Overview

View of Atkinson Hall from the Quad

View of Atkinson Hall from the Quad

“Architecture should speak of its time and place but yearn for timelessness.”
—Frank Gehry

Architects create structures and environments that enhance the way we live and work. Today’s architects are problem-solvers and artists, creators and scientists who embrace a wide range of architectural problems extending from individual buildings, sites, interiors, and components to large building complexes and city and regional planning.

Architecture, a composite of art, science, and business, is increasingly concerned with the social, technological, and psychological factors that affect our environment. Becoming an architect involves sensitivity to beauty in forms and materials and an understanding of the relationship between people and their surroundings. An architect may work as an individual practitioner, a collaborator, a consultant, or a member of an architectural firm. Preparation for these professional roles requires both formal education and practical experience followed by the passing of a professional examination and registration.

Designing Your Future

The LSU School of Architecture, a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Ranked within the top 10 architecture schools in the South by DesignIntelligence, the school offers a five-year undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) and a three-year graduate program leading to a Master of Architecture (MArch). The architecture programs at LSU include the areas of humanities, mathematics, science, building technology, digital technology, communication, and the synthesis of these areas through architectural design.

LSU School of Architecture students develop a solid foundation of traditional design, hand building, and drawing skills and learn to use computer and technological resources. Our program provides a balance between broadening educational experiences and discipline-focused coursework. In addition to learning how to make buildings, students develop a sense of professionalism and leadership in shaping the world by learning how to see, think, and act creatively. In addition, architecture students learn to express their ideas within a scientific, technical framework.

Where Passion Becomes Genius

The rich cultural heritage and physical setting of southeastern Louisiana and the lower Mississippi Delta region provide an invaluable resource for the study of architecture. The investigation of this shifting and fluid context results in the construction of useful frameworks for grasping architectural issues that can have both local and global import. Faculty and students of the LSU School of Architecture engage in projects that use this ecologically, historically, and economically fertile environment as a context for design projects, service-learning activities, and research. By making these resources central to our endeavors, graduates are set on a course toward professional leadership in the Gulf South, nationally, and globally.