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Architecture

Architecture is a fine art devoted to the design of the human environment. The architect is concerned with the aesthetic, social, environmental, technological and psychological factors that influence the design of a building. Architects are involved in the success, quality and appearance of a building within the context of a community and the city. Architecture is a dynamic profession that ranges from residential houses to large-scale urban buildings. An architect can design houses, commercial buildings, museums, college science buildings, and resorts, as well as many other building types.

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Background Information

To become an architect, you must learn to make use of science and technology, and develop sensitivity for beauty in the design of space and form with material. You must develop a deep understanding of people and their surroundings. Because this work encompasses so many different fields of interest, the architect is best thought of as a professional who bridges different areas of study and blends them into a single, significant activity.

Career Opportunities

Architects work in architectural firms or accept positions with government, corporations or institutions. Some architects become highly specialized; others remain generalists in the profession, working on all facets of a project. Whichever path your career may follow, it is necessary to first build a firm background that includes essential architectural knowledge and skills. Architecture provides a variety of interesting positions within the discipline. One can either work for an established architecture firm or create their own business. There are three typical areas in architecture which one can focus on (or one can do all three) once they begin working. These three areas are: the design or aesthetic aspects of a project, the technical or material aspects of a project, or as the construction liaison when a project is being built. Further, architecture is a
scalable profession depending on one’s interests. For example, the possible areas one can work in range from small-scale residential houses to large-scale skyscrapers.

Accreditation

The architecture program is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB). For more information see, http://www.naab.org/home. To become a licensed architect requires an accredited professional degree, internship and passing your state’s licensing exam.

The Program

The architecture program is a five-year professional course of study leading to a Master of Architecture degree. This degree is nationally accredited and recognized by all state architectural licensing boards. You may elect to receive a Bachelor of Science in architecture, a pre-professional degree, at the end of four years. The course work
during the freshman year develops your understanding of how designers make decisions and how architecture relates to the determination of our built environment. The first year of prearchitecture study, the curriculum addresses the understanding of the environment and our impact on nature. In addition to meeting General Education and departmental requirements students take three environmental design courses (ENDV) comprised of a lecture course, a drawing course and a design fundamentals course. Beginning at the sophomore level, there is a selective admissions process where admitted students become architecture majors. We limit our studio courses to a maximum of 16 students to maintain a high level of student faculty contact. The program is a studio based model of education where students have high contact hours with their professors and learn problem solving techniques and design methodologies. The primary focus is on design thinking where students engage in individual and group projects that represent the vast array of design problems that require real-world solutions. Our primary focus is for students to learn to be great designers and
leaders who engage the dynamic and emerging problems of the world with beautiful and thoughtful designs. Students will learn how to communicate their ideas through writing and public speaking in addition to new ways of thinking and communicating such as physical models, drawings and computer animation and renderings. The program has required field trips, a lecture series, and invited outside professionals that help students focus on their own interests in architecture and create a project based on those interests. A laptop computer is required in the second year of the program.

The Activities and Facilities

Activities within the department include

1. Student Chapters of the American Institute of Architecture Students; Tau Sigma Delta; Freedom by Design; U.S. Green Building Council;
2.Yearly career fair;
3.Student-run Beaux Arts Ball with a guest speaker;
4.Interaction with community driven projects such as the Fargo Free Library Design Competition;
5.Studio Field trips to U.S. and Canadian cities;
6.Visiting lecturers who speak on architecture and related topics;
7.Joint studio projects with the architecture program;
8.Summer study opportunities in Europe and North America and an International Student Exchange Program; and
9.Summer intern opportunities.

Our facilities include

1. Two remarkable buildings located in downtown Fargo; Klai Hall and Renaissance Hall;
2.3-D prototyping and printing;
3.3-D computing rendering and server farm;
4.State-of-the-art computing labs;
5.Computer aided laser cutters;
6.Large document printers and scanners;
7.Software such as GIS, CAD and 3-D rendering and modeling;
8.An Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library of about 18,000 books, 70 magazine subscriptions and 36,000 slides;
9.Photographic and graphic reproduction equipment; and
10. Individual studio spaces in the second through fifth years.

