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Master of Architecture | Bachelor of Science in Architecture

The architecture program at Lawrence Technological University is designed to provide a broad foundation for the development of design skills and insights, social responsibility, environmental awareness, problem-solving abilities, and professional competence. The program is primarily directed toward the practice of architecture, but it constitutes an excellent, broad-minded education and preparation for work in a range of essential fields in and beyond design, including teaching, research, product representation and development, and public service.

The program specifically prepares students to pursue the Master of Architecture (the accredited, professional degree in architecture) or the Master of Urban Design (MUD) programs at Lawrence Tech. The College also offers five dual degree options, such as the Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Design and the Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

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Curriculum + Admissions Information

BS Arch: Bachelor of Science in Architecture (133 credit hours)

M.Arch: Accredited Master of Architecture (+36 credit hours)

Admissions

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS Arch) program at Lawrence Tech is the undergraduate component of the Master of Architecture Direct Entry (M.Arch DE) program. Students enrolled as undergraduates for the BS Arch degree are considered to be M.Arch DE students. This format recognizes that most students intend to become licensed architects and will need to earn the accredited, professional M.Arch degree.

Students enrolled in the BS Arch program who maintain a 3.0 grade point average may be admitted to the graduate program. If a student cannot or chooses not to enter the graduate program, that student may elect to receive the Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS Arch) after completing the 133 credit hours of coursework and related university requirements. The Master of Architecture coursework consists of 36 credit hours, all of which can be completed on-campus or online, in addition to the BS Arch requirement for a total of 169 credit hours.

Applicants to the BS Arch and M.Arch DE programs have specific requirements for admission, depending on the program they choose. For incoming undergraduates interested in the M.Arch DE program, portfolios are only required for transfer students. If you have questions regarding admissions or course offerings, please contact the director of the program you are interested in, listed below:

For specific Bachelor of Science in Architecture questions, contact the program Director, Deirdre Hennebury, at dhennebur@ltu.edu.

For specific Master of Architecture questions, contact the program Director, Edward Orlowski, at eorlowski@ltu.edu.

For general questions about admissions, our programs or the college, please contact Alice McHard at amchard@ltu.edu, 248-204-2834 or click on the links below.

Curriculum

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
COM 1103

College Composition

3
ARC 1012

Art and Design Awareness

2
ARC 1213

Visual Communication 1

3
ART 1113

Basic Design 1

3

*Mathematics 1

3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
SSC 2413

Foundations of the Amer. Experience

3
COM 2103

Tech and Prof. Communication

3
SSC 2423

Development of the Amer. Experience

3
ARC 1223

Visual Communication 2

3
ART 1133

Basic Design 2

3
MCS 1254

*Mathematics 2

4
Total Credit Hours 16

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
LLT 1213

World Masterpieces 1

3
ARC 2813

Visual Communication 3

3
ARC 2116

Integrated Design 1

6
PHY 2213

College Physics 1

3
PHY 2221

College Physics 1 Lab

1
Total Credit Hours 16

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
LLT 1223

World Masterpieces 2

3
ARC 3823

Visual Communication 4

3
ARC 2126

Integrated Design 2

6
PHY 2223

College Physics 2

3
PHY 2231

College Physics 2 Lab

1
Total Credit Hours 16

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
COM 3000

Writing Proficiency Exam

0
ARC 3613

History of the Designed Environ 1

3
ARC 2313

Construction Systems 1

3
ARC 3116

Integrated Design 3

6
ARC 2513

Basic Structures

3
Total Credit Hours 18

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
SSC 2423

Development of the Amer. Experience

3
ARC 3623

History of the Designed Environ 2

3
ARC 2323

Construction Systems 2

3
ARC 3126

Integrated Design 4

6
ARC 3513

Intermediate Structures

3
Total Credit Hours 18
   
SUMMER Co-op 0

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
LLT/SSC/PSY 3XX3 or 4XX3

Junior/Senior elective

3
CoAD 1xx2, 2xx2, 3xx2 or 4xx2

CoAD 2 Credit Elective

2
DES 4112

Design Leadership

2
ARC 4116

Integrated Design 5

6
ARC 4543

Advanced Structures

3
ARC 3423

HVAC and Water Systems

3
Total Credit Hours 19

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
CoAD 1xx3, 2xx3, 3xx3 or 4xx3

CoAD 3 Credit Elective

3
CoAD 1xx3, 2xx3, 3xx3 or 4xx3

CoAD 3 Credit Elective

3
ARC 4183

20th Century Architecture

3
ARC 4126

Comprehensive Design

6
ARC 4443

Acoustics, Elec & Illum

3
Total Credit Hours 16
Course # Subject Cr Hrs
ARC 5013

Research Methods

3
ARC 5423

Ecological Issues

3
ARC 5643

Design Theory

3
ARC 5913

Professional Practice

3
ARC 6833

Practice Portfolio

3
ARC 5804

Critical Practice Studio

4
ARC 5814 or 6514

Thesis 1 or Adv. Des. Stud. 1

4
ARC 5824 or 6524

Thesis 2 or Adv. Des. Stud. 2

4
ARI/ARC/ART

CoAD Graduate Electives

6
5XX3 or 6XX3

Open Graduate Elective

3
Total Credit Hours 36

M.Arch 36 (36 credit hours)

Admissions

The M.Arch 36 track is a 36 credit-hour program intended for students who have completed the undergraduate curriculum at Lawrence Tech; those who have earned at least a pre-professional degree, typically the Bachelor of Science in Architecture, at another institution; or who have earned the professional Bachelor of Architecture degree at another institution. We welcome qualified students from other institutions who wish to complete their graduate studies and earn their accredited M.Arch degree at LTU.

