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    Tempe, AZ, 85287, United States
  • Architecture Degrees
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Arizona State University

The Design School in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

We are engaged in a new paradigm for the teaching and research of design in the 21st century. Located within one of the nation's largest and fastest growing universities and set in the context of one of the country's most rapidly urbanizing metropolises, The Design School offers degrees in architecture, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design, and visual communication (graphic) design. Our school brings together all of these design disciplines, with one unified faculty, working together to create a new vision of how we educate the next generation of designers. We are the most comprehensive and collaborative design school in the country. The school's mission is to educate future designers to shape collaborations, synthesize complexity, and catalyze transformation for public good.


Arizona State University is located in the city of Tempe, an urban center within the Phoenix metropolitan area. The Phoenix metropolitan area is a region of 3 million people settled within the beauty of the Sonoran Desert and is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Out of this growth is developing a sophisticated city of creative talent, thinkers, professionals and a new generation of institutions of contemporary culture.

School Philosophy

RISE (Responsible Innovation Serving the Environment) INNOVATIONTHROUGHINTEGRATION The School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) brings together the expertise of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and environmental science to pool knowledge among these fields of study in an attempt to synthesize, discover, and define relationships among culture, technology, and design as they relate to the built environment. SALA's collaborative structure fosters innovation through the integration of expertise among academic units, university-based research, and practitioners. As part of the College of Design and the larger ASU community SALA provides education, research, and design expertise relative to all scales of the built environment: local, regional, national, and international. The School educates students for the profession of architecture and landscape architecture, emphasizing knowledge of the discipline and contemporary culture. The undergraduate program teaches to the disciplines of architecture and landscape architecture. The program provides students with a general History and theory of architecture and landscape architecture. The graduate program teaches to the profession of architecture and landscape architecture with emphasis on transdisciplinary education and collaboration. The faculty has depth in areas of architectural knowledge including design theory, urban design, sustainability, and the tectonics of practice. Architectural history emphasizes the humanities, arts, sciences, technology and religion as forms of knowledge and imagination that help to elucidate the idea of architecture and landscape architecture. Computing represents an area of knowledge that communicates with traditional knowledge bases in architecture, stimulating new possibilities for design and technology.


Undergraduate Program The undergraduate curriculum leads to the Bachelor of Science in Design degree with a major in Architectural Studies or a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture degree. The program offers an integrated curriculum of professional courses and liberal arts education with a focus on the design laboratory. Through scholarship, teaching, creative activity and community service the school seeks to develop a deep awareness of the discipline and skills in communication, theory, technology, and design as preparation for completing studies leading to the professional degree, Master of Architecture. The undergraduate program consists of one introductory year and three upper division years. In the first lower-division year the students take a university general studies core consisting of courses in English, math, physical sciences, social sciences, humanities, and fine arts, as well as introductory architectural history and theory courses, two courses in design fundamentals, and one in computer modeling. At the end of the one-year period, there is a screening process based on grade point average and a portfolio of creative work from which approximately 50 applicants are admitted into the final three upper-division years of architecture and 30 into the Bachelors of Landscape Architecture accredited program. The upperdivision focus is on design studios and an advanced understanding of history, theory, construction, building systems and social/cultural responsibility. Graduate Program The accredited Master of Architecture program and Master of Landscape Architecture program is intended to promote development of those broad areas of knowledge, professional skill and social awareness essential to the discipline and the profession of architecture and landscape architecture. The design studio sequence concludes with a five final project options from student initiated projects to collaborative studios. Other required courses include advanced courses in history, theory, building technology and professional practice. Students are expected to use electives to develop a program of study reflecting the opportunities of graduate education and the development of a particular theory of architecture. The School offers a post-professional degree, the Master of Science in the Built Environment, with concentrations in Design Knowledge and Computing, Energy and Climate Responsive Design and Facilities, Development and Management. Certificate programs are offered for M.Arch students, reflecting knowledge bases of the MS program. The College and School offers an interdisciplinary Master of Urban Design degree as well as an interdisciplinary PhD in Planning and Environmental Design. The graduate school promotes a concurrent degree program that allows students to broaden their education through a combined curriculum that adds one year to their graduate studies. The objectives of the dual degree programs are to gain knowledge and skill in complimentary disciplines increasing professional opportunities and working toward a more sustainable design future.

of Focus
  • Art & Design
  • Building Technologies
  • Design/Build
Computer Lab
Fabrication Lab
Architecture Library