Architecture & Community Planning
Mission and Overview
- Activities & Accomplishments
- Undergraduate Curriculum
- Graduate Curriculum
- Course Descriptions
- Faculty and Research Staff
Mission & Overview
The Urban Architecture & Community Planning program teaches students to utilize design as a tool for creating sustainable urban environments. Through research-based collaboration with partners across various fields such as environmental studies and agriculture, students within the program are constantly exploring new solutions for sustainability in urban settings. As the program is housed within the only urban land-grant institution in the nation, a major focus of the program is the relationship between architecture and urban agriculture.
Our land grant center, the Center for Architectural Innovation and Building Science (CAIBS) offers a research and community service agenda that utilizes the university’s human resources and capital assets to support the District of Columbia’s mission of providing affordable and energy efficient shelter to its citizens.
The Urban Architecture and Community Planning program seeks to educate the next generation of architects with an emphasis on developing the sustainable infrastructure and urban sustainability initiatives of the District of Columbia and urban areas around the world.
Bachelor of Science in Architecture (B.Sc. Arch.)
The Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree is a four-year program and requires 120 credit hours. Students may opt for a concentration in urban sustainability, which includes 12 credits of environmental science courses. See Curriculum.
Master of Architecture (M. Arch.)
The M.Arch (track I) program is for students with a pre-professional degree in architecture. The program has a duration of three year and requires 49 credit hours. See Curriculum.
The M.Arch (track II) is for students with a non-architecture undergraduate degree. This is an accelerated program of study that requires 85 credit hours to complete. See Curriculum.
- Architect (upon completion of licensure process)
- Construction project manager
- Building plans examiner/code official
Cost & Financial Aid
Susan Schaefer Kliman, Ph.D
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 offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
The University of the District of Columbia, Department of Architecture and Urban Sustainability, offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program:
M. Arch. (pre-professional degree + 49 graduate credits)
M. Arch. (non-professional degree + 85 graduate credits)
Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2020
For more information reference the NAAB website.
Architecture Program Documents
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)
Toward an Evolution of Studio Culture
The Emerging Professional’s Companion