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School of Architecture
Architecture Building
Andrews University
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-0450

Phone: (269) 471-6003
Fax: (269) 471-6261

 

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8435 East Campus Circle Drive
Berrien Springs, MI 49104
USA

(269) 471-6003

The architecture faculty aspires to teach sound thinking, practical skills, and rigorous scholarship in the discipline of architecture; and promotes students who: Craft buildings that are dignified, durable and purposeful; Design communities that foster civility; Serve mankind in accord with their professional and Christian vocation; Seek the virtues of joy, beauty, wholeness and moderation in their lifelong pursuit of learning. All this for God's honor and His glory until the risen Christ comes again.

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Architecture

See what makes our Architecture program excellent and explore the degrees we offer.

Faith-based Architecture                                          

As an architect, you can help to craft buildings that are dignified, durable, and purposeful. Your architecture can serve others and bring glory to our Creator. 
At Andrews University, you are encouraged to reaffirm your faith by pursuing architecture of real and lasting value. Here you can develop the professional skills and rigorous scholarship that are required to build durably, practically, and beautifully. Your architectural education can prepare you to solve problems creatively, to communicate solutions for shelter, human needs, and the delight of our senses. Learn to pursue architecture that uplifts communities, guards the environment, and reaffirms the glory of our Creator.

Civil Communities                                          

The School of Architecture, Art & Design understands individual buildings and artifacts to be part of a greater whole. Architecture should contribute to the shaping of sound rural, urban and cultural landscapes. It can also positively contribute to the way we dwell as individuals, families, neighborhoods, regions and nations. This program promotes the shaping of places which foster civility, health and environmental stewardship. To prepare students for the building and preservation of such places, the studio curriculum is pursued within the context of traditional urban design principles and exposes students to a range of contexts, from rural landscapes to urban centers. The fifth-year urban design studio is conducted according to the principles of the New Urbanism and all students are actively engaged with real community design projects.

Christian Values

Architecture students at Andrews University are encouraged to seek the virtues of joy, beauty, wholeness and moderation in a lifelong pursuit of learning. Within the context of the Seventh-day Adventist faith, the program challenges students to examine how these virtues can be expressed in our material culture and in our social relationships as citizens and professionals. The School of Architecture, Art & Design promotes those who are motivated to be rigorous in scholarship and generous in service.

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Craft

 Students at Andrews University are asked to consider architecture as a craft which can shape our material culture through the studied application of accumulated skill, knowledge and understanding. The program generally seeks to integrate technical and aesthetic knowledge in the making of artifacts, the decorative arts, buildings, cultivated landscapes, urban form and public art. Students are challenged to be guided by the principles of durability, purpose and beauty as they make choices in material, design and methods of workmanship. The emphasis on craftsmanship informs architectural design within the entire studio curriculum, but has also shaped a rich culture of drawing, rendering, model building and furniture making at Andrews University.

Service

Within the context of the mission of Andrews University, the School of Architecture, Art & Design seeks to prepare students to serve in accord with a professional and Christian vocation. The program fosters a healthy studio culture in which students and faculty are encouraged to serve and promote each other and their respective communities. The course curriculum provides a range of opportunities for students to gain experience in diverse fields of community service to learn how architecture can contribute to the good of mankind. Students can choose to participate in various service projects pursued by the Architecture Missions Group, including ongoing work in South America, Africa and the United States. All fifth-year students participate in the annual urban design studio, which serves real communities in their efforts to shape the public realm.

A new way of thinking was presented to me through the curriculum at the School of Architecture and it really resonated with me. Now, that mindset is second nature in my work, as I seek to create great places for people.
— Jeremiah W. A. Smith, class of 2012 M.Arch. , Allison Ramsey Architects, Inc.
Jeremiah Smith

Jeremiah Smith

 

Degrees in Architecture

The professional degree program consists of a pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architecture and then a Master of Architecture. When earned sequentially, the degree track results in the accredited professional education.

