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.
When you come to the School of Architecture, you benefit from the resources of a large state school and the close-knit feel of a smaller program. Undergraduate classes have a student faculty ratio of 20:1 during the first two years, and 15:1 in upper level classes. Graduate studios and seminars have a student faculty ratio of 12:1. You will find yourself surrounded by a community of familiar faces, where you can learn, create, and grow together.
BArch candidate Christopher James received the 2016 LSU Discover Scholar Award in recognition of his research that reimagined architecture for the Coastwide Reference Monitoring System.
BArch candidate Malachi Pursley is a Stamps Scholar and recipient of the Hearst Foundations scholarship. “The foundation classes opened my eyes to the design process and what we should be looking at as architects.”
MArch candidate Ana Orosco was awarded an $18,000 fellowship by the American Association of University Women. Her research focuses on strategies to increase resilience and social inclusion in urban coastal settings.
With a wide variety of travel opportunities and programs, you can tailor your studies to meet your particular interests. Field trips, class excursions, and study abroad programs provide opportunities for students to visit major architectural centers. Our educational approach affirms the value of the studio-based design educational model—active learning that emphasizes dialogue, collaboration, risk-taking, and learning by doing.
We offer plenty of opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities, such as service-learning through volunteerism, entering design competitions, and joining one or more student organizations, and graduate students may apply for assistantships relative to their areas of interest within the school.
Offered during the fall semester, Art + Design in Rome is a 17-week, 15-credit-hour design curriculum taught designed to integrate within the curriculum in the School of Architecture.
The LSU School of Architecture is one of 10 schools invited to participate in the annual Designing Resilience in Asia International Design Competition held at the National University of Singapore’s School of Design and Environment.
There are LSU chapters of the American Institute of Architects, the National Organization of Minority Architects, and Students for Historic Preservation. There’s no need to limit yourself to just one!
The Study of Architecture
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.
Graduates of our programs hold leadership positions in firms in major cities across the United States and abroad, including New York, New Orleans, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., London, and beyond. Visit Architecture Alumni to see where our graduates are working.
Henry David Louth is a computational designer and design researcher at Zaha Hadid Architects in London. He has worked on projects ranging from retail rollouts to university renovations to new commercial and interiors to product design, prototyping, and civic design across the U.S. and abroad.
Nicole Hilton, LSU’s first female African American to obtain her architecture license, is a founding partner and design architect at ColeHil in Atlanta. Her work experience includes a variety of projects in aviation, higher education, commercial, civic, and religious architect.
Charles Jones is a founding partner of One to One Design in New Orleans and digital fabrication director of the CNC lab at Tulane’s School of Architecture.One to One’s strength is in leveraging technology to enhance the design process, using innovative techniques to test ideas and discover design opportunities.
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.