High School Preparation

We suggest that students take high school courses in digital drawing and animation, an art class, such as drawing from life, and math and science courses such as calculus, trigonometry and physics. If possible, we encourage high school students to take advance placement or college credit courses that could be substitute for North Dakota State University General Education requirements.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants are required to enter the architecture program at the first-year level. Five years of study are required for completion of the degree.

Selective Admission

Approximately 48 architecture majors are selected for admission into the second year of the program. A student’s ranking is based on their overall grade point average (GPA) and their GPA for prearchitecture courses with the ENDV prefix. It is important to apply early, complete all freshman courses in the first year, and maintain a solid academic record. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to apply to the graduate school during the third or fourth year of the program.

Sample Curriculum

General Education Credits
________________________________________________________
First Year Experience
  UNIV 189 - Skills for Academic Success1
Communication
  COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
   ENGL 110, 120 - College Composition I, II 3, 3
   ENGL 357 - Visual Culture and Language3
Quantitative Reasoning3
Science & Technology
  PHYS 120 - Fundamentals of Physics 3
  Science and Technology Electives7
Humanities & Fine Arts
  ARCH 321 - History of Architecture I3
  ENVD 101 - Introduction to Environmental Design3
Social & Behavioral Sciences
  ANTH 111 - Introduction to Anthropology3
  PSYC 111 - Introduction to Psychology3
Wellness2
Cultural Diversity
  ANTH 111 - Introduction to Anthropology -
Global Perspective
  ARCH 321 - History of Architecture I -
Total40
Major RequirementsCredits
________________________________________________________
ARCH 231 - Architecture Drawing3
ARCH 232 - Design Technology3
ARCH 271, 272 - Architecture Design I and II6, 6
ARCH 322 - History of Architecture II3
ARCH 326 - Design Theory 3
ARCH 341 - Site Design for Architects 4
ARCH 344 - Architecture Structures I 3
ARCH 351 - Materials and Construction4
ARCH 354 - Architecture Detailing3
ARCH 371, 372 - Architecture Design III, IV6, 6
ARCH 443 - Architecture Structures II3
ARCH 453 - Environmental Control Systems: Passive3
ARCH 454 - Environmental Control Systems: Active3
ARCH 461 - Urban Design 3
ARCH 471, 472 - Architecture Design V, VI6, 6
ENVD 130 - Drawing/Environmental Design3
ENVD 172 - Environmental Design Fundamentals4
MATH 105 - Trigonometry 3
PHIL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy 3
SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology 3
Additional Electives6
Total96
Master of Arch. Degree Additional RequirementsCredits
________________________________________________________
ARCH 663 - Programming and Thesis Preparation3
ARCH 681 - Professional Practice3
ARCH 771 - Advanced Architecture Designs6
ARCH 772 - Design Thesis8
ARCH 789 - Professional Topics In Architecture6
Architecture History/Theory Seminar6
Total
32
Curriculum Total (B.S.)
136
Curriculum Total (Master of Architecture)168

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic adviser or with the Office of Registration and Records.

Klai Hall
Room 108

Klai Hall is located in downtown Fargo at 711 2nd Ave. N. (Campus Map)

Renaissance Hall
Art, Architecture & Landscape Architecture Administrative Office Room 108


Renaissance Hall is located in downtown Fargo at 650 NP Ave. (Campus Map)

Contact Information

Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
North Dakota State University
Klai Hall 108
Dept. 2465, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-5788 / Fax: (701) 231-7342
Email:Donna.Theusch@ndsu.edu
Web: www..ndsu.edu/ala

Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Ceres 114
Dept 5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802
Email: NDSU.Admission@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/admission/


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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802
Campus address: Ceres Hall 114
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