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Architecture (B.F.A.)

Draw the future.

Architects draw to understand, to manage, and to explain.  For 600 years architects have been imagining new places and advocating for old ones.  We are the keepers of the built environment.  We stand on the history of the profession to draw dreams of possible futures.  Our practice is a dance to draw out and construct our client’s desire so that it shapes a greater public good.  The sum of our work defines the quality of our cities. 

Architecture is part design, part engineering, part sociology, part management, and 100% fueled by developing technologies in spatial and graphical thinking.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Do it to understand it
  • Think through drawing
  • Like to explain how to do things
  • Grow from travel
  • Learn better when studying in a team

Career Opportunities

  • Architect (w/ completed professional M.Arch. degree)
  • City Manager / Municipal Official
  • Architectural Technician
  • Historic Preservation
  • City Planner

Recent Employers

  • JLG Architects
  • Architecture Inc.
  • Perspective Inc.
  • Koch Hazard
  • TSP, Inc.

Suggested Certificates

  • Graphic Design
  • Art History
  • Geographic Information Sciences
  • Animation
  • Printmaking

Suggested Minors

  • Construction
  • Management
  • Professional Writing

Clubs and Organizations

  • American Institute of Architecture Students
  • National Organization of Minority Architecture Students
  • Tau Sigma Delta
  • DoArch Student Advisory Board

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.