About Program

Building on UVU’s dual mission model, the architecture program seeks to skillfully weave together current technologies with the design principles of classicism, vernacular and traditional building methods, and multidisciplinary industry-based coursework. We support the non-traditional student by producing “master builder” practice-ready graduates who are equipped to tackle the challenges of designing within a multicultural global context and addressing the needs of the 21st century.


Program Values

  1. Aesthetics: We celebrate the creative process by teaching our students to cultivate their imagination, refine their craft, and design with beauty. This is accomplished when a building’s composition (i.e., the whole and parts) reveals an inner harmony and unity. We do this by grounding our students in timeless and tested design principles, patterns, proportions, sacred geometry, and spatial relationships inherent in nature and the classical tradition. Students also address the ethical function and aesthetics of architecture by understanding the built environment’s phenomenological effect on human perception, behavior, and experience. We encourage students to produce architecture that moves beyond prose and into poetry – an architecture that transforms chaos into cosmos and inspires the human spirit.
  2. Culture: We infuse our students with an understanding of the importance of defending the authenticity of the human experience by honoring and preserving the spirit of a place, its culture, traditions, memory, and history. We study architectural precedents to learn from the past and address design challenges in a culturally and contextually sensitive way. We teach students the importance of approaching the design process with empathy, compassion, and humility so one might build upon the past and preserve the embodied history of architecture.
  3. Technology: We promote creative problem solving by equipping out students with the technical skills to address the needs of the 21st century. Instead of succumbing to the aesthetics of speed, newness, and innovation, we focus instead on providing a timeless education balanced between theory and practice. This includes topics ranging from community engagement to globalization, historic preservation to adaptive reduce, building science to evidence-based design, environmental stewardship to wise resource management, new urbanism to revitalization of cities.
  4. Well-being: In addition to architecture’s need to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare, we teach our students to transcend those expectations and produce sustainable environments that enrich the human experience by promoting healing and well-being. Our traditional approach to design teaches students to look beyond the contemporary aesthetics of speed, newness, and consumerism and instead focus on the durability, longevity, and adaptive-reuse potential of buildings. Building for time is a form of environmental stewardship and wise resource management which supports the University’s campus-wide sustainability initiative.


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Degree Map

  1. A.S. Engineering Design Technoloy
    (Architectural Drafing & Design Track)

    Years 1 & 2

    See A.S. Degree Map
  2. Matriculation to Bachelor of Architecture (B-Arch) Degree Program
    • Complete the following courses below with a C grade or better
    • Submit application to Dept. by March 15th (no applications are being accepted for 2021, see below)
    • Submit 10 page portfolio to Dept by March 15th (no applications are being accepted for 2021, see below)
    Matriculation courses to Complete:
    • PHYS 1010 or PHYS 2010
    • EGDT 1020 3D Arch. Modeling
    • EGDT 1100 Architectutral Drafting
    • EGDT 2100 Materials & Methods
    • EGDT 2600 Applied Structures I
    • ARC 1010 Classical Arch. Workshop
    • ARC 2110 Architecture Studio I
    • ARC 2210 Architecture Studio II
    • ARC 2220 Construction Docs. & Specs.

    Before being formally admitted into the Bachelor of Architecture (B-Arch) degree program, students must matriculate into the Architecture Cohort (the final 3 years of the program) by either completing the A.S. Engineering Design Technology (Architecture Drafting and Design Track) with a minimum grade of C or better in all courses, OR by completing matriculation requirements

    All Architecture students must complete a Matriculation Application and Portfolio by the appointed deadline (March 15th) during the Spring semester prior to the Fall Bachelor Degree cohort to which the student desires to gain entry.

    Subsequently an official acceptance letter must be obtained from the Architecture Program Coordinator prior to taking any further upper division Architecture courses.

    Part-time students may be admitted into the Architecture cohort and may be allowed to proceed through the program at their own pace.


    NOTE ABOUT 2021 APPLICATIONS: The Bachelor of Architecture degree program is currently not accepting applications from individuals who have not yet completed the matriculation courses outlined above. Individuals who were planning on formally applying to the Bachelor of Architecture degree program during Spring 2021 are encouraged to take any outstanding matriculation courses above during the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. This will prepare them for their formal application to the Bachelor of Architecture degree program in Spring 2022. For any further questions, please contact the Architecture Program Coordinator.

