Once upon a time...
...SoA students bemoaned the shortage of time in their schedules to hone their interdisciplinary chops.*
Head of School Steve Lee listened—and made changes.
A B.Arch curriculum that distinguishes CMU SoA completely by leveraging the unparalleled opportunities at Carnegie Mellon. Our students graduate with a professional degree that prepares them to excel in practice—but that also launches them into key specialties within the profession.
Here’s how it works.
All students begin with a highly scripted three-year sequence of foundation courses and studios—the fundamental, core architecture education essential for every professional. In the fourth and fifth years, students follow a path forged by their own interests, choosing an Advanced Synthesis Option Studio (ASOS) and electives each semester.
You might specialize: if your heart is in architectural robotics, you could take a robotics-based ASOS four semesters in a row—and university-wide supporting electives to match. Or you could hybridize: our students are building bizarre and beautiful niches for themselves at the crossroads of sustainability and computation, or urban design and building performance—the very combinations that will save the world a decade from now. Or (the options!) you could take a more traditional route, opting for studios whose work builds in complexity, until you graduate ready to design extensive, complex building systems.
For students seeking a non-professional degree integrating architecture with another field of study, Carnegie Mellon offers the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs. BXA students graduate with a Bachelor of Humanities and Arts, a Bachelor of Science and Arts, or a Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts degree.
We provide the opportunities, the guidance, and the expertise; you provide the passion.
Where do you want to go?
Recent Advanced SyNthesis Option Studios
*This is the sort of thing SoA students bemoan.