2016-2017 Academic Catalog: Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Undergraduate Studies – Architecture
Leading to a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree (BS-Arch)

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS-Arch) program’s rigorous course of study centers on the design studio, where students work closely with faculty in their explorations of design and design methods. Associated courses in history, theory, technology, and professional practice are often closely related to design studio problems. Student learning is enhanced by two semesters of cooperative work experience as well as study abroad options.

All entering freshmen are admitted to the four-year BS-Arch program. During the sophomore year students focus their educational interests by choosing one of the three concentrations outlined below.

Upon successful completion of the BS-Arch curriculum, Wentworth students may apply to the one-year M.Arch program at Wentworth They also may elect to continue their architectural studies at another institution or gain professional experience. Every student who applies to the M.Arch program must submit an application. It is important to note that if a student’s GPA is 3.2 or higher for all undergraduate architecture courses, the student is automatically admitted into the Wentworth M.Arch program. If the GPA is below 3.2 then the student must apply and submit a portfolio to the M.Arch program and admission is based on a review of that application.

BS-Arch Program Concentrations

The undergraduate program in architecture offers three areas of concentration, which allow students to pursue a particular focus within their study of architecture. The core architectural education is equivalent across concentrations, and all achieve the same learning outcomes. Students express their preference of concentrations during their second year (see ‘Concentration Selection Process’ below).

Adaptive Interventions

This concentration investigates architecture as a discipline in which the primary focus is on interventions into contingent existing conditions.  Adaptive re-use, regenerative urbanism, sustainability, critical regionalism and related strategies are addressed at scales ranging from the individual building to the urban environment.

Emerging Technologies

This concentration explores the material nature of architecture, the craft of building, and the role of emerging technologies as they inform the design process. It emphasizes the broad architectural and cultural implications of technology, and advances an ethos of research through making.

Urbanism

This concentration focuses on the influence of the arts and humanities, ecology and landscape, economics and politics, and society on design at the urban scale. It challenges students to explore the representation of complex social, cultural and ecological systems as a form of research and offers students the skills and insights necessary to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries and to provide leadership in reshaping our cities.

BS-Arch Concentration Selection Process
At the end of the fall semester, second-year students are required to select a concentration that best suits their interests. Students confer in advance with their academic advisor and studio faculty about which concentration is the most logical fit.

Cooperative Work Experience

The Architecture Department has a substantial and well-established cooperative education component embedded in the curriculum. BS-Arch students spend two semesters working in an architectural or allied design professional office. The department collaborates with the Institute’s Center for Cooperative Education and Career Services to reinforce the learning content of these placements. Work experience may be applied to the Intern Development Program (IDP)—a required step toward professional licensure.

Study Abroad Programs

The Department of Architecture offers several one-semester study abroad options for students in the BS-Arch program. The curriculum during this semester is fully aligned with required program coursework in Boston, allowing normal progress towards graduation. Participation is by application; the program accepts a limited number of students and is selective.

The department currently sponsors study abroad programs in Berlin, Germany, and Girona, Spain, led by resident architects who are Wentworth faculty members. During their residence abroad, students work closely with local design and planning professionals as well as with local students and community groups. The program includes intensive travel-based coursework, which gives students additional cultural perspective.

Degree Details

Total credits for degree: 134

This is a four-year program that begins in the fall of the student’s first year and is planned to end in the spring semester of the fourth year.

Starting in the second semester of their sophomore year, students are placed in one of three concentrations – Adaptive Interventions, Emerging Technologies, or Urbanism – which is the focus of selected courses until their senior year.

Special Grade Requirement

The Architecture Department has a special grade requirement that applies to all design studio courses from the sophomore year onward. Students in the BS-Arch degree program must comply with the following design studio grade requirement:

Final grade must be C or better if the final grade in the previous design studio is less than a C.

Students who receive a final grade below C for two consecutive semesters are not permitted to continue in the program until they successfully repeat the 2nd studio for which they received a sub-standard grade.

