School of Architecture

The School of Architecture is a progressive design laboratory of highly passionate students and a distinguished faculty of practicing architects, who work together to explore the boundaries of one of the most compelling professions you can enter today.

Our highly diverse and international community enables us to cultivate a unique culture from which we address questions for the future of our globalized world.


Our Curriculum

Architecture graduates are critical thinkers and problem solvers who develop a diverse range of skills and qualities during their studies. Supported by the insight of practicing faculty, we strive to educate future architects who are able to bridge artistic vision with technical comprehension. Through our programs, we enable our students to become responsible leaders in their field, who have the skills to envision, design and construct a viable future.

School of Architecture Introduction Video

Get to know our school, see faculty and students in action and hear them speak about our collaborative approach and our philosophy of engagement.

Learn Online

The Architecture program offers accredited undergraduate and graduate online degrees taught by practicing architects. Our online classes have been modeled to teach contemporary processes of architectural design, from an initial idea to the technical complexities of building construction. Since 2002, Academy of Art University has helped thousands of online students from all over the world realize their professional and creative ambitions.

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Our Facilities

Experience sophisticated physical building design with our emerging digital fabrication tools, our fully equipped professional wood shop, and design studio spaces that reflect the culture of contemporary architectural practice.

Alumni Success

Mary Telling

Part of being an Architect includes thinking in a disciplined way about the experience of those who will use the design. That’s the approach School of Architecture graduate Mary Telling takes as she focuses her design skills on creating affordable housing. Working as a project designer for affordable housing projects across the Bay Area, Telling applies all the lessons and tools she’s learned to benefit the lives of those in the communities she serves. Check out her video!

Our Faculty

Our faculty of practicing architects accumulates a wealth of experience in the design and execution of outstanding buildings across the globe. Their diverse backgrounds and personal expertise are providing you with invaluable knowledge, as well as networking opportunities that can lead to internships and rewarding careers. The following slides exhibit recently completed buildings and designs by our faculty.

Featured Alumni


Special Programs

Our international lecture series brings a diverse mix of highly distinguished guests and interesting young practices to our school to engage with faculty and students and to talk about their work.

Careers in Architecture

As one of the top art and design schools in the country, Academy of Art University architecture graduates have a range of opportunities to choose from. Our facilities, faculty, and hands-on learning approach are designed to provide you with the tools you need to succeed as a professional architect.

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Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
Foster + Partners
Henning Larsen
Huang Iboshi Architecture
Mork Ulnes
Smithgroup JJR
SOM Architecture
Woods Bagot


About NAAB Accreditation

NAAB Accreditation

The National Architectural Accrediting Board [] In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree. The Academy of Art University, School of Architecture, offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

  • B. Arch. (162 undergraduate credits)

Next accreditation visit: 2026 Link to NAAB APRs and VTRs:

  • M. Arch. (pre-professional degree + 63 graduate credits)
  • M. Arch. (non-pre-professional degree + 87 graduate credits) Next accreditation visit: 2021

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