The School of Architecture offers a five-year, accredited professional program leading to the Bachelor of Architecture degree. The Bachelor of Architecture fulfills the educational requirements for professional registration. It offers specialized architectural study through upper-level studios and architecture electives, as well as opportunities for the study of liberal arts through the elective sequence.

  • Prepare students for professional leadership and lifelong learning in architecture, urbanism and related fields.
  • Preserve and develop knowledge for the profession through research and practice.
  • Share knowledge locally and internationally through community service.
  • Promote building and community design goals of environmental responsibility, social equity and economic sustainability.

The school is a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, and is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board, who asks each school to include the following paragraph on professional degrees in all literature:

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 pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The School of Architecture’s location in Coral Gables within the Miami metropolitan area provides an outstanding laboratory for research and advanced study; the challenges of conservation and development are intense in one of the nation’s fastest growing urban areas. These challenges result in an increasing demand for skilled professionals. Students have the opportunity to work with the faculty in the exploration of theoretical issues and in the resolution of practical problems. The School of Architecture values and sustains a creative, open and supportive environment, emphasizing personalized instruction in small classes and studio courses.


The school’s resources, including state-of-the-art computer and digital fabrication laboratories, are enhanced by the interdisciplinary opportunities offered by the other schools and colleges of the University of Miami. A distinguished faculty is joined each semester by internationally renowned visiting scholars and designers.

Other programs that offer academic opportunities for undergraduate architecture students include:  the Historic Preservation Certificate, the Classical Architecture Certificate, the Master of Urban Design, the Master of Real Estate Development and Urbanism the BSAE/MARCH and the BARCH/MBA. 

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Applications for incoming freshmen are processed and reviewed by the Office of Admission. Enrollment in the School of Architecture is selective and highly competitive. Application to the Bachelor of Architecture program is requested by January 1st. Early application is encouraged.

Freshman: Admission decisions are based on the following factors: portfolio, secondary school record, SAT/ACT score, counselor’s evaluation and the student essay.

Transfer Students: The academic accomplishments of each transfer student will be evaluated on an individual basis. A 3.0 G.P.A. is required for transfer admission. A portfolio is required for advanced placement in the design sequence of the Bachelor of Architecture Program. Application deadline for the School of Architecture program is March 1st.

Transfer Students

All transfer students requesting advanced placement in design must provide a portfolio of previous academic design and graphic work and three academic recommendations. Students accepted into third year design will be required to complete a transitional design course (ARC 301) during the summer prior to enrollment. The courses MTH 130 and PHY 103, or their equivalent are to be completed before admission into ARC 305.

Student Responsibilities

Students in the School of Architecture are responsible for planning their own programs and for meeting degree requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to understand and fully comply with all the provisions set forth in this Bulletin and written changes to their program of study. Students are provided assistance by advisors and faculty members.  Written requests for variation from program or school requirements are reviewed by a faculty committee.

Academic Progress and Probation

The School of Architecture will review each student’s record at the end of each semester. When a student’s semester or cumulative average is less than stated below, or progress toward degree completion is unsatisfactory, the student will be placed on academic probation or warning in accordance with School of Architecture policies and procedures. Students on probation are not permitted to enroll in more than 13 semester hours, shall meet on a monthly basis with their academic advisor, and may have a STOP placed upon their future enrollment until grades for work-in-progress are reviewed. First semester freshmen who have a semester grade-point average below 2.0 shall be placed on probation.

Credits earned CGPA
Fewer than 33 credits       2.0
33-64 credits2.1
65-96 credits2.2
More than 96 credits2.3

Students must complete all Architecture Design studios with a grade of C- or higher.  Students receiving two consecutive C- grades in architecture design studios will have to repeat the later course.  Students receiving a grade of D+ or lower in an architecture design studio must repeat the studio and will be restricted to a 15 credit semester load. The student will meet with an academic advisor on a monthly basis and will be reviewed prior to continuation.

Academic Dismissal

A student in the School of Architecture whose CGPA or progress toward degree completion falls below the level of the minimum standards of the University of Miami may be dismissed. In the School of Architecture this includes a student who receives three grades of D+ or lower in design courses.