    Architecture (B-Arch) Application Document

    Portfolio Requirements

  3. Bachelor of Architecture Degree Map
    FALL SEMESTER 15 Credit Hours SPRING SEMESTER 15 Credit Hours
    ARC 3110 Architecture Studio III (6 hours) ARC 3210 Architecture Studio IV (6)
    ARC 3120 Architectural Graphics (3 hours) ARC 3220 Passive Environmental Systems (3 hours)
    CMGT 405G (GI) Sustainability (3 hours) ARC 3230 Global History of Architecture to 1700 (3 hours)
    EGDT 2610 Applied Structures II Strengths of Materials (3 hours) ARC 3130 Codes & Construction Law (3 hours)
    FALL SEMESTER 15 Credit Hours SPRING SEMESTER 15 Credit Hours
    ARC 4110 Architecture Studio V (6 hours) ARC 4210 Architecture Studio VI (6 hours)
    ARC 4120 Active Environmental Systems (3 hours) ARC 4220 Building Envelop and Science (3 hours)
    ARC 4130 Global History of Architecture since1700 (3 hours) ARC 4530 Culture & Behavior in Architecture (3 hours)
    ARC 4520 Architectural Theory (3) Architectural Elective (3 hours)
    FALL SEMESTER 15 Credit Hours SPRING SEMESTER 16 Credit Hours
    ARC 4510 Architecture Studio VII Integrative Design (6 hours) ARC 4610 Architecture Studio VIII Capstone (7 hours)
    ARC 4230 Capstone Research  (3 hours) Architectural Elective (3 hours)
    ARC 4540 Professional Practice (3 hours) Architectural Elective (3 hours)
    Architectural Elective (3 hours) ARC 459R Special Topic in Architecture (3 hours)

    Students are required to take 15 credit hours of approved architectural electives. These can be taken at any point throughout the degree. This degree map locates them in the 4th and 5th year, but we recommend summer classes if they are offered to alleviate workloads in Fall and Spring semesters.
    Approved Architectural Electives:
    COURSE Course Name
    ARC 459R Special Topics in Architecture (Strongly Recommended)
    EGDT 1040 Fundamentals of Technical Engineering Drawing (3)
    EGDT 1050 Introduction to 3D Printing (2)
    EGDT 1070 3 Dimensional Modeling Inventor (3)
    EGDT 1071 3 Dimensional Modeling -Solidoworks (3)
    EGDT 1200 Mechanical Drafting (3)
    EGDT 1300 Structural Drafting (3)
    EGDT 1400 Surveying Applications and Field Techniques (3)
    EGDT 1720 Architectural Rendering FF (3)
    EGDT 2300 Advanced Structural CAD (3)
    EGDT 2310  Structrual Steel Modeling (3)
    EGDT 2400 Surveying Applications and Field Techniques II (3)
    ART 1810 Introduction to Interior Design (3)
    ART 1820 Interior Space Design (3)
    ART 1830 Residential Interior Design (3)
    ART 2815 Historical Architecture and Interior Design FF (3)
    ART 2825 Modern Architecture Interiors and Furnishings (3)
    ARTH 2710 History of Art to the Renaissance FF (3)
    ARTH 2720 History of Art from the Renaissance FF (3)
    ARTH 3010 History of Design and Visual Arts (3)
    ARTH 3015 Ancient Art of Egypt and the Near East (3)
    ARTH 3020 Classical Art and Architecture History (3)
    ARTH 3030 Medieval Art and Architecture History (3)
    ARTH 3040 Renaissance Art History (3)
    ARTH 3050 Baroque Art and Architecture History (3)
    ARTH 3060 Nineteenth-Century Art History (3)
    ARTH 3080 History of Architecture (3)
    ARTH 3100 History of American Art and Architecture (3)
    CAW 1100 Artistic Wood Design (3)
    CMGT 1190 Concrete and Framing Lab (3)
    CMGT 1010 Introduction to Construction Management WE (3)
    CMGT 1220 Finishing Lab (3)
    CMGT 1020 Construction Materials and Methods I (3)
    CMGT 2010 Construction Materials and Methods II (3)
    CMGT 2080 Principles of Construction Scheduling (3)
    CMGT 3030 Principles of Construction Estimating (3)
    CMGT 3140 Construction Real Estate (3)
    CMGT 3160 Building Information Modeling (3)
    CMGT 4010 Construction Contracts (3)
    DGM 1220 Digital Design Essentials (3)
    DGM 1620 Survey of Animation (3)
    DGM 1660 Introduction to 3D Modeling and Surfacing (3)
    DGM 2210 3D Modeling and Animation Essentials (4)
    DGM 2250 Principles of Digital Design (3)

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of a minimum of 151 semester credits required for the B-Arch degree; at least 60 credit hours must be upper-division courses.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.5 or above, with a minimum grade of C in all architecture courses and elective requirements.
  3. Residency hours: Minimum of 30 credit hours of B-ARCH courses through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.  Students are responsible for completing all prerequisite courses.
  5. Successful completion of at least one Global/intercultural course.
  6. All transfer credits must be approved in writing by UVU and the B-ARCH program coordinator.

Per NAAB accreditation standards, the B-Arch program requires a minimum of 150 credit hours.