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Department of

Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture (BArch)

BArch Degree Program

Design buildings for private, public and institutional use and leave your impact on the environment as a licensed architect. Our Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) is an accredited, 5-year professional degree providing the foundation for becoming a licensed architect as well as for continued study in a graduate program. It is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

STEM Designation

Our undergraduate professional degree program in architecture (Bachelor of Architecture) has been officially designated as STEM degree program (CIP code 04.0902). With this new designation — which refers to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) — international BArch students are eligible to extend their F-1 visas for up to three years after graduation in order to work in the United States.

As a student you will:

  1. Earn internship hours to put toward your licensure requirement by securing a student internship domestically or abroad.
  2. Participate in class trips to urban centers around the US every semester to enhance your education while reinforcing the impact of architecture on the human condition, culture and the landscape.
  3. Be in demand when you graduate. We are proud to be ranked the 5th “Most Hired From” architecture program in the US by DesignIntelligence.

Students complete the first-year Core Design Program before applying to the Bachelor of Architecture degree program. The architecture program admits 80-100 students annually. Design studios and studio culture are the fundamental components of our degree program.

The Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University provides the foundation for becoming a licensed, registered architect, and it does so within five years — the least time possible. A registration certificate indicates that one has completed architectural school, spent the minimum required time as an intern-architect, and then passed a comprehensive examination designed to measure professional judgment and ability. Because architects directly affect the public health, safety and welfare, registration is an assurance that an individual can practice the profession responsibly.

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