Department of Architecture Honor Code
The Honor Code of the University of Memphis Department of Architecture states: "I
will not lie, cheat, or steal nor tolerate those who do."
New Student Orientation (details)
All incoming First Year students must attend the UofM New Student Orientation (NSO).
There are special NSO sessions specifically for Architecture and Interior Design majors
(12-13 June, 10-11 July, and 24-25 July 2017). The deadline to sign up for one of
these sessions is 15 May 2017. Parents are encouraged to attend the NSO sessions
in the Department of Architecture with the students. Transfer students should consult
with the Department of Architecture regarding NSO.
BFA Entrance Evaluation Portfolio
All students intending to pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree within the Department
of Architecture must complete the Entrance Evaluation. This is in addition to the admission
requirements of the University of Memphis. The Evaluation consists of an application
form, a writing element, and a portfolio of representative work. Submissions are
reviewed by faculty and applicants are accepted on the basis of potential in the study
of architecture or interior design. More information is provided at the Department
of Architecture New Student Orientation (see above) and in the ARCH 1120 Introduction
to Architecture + Design course.
Transfer students seeking advanced standing should submit a portfolio representing
previously completed architecture or interior design studio work as well as detailed professional/technical
course information. The review committee will determine if the work is equivalent
to comparable courses at the University of Memphis. Placement in the degree program
is dependent upon the review. Even if admitted with advanced standing, the student
may be required to remedy previous course deficiencies. For more information, please
contact the Department of Architecture.
BFA Candidacy Review Portfolio (details)
A Candidacy Review Portfolio must be submitted after completion of the BFA core with
a grade of C or better in all courses. This occurs at the end of the fourth semester
of study. Representative work from all architecture and interior design core courses
must be included in the Portfolio. Admission to the University of Memphis and completion
of the core courses do not guarantee placement in the BFA degree program. Admission
is selective and is based on an evaluation of the Portfolio and course work reflecting
professional standards and expectations of the Department of Architecture.
After review, the candidate is notified of one of the following: (1) full acceptance
into the BFA degree program, (2) one semester acceptance into the program on a probationary
basis, (3) recommendation to correct the deficiencies and reapply, (4) recommendation
to pursue general studies courses for a year and reapply, or (5) denial of admission
into the Program. Permission to enroll in any 3000-4000 level course within the Department
of Architecture is based upon this review. Consultation with a faculty advisor is
strongly recommended before or during preparation of the Candidacy Review Portfolio.
Department of Architecture Studio Culture Policy (details)
The Department of Architecture focuses on fostering a studio environment that provides high
quality educational experiences while pursuing new knowledge through research, artistic
expression, and interdisciplinary and engaged scholarship. By creating and maintaining
an environment that is both positive and respectful, the creative process is much
more likely to emerge and succeed. The Studio Culture Policy was developed by the
University of Memphis Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students in
partnership with the faculty of the Department of Architecture. It is reviewed and
Several scholarships are available to architecture and interior design students through
the Department of Architecture. These are:
Looney Ricks Kiss Architects Endowed Scholarship
Van Walton Memorial Scholarship
Dempsie Morrison, Jr. CSI Memphis Memorial Scholarship
Department of Architecture AIAS Merit Scholarship
American Institute of Architects AIAS Scholarship
James Weaver Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Interior Design
In addition, the University of Memphis and the College of Communication and Fine Arts
offer academic and other scholarships at various levels in a number of different categories.
Awards and Special Recognition
The Department of Architecture offers several special awards either through the Department
or in partnership with professional and academic organizations. These are:
American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal
American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Certificate
Alpha Rho Chi Bronze Medal
Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) Jonathan King Student Medal
Tau Sigma Delta National Architecture Honor Society Bronze Medal
Department of Architecture Graduate Achievement Award
Department of Architecture Creative Achievement Award (undergraduate)
Department of Architecture Academic Achievement Award (undergraduate)
The Department of Architecture is home to four registered student organizations. These
are the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), the Construction Specifications Institute Student Affiliate (CSI-S), the International Interior Design Association Campus Center (IIDA-CC), and the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS). The Department also has a chapter of Tau Sigma Delta (TSD), the national architecture and design honor society.
These organizations sponsor various events throughout the academic year including
workshops, special lectures, and site visits to architecture and design offices and
built and under construction projects. They offer an opportunity to meet other students
and practicing professionals through participation in professional, educational, and
Membership in AIAS, CSI-S, IIDA-CC, and NOMAS is open to any student in architecture,
interior design, or a related area of study. Students may join at any time. Membership
in TSD is based upon academic excellence demonstrated by students who have completed at least
five semesters in architecture or interior design.
All architecture and interior design students must meet with a Department of Architecture
advisor prior to being permitted to enroll in courses offered by the Department. In
addition to general advising sessions, students may schedule an appointment to meet
individually with an advisor. Professor Sherry Bryan, winner of the University of
Memphis Distinguished Advisor Award for Faculty, serves as advising coordinator for
the Department of Architecture.