The School of Architecture, Design, and Planning offers two undergraduate degree programs in architecture: a BA in Architectural Studies and a Masters of Architecture. The BA in Architectural Studies program is a four-year academic program that provides students with a combined educational background in the liberal arts and architectural studies; the BA is not a professionally credentialed degree, but is an excellent foundation for graduate studies. Undergraduate students interested in attaining a professional degree in architecture should pursue the M.Arch. program. The M.Arch. program is a five-year, NAAB accredited program that prepares students for professional practice in architecture. Masters of Arts and PhDs in Architecture are also offered.
Undergraduate students with a combined interest in architecture and engineering might also consider exploring the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering program, housed in the School of Engineering.
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Popular Career Paths
Architectural Design: Specializes in the professional planning and design of residential, commercial, and public buildings and structures; requires professional degree and credentials.
Education & Research: Includes teaching and conducting research for colleges and universities and leading architecture-based educational programs and tours for museums, historical societies, and other non-profits.
Engineering & Construction: Involves the design, construction, material sales, and management of various building projects; requires further education, training, and credentials in engineering or construction management.
Environmental & Sustainable Design: Specializes in "green" design and renovation of residential, commercial, and public buildings and structures.
Facility & Property Management: Includes management of building facilities and property operations for public organizations, private corporations, or real estate owners.
Historical Preservation: Works with the preservation, restoration, or adaptive reuse of historical buildings and structures.
Landscape: Includes the planning and design of land use for residential, commercial, public, and natural spaces; requires further education, training, and credentials in landscape architecture.
Urban Planning: Involves the planning of land use by urban, suburban, and rural communities; requires further education, training, and credentials in urban planning.
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- American Institute of Architecture Students - affiliated with AIA, this organization is for current architecture students
- University of California, Irvine - A listing of numerous classics listservs.
Jobs to Consider
Places to Seek Employment
Architectural Journals & Magazines
Construction Firms & Contractors
Educational Institutions & Museums
Local, State, and Federal Governments
Non-Profits & Community Development Agencies
Preservation & Restoration Organizations
Real Estate Developers
Self-Employment (Private Practice/Contracting)
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- Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
- Register for KU Career Connections and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
- Develop a portfolio that encompasses your best work and represents your unique talents and professional interests; work closely with architecture faculty and internship supervisors to build and review your portfolio.
- Familiarize yourself with the professional credentials required to become a practicing architect.
- Stay up-to-date on architecture trends and hot topics by subscribing to print or online journals and magazines.
- Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your areas of interest, such as: American Institute of Architecture Students, Architectural Engineering Institute, Phi Alpha Epsilon, Tau Sigma Delta, Triangle Fraternity, or Women in Design.
- Take on leadership roles for group projects or student organizations; developing strong leadership skills will help you succeed as a project manager in the architecture field.
- Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest in biology, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
- Attend KU's Architecture, Design & Planning Career Fair, held annually during the spring semester, to network with potential employers.
Job and Internship Search Resources
- American Institute of Architects - professional association for practicing architects that provides career-specific information including resources for students and current job listings; connect with the Kansas City AIA Chapter
- ARCHcareers.org - provides information on careers, educational programs, internships, licensure, and other resources for students considering architecture
- Architect Magazine - award-winning architecture magazine; includes job listings
- Architectural Digest - popular magazine focusing on architecture and design; includes job listings with AD
- Architectural Record - architecture magazine with related resources and online job board
- ArchitectureJOBSHOP - an industry focused jobsite for jobs relating to architecture and interior design
- Arkitectum - job board for architects and interior designers
- Government & Non-Profit Resources - more resources from career.ku.edu
- InsideArch - searchable online database of architecture firm reviews submitted by employees and interns
- International Facility Management Association - organization for facility management professionals; includes internship and job postings
- Kansas City Chamber of Commerce - search the KC Chamber's business directory for local architecture firms and consultants
- National Building Museum - premier museum offering exhibits and educational programs on architecture, construction and engineering, interior and landscape design, and urban planning; includes online internship, fellowship, and job postings
- National Council of Architectural Registration Boards - oversees standards of professional credentialing in architecture; includes information on the Intern Development Program, the Architect Registration Exam, and licensure/certifications
- National Trust for Historic Preservation - non-profit organization dedicated to saving America's historic buildings and neighborhoods; includes job and internship postings
- Preservation Directory - online directory of historical preservation resources; includes job listings
- U.S. Green Building Council - non-profit organization promoting energy-efficient and sustainable building design and construction; includes an environmental job board and information on the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) professional credentials