Architecture Program

Overview

The mission of the Architecture program at Fairmont State is to educate aspiring architects as creative thinkers who pursue architecture as a process of integration where theory, culture, history, sustainability and practice come together within the understanding of the unique character and dynamics of the regional condition as part of the global community.

The architecture program at Fairmont State University is comprised of a 2 year associate degree, a 4 year pre-professional degree (BS Architecture), and a 1 1/2 year Master of Architecture degree, for which a baccalaureate degree in architecture is required as a prerequisite. The focus of these degrees addresses the built environment of the American small city and the regional uniqueness of its surroundings.

The two-year degree provides an introduction to the discipline and profession of architecture. The pre-professional degree provides a sound education for the pursuit of general knowledge, and the first phase of a professional education for the general practice of architecture. The four-year program encompasses a foundation core of design, introductory studies in architectural history and theory and building technology. Advanced design studios address methodology and technological and theoretical synthesis through applied studies of a wide range of design inquiries and projects. Successful completion of the degree will prepare students with the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to enter the profession, or pursue a graduate degree in architecture at Fairmont State or other institutions.

The Master of Architecture (MArch) degree component builds upon a baccalaureate foundation and focuses on the appropriate and responsible designing and planning for community revitalization and sustainability. All required courses are unified by the common thread of sustainable principles and community oriented design. Students are exposed to innovative ways of community outreach through design and the ability of architecture to address people at a personal level. Successful completion of the MArch degree will prepare students to enter the profession at a more advanced level, seek architectural registration in select states, upgrade their professional credentials, or pursue continued graduate education from a National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited school of architecture.

The Master of Architecture degree program is currently seeking accreditation, and is considered candidate-eligible by the NAAB.

Career Opportunities

Architecture students who earn a baccalaureate degree are qualified for entry-level positions such as designer or architectural technician. They may be employed in architectural offices, engineering offices, corporations or businesses which produce their own in house construction documents, and construction-related fields.