Thank you for your interest in the Department of Architecture.
For students wishing to study architecture, we offer the professional Master of Architecture
degree and the pre-professional Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Architecture.
Together, these degrees make up the "4+2" curriculum which meets the national educational
standards to become an architect.
For students wishing to study interior design, we offer the professional Bachelor
of Fine Arts degree with a major in Interior Design. This degree meets the educational
requirements to become an interior designer.
We believe students are our most important asset. This is reflected in the close
working relationship between faculty and students in the design studios and professional/technical
courses. In the design studio, students quickly find the value in peer critiques
and comments. Whether in a formal setting or an informal late night conversation,
beginning students and more advanced students learn from each other and build upon
their experiences to enhance their success in the studio.
At the Department of Architecture New Student Orientation, you will meet students
from the Architecture Program and the Interior Design Program who have volunteered
to mentor new students. Through this orientation and mentoring program, you will
have the opportunity to talk with outstanding students about their work, the demands
of the curriculum, and special events. You will receive valuable tips on how to best
take advantage of the variety of experiences offered by the Department of Architecture
including advice on classes, techniques, model-making supplies, books, and a variety
of other subjects.
Our students benefit from participating in one or more of our registered student organizations
and many of our students also participate in the University Honors Program as well
as the Department of Architecture Honors Program, earning Honors distinction on their
And finally, our "Culture of Engagement" offers students the opportunity to work with
community partners and faculty and students in other academic programs on real, hands-on
projects to enhance the quality of life for residents within the region and beyond.
Every graduate design studio and every undergraduate studio from second through fourth
year has at least one project per semester with a community partner.
Making a decision on your education and your profession is difficult. It is our desire
at the University of Memphis that each student entering any of our degree programs
be well informed. Towards this, if we may be of assistance as you plan your academic
and professional future, please let us know.
The Department of Architecture Faculty