The architecture major is a pre-professional course of study focused on architectural design studios, complemented by art studios, history and theory courses, and introductory materials and building technology courses. The major results in a Bachelor of Arts degree. (That degree should not be confused with the Bachelor of Architecture, a professional five-year degree.) Those students who major in architecture and graduate with the Bachelor of Arts degree and wish to pursue a professional career in architecture will be required to obtain a Master of Architecture from an institution offering a graduate program in architecture.
The architecture major is a comprehensive undergraduate education that is the first step in a series of educational and apprenticeship requirements leading to professional registration. Architecture majors regularly go on to the most respected graduate schools of architecture, with the University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Washington, among scores of institutions, actively seeking Lehigh graduates for their programs.
Alternatively, many architecture majors choose to work in fields allied to the discipline, such as interior design, adaptive reuse building, historic preservation, construction management, real estate development, etc. Since for such paths professional architectural registration is not required, the Lehigh degree alone is the springboard to various careers that involve the making of the built environment.
Architecture Major: 62-64 credit hours required.
Foundations: 16 credits
ART 001 Art and Architecture History: Ancient to Medieval (4)
ARCH 002 Art History: Renaissance to Present (4)
ART 003 Two-Dimensional Design (4)
ART 004 Three-Dimensional Design (4)
Architectural Studios: 16 credits
ARCH 043 Architectural Design I (4)
ARCH 143 Architectural Design II (4)
ARCH 243 Architectural Design III (4)
ARCH 343 Architectural Design IV (4)
Select THREE (3) of the following additional studios: 11-12 credits:
ART 007 Digital Photography I (4)
ART 011 Drawing I (4)
ART 013 Sculpture I (4)
ART 015 Figure I (4)
ART 034 Plein Air Painting (4)
ART 035 Painting I (4)
ART 052 Introduction to Video Recording and Editing (4)
ART 111 Drawing II (4)
ART 113 Sculpture II (4)
ART 115 Figure II (4)
ART 135 Painting II (4)
DES 148 Furniture Design I (4)
DES 248 Furniture Design II (4)
ARCH 033 Architectural Drawing (4)
ARCH 123 Visualization and Fabrication in Architecture (4)
ARCH 211 Architectural Drawing/Analysis and Expressions (3)
ARCH 328 Architectural Representation (4)
History and Theory: 11-12 credits
ARCH 210 20th-Century Architecture (4)
Select TWO (2) of the following courses: 7-8 credits
ARCH 107 History of American Architecture (4)
ARCH 134 Architecture and Urbanism of New York City (4)
ARCH 159 Modern History and Sustainable Architecture in Munich (3)
ARCH 174 Greek Archaeology (4)
ARCH 176 Roman Archaeology (4)
ARCH 187 Synthetic Space (4)
ARCH 209 Architecture and Ideas (4)
ARCH 212 The Architecture of Carlos Scarpa/Theory and Practice (3)
ARCH 214 Architecture and the City Since WWII (4)
ARCH 342 Theory of Form and Materials (4)
ARCH 335 Issues in Contemporary Architecture (4)
ART 124 Arts of the Black World 16th-20th Centuries (4)
ART 125 Art and Architecture of Africa from Colonial to Contemporary Times (4)
ART 221 Global Contemporary: Recent Art Movements Around the World (4)
DES 066 Design History (4)
HIST 334 American City in the Twentieth Century (3-4)
PHIL 123 Aesthetics (4)
Materials and Technology: 8 credits
ARCH 157 Architectural Technology I (4)
ARCH 158 Architectural Technology II (4)
For the Architecture Major, students must fulfill the mathematics requirement with MATH 21 & 22 or MATH 51 & 52 or MATH 75/76 and MATH 22 or MATH 52; the physical science requirement must be filled with either PHYS 10 or 11 - and the lab component - PHYS 12.
Exceptional students in Art, Architecture and Design may apply for departmental honors at the end of their junior year or at the beginning of their senior year. To be eligible a student must attain a 3.5 GPA in his or her major program and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Candidates should submit to the department chair a written proposal, prepared in consultation with a faculty advisor. The project could result in a research paper, design project or exhibition, and must be accompanied by an oral presentation. Successful completion of the project and presentation will result in the “Department Honors” designation to the student's transcript.
For course descriptions, please visit the course catalog.