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Architecture--no portfolio required

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About architecture degrees and licensing to become a professional architect:

from the National Council of Architectural Accrediting Board - https://www.ncarb.org/become-architect


In most states, to become licensed, candidates must earn a professional degree in architecture from one of the more than 100 schools of architecture that have degree programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).


However, each state architectural registration board sets its own standards, so graduation from a non-accredited program may meet the educational requirement for licensing in a few states.

There are three degree paths to pursue the NAAB accredited professional degree in architecture:

  • Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.)
  • Master of Architecture: (M. Arch.)
  • Doctor of Architecture: (D. Arch.)


Architecture Programs - no portfolio required 

  • Auburn University (http://cadc.auburn.edu/architecture)
  • Arizona State University  (http://design.asu.edu/)
  • Ball State University (highly recommended)
  • Boston Architectural College (open-admission; www.the-bac.edu)
  • California Polytechnic (aka “Cal Poly”)— Pomona campus
  • California Polytechnic (aka "Cal Poly") - San Luis Obispo campus
  • Carnegie Mellon University (highly recommended)
  • Columbia University
  • Cooper Union (home test required, but not a portfolio) 
  • Drury University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida International University
  • Hobart & William Smith Colleges
  • Iowa State U 
  • Lehigh University
  • Montana State University
  • New York Institute of Technology (www.nyit.edu; offers both Bachelors of Science in Architectural Technology (4 year program) and Bachelor of Architecture (5 year program)
  • North Dakota State University
  • Penn State University
  • Philadelphia University
  • Princeton University 
  • Savannah College of Art & Design - portfolio recommended, BFA program not B Arch
  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • State University of New York (SUNY) at Delhi
  • Texas Tech University
  • Temple University (required if admitted to university, but not Architecture - portfolio requirements)
  • Tulane University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Cincinnati (6-yr. co-op program)
  • U of Colorado
  • University of Florida
  • University of Hawaii - Manoa
  • University of Houston
  • University of Idaho
  • U of Illinois Chicago
  • U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign <www.arch.illinois.edu>
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette <www.louisiana.edu
  • U of Kansas
  • U of Maryland (drawing required but not a portfolio)
  • University of Nevada-Las Vegas
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • University of Texas - Austin 

  • University of Virginia - not a B Arch. program
  • Virginia Tech
  • Washington University St Louis (portfolio recommended)


[compiled from two different NACAC listserv postings, 2006 and 2009 & research]

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