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The School of Architecture



Dean: Donald Frank Gatzke, M.Arch.
203 Architecture Bldg. · Box 19108 · 817-272-2801
www.uta.edu/architecture

Message from Dean Donald Frank Gatzke, M.Arch.

Dean Donald Frank Gatzke, M.Arch.

Welcome to the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington. The School offers undergraduate and professional education in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Interior Design. All three programs are professionally accredited and internationally recognized with successful graduates in leadership positions in practice, industry and academia. We are proud of the sustained record of achievement of our students and faculty.

The study of architecture is a broad continuum, stretching from the fine arts at one extreme, through the humanities and social sciences, and to the physical sciences at the other. Design as a mode of thought and discovery, as well as a professional skill, is at the core of the School's academic philosophy.

The School is a community of scholars that simultaneously promotes personal development and collaborative learning in an environment of intellectual experimentation. Furthermore, the School is ideally situated in the epicenter of a vibrant metropolitan laboratory. Masterworks of design found throughout the region stimulate the imagination and real-life environmental problems challenge the creativity of the committed student.


Overview

The design disciplines - Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture - teach us to understand and to shape the space we live in: rooms, buildings, gardens, cities. These disciplines are old, among the first activities of civilization itself. They are also new, requiring advanced knowledge and skills to serve contemporary culture. The design disciplines operate at many levels of thought and concern. On one hand they are very practical, dealing with a host of concrete realities; on the other they are highly conceptual, having to do with meaning and society's highest aspirations.

The purpose of the School's undergraduate curriculum is to pursue professional studies within the context of a liberal education. This goal is a natural one for the design disciplines, drawn as they are from the arts, the sciences, and the humanities.

The School of Architecture offers programs leading to the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture
  • Bachelor of Science in Interior Design
  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Landscape Architecture

The four-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree is a pre-professional degree. It provides the basis for various career possibilities, including the professional degree of Master of Architecture or the Master of Landscape Architecture; these advanced degrees are normally awarded after two years of graduate study (refer to the graduate catalog for details). The four-year Bachelor of Science in Interior Design degree is an accredited professional degree.

The baccalaureate degree programs combine a core liberal arts curriculum with a structured sequence of courses in architecture and design. A large number of electives allows the student the flexibility to pursue special interests in the school and in the University.

All baccalaureate degree programs consist of two two-year segments: Basic Studies and Major Studies. The first two years (Basic Studies) is a foundation curriculum taken by all undergraduates at that level in the school. In addition to work in the arts and sciences, Basic Studies includes a series of lecture and studio courses which introduce the student to the concepts, history, skills, and vocabulary of design.

In the third and fourth years (Major Studies), the student concentrates in one of the design disciplines, taking courses and studios of a more advanced and professional nature. Those pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree follow the architecture sequence. Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design take the professional courses required by that program.

The School of Architecture will assist each student in selecting the path most appropriate to his or her interests and abilities. Academic advising is provided for all students in the school.

Bachelor of Science in Architecture: A four-year program of studies comprising, with a later two-year graduate program, the six-year Master of Architecture curriculum. This sequence, called the 4 + 2 model, has been adopted by many major universities as the most effective way of combining liberal education with professional education. (See the Graduate Catalog for the Master of Architecture program, which is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.) The four-year undergraduate degree is not an accredited professional degree; the Master of Architecture is fully accredited. Below is the language from the National Architectural Accrediting Board explaining accreditation policy:

"In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes two types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture and the Master of Architecture. A program may be granted a five-year, three-year or two-year term of accreditation, depending on its degree of conformance with established educational standards.

Master's degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree which, when earned sequentially, comprise an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree."