Total Credits for MArch-30

Architecture Core-16

ARCH 521 - Urban Design Studio Credits: 6

ARCH 522 - Visiting Critic/Topic Studio Credits: 6 or ARCH 594 - Practicum Credits: 6*

ARCH 535 - Professional Practice Credits: 4

Architecture Electives (ARCH, BSCM, INT) -14

A minimum of 14 credits of architecture electives at the graduate level. Selection of electives outside of School offerings requires the approval of the School faculty.

Note:

*Students must apply and be accepted to the practicum program prior to registering for ARCH 594.ARCH 594 will satisfy 6 core credits (replacing ARCH 522 Visiting Critic/Topic Studio) and may satisfy architecture elective credits if registered for more than 6 credits.

Continued Graduate Enrollment Requirements

No grade lower than C (2.00) in any course in the graduate portion of the program.A student whose cumulative graduate GPA falls below 3.0 in any given term is placed on academic probation. A student is normally disqualified if they do not increase their graduate GPA to 3.0 during the academic term of probation.A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required to receive the Master of Architecture degree.


The 3½-year professional degree program is designed for students who have previously earned an undergraduate degree that may be in an unrelated area of study. Under this option, the student spends the first 2½ years completing undergraduate prerequisite architectural core courses. The final year is similar to the final year of the Master of Architecture 5½-year degree which results in the accredited professional degree. Please see the Academic Calendar for application deadlines.

Total Credits for 3½-Year MArch-102

Architecture Core-88

ARCH 150 - Introduction to Architecture Credits: 3

ARCH 201 - Construction I Credits: 3

ARCH 202 - Construction II Credits: 3

ARCH 205 - Structures I Credits: 4

ARCH 247 - Architecture as Craft Studio Credits: 5

ARCH 305 - Structures II Credits: 4

ARCH 315 - History of Architecture I Credits: 3

ARCH 316 - History of Architecture II Credits: 3

ARCH 318 - Background Building Studio Credits: 5

ARCH 320 - Placemaking Studio Credits: 5

ARCH 335 - Environmental Technology I Credits: 4

ARCH 336 - Environmental Technology II Credits: 4

ARCH 370 - Person-Environment Theory Credits: 3

ARCH 434 - Urban Studies Credits: 3

ARCH 435 - Introduction to Building Information Modeling Credits: 3

ARCH 441 - Comprehensive Building Design Studio Credits: 5

ARCH 442 - Integrative Design Studio Credits: 5

ARCH 449 - Integrative Design I Credits: 2

ARCH 459 - Design Theory Credits: 3

ARCH 469 - Integrative Design II Credits: 2

ARCH 521 - Urban Design Studio Credits: 6

ARCH 522 - Visiting Critic/Topic Studio Credits: 6 orARCH 594 - Practicum Credits: 6–15 *

ARCH 535 - Professional Practice Credits: 4

Architecture Electives (ARCH, BSCM, INT) - 14

Note: *Students must apply and be accepted to the practicum program prior to registering for ARCH 594.ARCH 594 will satisfy 6 core credits (replacing ARCH 522 Visiting Critic/Topic Studio) and may satisfy architecture elective credits if registered for more than 6 credits.

Continued Graduate Enrollment Requirements

No grade lower than C (2.00) in any course in the graduate portion of the program.A student whose cumulative graduate GPA falls below 3.0 in any given term is placed on academic probation. A student is normally disqualified if they do not increase their graduate GPA to 3.0 during the academic term of probation.A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required to receive the Master of Architecture degree.

Admission Procedures

Application must be made online to the School of Graduate Studies & Research. In addition to meeting the application requirements of the School of Graduate Studies & Research, applicants should:

Hold an undergraduate degree;Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0;Submit an online application.Submit a portfolio of work (this work need not be architectural in nature, it may include writing samples, drawings, photography, etc.) Original work will not be accepted.The following prerequisite courses may be required at the discretion of the Admissions Committee:

a. ARCH 126 - Drawing and Graphics Studio
b. ART 104 - Drawing I
c. MATH 168 - Precalculus
d. PHYS 141 - General Physics I

Upon acceptance, graduate standards of scholarship apply to all coursework.


