Thank you for your interest in the Department of Architecture.
At the University of Memphis, the study of architecture and interior design encompasses
both the art and science of design. The focus is on the education of the individual
student through a well-rounded approach in a sequence of foundation courses, design
studios, and technical support courses.
For students wishing to study architecture, we offer the pre-professional Bachelor
of Fine Arts degree with a major in Architecture and the Master of Architecture degree.
Together, these degrees make up the professional "4+2" curriculum. For students wishing
to study interior design, we offer the professional Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major
in Interior Design.
The program of study for each degree program is structured to engage students in the
processes and professional standards of design and technology necessary for shaping
the built environment. Students are placed at the center of discovery-based studies,
and required to assume responsible participation in the study of architecture and
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 support 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 mandatory 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: the
American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), the Construction Specifications
Institute (CSI) Student Affiliate, the International Interior Design Association Campus
Center (IIDA-CC), the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS),
and R3 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. 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 diploma.
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