2022-2023 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    May 25, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Architecture, B.Arch

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School of Architecture
201 Slocum Hall
ph. (315)443-8242
e. ugarch@syr.edu


Daekwon Park, 201 Slocum Hall


Eliana Abu-Hamdi, Amber Bartosh, Jean-François Bédard, Lori Brown, Theodore Brown, Lawrence Chua, Junho Chun, Gregory Corso, Julia Czerniak, Lawrence Davis, Ivi Diamantopoulou, Britt Eversole, Iman Fayyad, Aurelie Frolet, Joseph Godlewski, Terrance Goode, Susan Henderson, Valerie Herrera, Roger Hubeli, Molly Hunker, Elizabeth Kamell, Joel Kerner, Elizabeth Krietemeyer, Julie Larsen, Mark Linder, Sinéad Mac Namara, Kiana Memaran Dadgar, Kyle Miller, Marcos Parga, Daekwon Park, Daniele Profeta, Edgar Rodriguez, Richard Rosa, Francisco Sanin, David Shanks, Nina Sharifi, Yutaka Sho, Michael Speaks, Timothy Stenson, Fei Wang, Lily Chishan Wong, Jiong (Abingo) Wu, Linda Zhang

Program Description

The B.Arch is a 5-year professional degree in Architecture. Students in the B. Arch program take courses in architectural design, theory, technology, history and professional practice. Graduates of this program are prepared to enter into the Intern Development Program (IDP) required to become a licensed architect.

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree

Prerequisites for Admission into the B.Arch Program

All applicants to the B.Arch program must submit a portfolio to the School of Architecture for review.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Ability to raise clear and precise questions, use abstract ideas to interpret information, consider diverse points of view, reach well-reasoned conclusions, and test alternative outcomes against relevant criteria and standards.

2. Understanding of the basic principals involved in the appropriate selection and application of building envelope systems relative to fundamental performance, aesthetics, moisture transfer, durability and energy and material resources.

3. Ability to write and speak effectively and use representational media appropriate for both within the profession and with the general public.

4. Ability to gather, assess, record, and comparatively evaluate relevant information and performance in order to support conclusions related to a specific project or assignment.

5. Ability to effectively use basic formal, organizational and environmental principles and the capacity of each to inform two- and three- dimensional design.

6. Ability to apply the fundamentals of both natural and formal ordering systems and the capacity of each to inform two- and three- dimensional design.

7. Ability to examine and comprehend the fundamental principles present in relevant precedents and to make informed choices about the incorporation of such principles into architecture and urban design projects.

8. Understanding of the parallel and divergent histories of architecture and the cultural norms of a variety of indigenous, vernacular, local, and regional settings in terms of their political, economic, social, ecological, and technological factors.

9. Understanding of the diverse needs, values, behavioral norms, physical abilities, and social and spatial patterns that characterize different cultures and individuals and the responsibility of the architect to ensure equity of access to sites, buildings, and structures.

10. Ability to prepare a comprehensive program for an architectural project that includes an assessment of client and user needs; an inventory of spaces and their requirements; an analysis of site conditions (including existing buildings); a review of the relevant building codes and standards, including relevant sustainability requirements, and an assessment of their implications for the project; and a definition of site selection and design assessment criteria.

11. Ability to respond to site characteristics, including urban context and developmental patterning, historical fabric, soil, topography, ecology, climate, and building orientation, in the development of a project design.

12. Ability to design sites, facilities, and systems that are responsive to relevant codes and regulations, and include the principles of life- safety and accessibility standards.

13. Ability to make technically clear drawings, prepare outline specifications, and construct models illustrating and identifying the assembly of materials, systems, and components appropriate for a building design.

14. Ability to demonstrate the basic principles of structural systems and their ability to withstand gravitational, seismic, and lateral forces, as well as the selection and application of the appropriate structural system.

15. Ability to demonstrate the principles of environmental systems’ design, how design criteria can vary by geographic region, and the tools used for performance assessment. This demonstration must include active and passive heating and cooling, solar geometry, daylighting, natural ventilation, indoor air quality, solar systems, lighting systems, and acoustics.