Class Attendance and Absences

Class attendance is mandatory for all architecture courses; three unexcused absences constitutes grounds for dismissal from the course and/or a failing grade. Students are required to be present for an entire design review, therefore, students arriving late or departing early from class will be considered absent. Excused absences require written notification and are granted by the instructor.

Failing Grades or Incompletes

A required architecture course in which a student receives a failing grade must be repeated during the first subsequent semester in which the course is offered. Incompletes can be given only for reasons of serious illness or exceptional hardship.

Student Work

The University may retain selected student work and may place it in the architecture archives for exhibition, publication, or other use as the University deems appropriate. Each student in architecture is encouraged to maintain a design portfolio of every project undertaken throughout the five-year program.

Permission to Take Courses at Another University

A form is available from the Office of Academic Services and should be completed and approved PRIOR to off-campus enrollment. Students are encouraged to provide complete documentation for each course request form. Each student requesting transfer credit must supply the University of Miami registrar with certified transcripts. Additionally, each student should review transfer evaluations to be certain that all courses are correctly evaluated for credit. The proper transmission and transfer of credits is the responsibility of the individual student. The last 45 credits towards the degree must be completed at the University of Miami.

Changes to Academic Requirements

The School reserves the right to change academic requirements.

Computer Requirement

Undergraduate and graduate students entering the program are required to purchase their own computers for use in the design studio. The School of Architecture computing resources are accessible via a wireless network with an approved device and subject to School and University policy. System requirements are published on the School of Architecture web site.

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Architecture students must complete a cognate in People and Society and a cognate in either Arts & Humanities or Natural Science.




Specific procedures and policies are detailed in the student handbook available from the Office of Academic Services.

First Semester
ARC 101 Architecture Design I6
ARC 111 Drawing I3
ARC 121 Architecture and Culture3
MTH 130 Introductory Calculus3
ENG 105 English Composition I3
Total Credits 18
Second Semester
ARC 102 Architecture Design II6
ARC 112 Drawing II3
ARC 122 Architecture and Behavior3
PHY 103 General Physics3
ENG 106 English Composition II3
Total Credits18
First Semester
ARC 203 Architecture Design III6
ARC 223 Architecture and the Environment3
ARC 230 Building Technology I3
ARC 267 History of Architecture I: Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance       3
ARC 213 Drawing III3
Total Credits18
Second Semester
ARC 204 Architecture Design IV6
ARC 231 Building Technology II3
ARC 268 History of Architecture II: Baroque through Contemporary3
Cognate A3
Cognate A3
Total Credits18
First Semester
ARC 305 Architecture Design V 6
ARC 362 Building Technology I3
CAE 213 Building Structures I3
Cognate A3
Cognate B3
Total Credits18
Second Semester
ARC 306 Architecture Design VI6
ARC 363 Building Technology II
CAE 313 Building Structures II3
Cognate B3
Architecture Elective 3
Total Credits18
ARC 407 Architecture Design VII 6
ARC 408 Architecture Design VIII 6
ARC 452 Practice of Architecture II 3
ARC Professional Practice Elective                     3
ARC Cognate A 3
ARC 371, 372, 373, 374, 390, 475, 476, 554, 570
ARC 509 Architecture Design IX 6
ARC 510 Architecture Design X 6
Minor 12
Architecture Electives 18
Total Credits 63

Curriculum Notes
The School reserves the right to retain all student projects done in for academic credit. MTH 130 AND ENG 105 are entry-level courses. Courses taken to achieve entry-level status cannot be considered towards the total credits required for the B.Arch. Degree.

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The program requires four types of electives:

Architecture electives (7 courses)
Investigations in areas of architectural interest beyond the core requirements
Professional practice elective (1 course)
Focused examination of a topic related to practice
Non-Architecture electives (2-3 courses)
Explorations of general University offerings
Minor (4-5 courses) or 2 cognates (6 course)
Concentrated study in an area outside of architecture

A minor or its equivalent is required for all students who began the program prior to the Fall of 2013.  All others shall complete the cognate requirements.  Areas are selected in consultation with faculty advisors.