Architecture - Adaptive Interventions Concentration

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 14)

  • ARCH1000, Studio 01
  • MATH1000, College Mathematics I
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 14)

  • ARCH1500, Studio 02
  • MATH1500, Precalculus
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

  • ARCH2000, Studio 03
  • ARCH2100, History/Theory 01
  • ARCH2200, Technology 01
  • ARCH2222, IDP Registration
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester

  • COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester (total credits 18)

  • ARCH2550, Studio 04
  • ARCH2600, History/Theory 02
  • ARCH2700, Technology 02
  • PHYS1000, College Physics I

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 17)

  • ARCH3050, Studio 05
  • ARCH3200, Technology 03
  • ARCH3400, Structures 01
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Junior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 17)

  • ARCH3550, Studio 06
  • ARCH3700, Concentration Studies
  • ARCH3900, Structures 02
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Junior Year, Summer Semester

  • COPP4500, Co-op Work Term II

Senior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

  • ARCH4050, Studio 07
  • ARCH3700, Concentration Studies
  • ELECTIVE, Architecture
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

  • ARCH5500, Studio 08
  • ELECTIVE, Architecture
  • ELECTIVE, Architecture
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Architecture - Emerging Technologies Concentration

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 14)

  • ARCH1000, Studio 01
  • MATH1000, College Mathematics I
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 14)

  • ARCH1500, Studio 02
  • MATH1500, Precalculus
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

  • ARCH2000, Studio 03
  • ARCH2100, History/Theory 01
  • ARCH2200, Technology 01
  • ARCH2222, IDP Registration
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester

  • COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester (total credits 18)

  • ARCH2525, Studio 04
  • ARCH2600, History/Theory 02
  • ARCH2700, Technology 02
  • PHYS1000, College Physics I

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 17)

  • ARCH3025, Studio 05
  • ARCH3200, Technology 03
  • ARCH3400, Structures 01
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Junior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 17)

  • ARCH3525, Studio 06
  • ARCH3700, Concentration Studies
  • ARCH3900, Structures 02
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Junior Year, Summer Semester

  • COPP4500, Co-op Work Term II

Senior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

  • ARCH4025, Studio 07
  • ARCH3700, Concentration Studies
  • ELECTIVE, Architecture
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

  • ARCH5500, Studio 08
  • ELECTIVE, Architecture
  • ELECTIVE, Architecture
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Architecture - Urbanism Concentration

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 14)

  • ARCH1000, Studio 01
  • MATH1000, College Mathematics I
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 14)

  • ARCH1500, Studio 02
  • MATH1500, Precalculus
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

  • ARCH2000, Studio 03
  • ARCH2100, History/Theory 01
  • ARCH2200, Technology 01
  • ARCH2222, IDP Registration
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester

  • COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester (total credits 18)

  • ARCH2500, Studio 04
  • ARCH2600, History/Theory 02
  • ARCH2700, Technology 02
  • PHYS1000, College Physics I

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 17)

  • ARCH3000, Studio 05
  • ARCH3200, Technology 03
  • ARCH3400, Structures 01
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Junior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 17)

  • ARCH3500, Studio 06
  • ARCH3700, Concentration Studies
  • ARCH3900, Structures 02
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Junior Year, Summer Semester

  • COPP4500, Co-op Work Term II

Senior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

  • ARCH4000, Studio 07
  • ARCH3700, Concentration Studies
  • ELECTIVE, Architecture
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

  • ARCH5500, Studio 08
  • ELECTIVE, Architecture
  • ELECTIVE, Architecture
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

ENGL/HSS Note:

Day program students are required to complete at least: 

  • One course in Humanities 
  • One course in the Social Sciences 
  • The remaining courses may be from either Humanities or Social Sciences category

Students with a three English course sequence may use the third English course to satisfy a Humanities requirement.

For more information about the English, Humanities, and Social Science requirements please refer to the Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate section of this catalog