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B.Arch. in Architecture

Design. Innovate. Make.
Build a better future.
The scope of architecture goes well beyond designing buildings – it is about improving human life. The five-year professional Bachelor of Architecture program at Penn State blends traditions and new ways of drawing, model-making, community outreach, public service, and hands-on construction to prepare our students for future leadership roles in architecture and design.

The B.Arch. program is the fastest route to an accredited degree, allowing students to pursue licensure after completing the required internship.  

Consistently ranked as a leading architecture program in the United States, the B.Arch. curriculum at Penn State is accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB). Students enter directly into the program, meaning there are no gateways or quotas, and design instruction begins on day one.

The program is housed in the Stuckeman Family Building with expansive light-filled studio spaces that foster student and faculty interaction. Our studios provide a secure environment for our students on campus and allows them to learn closely from peers and faculty alike.

While we are a supportive and inclusive community, students receive all of the benefits of attending a Tier-1 research university including access to top-notch facilities, resources, and equipment as well as to electives, minors, clubs, spectator and intramural sports, the performing arts, and other activities. The opportunities are virtually endless.

Is the B.Arch. right for you?

Not only is our program designed to produce the next generation of architects and designers of the built environment, it is also structured to provide students with opportunities for discovery and interdisciplinary scholarship.

With a required semester of study abroad in Rome or Copenhagen or other available options, our B.Arch. students learn to think of design – and life – on a global scale. They are exposed to new cultures, new environments, new ways of thinking about design and their place in the world.

The relationships our faculty have cultivated through their research and practice also allows our students to work with industry and practicing professionals, as well as peers and faculty from a variety of disciplines – from engineering and environmental science to art and the social sciences.

Learn more about our Studio Culture.


Many US states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map. (Available July 2020.)

A male architecture student points to the base of his model on the floor as he explains the working foundation during reviews to the jury.
What I like most about the Architecture program at Penn State is that it offers an engaging and diverse learning environment."

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Required semester abroad options
Rome

Students will be taking courses at The Pantheon Institute, which is located in the two most revered piazzas in all of Rome, Piazza Navona and Piazza della Rotunda.

Copenhagen

Copenhagen matches 16th-century architecture with modern and inventive urban spaces – well-planned bike lanes, harbor baths, skate parks, food markets, and more.

B.Arch. students often minor in the following
Residential Construction Minor

Helps students to increase their competitiveness in the marketplace.

Architectural History Minor

Designed for students interested in exploring architectural history from various viewpoints.

Sustainability Leadership Minor

Designed for students who wish to promote environmental, social, and economic sustainability.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor

Students learn to understand aesthetic value and what drives people to consume aesthetic products.

Get involved in our student groups, including
Alpha Rho Chi

Co-ed professional fraternity dedicated to architecture and the allied arts.

American Institute of Architecture Students

Provides programs, information, and resources on issues critical to B.Arch. students.

National Organization of Minority Architecture Students

Student branch of the National Organization of Minority Architects.

Digi Digits

Dedicated to improving, designing, and 3D printing prosthetics for children.

For students passionate about sustainable design.

Design your career at Penn State.

Architectural Registration Exam pass rates above national average in all six divisions.

  • Ranked in the top 20 of DesignIntelligence B.Arch. rankings since inception.
  • Annual Stuckeman School Career Day boasts 81 companies from 13 states.
  • Thirty-six faculty members with various awards, backgrounds, practices, and specialties.
  • On-site wood and metal shop and digital fabrication resources.
  • Access to renowned design leaders in Stuckeman School Lecture and Exhibit Series.
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Alumni Spotlight

KieranTimberlake principal and Penn State Architecture alumna Marilia Rodrigues.

Alumni Spotlight

Marilia Rodrigues

B.Arch. in Architecture 2002

Marilia Rodrigues is a principal at KieranTimberlake, an internationally recognized architecture firm noted for its commitment to research, innovation, and invention. She brings multiple technologies, voices, and talents together to achieve award-winning designs.

Cityscape featuring architectural glass structure designed by Marilia Rodrigues.
Modern residential structure elevated on stilts and featuring a with glass facade. Design by Marilia Rodrigues.

B.Arch national ranking for 2019–20

#7

DesignIntelligence ranked Penn State’s Bachelor of Architecture as one of the nation’s top professional degree programs. Take advantage of the opportunities here on your way to the top.

Faculty Spotlight

Felecia Davis

Associate Professor of Architecture

Felecia Davis combines art, technology, and science in her work with computational textiles: soft materials that can sense and respond to the world around them through computer programming, electronics, and sensors. Director of SoftLab, she holds the Agnes Scollins Carey Memorial Early Career Professorship in the Arts for 2018–21, using the funds to lead a multiphase, collaborative research project that involves constructing a 1:1 scaled demonstration prototype for a solar photovoltaic fiber tension shade. Her work was featured in Penn State’s recent campaign highlighting the national and international impact of select faculty’s research.

Professor of Architecture Felecia Davis

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