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. 

 

The result?

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?

 

Core Studios

Foundation: First Year Fall

Foundation:
First Year Fall

Foundation: First Year Spring

Foundation:
First Year Spring

Elaboration: Second Year Fall

Elaboration:
Second Year Fall

Elaboration: Second Yr Spring

Elaboration:
Second Yr Spring

Integration: Third Year Fall

Integration:
Third Year Fall

Integration: Third Year Spring

Integration:
Third Year Spring


Recent Advanced SyNthesis Option Studios

Joshua Bard Robotic Affordances  

Joshua Bard
Robotic Affordances  

Eddy Man Kim Liminal Interventions

Eddy Man Kim
Liminal Interventions

Dana Cupkova Other Natures  

Dana Cupkova
Other Natures
 

Vivian Loftness STEAMBox

Vivian Loftness
STEAMBox

Rami el Samahy Campus / City  

Rami el Samahy
Campus / City

 

Scott Smith Furniture

Scott Smith
Furniture

Jeremy Ficca Matter Matters

Jeremy Ficca
Matter Matters

John Folan Urban Design Build Studio

John Folan
Urban Design Build Studio

Hal Hayes Adaptive Reuse

Hal Hayes
Adaptive Reuse



*This is the sort of thing SoA students bemoan.