Total Credits for BSA—138

Pre-Professional Year One

General Education—26

ART 104 - Drawing I Credits: 3

COMM 104 - Communication Skills Credits: 3

ENGL 115 - English Composition I Credits: 3

HIST 117 - Civilizations and Ideas I Credits: 3

HIST 118 - Civilizations and Ideas II Credits: 3

MATH 168 - Precalculus Credits: 4

PE ElectiveRELT 100 - God and Human Life Credits: 3

Social Science Choice (see list General Education: Professional Degrees & Programs)

Architecture Core—6

ARCH 126 - Drawing and Graphics Studio Credits: 3

ARCH 150 - Introduction to Architecture Credits: 3

Continued Undergraduate Enrollment Requirements

2.5 Cumulative GPA

Pre-Professional Year Two

General Education—8

PHYS 141 - General Physics I Credits: 4PE ElectiveReligion Elective

General Elective—2

Architecture Core—22

ARCH 201 - Construction I Credits: 3

ARCH 202 - Construction II Credits: 3

ARCH 215 - Introduction to Design Studio Credits: 5

ARCH 247 - Architecture as Craft Studio Credits: 5

ARCH 315 - History of Architecture I Credits: 3

ARCH 316 - History of Architecture II Credits: 3

Continued Undergraduate Enrollment Requirements

  • Application and $40 fee Cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Portfolio
  • Three letters of recommendation (two must be from academic sources)Letter of IntentOfficial transcripts (transfer students only)Acceptance into Professional Degree Track

Professional Track Years One & Two

General Education—9

ENGL 215 - English Composition II Credits: 3

Religion electives

Architecture Core—52

ARCH 205 - Structures I Credits: 4

ARCH 305 - Structures II Credits: 4

ARCH 318 - Background Building Studio Credits: 5

ARCH 320 - Placemaking Studio Credits: 5

ARCH 335 - Environmental Technology I Credits: 4

ARCH 336 - Environmental Technology II Credits: 4

ARCH 370 - Person-Environment Theory Credits: 3

ARCH 434 - Urban Studies Credits: 3

ARCH 435 - Introduction to Building Information Modeling Credits: 3

ARCH 441 - Comprehensive Building Design Studio Credits: 5

ARCH 442 - Integrative Design Studio Credits: 5

ARCH 449 - Integrative Design I Credits: 2

ARCH 459 - Design Theory Credits: 3

ARCH 469 - Integrative Design II Credits: 2

Summer Abroad—6

ARCH 330 - Analytical Summer Abroad Credits: 6

Architecture Electives (ARCH, BSCM, INT) —7

Summer Abroad.

Each student is required to attend the Summer Abroad Program offered every summer. This program is usually five weeks in duration. Students completing Professional Track Year One should make plans accordingly. For further information, consult the School of Architecture, Art & Design.

Architecture Electives.

Of the 7 undergraduate and 14 graduate credits, a minimum of 2 credits are required in Community Project.

General Education Requirements-43

See professional program requirements, here, and note the following specific requirements:

Religion:
professional degree requirements
Language/Communication:
professional degree requirements

History:

HIST 117 - Civilizations and Ideas I Credits: 3

HIST 118 - Civilizations and Ideas II Credits: 3

Fine Arts/Humanities:

ART 104 - Drawing I Credits: 3

Life/Physical Sciences:

PHYS 141 - General Physics I Credits: 4

Mathematics:

MATH 168 - Precalculus Credits: 4

Computer Literacy:

covered in core curriculum

Service:

covered in core curriculum

Social Sciences:

ARCH 370 - Person-Environment Theory Credits: 3(BSCM: follow professional degree requirements)

Fitness Education:

  • professional degree requirements

  • Graduate-Year Enrollment

* Students taking the BSA Professional Degree Track who plan to pursue the Master of Architecture must meet the standards outlined under Graduate-Year Enrollment.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants who have no previous work in architectural/ interior design must complete the foundation years (pre-professional years one and two) and then make formal application to their program choice.

