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Architecture and Community Planning



The University of the District of Columbia offers both a Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BSc. Arch) pre-professional degree and a Master or Architecture (M’Arch track I and track II) first professional degree program.

The BSc Arch degree program is four years long and requires 123 credit hours to complete.  The M’Arch track II program is for students with non-architecture undergraduate degrees. This program takes 90 graduate credits to complete. The M’Arch track I first professional degree can be completed in three semesters (37 credit hours).

The M’Arch program meets the educational requirements to be formally granted initial candidacy status ( from the National Accrediting Board (NAAB). Standing is retroactive to 1 January 2013.

Full Accreditation Review Visit

The program hopes to have a full accreditation review visit in the fall of 2015 but no later than 2019. The primary aim of the program is to stress the importance of design as a tool for creating sustainable urban environments through research-based academic collaboration with partners in the health profession, nutrition science, environmental studies, water resource management, agriculture and Cooperation Extension Services. The program resides in the only urban land-grant institution in the nation. The program will also work on the urban agriculture issues in an effort to provide leading edge ideas on farming in urbanized areas.

The Department believes that urban architecture and design is a rigorous act of creativity, research and scholarship informed by the needs of the people of the District of Columbia and their need for sustainable and healthy environments. The Department also recognizes the plurality of cultures of the District and the world and responds in that light.

Architecture Program Documents

The Architecture Program Report (APR) document can be perused here.

Statement by the National Architecture Accrediting Board:

"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 two types of degrees:  the Bachelor of Architecture and 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 preprofessional 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."

NAAB and Procedures

NAAB Accreditation Process

NAAB 2012 Procedures for Accreditation

NAAB 2014 Conditions

Annual Reports and Letters

UDC 2012 Self Study Report

NAAB 2014 Visiting Team Report

Additional Resources

American Collegiate Schools of Architecture - ACSA
American Institute of Architects - AIA
American Institute of Architecture Students - AIAS 
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards - NCARB
National Organization of Minority Architects - NOMA

College of Urban Agriculture and Environmental Studies (CAUSES)

CAUSES Academic Programs

RN to BS in Nursing – Dr. Pier Broadnax, Program Director
Nutrition and Dietetics - Dr. Prema Ganganna, Program Director
Urban Architecture and Community Planning - Dr. Susan Kliman, Program Director
PSM in Water Resources Management
Health Education - John Slack, Program Director

CAUSES Land-grant Programs

Center for Urban Agriculture & Gardening Education – Che' Axum, Director
Center for Sustainable Development – Dr. Dwane Jones, Director
Water Resources Research Institute – Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Director
Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health - Dr. Lillie Monroe-Lord, Director
Institute of Gerontology - Claudia John, Director
Center for 4-H and Youth Development – Rebecca Bankhead, Director
Architectural Research Institute - Clarence Pearson, Director

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