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Architecture, B.Arch.

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.

Earn a Bachelor of Architecture at Penn State

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.

Next Steps

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 U.S. 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.

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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 Del Collegio Romano and Piazza della Rotonda. They will be housed in an institutional complex at Santa Maria in Cappella in Trastevere.
  • Copenhagen
    Copenhagen matches 16th-century architecture with modern and inventive urban spaces–well-planned bike lanes, harbor baths, skate parks, food markets, and more.
  • Korea/Japan
    Students will experience contemporary urban life in two of the world’s most populated cities in Tokyo and Seoul, and gain first-hand exposure to non-western architectural traditions and construction technologies in East Asia.

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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

Samantha Josaphat

“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.”

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.

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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 held 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 involved 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.

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