Mission Statement

Building on UVU’s dual mission model, the architecture program seeks to skillfully weave together the current technologies, principles of classicism, vernacular & traditional building, and industry-based coursework to support our non-traditional students and produce “master builder” practice-ready graduates.

Program Description

The newly created Architecture Program at UVU is a five-year professional degree designed to meet the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) requirements. The degree features a rigorous design-oriented curriculum with a solid foundation in technology, practice-based coursework, plan and document generation, building codes, specifications, digital parametric modeling, building information modeling, architectural visualization, digital fabrication, building envelope systems, structural systems, and building sustainability. Students will become experts in current design and building technologies, making them ideal employees in architecture offices and related design & construction industries including civil, mechanical, and electrical.

The program at UVU emphasizes education in the classical and vernacular architecture. Students will research the traditional principles and philosophies of history to encourage a sense of community, a balance and respect with our natural environment, and wise use of limited resources and energy. Program coursework will study the past to inform the future. We emphasize the enduring design standards from history to inform and incorporate ideas into cutting edge technologies and solutions for modern society.

The program is structured as a two plus three stackable credential, awarding an Associate of Science in Engineering Design Technology after the first two years and a comprehensive Bachelor's degree for the final three years. This allows students who do not wish to pursue licensure a two-year path into the profession. In their final three years, students engage in coursework which readies them to become licensed, practicing architects, projects managers, principals, owners, and community leaders in the profession. Students acquire leadership skills through courses in professional practice, ethics, and architectural registration exam preparation.

Students learn to design buildings in a historical and cultural context through rigorous coursework in history, theory, culture, study abroad, and community service projects. Concurrently, students engage in arts and science courses to expand critical thinking. Transfer students with associate degrees from other institutions are invited to apply for admission into year three and are accepted based on transcript and portfolio review.  A total of at least 151 hours of coursework is required for the Architecture degree.  

Please note: Students accepted to the 3rd year of the Architecture Degree Program are required to purchase a quality laptop computer before the beginning of the Fall semester.  It will be used for the final 3 years on multiple design projects.



Rendering of Spanish Fork Library        Rendering

Student Outcomes

  • Design Thinking Skills. Ability to raise clear and precise questions, use abstract ideas to interpret information, consider diverse points of view, reach well-reasoned conclusions, and test alternative outcomes against relevant criteria and standards.
  • Technical Documentation. Ability to make technically clear drawings, write outline specifications, and prepare models illustrating and identifying the assembly of materials, systems, and components appropriate for a building design.
  • Investigative Skills. Ability to gather, assess, record, apply, and comparatively evaluate relevant information within architectural coursework and design processes.
  • Ordering Systems. Understanding of the fundamentals of both natural and formal ordering systems and the capacity of each to inform two- and three-dimensional design.
  • Historical Traditions and Global Culture. Understanding of parallel and divergent canons and traditions of architecture, landscape and urban design including examples of indigenous, vernacular, local, regional, national settings from the Eastern, Western, Northern, and Southern hemispheres in terms of their climatic, ecological, technological, socioeconomic, public health, and cultural factors.
  • Accessibility. Ability to design sites, facilities, and systems to provide independent and integrated use by individuals with physical (including mobility), sensory, and cognitive disabilities.
  • Sustainability. Ability to design projects that optimize, conserve, or reuse natural and built resources, provide healthful environments for occupants/users, and reduce the environmental impacts of building construction and operations on future generations through means such as carbon-neutral design, bioclimatic design, and energy efficiency.
  • Site Design. Ability to respond to site characteristics such as soil, topography, vegetation, and watershed in the development of a project design.
  • Life Safety. Ability to apply the basic principles of life-safety systems with an emphasis on egress.
  • Environmental Systems. Understanding the principles of environmental systems’ design such as embodied energy, active and passive heating and cooling, indoor air quality, solar orientation, daylighting and artificial illumination, and acoustics; including the use of appropriate performance assessment tools.
  • Structural Systems. Understanding of the basic principles of structural behavior in withstanding gravity and lateral forces and the evolution, range, and appropriate application of contemporary structural systems.


Bachelor of Architecture (B-Arch) Accreditation

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 preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program expects to achieve initial accreditation within six years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented

In order to meet the educational requirements, set forth by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, an applicant for an NCARB Certificate must hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the NAAB; the degree must have been awarded not more than two years prior to initial accreditation. However, meeting the education requirement for the NCARB Certificate may not be equivalent to meeting the education requirement for registration in a specific jurisdiction. Please contact NCARB for more information.

As of Spring 2019, Utah Valley University’s proposed professional architecture degree program, Bachelor of Architecture, began seeking candidacy for accreditation through the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). UVU's Bachelor of Architecture degree program has been accepted as eligible for candidacy as of December 2020. The program is currently scheduled to have a virtual visit for initial candidacy from NAAB in Fall 2021. 

NAAB Conditions and Procedures for Accreditation

Architecture Program Reports, Annual Reports, and Visiting Team Reports

  • 2021 Achitecture Program Report (under review)

Architect Registration Examination Pass Rates

Additional Resources

National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)  www.naab.org

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture  www.acsa-arch.org

American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)  www.aias.org

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)  www.NCARB.org

American Institute of Architects (AIA)  www.aia.org

AIA Emerging Professionals Companion  https://www.aia.org/career-center/emerging-professionals