Fall 2008 - Summer 2009
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From the design of furniture and small buildings to cities, design exerts a lasting influence on the way we live. The way we interact with our world is at the heart of design, and design is consequential to our daily lives. The study of architecture and industrial design at the University of Houston is focused on design as the fundamental, essential activity of our discipline.
We seek applicants to our programs who possess mechanical inventiveness, aesthetic awareness, creativity, commitment, and initiative, qualities contributing to their potential to become leaders in architecture and design. We strive to produce graduates who question deeply and are skilled in their craft, who can utilize advanced technology and advanced methods of industrialized production, who understand and respect the power of design to shape our lives, and who are equipped to use their design skills to be effective in the world.
As a public college of architecture located in a major U.S. urban setting, we are able to take advantage of the numerous cultural, professional and industrial resources of the fourth largest American city. With its unique form and vitality, Houston provides an exceptional laboratory for exploring problems and potentials of contemporary society.
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 three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
Master's degree programs may consist of a preprofessional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
The Bachelor of Architecture and the Master of Architecture degrees are accredited by National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
The Architecture and Art Library, located within the college, affords easy access to a collection of more than 89,000 books and periodical volumes in the fields of architecture, industrial design, and art. The library's online catalog provides access to the collection of the Architecture and Art Library as well as the holdings of the campus and system libraries. The Architecture and Art Library Special Collections include the personal libraries of architects John F. Staub and Kenneth Franzheim, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
The College of Architecture offers many opportunities for students to be involved in classes and research programs which are of special significance to the community and the design professions. These activities are found within the resource areas of the college and include:
Students of all classifications benefit from counsel. However, counseling and enrollment (registration), although related, should not occur simultaneously. The college provides advisors for all students. Students should consult their advisors about matters relating to course sequences, selection of electives, academic course requirements, prerequisites, or any petition for deviation from the required curriculum in anticipation of future enrollment (registration). Appointments with a college advisor may be made with the receptionist in the dean's office.
Students entering the university and the college are required to participate in orientation as their first meeting with the college advisors before enrollment (registration). Advisors will discuss transfer credit, required curriculum, and educational objectives of the college and determine the courses for enrollment (registration).