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Since its founding, the SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE has been a leader of innovation in design. Today that tradition continues with programs centered on design excellence and unique approaches to contemporary urban, environmental, and ethical challenges. Our fully accredited program provides a rigorous professional education paired with multidisciplinary and self-directed design and research opportunities. Multiple paths to a professional degree are provided by undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including the iPal Accelerated Path to Licensure. Connections to a robust architectural community provide professional opportunities.
Specialized architectural research and design areas include:
- CD City Design Certificate
- CDDL Coastal Dynamics Design Lab
- D+B Design Build
- ETA Energy + Technology Certificate
- HT History + Theory
- PID Public Interest Design Certificate
- PID Public Interest Design Studios
Every day our students and faculty are pushing the boundaries of design. We believe in the capacity of architecture to solve contemporary issues, uplift the human spirit, and create a better world.
Is your organization interested in collaborating with the School of Architecture? The Request for Collaboration (RFC) is an application process to find well-suited matches for the visioning, design, planning and construction collaboration through the School of Architecture. While our mission combines education, research, and outreach, each of the distinct opportunities have specific educational goals that must be met. Project activities and scope must meet the students’ learning outcomes for each project. Selection is based on the criteria stated.
Undergraduate Education in Architecture
The BEDA degree is the foundation to a professional degree in architecture. To become an architect, students must earn an accredited, professional degree in Architecture. This can be either the Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) or the Master of Architecture (M.Arch). Both of these accredited professional degrees are offered at NC State to students who have completed the BEDA degree or a similarly qualified degree from another institution.
Having achieved a professional degree, the remaining requirements for licensure are a period of professional training in the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and a passing score on the Architectural Registration Examination.
Paths to a NAAB Accredited degree:
- Option 1: BEDA 4 YRS + B.Arch 1 YR = Accredited Degree
- Option 2: BEDA 4 YRS + M.Arch 2 YRS = Accredited Degree + Opportunity to Specialize
The next accreditation visit for all programs is in 2026.
Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture (BEDA)
Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture
The Bachelor of Environmental Design (BEDA) is a four-year, pre-professional degree program that immerses students in architectural design fundamentals through studio- and project-based courses. Students take an array of classes that focus on history, theory, technology, structures, materials, construction, and general education subjects. The BEDA program prepares students for further study in a professional degree program such as the one-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) or a two-year Master of Architecture (M.Arch). The BEDA also prepares students for advanced study in related fields such as Landscape Architecture and City Design.
Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) - FOR FIFTH-YEAR STUDENTS ONLY
Bachelor of Architecture
The Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) is a two-semester NAAB-accredited professional degree program for students who have completed a qualifying four-year undergraduate degree in architecture. The program is open to students who have earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design (BEDA) degree from NC State and to students who have received a similar degree from other institutions.
The B.Arch is an advanced degree program that emphasizes comprehensive and integrative design processes. The program prepares students for professional practice through two design studios and a series of required and elective courses in history, theory, architectural technologies, urbanism, energy studies and environmental systems. In this program, students develop a directed thesis project with faculty members, and this project allows students to focus on topics that are critical to current issues in professional architectural practice.
The Master of Architecture (M.Arch) prepares our students to assume responsible roles in the profession of architecture. The majority of recent graduates have chosen to enter private architectural practice, undertaking the rich professional challenges it offers. Students in the M.Arch program have the opportunity to develop depth in areas of professional interest through elective seminars and an optional self-directed final project. While acknowledging the primacy of the practice orientation, the Master of Architecture program also prepares students for alternative careers in architecture. In addition to their degree, students in the M.Arch program can earn one or more the following credentials: Certificate in Energy + Technology in Architecture, Certificate in City Design, Certificate in Public Interest Design, and Concentration is History + Theory of Architecture. Within the profession, the M.Arch degree is considered as the terminal degree.
The School of Architecture offers three M.Arch tracks of study depending on the student’s prior degree.
The next accreditation visit for all programs is in 2026.
Track 1 - Master of Architecture for students with an undergraduate architecture degree
For students with a four-year undergraduate preprofessional degree in architecture (BEDA degree or equivalent) that is part of a NAAB-accredited professional program. This is a 48-credit hour program that is generally completed in two years of full-time study. It is a NAAB-accredited program.
Track 2 - Post-Professional Master of Architecture
The Master of Architecture Track 2 is a post-professional degree that allows students to develop expertise in an area of specialization or to deepen their study of architecture. The degree track is open to students who have already earned a Bachelor of Architecture professional degree. Areas of specialization at NC State include Energy and Technology in Architecture, City Design, Housing, Public Interest Design, and Coastal Dynamics.
Track 3 - Master of Architecture for students without an undergraduate architecture degree
This track is for students who hold undergraduate degrees in subjects other than architecture. Students in this program come from diverse educational backgrounds and are not required to have any experience in architecture prior to enrolling. The program typically takes seven semesters to complete. In the first few semesters, the 96-credit hour curriculum introduces students to architectural design fundamentals in project-based studios and in core subject-matter courses in history, theory, building technology, representation, and site planning. In later semesters, students focus on topics of personal interest through elective seminars and design studios. It is a NAAB-accredited program.
These certificates programs require 15 hours of focused study, which can be accommodated within the degree plan without additional coursework. There are two patterns of study for the certificates: studio + three seminars or five seminars.
Certificates are opportunities to add a specialization to a graduate degree in architecture. The areas of specialization offered by the School of Architecture reflect faculty depth in a particular area of inquiry. Interested students should apply to the certificate program before their last semester. The certificates are also available to non-degree seeking students.
Graduate Certificate in City Design
The Graduate Certificate in City Design focuses on design at the scale of the city, and within neighborhoods and urban districts. Studios and seminars focus on the, challenges, and opportunities facing communities and cities in the 21st century, with a particular emphasis upon principles of sustainability and urban ecology.
The certificate is a joint offering between the School of Architecture and the Department of Landscape Architecture. Students may also take courses at the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC Chapel Hill, through inter-institutional registration. The certificate is also available to students from non-design, but related disciplines.
Graduate Certificate in Energy + Technology in Architecture
The intent of this certificate program is to provide students the opportunity to focus their elective studies in the area of energy and technology in architecture. This is accomplished through courses and design studio(s) that are focused on building energy systems along with other building systems.
Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design
The Public Interest Design graduate-level certificate program will provide education in a participatory and issue-based design practice that places emphasis on the “triple bottom line” of sustainable design that includes environmental, economic, and social challenges across the world.. The curricular content, which is research, classroom and field-based, exposes students and professionals to use design to address a range of critical challenges that communities face in the world.
Graduate Concentration in History + Theory of Architecture
The Graduate Concentration in the History + Theory of Architecture allows students to build a broader knowledge and a deeper understanding of the questions of architecture, urbanism, and the built environment. With these critical methods of analysis that the discipline of architecture shares with a variety of other disciplines, the students learn to think, write, and design in an interdisciplinary manner, ultimately bringing these analytical tools to shape their work in the design studio.