The bachelor’s degree in architectural studies is a four-year pre-professional program that prepares students for a one-and-a-half-year master of architecture program (accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board) at Norwich. It is an introduction to the profession, where students learn vital technical, artistic, design, and communication skills.
Architecture majors study in a studio environment that encourages creativity, critical thinking, independent learning, and the exploration of ideas through hands-on making. The studio environment in some ways resembles a large architectural office with 10 to 15 students assigned to one faculty member. The small size encourages both the exchange of ideas and intense effort. Studio encourages personal responsibility, teamwork, a sense of community, and a commitment to working on real-world problems. The integration of design-build studios as well as close collaboration between our technical courses and design studios creates an education deeply rooted in practical solutions and technical invention. Architecture majors also have the opportunity to spend a semester at Norwich University’s CityLab: Berlin.
In our unique Design: Build architecture studios, students collaboratively conceptualize, plan and make a habitable structure that benefits the community. Projects have included a town library, a house for Habitat for Humanity, an outdoor high-school classroom, a mobile energy research laboratory, and a solar house.
A bachelor’s degree offers students the chance to pursue a minor in other areas, including studio art, construction management, business, leadership, and art history.