According to DesignIntelligence, the University of Oregon Architecture program is number one in the nation for 2013 for sustainable design practices and principles. Our undergraduate B.Arch program is ranked #6 for public universities and our M.I.Arch program is in the top three for accredited graduate programs in Interior Architecture.
The Department of Architecture offers fully-accredited professional degree programs in Architecture (B. Arch. and M.Arch. - accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board) and Interior Architecture (B.I. Arch. and M.I.Arch - accredited by the Council for Interior Design), and is home to more than 700 students. We also offer post-professional degrees: a Master of Science in Architecture, Master of Science in Interior Architecture, and a Ph.D. program in Sustainability.
We offer numerous study abroad opportunities in Italy, Japan, Germany, Finland, and Denmark. For those wanting real-world building experience, designBridge is an interdisciplinary, student-run group in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts that provides design and design-build services for non-profit community organizations. Cultivating a forum for dialogue and networking opportunities between students and professionals practicing ecological and sustainable design, the student-led Ecological Design Center hosts the H.O.P.E.S. Holistic Opportunities for Planet Earth Sustainability Conference each spring.
The Ecological Design Certificate and the Teaching Technology Certificate allow graduate students to earn additional recognition for acquiring specific expertise. Programs and activities such as the urban architecture concentration located in Portland’s White Stag Block provide unique opportunities for focused study. Collaborations with other programs within the School of Architecture and Allied Arts provide opportunities to engage in explorations that involve landscape architecture, planning, historic preservation, product design, art, history of art and architecture, and arts administration.
The Department of Architecture also offers minor concentrations in architecture and interior architecture. The School of Architecture and Allied Arts offers additional undergraduate minors in art history, fine and applied arts, historic preservation, landscape architecture, or planning, public policy and management. Graduate students may select a concentration of coursework from the school’s other graduate programs as well.
Undergraduate architecture and interior architecture students often choose minors (and sometimes a double major) offered by other colleges and schools at the UO. The most popular are: business, international studies, music, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, German, French, dance, theater, ethnic studies and environmental studies.
A Culture of Collaboration
Our programs in architecture and interior architecture emphasize collaboration and a noncompetitive but rigorous learning environment. Studio work is evaluated using individualized discussion and written assessments rather than letter grades, and a supportive studio culture is encouraged through facilitated peer teaching and teamwork. The department doesn't dictate a specific design aesthetic or ideology, but encourages intellectual inquiry as the basis for design exploration.
The Department of Architecture is dedicated to recognizing designers’ accountability for their impact on environmental, social, and cultural systems. Studio teaching serves as the primary means of integrating all design issues--e.g., cultural, social and behavioral, environmental, contextual, technological, theoretical, economic, political, and professional, resulting in meaningful design achievements.
Innovation and Leadership
The department is nationally recognized for the achievements of its faculty and students in innovation and environmental sustainability research including the design of buildings, interiors, and communities. Student organizations assume leadership roles in curriculum development, extracurricular programs, and community service. Graduates are broadly educated designers who attain leadership positions in the professions of architecture, interior design and allied fields.