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A six year dual degree program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering and a Master of Science in Architecture is also available. The program is open to exceptional students who are admitted to the graduate program at the end of their junior year. Upon completion of this program, graduates are eligible for professional registration as both an engineer and an architect. The course requirements for the BSAE/MArch program are as follows:

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering and Master of Architecture
key: BSAE Curriculum, M. Arch Curriculum, & Shared BSAE/M. Arch Curriculum

Year 1
CAE 111 Introduction to Engineering I               3
ENG 105 English Composition I                       3
MTH 151 Calculus I for Engineers                     5
PHY 205 University Physics I                         3
ARC 121 Architecture & Culture                       3
Total 17
CAE 112 Introduction to Engineering II               2
ENG 107 Writing About Science                       3
MTH 162 Calculus II                                 4
PHY 206 University Physics II                         3
PHY 208 University Physics II Lab                     1
People and Society Elective*                        3
Total 16
Year 2
ARC 567 History of Architecture I (ARC 294)          3
CAE 210 Mechanics of Solids I                         3
ARC 530 Building Tech I: Mat.s & Methods (ARC 230) 3
PHY 207 University Physics III                       3
PHY 209 University Physics Lab                       1
MTH 211 Calculus III                                 3
Total 16
CAE 211 Mechanics of Solids II                       3
CAE 212 Structural Laboratory                       1
CHM 151 Chemistry for Engineers I                   3
CHM 153 Chemistry Lab for Engineers I               1
IEN 311 Applied Probability & Statistics I             3
MTH 311 Ordinary Differential Equations             3
MAE 303 Thermodynamics I                         3
Total 17
Year 3
CAE 310 Structural Analysis                         3
CAE 330 Fluid Mechanics                             3
Technical Elective*                                  3
ARC 511 Drawing I                                   3
ARC 501 Architecture Design I (ARC 292)6
Total 18
CAE 321 Steel Structures (ARC 532)3
CAE 380 Electrical & Illumination Systems (ARC 563) 3
CAE 381 Mechanical Systems for Buildings (ARC 562) 3
513 Computing I 3
ARC 502 Architecture Design II (ARC 293)6
Total 18
Summer (REQUIRED 10 week semester)
ARC 503 Architecture Design III6
Total 6
Year 4
CAE 480 Design of Environ.l Systems for Buildings3
CAE 470 Foundation Eng. & Earth Retaining Sys3
CAE 320 Concrete Structures (ARC 533)3
ARC 504 Architecture Design IV (Comprehensive)6
People and Society Elective*3
Total 18
CAE 370 Geotechnical Engineering I3
CAE 371 Geotechnical Laboratory I 1
CAE 402 Professional Engineering Practice 3
CAE 460 Construction Management (Arch Elective)3
ARC 531 Building Tech II 3
ARC 568 Architecture History II3
Total 16
Year 5
CAE 403 Senior Design Project I1
History of Architect (ARC 476)3
ARC 500 Theory of Architecture and the Environment       3
ARC 507 Architecture Design6
Total 13
CAE 404 Senior Design Project II2
ARC 594 GIS in Urban Design3
Architecture Elective3
ARC 609 Architecture Design 6
Total 14
Year 6
ARC 517 Construction Documents3
ARC 652 Management of Professional Practice3
ARC 699 Architectural Thesis Preparation3
Architecture Elective 3
Total 12
AEN Design Elective* 3
Advanced PS/HA Elective3
Architecture Elective3
ARC 610 Architecture Design Degree Project6
Total 15

* To be selected from approved lists of People and Society/Humanities and Arts, Technical and Design Electives

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A minor in architecture is available to non-architecture majors as an option in the undergraduate architecture program. The purpose of the minor is to provide a general understanding and appreciation of the discipline of architecture. The minor does not satisfy professional requirements in architecture but does offer an introductory basis for further study at the undergraduate or graduate level. The program requires 12 credit hours in architecture courses.

Four architecture electives from the following list of courses: ARC 121, 122, 141, 191, 223, 267, 268, 294, 323, 324,371, 372, 373, 374, 390, 475, 476, 481, 521, 544, 551, 554,581,582,583, 584, 585, 586, 590 may be taken to complete the requirements for the minor.

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Henry Adams Medal
Awarded in conjunction with the American Institute of Architects to the highest-ranking graduating student for scholarship and excellence in a professional architecture program.

Henry Adams Certificate
Awarded in conjunction with the American Institute of Architects to the second highest-ranking graduating student for scholarship and excellence in a professional architecture program.

Other honors, distinctions, and awards are presented annually for excellent student performance.

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