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design: A four-year program of studies, interdisciplinary with architecture, on the design of interior environments. Following the two-year Basic Studies sequence, the student completes two years of Major Studies, an intensive series of courses and studios on the theory, history, skill, and practice of interior design. The program leads to the professional degree in interior design, accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Master of Architecture: The Master of Architecture is an NAAB-accredited professional degree offered only at the graduate level. The Master of Architecture curriculum is coordinated with the Bachelor of Science in Architecture curriculum degree to form a six-year professional program.

Master of Landscape Architecture: Landscape Architecture is offered only at the graduate level and is accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Minor in History of Architecture: For students in disciplines requiring a minor, the School of Architecture offers a minor in History of Architecture. The school offers numerous courses from which to select the 18 hours required for a minor. ARCH 2303, 2304, 3312, 4305, 4307, 4308, 4315 (as topics vary), 4316, 4317 and 4353.



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Major Studies: Entrance Requirements

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the architecture-intended or interior design intended programs is open to all students meeting the general requirements for entrance to the University.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

To declare a major as Architecture or Interior Design (enter 3rd year of program) and gain permission to enroll in upper-level ARCH or INTD courses:

  • The student will have completed the final architecture-intended or interior design-intended courses and core curriculum.
  • Have a minimum of a 2.8 GPA both overall at UT Arlington as well as within the major (first and second year ARCH courses).
  • Complete a Major Declaration form available through the School of Architecture
  • Space-availability

Prior to completing the application in the School of Architecture office, ALL required architecture-intended or interior design-intended course work must be completed.

GPA requirements may change based on changes in the curriculum of the program. Qualified students must meet the GPA requirements that are in place at the time they fulfill all other requirements to declare their major.

To declare a major for a fall semester, qualified applicants will submit their request to declare a major in the School of Architecture office at the completion of the spring semester, by the department specified deadline.

Students meeting the qualifications to declare major during the summer or fall semesters will submit their request to declare major at the completion of the following spring semester by the department specified deadline.

Consideration for fall admission into the major studies programs (major declaration) for qualified summer applicants will be based on space-availability.

Coursework taken at other institutions or universities must be provided to the advising office showing the successful completion of the course(s). It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all coursework is transferred to the Office of Admissions at UT Arlington and provided to the School of Architecture advising office in a timely manner.

Upon entrance into the major studies programs, students will be required to maintain the minimum 2.8 GPAs both overall at UT Arlington and within the major to remain active and proceed within the program.

PROGRAMS COHORT

The undergraduate programs in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington are organized in a structured cohort format.

What is a cohort?

A cohort is a group of students that follows the same set schedule and progresses through a program together. The sequential scheduling of the courses promotes an interactive learning environment and facilitates networking opportunities and career-strengthening relationships.

How does it work?

The program consists of a sequence of courses that takes a minimum of eight semesters to complete. The courses are offered in specific semesters that require the students to complete the prior level before proceeding to the next level. If a student gets off-track in the cohort, she/he must wait until the missing course(s) are offered again.

How are the courses sequenced?

The major courses must be taken as follows:

For ARCH
students

1st
semester

2nd
semester

3rd
semester

4th
semester

5th
semester

6th
semester

7th
semester

8th
semester

Offered
Fall semester only

ARCH 1301, 1341

ARCH 2303,
2551

ARCH
3323,
3343,
3553

ARCH
4321,
4556

Offered
Spring semester only

ARCH 1342

ARCH 2304,
2552

ARCH
3324,
3331,
3337,
3554

ARCH
4557

For INTD
students

1st
semester

2nd
semester

3rd
semester

4th
semester

5th
semester

6th
semester

7th
semester

8th
semester

Offered
Fall semester only

ARCH 1301, 1341

ARCH 2303,
2551

INTD
3305,
3321,
3329,
3343,
3553

INTD
4345,
4368,
4393,
4562

Offered
Spring semester only

ARCH 1342

ARCH 2304,
2552

INTD
3322,
3323,
3345,
3555

INTD
4332,
4369,
4395,
4563

Student Personal Laptop Policy:

All declared Architecture and Interior Design majors admitted to the Third Year (Major Studies) are required to have a personal laptop computer configured to the specifications defined by the School of Architecture. Specifications may be found on the Architecture website: www.uta.edu/architecture/



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Special Academic Requirements

GPA Requirements: Upon admission to the Major Studies, all declared majors must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.8 in both Architecture and in the cumulative GPA to continue in the upper level program to satisfy requirements for graduation.

