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BArch Degree– Code #0135

David Carli, Program Coordinator
Email Address: CarliDI@alfredstate.edu

The Bachelor of Architecture program will prepare you to be a well-rounded, highly creative graduate, able to contribute to the world through meaningful and inspiring architecture.

Prior to acceptance into the BArch program, each applicant, whether seeking to enter as a freshman or transfer candidate, must submit a portfolio for review and consideration of her/his acceptance.


  • Students will be encouraged to custom-tailor their studies through elective concentrations related to architectural practice, such as business, construction management, digital media and animation, or interior design. Elective courses may be taken in other departments at Alfred State and students may also cross-register for courses at Alfred University.
  • Upon successful completion of the BArch degree, graduates may begin an internship and the other professional steps leading to licensure as a registered, practicing architect.
  • Alfred State has an agreement with Sorrento Lingue International Language Institute (Sant’Anna Institute) in Sorrento, Italy, to offer an optional semester abroad to its students. To learn more see www.alfredstate.edu/study-abroad/italy. 
  • Building on the BS program’s established strengths in architectural technology and civic engagement, the BArch program strives to achieve a unique identity by providing a career-focused, project-based education integrating theory and practice with a strong multidisciplinary foundation that draws upon an institutional heritage of building and technology.

NAAB Accreditation Information

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 US professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a six-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 consist of a pre-professional 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.

The NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program should be accredited within six years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented. In order to meet the education requirement set forth by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, an applicant for an NCARB Certificate must hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the NAAB; the degree must have been awarded not more than two years prior to initial accreditation. However, meeting the education requirement for the NCARB Certificate may not be equivalent to meeting the education requirement for registration in a specific jurisdiction. Please contact NCARB for more information.

The Alfred State Bachelor of Architecture program was granted initial candidacy status - retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014 - for the following professional degree program in architecture:

  • BArch (157 undergraduate credits)
  • Projected Visit for Continuation of Candidacy: Spring 2016
  • Projected year of Initial Accreditation: 2018-2019

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Comprehend architecture as being accountable to humanity's need for safe, affordable shelter, for dignified ways of living, and for offering corresponding symbolic meaning - and the ability to produce designs infused by this understanding.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the evolution of architectural ideas (and associated principles, strategies and devices) throughout history and of how these were marshaled by architects in the service of certain intended purposes, as well as the ability to apply such ideas in the student's own designs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of strategies for infusing design generally, and structural expression particularly, with poetic dimensions that help to transform environments - that would otherwise be merely good functionally and of sound construction - into inspiring and uplifting places.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of sustainability, construction technology, and integrated project delivery.
  • Demonstrate the ability to take on/participate constructively in urban renewal/social innovation projects that seek to serve the common good.
  • Info management (computer and research skills appropriate to degree level and type)
  • Written and oral communication (appropriate to degree level and type)
  • Critical thinking (problem solving, reasoning skills appropriate to degree level and type)

Entrance Requirements/Recommendations

Be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede a student's ability to participate in an internship and/or receive licensure.
Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry with an 86 or above average plus high school pre-calculus. Students must submit a standardized test score (SAT and/or ACT) with a recommended combined reading/writing and math SAT score of 1170 or a composite ACT score of 24. Physics is recommended.

Portfolio Requirements

Prior to acceptance into the Bachelor of Architecture program, each applicant must submit a digital portfolio for review and consideration of her/his acceptance.

Through the portfolio, the department hopes to get a sense of the applicant as a creative individual. We understand that the portfolio will not demonstrate mastery of architecture, but instead present a student’s potential through explorations and representation of the built environment, which may be presented as art work such as drawings, sketches, models, sculpture, or photographs. The portfolio should focus mainly on the representation of space, but may also include a small representation of creative work such as woodworking, crafts, graphic design, and/or other creative endeavors (e.g., high school, college course) or from personal pursuits (e.g., employment, hobbies). Each portfolio should be a balanced representation of both two- and three-dimensional works.

The overall portfolio should include ten (10) to twenty (20) examples of the applicant's very best creative work and creative process. All images should be clear (not blurry or pixilated) and include a short description of the work. The description should include: when the work was completed, the medium (materials) used to create the work, the dimensions of the original work, and whether the work was completed as a personal project or as an academic project. If the work presented was part of a group effort, the description should clearly identify any other group members and state your specific role and contribution.

The Admissions committee strongly suggests using an online portfolio site such as AllYou, Behance, Portfoliobox, or similar site. All of these services offer a free option and are straightforward to set up. The department cannot answer questions about sign-in or set-up for these services. Questions about sign-in and set-up should be directed to the appropriate company.

The portfolio should be submitted by email to admissions@alfredstate.edu. Alfred State accepts students on a rolling admissions system, which means students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. However, early application and portfolio submission may be important for certain scholarship consideration.

Graduation Requirements

Successfully complete all courses in the prescribed ten-semester program at a minimum cumulative index of 2.5, which is equivalent to a "C+" average.