Students may complete all but four of the 36 credits of the M.Arch 36 track either on-campus or online. (There is one, 4-credit summer course, the Critical Practice Studio, that requires students to work on campus for four extended weekend sessions. We encourage you to refer to the Critical Practice webpage). The on-campus and online coursework and the degree are the same; only the delivery method varies.

Applicants to the M.Arch 36 program are required to present the following documents for admission:

  • 1. A completed Graduate Application, which can be submitted online at this link

  • 2. Official transcripts of all completed college work.

  • 3. Evidence of a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.

  • 4. A résumé describing your educational and work experience as well as extracurricular activities and interests.

  • 5. Three letters of recommendation including two from faculty members from previous degree or educational experience. One work reference, preferably from an immediate supervisor at your current or a recent place of employment, is acceptable.

  • 6. A comprehensive portfolio of work demonstrating a range of visualization and design abilities and experience. The portfolio requirements are linked below.

  • 7. A one-thousand-word essay.

For more information about these requirements or the program in general, please click the links below or contact us at:

On Campus: Alice McHard, amchard@ltu.edu, 248-204-2834

Online: Shannon Streiter, sstreiter@ltu.edu, 248-621-4570

Curriculum

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
ARC 5013

Research Methods

3
ARC 5423

Ecological Issues

3
ARC 5643

Design Theory

3
ARC 5913

Professional Practice

3
ARC 6833

Practice Portfolio

3
ARC 5804

Critical Practice Studio

4
ARC 5814 or 6514

Thesis 1 or Adv. Des. Stud. 1

4
ARC 5824 or 6524

Thesis 2 or Adv. Des. Stud. 2

4
ARI/ARC/ART

CoAD Graduate Electives

6
5XX3 or 6XX3

Open Graduate Elective

3
Total Credit Hours 36

M.Arch 3+ (90 credit hours)

Admissions

The M.Arch 3+ track is intended for students who hold an undergraduate degree in a field other than architecture. This option specifically welcomes students who come to LTU with accomplishments and interests in other fields of inquiry with the expectation that such students will bring their interests and skills into the practice of architecture. Students are able to complete the final 36 credits of the M. Arch 3+ track either on-campus or online.

Applicants to the M.Arch 3+ program are required to present the following documents for admission:

  • 1. A completed Graduate Application, which can be submitted online at this link

  • 2. Official transcripts of all completed college work.

  • 3. Evidence of a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0

  • 4. Three letters of recommendation including two from faculty members from previous degree or educational experience. One work reference, preferably from an immediate supervisor at your current or a recent place of employment, is acceptable.

    5. A one-thousand-word essay.

For more information about these requirements or the program in general, please click the links below or contact us at:

On Campus: Alice McHard, amchard@ltu.edu, 248-204-2834

Online: Shannon Streiter, sstreiter@ltu.edu, 248-621-4570

Curriculum

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
ARC 5014

Arch Foundational Studio 1

4
ARC 5024

Arch Foundational Studio 2

4
ARC 5034

Arch Foundational Studio 3

4
ARC 5126

Comprehensive Design Studio

6
ARC 5804

Critical Practice Studio

4
ARC 5814

Adv Design Studio 1

4
ARC 5824

Adv Design Studio 2

4
*Course requires content of College Physics and Pre-Calculus
Course # Subject Cr Hrs
ARC 5513

*Basic Structures

3
ARC 5523

*Intermediate Structures

3
ARC 5543

*Advanced Structures

3
ARC5313

Construction Systems 1

3
ARC5323

Construction Systems 2

3
ARC 5543

*Acoustics, Elec & Illum

3
ARC 5413

*HVAC and Water Systems

3
Course # Subject Cr Hrs
ARC 5613

History of the Designed Environ 1

3
ARC 5623

History of the Designed Environ 2

3
ARC 5643

Design Theory

3
ARC 5423

Ecological Issues

3
Course # Subject Cr Hrs
ARC 5813

Vis Comm 3

3
ARC 5823

Vis Comm 4

3
ARC 5013

Research Methods

3
ARC 5913

Professional Practice

3
ARC 6833

Practice Portfolio

3
Course # Subject Cr Hrs
ARC 5xx3 Architecture Elective 3
ARI 5xx2 Architecture Elective 2
ARI 5xx2 Architecture Elective 2
ARI 5xx2 Architecture Elective 2
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