Fairmont State is the only university in West Virginia that offers degrees for the study of Architecture.
The mission of the Architecture Program is to educate aspiring architects to be creative thinkers who pursue architecture as an integrative process. Design, history, theory, culture, sustainability, and the realities of practice are interpreted both within the unique character and dynamics of the Appalachian region and within the modern global community. The program focuses on the making of architecture and urban interventions within the fabric of smaller American towns and cities in the greater Appalachian region.
The four-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree provides a well-rounded education, and a foundational core of design, architectural history, and theory, and building technology coursework as the first phase of a professional education for the general practice of architecture. Upper-level studios for this degree seek methodological, technological, and theoretical syntheses by working through a wide range of design inquiries and projects. The program further equips students with the fundamental knowledge and basic skills for entry-level positions in the profession, or the ability to pursue a professional graduate degree in architecture at Fairmont State or at other institutions.