16. Understanding of the basic principles used in the appropriate selection of interior and exterior construction materials, finishes, products, components, and assemblies based on their inherent performance, including environmental impact and reuse.

17. Understanding of the basic principles and appropriate application and performance of building service systems, including lighting, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, communication, vertical transportation, security, and fire protection systems.

18. Understanding of the fundamentals of building costs, which must include project financing methods and feasibility, construction cost estimating, construction scheduling, operational costs, and life-cycle costs.

19. Understanding of the theoretical and applied research methodologies and practices used during the design process.

20. Ability to demonstrate the skills associated with making integrated decisions across multiple systems and variables in the completion of a design project. This demonstration includes problem identification, setting evaluative criteria, analyzing solutions, and predicting the effectiveness of implementation.

21. Ability to make design decisions within a complex architectural project while demonstrating broad integration and consideration of environmental stewardship, technical documentation, accessibility, site conditions, life safety, environmental systems, structural systems, and building envelope systems and assemblies.

22. Understanding of the relationships among key stakeholders in the design process - client, contractor, architect, user groups, local community-and the architect’s role to reconcile stakeholder needs.

23. Understanding of the methods for selecting consultants and assembling teams; identifying work plans, project schedules, and time requirements; and recommending project delivery methods.

24. Understanding of the basic principles of a firm’s business practices, including financial management and business planning, marketing, organization, and entrepreneurship.

25. Understanding of the architect’s responsibility to the public and the client as determined by regulations and legal considerations involving the practice of architecture and professional service contracts.

26. Understanding of the ethical issues involved in the exercise of professional judgment in architectural design and practice and understanding the role of the NCARB Rules of Conduct and the AIA Code of Ethics in defining professional conduct.

B.Arch Degree Requirements

Students matriculating prior to Fall 2021 must meet the curriculum requirements as they appear in the online course catalog for the academic year in which they entered Syracuse University.  Please see your academic advisor if you have any questions/concerns.

Students matriculating in Fall 2021 or later, must meet the following curriculum requirements.

University Requirement

In addition to FYS 101, the Bachelor of Architecture requires completion of an IDEA course (chosen from a select list )-The IDEA course may count as an Arts & Science elective, open elective, or architecture elective; depending on the course chosen. Please see the undergraduate course catalog for a full listing of IDEA courses.

Writing Requirement- 6 credits

Introductory writing sequence required or the ENL equivalency.  

Academic Electives- 36 credit hours

At least 12 credits of the 36 credits in academic electives must be upper division courses (numbered 300+)

Humanities - 6 credit hours

Courses from the College of Arts & Sciences Humanities division. Approved courses;

Social Sciences - 6 credit hours

Courses from the College of Arts & Sciences Social Sciences division. Approved courses;

Natural Sciences and Mathematics - 3 credit hours

Courses from the College of Arts & Sciences Natural Sciences and Mathematics division. Approved courses;

Arts & Science Elective - 3 credit hours

Any course offered through College of Arts & Sciences .

Open Electives - 18 credit hours

Any course offered at the University with the exception of courses with the prefix PED or ARC.

Total: 157 credit hours

Study Abroad

Students enrolled in the B.Arch program are eligible for off campus study in our studio based programs in NYC, Florence and London after completing 5 semesters of design studio. All students wishing to study in our global campus programs must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and be in good judicial standing.

We also offer multiple non-studio based short term study programs through SU Abroad each year. Eligibility for non-studio based programs varies and is determined by the faculty member coordinating the program.


Architecture students may choose to pursue one of the many minors available on campus. Most minors consist of 18-credit programs and some must be taken in a particular sequence. Because of the limited number of non-architecture elective credits contained in the B.Arch program, careful planning is necessary for architecture students to complete a minor. Minors that are too closely related to the major will not be approved. Minors require a minimum of 18 credit hours, 12 of which must be in 300- to 400-level coursework.

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