As part of the graduation requirements for the Bachelor of Architecture, students must complete a portfolio according to the following guidelines:

  • The portfolio must contain a minimum of eight (8) examples of creative academic work. These examples should demonstrate achievements as a designer. A minimum of three (3) examples must be from studio class projects in the last two years of the program. A maximum of two (2) examples may be of non-graphic work (example: written work).
  • Each example will be accompanied by a short description of the project and solution, and include the name of the class the project was produced for. If the item is part of a group effort, the specific role of the student should be included.
  • Completed portfolios must be submitted digitally in Portable Document Format (PDF) on a CD or as directed by the department chair.
  • Portfolios will be evaluated to determine whether they should be graded as "High Pass," "Pass," or "Fail." This assessment will appear on the student's permanent Alfred State transcript.
  • The completed portfolio must be submitted to the Department of Architecture and Design Office by April 1. This is an absolute deadline; no portfolios will be accepted after the April 1 deadline. Evaluation will be done on a yearly basis by faculty reviewers. All decisions are final.

Evaluation Criteria

Work in student portfolios should demonstrate:

  • A sophisticated understanding of building design; problem-solving skills; and thorough design thinking.
  • The ability to communicate legibly design ideas in graphic and written form.
  • A working knowledge of a variety of construction systems and materials and how they affect building design.
  • Competence in the use of graphic tools and techniques including freehand drawing, computer-aided drafting, physical models, and computer imaging.

Career Opportunities

A wide range of activities are open to graduates of this accredited degree: intern architect, practicing architect (after successfully meeting state registration requirements), or practitioner in related sub fields as varied as sustainable architecture, urban design, interior architecture, adaptive reuse and historic preservation, building construction management, hospitality design, lighting design, acoustical design, religious building design, and others.

Post-Graduate Studies

Graduates wishing to continue their education may choose to apply at another institution to master's or doctoral programs in architecture or numerous related disciplines.

Semester Abroad Option

Alfred State has an agreement with International Language Institute (Sant'Anna Institute) in Sorrento, Italy, to offer an optional semester abroad to its students. Learn more at www.alfredstate.edu/study-abroad.

Architecture - BArch Degree

In the freshman and sophomore years, a typical day consists of two one-hour long lectures and a two-hour studio. At the junior and senior and fifth-year levels, the studio meeting times are three hours.

Entry level of student into math and composition/literature sequences is a function of student’s high school preparation and mathematics and English placement examinations.

Math through Technical Calculus I must be completed. Students who start at a higher level of math must meet all SUNY general education and campus liberal arts and sciences course credit requirements for graduation.


Students must complete at least one course from seven of the 10 SUNY General Education silos.

Minimum combined GPA of 3.0 is required in Alfred State studio courses (ARCH 1184, ARCH 2394, ARCH 3104, and ARCH 4304) or comparable courses at another institution to guarantee admission into ARCH 5306-Studio 3. A portfolio review is required of all continuing or transfer students not meeting this requirement.

Minimum of "C" is required for ARCH 1184, ARCH 2394, ARCH 3104, ARCH 4304, ARCH 5306, ARCH 6306, ARCH 7306, ARCH 8306, ARCH 8716 and ARCH 8776.




ARCH 1184 Design Fundamentals 1 4
FNAT 2333 Survey of Design 3
FNAT 1303 Architectural History I 3
COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
MATH 1054 Precalculus 4



ARCH 2394 Design Fundamentals 2 4
ARCH 2014 Computer Visualization 4
MATH 1063 Technical Calculus I 3
HIST 1113 Hist of West Civil Since 1648 3
PHYS 1024 General Physics I 4



ARCH 3104 Design Studio 1 4
ARCH 3014 Construction Technology 1 4
ARCH 3003 Environmental Controls 3
  xxx3 Foreign Lang. 3
SOCI 1163 General Sociology 3



ARCH 4304 Design Studio 2 4
ARCH 4014 Construction Technology 2 4
ARCH 4013 Municipal Codes & Regulations 3
CIVL 4103 Structures I 3
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3



ARCH 5306 Design Studio 3 6
FNAT 5303 Architectural History II 3
  xxx3 Concentration 3
  xxx3 Elective/LAS 3




ARCH 6306 Design Studio 4 6
CIVL 5213 Foundations and Concrete 3
  xxx3 Concentration Elective/LAS 3
  xxx3 Gen Ed Elective/ Humanities 3




ARCH 7306 Design Studio 5 6
ARCH 7003 Sustainable Building Design 3
  xxx3 Concentration Elective 3
COMP 5703 Technical Writing II 3




ARCH 8306 Design Studio 6 6
ARCH 8003 Professional Practice 3
  xxx3 Concentration Elective 3
  xxx4 Gen Ed Elective 4




ARCH 8716 Design Studio 7-Thesis Defntn 6
ARCH 8713
ARCH 8753 Advanced Structural Concepts 3
  xxx3 Concentration Elective 3




ARCH 8776 Design Studio 8-Thesis Develop 6
ARCH 8793 Professional Development 3
  xxx3 Concentration Elective 3