School of Architecture
The Tulane School of Architecture generates and applies knowledge that addresses urgent challenges of humankind. We do this by educating committed professionals to creatively manage complexity and transform the world through the practices of architecture, urbanism, and preservation.
We aim to provide global leadership in New Orleans and around the world through excellence in design, research, and practice in the built environment. Our faculty and students will develop socially conscious and environmentally just models to inhabit the planet.
Located in New Orleans, Tulane is the school that focuses on the most relevant problems of today and the very near future: how we are going to inhabit the planet in the next 20 to 30 years, and especially in the most vulnerable territories of the Mississippi delta and many other deltas, coastal and river areas in the world, where billions of people are currently living, and most of the food and other production happen. We have not only the opportunity but the obligation in leading how architecture is essential in front of climate change, coastal and riparian crisis, the process of urbanization of the planet under these circumstances, and the challenges for social and environmental justice. Every year, several thousands of people die in the world, some even in the US, due to floods. Not to mention the economic damage, often endured by the less privileged. We need to make serious changes in our buildings, our cities and our infrastructures. And that is only an example. This is a historic moment and place to become the architects that will design the urgent changes that the built environment needs.
As a framework, we will uphold three primary concepts in our academic mission and in the values we instill in our students: Educating students in the abiding cultural and social roles of architecture, preservation, and real estate development by providing a well-rounded, humanities-based education with discipline-specific coursework; Preparing future professionals through continually assessed and updated coursework in design, building technology, and professional concerns with an emphasis on critical thinking; Instilling a sense of responsibility and ethical conduct through civic engagement.
Undergraduate Program: The 5-year undergraduate degree program includes required courses and electives in order to give students thorough professional preparation opportunities for study in the liberal arts, and opportunities for advanced study in architecture. First-year courses include required study in architectural design, technology, and introductory architectural analysis, in addition to English and two semester electives, chosen from among forty subject areas offered throughout the university's undergraduate divisions. Second- and third-year courses include the majority of program requirements with elective opportunities. Intensive studio work in architectural design is complemented by study in architectural history and theory, structures, and building technology. The fourth and fifth-year curricula stress advanced architectural design that addresses diverse topics through elective studio courses called "platforms": these platform studios incorporate architectural theory, thesis research, and finally, the thesis design semester. In addition to academic-year studies, students are required to spend two summers working in architecture firms in order to gain an understanding of architecture as a profession. Transfer students with previous college work but without any background in architecture may take an intensive summer program as the equivalent of first-year. We also offer the M.Arch. 1 degree as a fully accredited graduate student option.
1. Art & Design
2. Digital Fabrication & Technology
3. Materials and Construction
4. Building Technologies
5. Historic Preservation
6. Public Health
7. Community Design
8. History | Theory | Criticism
In order to complete the transfer application process (fall or spring), you must submit the following materials:
– High school transcript(s)
– College transcript(s)
– ACT or SAT test score*
– International transfer students only:
– Certification of Finances form
– WES Evaluation if studying at a non-American university
When reviewing transfer applications, we look for strong transfer applicants with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher with coursework in English Composition or College Writing, higher level Mathematics (such as Calculus or Statistics), and foreign language. To be eligible for admission to Tulane, all transfer applicants must have attended a regionally accredited college or university and be in good standing at their most recent education institution.