agriculture and Natural Resources; and Engineering. The mission of the Center is to bring the diverse resources of the University of Maryland and a network of national experts to bear on issues of land development, resource preservation and urban growth -- the nature of our communities, our landscape and our quality of life -- through interdisciplinary research, outreach and education, thereby establishing the University as the national leader in this field.

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