School of Architecture
The mission of the Tulane School of Architecture is to prepare students for leadership positions in the design professions and in their communities. This school aspires to provide the highest quality professional education in architecture, to develop and conserve knowledge, and to promote excellence and innovation in architecture, landscape urbanism, preservation, and urban and environmental design and development. The School aspires to reach many students within and beyond Richardson Memorial Hall through undergraduate minors in Architecture, Certificate in Preservation, and through the minor in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship. The School recognizes the centrality of design thinking as a process of synthesis that incorporates history, theory, technology, economics, behavior, and culture. The School supports diversity and meaningful engagement with urban and community issues, while embracing the creative potential and imperative of sustainable design.
Tulane University is ranked #41 on the US News & World Report for 2015. The School of Architecture at Tulane University enjoys the advantages of two worlds, liberal arts study and professional education. As part of the larger community, the school takes advantage of the strong liberal arts curriculum and resources of this mid-size private research university. The low faculty-to-student ratio (1:12 in studio) allows nearly all students and faculty to become well acquainted, and there is a prevailing spirit of mutual challenge and support.
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.
- Art & Design
- Building Information Modeling
- Building Technologies
- Community Design
- Graphics And Visualization
- Materials And Construction