Advanced Standing. Transfer students from another architecture program may apply for advanced standing (third or fourth year) in their program choice. Transfer students applying for advanced standing are required to submit both the university application  and the School of Architecture, Art & Design application. Please contact the School for specific information.

Tentative placement into the design sequence is made after the Admissions Committee has evaluated the student’s submissions. After one term, the student is given final placement in the design sequence and, on the basis of transfer-course evaluations, receives credit for previous academic work towards the Andrews University degree.

The School does not accept applications to the Master of Architecture year only.

Summer Studio. In some cases, completion of the Summer Studio program is best for transfer students. Prior to application, students must have a transcript analysis done by the School to determine eligibility for the program. It is expected that students pursuing the summer studio option will have completed the majority of general education courses normally required in Pre-Professional Year One.

Application to the Summer Studio is made by filling out an Andrews University Undergraduate Application. Students applying to this program, in addition to applying to Andrews University, must also contact the School of Architecture, Art & Design directly to confirm their reservation for the class.

Academic Standards

Academic standards apply to the BS, BSA, BID and BSCM. A grade of C- or higher is required in order to continue in the design studio sequence. A grade of less than C- requires a student to repeat that studio before advancing in the studio sequence. Faculty approval is required for any studio course to be repeated. (This includes ART 104, ARCH 126, ARCH 215, ARCH 247, ARCH 318, ARCH 320, ARCH 441, ARCH 442; INT 341, INT 342, INT 441, ARCH 442.)

Students accepted to the BSA Professional Degree Track are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA requirement of 2.75 for acceptance into the Master of Architecture year (see Graduate-Year Enrollment requirements). Students whose cumulative GPA falls below this minimum requirement are not allowed to continue to the Master of Architecture Year (graduate-year) but may be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BSA), the pre-professional component of the professional Master of Architecture. The BSA alone is not an NAAB-accredited degree. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 is required to receive the BSA

Graduate Admission Requirements.

In addition to meeting the General Minimum Admission Requirements for graduate degree programs, the following School requirements apply to the graduate phase of this program.

Completion of a baccalaureate degree—BSA: Architecture.Successful completion of all undergraduate coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Admission Procedures: BSA Professional Degree Track, BID or BSCM

Students seeking to pursue the *BSA Professional Degree Track, BID or BSCM must first submit an Andrews University undergraduate application for acceptance to the University. Students admitted to the University on regular standing are eligible to begin Pre-Professional Year One, which is a common first-year experience between these programs.

Upon completion of Pre-Professional Year One students must:

Declare their degree program choice (BSA Professional Degree Track, BID or BSCM) andHave a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

Upon completion of Pre-Professional Year Two students must apply for acceptance to their respective programs. The application packet may be obtained from the School and must be submitted directly to the School by the application deadline. Minimum requirements to be considered for admission to these programs are outlined under each program curricula.


The Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies is a nonprofessional degree. Students who elect this degree do not proceed into the professional program track. In this program, Architectural Studies is declared as a major and upon successful completion, receives an undergraduate degree. Students who elect for this degree may seek advanced degrees or employment in the construction industry, the arts, business, and other fields.

 

General Education-55-60

See general education requirements for BS degree.

Major Requirements-17

ARCH 126 - Drawing and Graphics Studio Credits: 3

ARCH 150 - Introduction to Architecture Credits: 3

ARCH 215 - Introduction to Design Studio Credits: 5

ARCH 315 - History of Architecture I Credits: 3

ARCH 316 - History of Architecture II Credits: 3

Major Electives-21

A minimum of 9 upper division credits from courses with ARCH acronyms.

Cognate Requirements-6

ART 104 - Drawing I Credits: 3ART 207 - Basic Design I Credits: 3

Minor Requirements-22

General Electives-5

Total Credits for BS-126-131

Learning, Sharing, & Serving... Life in the Studio


It is a commodious building, yet is not extravagant in its design or workmanship. Nothing less than this, in architecture or expense, would we desire to offer to our God as his house.
— Ellen G. White, The Review and Herald, January 4, 1881, Art. C, par. 2