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A tradition of excellence

The Department of Architecture’s century-strong traditions of drawing, model-making, community outreach/service learning, and hands-on construction prepare students to explore innovative models of architectural practice as well as non-traditional approaches, including design-build and digital fabrication.

The award-winning faculty are active in professional practice, research and service projects, and national and international competitions, as well as scholarly activities. Thanks to a rigorous curriculum with numerous opportunities to engage in professional projects and work with external stakeholders, graduates are prepared for wherever their design degrees may take them.


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Degrees
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B.Arch. in Architecture

The B.Arch. is a highly sought after five-year professional degree program that consistently produces graduates who push the bounds of architecture to enhance the human experience.
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M.Arch. in Architecture

The professional M.Arch. degree deeply explores the techniques, principles, histories, theories of architecture, preparing students to become leaders in the field.
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M.S. in Architecture (+Dual M.S. +IUG)

The M.S. in Architecture program is designed for students interested in advanced research and independent work. Integrated undergrad/grad, as well as dual-title program options exist.
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Ph.D. in Architecture (+Dual Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. in Architecture is a research-based degree concentrating on a number of areas of inquiry. Hone the degree via research clusters, program focus areas, or dual-title options.
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Architecture Studies Minor

The Architecture Studies minor will permit students in other majors the opportunity to gain insight into the discipline of Architecture.

Alumni Spotlight

My Penn State education has influenced my career by developing me into a global citizen, through exposure to different people, resources, industries, cultures, and places.
Penn State alumna and 2019 president of the New York chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, Samantha Josaphat.

Alumni Spotlight

Samantha Josaphat

B.Arch. in Architecture 2012

Samantha Josaphat is an architect and the founder of STUDIO 397 Architecture. Part of the mere 0.3 percent of black female architects registered in the United States, she is the 397th living black female architect to be licensed. Samantha entered the Penn State Architecture program in 2007, and by 2012, she had traveled to ten countries, become a member of the Arts and Architecture Student Council, and founded the Penn State student chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS). While at Penn State she built herself a valuable network of resources that continues to shape her path to success. Samantha is the 2019 president of the New York chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects. Learn more about how Samantha’s firm is impacting the narrative of black female architects in this video.

Modern, dark facade of high-end retail showroom for COS, in Toronto, Ontario. Architectural design by Samantha Josephat.
Pedestrians engaging with ‘The Ambiguous Heart,’ Samantha Josephat’s heart-shaped pavilion, featured in the 2019 Times Square Valentine heart design competition.
Corporate office interior design by Samantha Josephat.

Our Facilities

An exhibit gallery, digital and textile labs, resource library, and workshops
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3D printer printing a base leg for an architecture structural wall project.

Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library

Located in 111 Stuckeman Family Building, the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library supports study and research in architecture and landscape architecture and their histories


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Computational Textiles Lab

The Computational Textiles Lab, or SOFTLAB, in the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing is a research group in which faculty and students examine how


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DigiFab

The digiFAB lab is the home for digital fabrication equipment that is used for design and research projects by faculty and students in Stuckeman


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Rouse Gallery

Located in the main entryway of the Stuckeman Family Building, the Willard G. Rouse gallery houses special exhibits by leaders in the fields of


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3D printer printing a base leg for an architecture structural wall project.

Stuckeman Shop

The Stuckeman Shop – primarily supporting architecture, landscape architecture, and graphic design students – provides an excellent opportunity for motivated students to develop their ideas


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Faculty Spotlight

Architectural study with wood, concrete, and smoke.
Architectural study with wood, concrete, and smoke.

Pep Avilés

Stuckeman Career Development Professor in Design

Pep Avilés is a historian, architect, and professor specializing in postwar and contemporary architecture. His academic research explores the impact media had on the materiality of architecture and the redefinition of modernism after World War II.

Avilés’ work has been sponsored by the Canadian Center for Architecture, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the Getty Research Center, and has been exhibited at the Centre de Cultura Contemporànea de Barcelona (2017) and the Oslo Architecture Triennale (2019), among others. He is the founding editor of the journal Faktur: Documents and Architecture.

Pep Avilés, Stuckeman Career Development Professor in Design
Online Art Club
Mar 15

Online Art Club Meetup: Recharge Your Creativity with the Palmer Museum

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Take a brief, virtual tour of world-class art at the Palmer Museum, then dig into your art supplies and enjoy a simple art-making activity designed

Events

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Lecture: “Tracking the Amish Quilt”: Warren and Jane Rohrer’s Search for a Usable Past

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Amish Quilt
Mar 18

Janneken Smucker, Professor of History, West Chester University Quilt historian Janneken Smucker teaches history at West Chester University in Philadelphia and is the author of


Stuckeman Series Lecture: Giorgia Lupi

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Mar 19

"The Human Side of Data" In this illustrated talk, information designer and Pentagram partner Giorgia Lupi will discuss our new data reality and “data humanism,”


Museum Conversation: Mark Makers

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Mar 24

Nancy Locke, Associate Professor of Art History and artist Christopher Campbell Hosted by Christopher Reed, Distinguished Professor of English and Visual Culture, art historian Nancy


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News from A&A

Architecture professor’s firm named Emerging Voices competition winner

Low Design Office, an integrated design firm cofounded by DK Osseo-Asare, assistant professor of architecture has been named a winner of the Emerging Voices competition.

UNIVERSTY PARK, Pa. — Low Design Office (LOWDO), an architecture and integrated design firm cofounded by DK Osseo-Asare, assistant professor of architecture and engineering design at Penn State, has been


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Architecture professor recognized for innovative teaching practices with new C-PAD award

Benay Gürsoy, assistant professor of architecture, was recently awarded for her innovative and creative teaching practices in the classroom with the inaugural C-PAD TLT Award.
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C-PAD honors Arts and Architecture faculty for exceptional teaching

C-PAD recently honored faculty members Eric McKee, professor of music theory, and Benay Gürsoy Toykoç, assistant professor of architecture, with awards for exceptional teaching.
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