University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture


Stacked BooksThe professional architecture and interior architecture programs include required and elective coursework distributed across five broad subject areas:

  • Design methods: conceptual diagrams, drawing, modeling
  • Design arts: composition and color, human behavior, place and culture
  • Building technologies: materials and construction, structural and environmental systems
  • Professional contexts: professional responsibility, ethics and practice
  • Architecture and interior design history

Design studios are intensive, small enrollment, courses where students practice architectural or interior design and synthesize the subject area knowledge gained in other courses. The studio sequence begins with studios that introduce the design process followed by intermediate studios that address a variety of design topics. The final two quarters of the professional degree programs are dedicated to a single comprehensive design project. All students enrolled in studios are assigned their own workstation within a space dedicated to their studio group and available for use at all hours.