Grade Requirements: A grade of C or higher must be earned in each School of Architecture course used for credit toward an undergraduate degree and minor offered by the school. A grade of C or higher must be earned in all required Math courses.

Repetition of Courses: Three attempts to achieve a satisfactory grade are permitted for each required course in the School of Architecture. Beyond that number of attempts, the student is denied access to the course in question, or to the sequence of courses for which it is requisite. Enrollment in the course for the time sufficient to receive a grade, including the grade W, is considered an attempt.

Transfer of Credit: The extent of credit toward degree requirements for academic work done elsewhere will be determined by the representatives of the appropriate program. Students applying to transfer credits from studio courses taken elsewhere must present examples of that work for evaluation.

Student Projects: The School of Architecture reserves the right to retain, copyright, use, exhibit, reproduce, and publish any work submitted for course credit. The student is encouraged to develop a portfolio of all work accomplished in advanced courses for future professional and academic uses.



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Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture

Architecture

1301, 1341, 1342, 2303, 2304, 2551, 2552, 3323, 3324, 3331, 3337, 3343, 3553, 3554, 4321, 4556, 4557.

English

Six hours of composition.

Literature

Three hours of English or modern languages literature or other approved substitute.

Liberal Arts Elective

Three hours above the freshman level of literature, or social and cultural studies designated as taught in the College of Liberal Arts, or fine arts or philosophy, or technical writing.

Political Science

Six hours covering U.S. and Texas constitutions.

History

Six hours of American history or three hours of American and three hours of Texas history.

Mathematics

Six hours - MATH 1325 and MATH 1327.

Natural Science

PHYS 1441, 1442.

Social/Cultural Studies

Three hours of designated courses in social or cultural anthropology, archaeology, social/political/cultural geography, economics, psychology, sociology, classical studies, or linguistics.

University Elective

Three hours selected from University course offerings and approved by the academic advisor.

Advanced Electives

21 hours to include three hours of advanced architectural history, three hours of advanced architectural theory and three hours of an advanced School of Architecture elective. The remaining 12 hours must be advanced and selected by the student with the advice, counsel, and approval of the designated undergraduate advisor for the option.

Total

128 hours, of which at least 36 hours must be 3000/4000 level.

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year

First Semester: ARCH 1301; ARCH 1341; ENGL 1301; MATH 1325 -Total Credit 12 hours.

Second Semester: ARCH 1342; ENGL 1302; HIST 2311; MATH 1327; POLS 2312; Social Science Elective, 3 hours - Total Credit 18 hours.

Sophomore Year

First Semester: ARCH 2303; ARCH 2551; PHYS 1441; HIST 1312; Literature Elective, 3 hours-Total Credit 18 hours.

Second Semester: ARCH 2304; ARCH 2552; PHYS 1442; POLS 2311; Liberal Arts Elective, 3 hours - Total Credit 18 hours.

(Refer to catalog for Entrance Requirements to Major Studies.)

Junior Year

First Semester: ARCH 3323; ARCH 3343; ARCH 3553; Advanced ARCH Elective, 3 hours; University Elective, 3 hours -Total Credit 17 hours.

Second Semester: ARCH 3324; ARCH 3331; ARCH 3337; ARCH 3554- Total Credit 14 hours.

Senior Year

(Students must have an approved degree plan prior to registration for this year.)

First Semester: ARCH 4321; ARCH 4556; Advanced ARCH History Elective, 3 hours; Advanced Electives, 6 hours-Total Credit 17 hours.

