Come have a hand in building the future.
The School of Architecture + Art is challenging, fun and dedicated to producing architects who will serve the needs of people.
Our intimate scale fosters natural, effective mentoring relationships between faculty and students; courses take a balanced approach to the art and science of architecture. We embrace environmental sustainability as part of Vermont’s ethos and because they understand integrated design processes, our graduates' enter the profession well prepared.
As part of the nation's oldest private military college, we offer a four-year bachelor of science in architectural studies degree (preprofessional); a one-year, National Architectural Accrediting Board-accredited master of architecture degree (first professional); and two art minors. All are designed for practical people who want to immerse themselves in an experiential academic lifestyle.
Majors, Minors, and Concentrations
Norwich’s School of Architecture + Art is ranked No. 7 in the United States of the “most hired from” universities.
Our Learning Environment and Culture
The School of Architecture + Art fosters a natural and effective mentoring relationship between faculty and students. With typical design studio ratios of 14 students to 1 professor, classes in some ways resemble a large architectural office and encourage the exchange of ideas and intense effort. You will learn design processes to expand your imagination and discover innovative, grounded solutions to real-world problems.
Courses take a balanced approach to the art and science of architecture, embrace environmental sustainability and resiliency, and encourage students to develop their own vision as designers.
As the only university in northern New England to offer integrated professionally accredited programs in Architecture, Business, Engineering, Construction, and Nursing, Norwich’s Design Build Collaborative calls on students to “act as well as conceive” and create solutions for local, regional, and global challenges.
For more than 20 years, our students have constructed full-scale projects to address Vermont community needs. Building on the seven affordable-housing prototypes Norwich has developed since 2011, the Collaborative continues not only to design and prototype regionally informed, resilient housing, but also to organize and coordinate related research and programs between the schools comprising the College of Professional Schools and partner with community organizations.
Scroll below to explore the work within the Design+Build Collaborative.
Study in a studio environment that encourages creativity, critical thinking, independent learning, and idea exploration through hands-on making. Our innovative approach to education integrates continued experiential learning with traditional classroom learning.
Digital and physical making classes equip students to develop a visual language to communicate ideas. Integrated building systems and technology courses let students investigate how buildings perform. History and theory courses enable current work, ideas, and strategies to talk across time and place. General education courses and electives in the arts, humanities, and sciences let students explore architecture’s role in the world. Students carve their own study paths and can pursue minors in other areas, including art history, business, construction management, engineering, entrepreneurship, leadership, and studio arts.
CityLab:Berlin, a full-fledged satellite campus of Norwich University in Germany, challenges students with a unique, academically rigorous study abroad experience for a semester in a progressive, cosmopolitan, pedestrian- and bike-friendly city. Attend classes led by dedicated, international faculty recognized for their teaching and research excellence and professional portfolios.
Go from design thinking to design doing and making. At Norwich, students work in communities solving real-world problems, develop design knowledge and sharpen team-building skills. Students can learn how design can make people’s lives better.
The Collaboratory, a new campus facility with a large high-bay fabrication space, a building information modeling lab, and a space for rapid prototyping equipment (including our existing computer numerically controlled, or CNC mill) gives us more ways to engage students, faculty and community partners as they focus broadly on engineering, designing and executing community-oriented projects that address real-world challenges.
Architect Registration Examination
The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) is the third component of the “three E’s” required in the path toward professional architectural licensure (i.e., Education, Experience and Examination). Education is met by completing a National Architectural Accrediting Board-accredited professional degree. Experience is satisfied and documented through the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s Architectural Experience Program (AXP). The final step in the licensure process is “Examination.” Overall ARE pass rates for the School of Architecture + Art at Norwich are above the national average and are online at NCARB's website. https://www.ncarb.org/pass-the-are
It should be noted that the national average to complete the ARE is 2.5 years; Norwich completion timeline is 1.5 years according to NCARB by the Numbers 2015.
— Let's Talk —
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contact our Associate Director, Danny Sagan at