Major in Architecture and Community Design

This Major draws from the University's diverse resources and faculty to form a unique interdisciplinary program of study with the aim to comprehend and influence our built environment and its relationship to the macrocosm through the discipline of design. Through this process we train students to become impassioned readers, interpreters, actors and designers of their cities, institutions, and communities.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • gain a historical foundation of architecture from pre-history to recent developments in the field, through a broad and inclusive approach to the range of social and economic factors affecting the design of world cities and buildings
  • develop familiarity with social justice issues in under-served communities and developing regions of the world as well as more traditional perspectives on architectural history
  • develop critical skills and methodologies of inquiry, analysis, conceptual development, and resolution and presentation of design ideas
  • Learn to integrate aspects of site, program, space, structure and material to create designs for buildings, which also actively respond to the historical, cultural, social and political exigencies of time and place.
  • develop analytical tools that give attention to the various historic and social forces that intersect to create the built environment
  • gain a solid foundation in technical and conceptual design skills, enabling them to present their architectural ideas visually, verbally and in writing to clients, associates, and communities at the grass roots and municipal levels
  • graduate with the knowledge and skills enabling them to facilitate positive change to built environments in the world


48 units


Year 1: Tools for Community Design

  • ARCD 100 Intro to Architecture & Community Design
  • ARCD 104 Fabrication Lab
  • ARCD 110 Architecture Studio I
  • ARCD 150 Architectonics I
  • ARCD 101 History of Architecture I
  • ARCD 120 Architecture Studio II
  • ARCD 151 Architectonics II

Year 2: Reading the Context

  • ARCD 102 History of Architecture II
  • ARCD 230 Architecture Studio III
  • ARCD 203 History of Architecture III
  • ARCD 240 Architecture Studio IV
  • ARCD Electives

Year 3: Broadening the Horizon

  • ARCD 204 History of Architecture IV
  • ARCD 350 Architecture Studio V
  • ARCD Electives

Year 4: Into the Community

  • ARCD 400 Architecture Studio 7: Community Design Outreach (SL)
  • ARCD 401 Intro to Architectural Theory
  • ARCD 430 Professional Practice/Internship
  • ARCD Electives


  • ARCD 220 Landscape Architecture Studio
  • ARCD 250 CADD I
  • ARCD 270 BIM & Applications
  • ARCD 290 Community Engagemen
  • ARCD 300 CADD II
  • ARCD 310 Intro to Construction Materials
  • ARCD 312 Environmental Control Systems
  • ARCD 320 Sustainable Design
  • ARCD 322 Sustainable & Equitable Architecture
  • ARCD 325 Intro to Landscape Architecture
  • ARCD 340 International Projects
  • ARCD 345 International Development & Community Outreach SL
  • ARCD 348 International Immersion SL summer
  • ARCD 360 Intro to Structural Engineering
  • ARCD 370 Construction Innovation Lab
  • ARCD 372 Engineering, Design and Testing
  • ARCD 390 Architecture in SF Symposium
  • ARCD 410 Portfolio Lab
  • ARCD 498 Honors Thesis Preparatory Seminar
  • ARCD 499 Honors Thesis Seminar
  • ART - 366 Woodworking

Garden Project LLC (Pre-enrolled Freshmen only)

  • ENVA 130 Community Based Urban Agriculture: Design and Management
  • ENVA 140 Garden as Art: History, Design & Implementation
  • ENVA 145 Community Garden Outreach Lab

Honors in Architecture and Community Design

The Honors in Architecture and Community Design thesis project is the pursuit of a topic of study over the students' final two semesters to produce thoughtful, thorough and innovative solutions which can make true contributions to their field. The Honors thesis projects are likely to be in one of three categories:

    1. experimental research to determine behavior of an innovative building material or technique
    2. architectural/landscape/urban design to address a unique socio‐economic, environmental or cultural design problem
    3. a critical written document synthesizing and exploring a theoretical or aesthetic condition arising from an environmental design problem

All projects address issues of social and/or environmental justice. Projects are formally presented at the end of the final semester and submitted to the Library's Scholarly Repository.