Second Semester: ARCH 4557; Advanced ARCH Theory Elective, 3 hours; Advanced Electives, 6 hours-Total Credit 14 hours.



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Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interior Design

Architecture

1301, 1341, 1342, 2303, 2304, 2551, 2552.

Interior Design

3305, 3321, 3322, 3323, 3329, 3343, 3345, 3553, 3555, 4332, 4345, 4393, 4368, 4369, 4395, 4562, 4563.

Art

Three hours of an art history, approved.

English

Six hours of composition.

Literature

Three hours of English or modern languages literature or other approved substitute.

Liberal Arts Elective

Three hours above the freshman level of literature, or social and cultural studies designated as taught in the College of Liberal Arts, or fine arts or philosophy, or technical writing.

Political Science

Six hours covering U.S. and Texas constitutions.

History

Six hours of American history or three hours of American and three hours of Texas history.

Mathematics

Six hours - MATH 1324 and MATH 1325 (MATH 1302 and MATH 1303 may be substituted for MATH 1324).

Natural Science

PHYS 1401, 1402.

Social/Cultural Studies

Three hours of designated courses in social or cultural anthropology, archaeology, social/political/cultural geography, economics, sociology, classical studies, or linguistics.

Advanced Elective

Three hours selected by the student with the advice, counsel, and approval of the designated Undergraduate Advisor.

Total

128 hours, of which at least 36 hours must be 3000/4000 level.

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year

First Semester: ARCH 1301; ARCH 1341; MATH 1324; PHYS 1401-Total Credit 13 hours.

Second Semester: ARCH 1342; ENGL 1301; HIST 1311; MATH 1325; PHYS 1402; POLS 2312-Total Credit 19 hours.

Sophomore Year

First Semester: ARCH 2303; ARCH 2551; ENGL 1302; HIST 1312; POLS 2311 -Total Credit 17 hours.

Second Semester: ARCH 2304; ARCH 2552; POLS 2312; Liberal Arts Elective, 3 hours; Social Science Elective, 3 hours; Literature Elective-Total Credit 17 hours.

(Refer to catalog for Entrance Requirements to Major Studies.)

Junior Year

First Semester: INTD 3305; INTD 3321; INTD 3329; INTD 3343; INTD 3553-Total Credit 17 hours.

Second Semester: INTD 3322; INTD 3323; INTD 3345; INTD 3555-Total Credit 14 hours.

Senior Year

(Students must have an approved degree plan prior to registration for this year.)

First Semester: INTD 4345 ; INTD 4368; INTD 4393; INTD 4562; Art History Elective-Total Credit 17 hours.

Second Semester: INTD 4332; INTD 4369; INTD 4395; INTD 4563-Total Credit 14 hours.



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Competence in Oral Presentations

Students obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture demonstrate oral proficiency by taking and passing ARCH 2551, 2552, 3553, 3554, 4556, and 4557 or approved equivalents.



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Competence in Computer Use

Students obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture can demonstrate computer proficiency by:

  • Taking and passing ENGL 1301 or ENGL 1302 at UT Arlington in a computer classroom environment or ENGL 3372, ENGL 3374, CSE 1301 (or equivalent), or any other class approved by the Undergraduate Assembly.
  • Passing the University computer literacy examination.


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School of Architecture Faculty
Dean

Gatzke

Professors

Gatzke, Hamilton, Kuhner, McDermott, Mehta

Associate Professors

Gintole, Hopman, Klahr, Maruszczak, Quevedo, Richards, Taylor, Youssefzadeh

Assistant Professors

Appleton, Bell, Boles, Dye, Figueroa, Holliday, Marichal, Ozdil, Reeves

Senior Lecturers

James, Jones

Professors in Practice

Buckley, Kunkel, MacDonald, Sloan

Professors Emeritus

McBride, Yardley, Wright



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Course Descriptions

View Course Descriptions for:

Architecture (ARCH)

Interior Design (INTD)



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