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College of Architecture and Environmental Design
College of Architecture and Environmental Design
304 Taylor Hall
Kent State's architecture program enables students to acquire and apply knowledge that contributes to the betterment of our physical environments. The balanced curriculum of technology, visualization, history, theory and design studio coursework offers a platform for scholarship, constructive discourse and debate. Northeast Ohio's rich history and dynamic urban landscape serve as a setting for academic learning and the study of "real world" conditions. By placing equal emphasis on the poetics and pragmatics of construction and design, the curriculum inspires experimentation, collaboration, discovery, critical thinking and innovation. The program fosters academic excellence and prepares students to be responsible and accomplished architectural professionals.
Architects held about 113,700 jobs in 2010. The job outlook indicates a 24% increase between 2010 and 2020. Approximately 7 out of 10 jobs were in the architectural, engineering, and related services industry—mostly in architectural firms with fewer than five workers. A small number worked for residential and nonresidential building construction firms and for government agencies responsible for housing, community planning, or construction of government buildings, such as the U.S. Departments of Defense and Interior, and the General Services Administration. About 1 in 5 architects are self-employed. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Application deadline is Jan. 31. All applications must include the $40 application fee, official American College Test (ACT)/Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores and an official high school transcript which shows class rank and coursework in 9th, 10th and 11th grades, as well as the courses that are being taken or will be taken in the senior year. Transcripts that do not show class rank and senior courses cannot be considered. All completed applications received by the deadline will be reviewed. Applicants will be considered based on the following criteria:
While Kent State University is an open admissions university that offers admission to students who are graduates of accredited high schools, admission to the architecture program is highly selective. Of the students who apply each year to architecture, approximately 100 are enrolled in the program. Of the remaining applicants, approximately 50 are selected as alternates. Should additional space become available prior to the beginning of fall semester, spaces will be filled from the roster of alternates.
AED-Gs are assigned to freshman orientation classes with all College of Architecture and Environmental Design majors. These classes aid in understanding the broad range of career options within the environmental design professions. Students should take regular coursework in preparation to attempt entry into one of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design majors or may consider alternative degree program options. Students should meet with their advisor to aid in making a decision regarding their degree program and major. In order to move forward with a minimum loss of credit hours, it is strongly recommended that AED-G students, who were not accepted into a degree program, choose an alternate degree program within or outside the College prior to completing 45 credit hours.
Minimum 131 credit hours, and 39 upper-division hours including all required coursework. Minimum 2.250 GPA in the major and 2.000 cumulative GPA.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of building systems and their integration for human comfort including lighting, heating ventilation, and acoustics.
2. Demonstrate comprehensive design studio experiences (capstone) through which students apply an understanding of the integration of building design, site design, assemblies, structure, and environmental systems, and building code requirements.
3. Demonstrate the fundamentals of visual perception and the principles of two and three-dimensional form and space making. Provide students with an introduction to the technical and theoretical fundamentals of programming, sustainable, urban, and site design.
Study Abroad/Away Opportunities
The college offers full-semester programs abroad for qualified third-year Architecture students. The study abroad program is housed in the 13th-century Palazzo dei Cerchi, located in the heart of historic Florence, Italy. The program is open to all students who have made satisfactory progress toward completion of their undergraduate program.
American Institute of Architecture Students, Construction Specifications Institute, Student Association for Green Environments, Tau Sigma Delta
Advanced Degree Programs
Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive
Advancement review for the Bachelor of Science in Architecture occurs at the end of the second year. Upon completion of 60 semester hours, students are required to contact the Office of Advising and Academic Services in Taylor Hall to obtain a requirement sheet bearing a current evaluation of all progress toward completion of the students’ chosen degree program. Requirement evaluations are not a substitute for meeting with a faculty advisor. To advance, students must accomplish the following:
Special Major Note:
Students who pass 15 credits of non-remedial academic coursework each fall and spring semester and the 1-credit First Year Experience course will accumulate 121 credits in four years. This major requires 131 credits for graduation. Students can stay on track for graduation by:
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