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  Nov 22, 2017
2017-2018 University Catalog


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George Proctor, Chair

Robert Alexander
Lauren Weiss Bricker
Kip Dickson
Michael A. Fox
Luis Hoyos
Pablo La Roche
Denise Lawrence
Juintow Lin
Sarah Lorenzen
Gary L. McGavin
Alexander Ortenberg
Axel Prichard Schmitzberger
Marc Schulitz
Irma Ramirez
Hofu Wu

The degree, Bachelor of Architecture, is offered in a five-year curriculum, which focuses on the design laboratory. The design studio sequence consists of three segments: 1) A three-year basic core; 2) a technology-intensive topic studio and an urban design studio taken in fourth year, and two quarters of topic studios taken jointly by fourth- and fifth-year students; and 3) a culminating senior project taken over two quarters.

The degree, Master of Architecture, is offered in a three-year curriculum. For additional information regarding the graduate program, refer to the Graduate Studies section of this catalog.

Course work within the Department of Architecture is open only to those students who have been admitted to the Department and are designated Architecture majors. 

All work produced becomes the property of the department.

All undergraduate and graduate students entering College of Environmental Design programs are required to purchase a computer that meets departmental specifications. All applicants are invited to check with the department office or go to the department's website to obtain these specifications. Financial aid assistance for this computer purchase is available to students qualifying for Federal Student Aid (requested via the FAFSA application). Please contact the University's Office of Financial Aid (909-869-3700) for additional information.

Prior to graduation, all students are required to register for NCARB IDP and fulfill 500 hours of internship through NCARB. For more information, please see the department website.

The Department of Architecture is a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Courses are taught by a faculty of professionals engaged in practice, education, and research.

In the United States, most 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 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.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, College of Environmental Design, Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

B. Arch. (225 undergraduate quarter credits)

M.Arch. (non-pre-professional degree + 152 quarter credits)

Accreditation visit for both programs occurred in February 2014 and both the Master and Bachelor programs received an eight-year term of accreditation. The program is scheduled for its next accreditation visit in 2022.

Admission to the Program

Because the program offered by the Department of Architecture is oversubscribed, applications are accepted only during the initial filing period of October 1 - November 30.  As a result of state impaction requirements, the department admits only a small number of applicants who are not residents of California to the undergraduate program.

All candidates must meet regular University admission standards as well as additional standards required by the Department of Architecture. For specific admission information, please contact the College of Environmental Design Office of Student Affairs at (909) 869-2670 or visit the Department of Architecture website at

Among other requirements, transfer applicants to Architecture must complete all of their "Golden Four" courses (college-level English composition, speech, critical thinking and mathematics) with a grade of "C" or better. These courses shall all have been completed by the end of the spring quarter in which the student applies to the program (ex: by the end of spring 2015 for entrance in fall 2016).





      UNDERGRADUATE COURSES: Courses open only to declared ARC Majors unless otherwise specified. 

      GRADUATE COURSES: NOTE: For graduate prerequisite course descriptions, see undergraduate section.

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