The LSU School of Architecture offers undergraduate and graduate programs leading to Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees.
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.
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. The College of Art & Design in Rome program is designed to integrate with the curricula in both the architecture and landscape architecture programs at LSU, enabling students to engage in the landscapes and architecture in and around Rome and test observations through design work.
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. In the studio, each student has his or her own dedicated work space. Our faculty and students have an appreciation for other fields and frequently work on cross-disciplinary teams in creating and executing designs.
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.
Bachelor of Architecture
Acquire the skills you need to produce and develop your own architectural designs while becoming familiar with the technical dialogue of architects and expressing your vision through the manipulation of space and form.
The undergraduate degree in architecture requires five-years of study and 162 credit-hours of courses. The program is divided into three phases of study. In the first phase, students develop visual abilities through studio access to complete all first- and second-year architecture course requirements, as well as courses in math, English, and physics and general education requirements in the sciences and humanities before entering the third year. In the second phase, students learn to integrate technical and creative elements with specific architectural projects, and they complete a comprehensive design project. In the final phase, they develop and execute a semester-long project that incorporates all facets of their skills and knowledge.
Master of Architecture
Integrate innovative design with technical, social, and practical concerns to address complex global conditions.
The School of Architecture offers two options for studying architecture at the graduate level, designed to meet the needs of today’s diverse student population. Students without pre-professional degrees are required to complete 36 hours of graduate-level coursework, 18 hours of which must be at the 7000 level, a sequence that typically takes three-and-a-half years. Students with pre-professional degrees are required to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours, of which 15 hours must be at the 7000 level, which generally takes two years to complete. Courses and studios focused on history, theory, sustainability, digital media, and the metropolis provide students with the knowledge to solve real-life problems in the built environment. Studio projects focus on spatial design, Louisiana coastal issues, dynamic systems, tectonic, cultures, and context.