The Department of Architecture is a vibrant, collaborative learning community. We teach people to take responsibility for designing our future. We help students develop the values, knowledge, skills, and practices they need to create better architecture and environments that resonate with people and their cultural, physical, and ecological worlds. Grounded in a unique multidisciplinary structure, the Department of Architecture includes programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture as well as an urban architecture program based in Portland. Our programs are nationally recognized for their innovation in environmental sustainability research, including the design of buildings, interiors, and communities.
Collaborative and Creative Community
Our programs in architecture and interior architecture emphasize collaboration and a noncompetitive but rigorous learning environment. We encourage a supportive studio culture through facilitated peer teaching and teamwork. The department doesn't dictate a specific design aesthetic or ideology for you to follow. Instead, we encourage intellectual inquiry as the basis from which you forge your own design path.
The Student Experience
The Department of Architecture is dedicated to recognizing designers’ accountability for their impact on environmental, social, and cultural systems. Our student organizations assume leadership roles in developing extracurricular programs and community service. Our graduates are broadly educated designers who attain leadership positions in the professions of architecture, interior design, and related fields.
A central part of architectural education is the design studio, in which students learn through hands-on experience in design. All students enrolled in studios are assigned their own workstation within a space dedicated to their studio group and available for use at all hours. Advanced students often work together in courses and as collaborators with faculty members in research investigations through independent study courses. Studio work is evaluated by faculty and reviewers, who are professionals in the field, using individualized discussions and written assessment rather than through a traditional letter-grading system.
Enrich Your Academic Experience
We offer study abroad opportunities in Italy, Japan, Germany, Finland, and Denmark. Cultivating a forum for dialogue and networking opportunities between students and professionals practicing ecological and sustainable design, the student-led Ecological Design Center hosts the HOPES (Holistic Opportunities for Planet Earth Sustainability) Conference each spring. Collaborations with other programs within the College of Design provide opportunities to engage in explorations that involve landscape architecture, planning, historic preservation, product design, art, and the history of art and architecture.
Take the Next Step
Visiting the UO is one of the best ways to learn about us. Participate in UO's campus visit programs—Duck Days in the spring or Duck Preview in the fall—to tour facilities, see campus, and meet with faculty members or schedule a tour anytime.
Melody Emerick and Katherine Schultz
Portland Business Journal has recognized UO alumnae and architects Melody Emerick and Katherine Schultz among this year’s Women of Influence. Emerick’s firm had been named the Portland Business Journal’s 2014 Small Business Company of Year and Schultz’s contributions to high-profile commercial real estate projects were noted for making a difference locally and abroad.
Our Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch) and Master of Architecture (M. Arch) programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
Our Bachelor of Interior Architecture (B.I.Arch) and Master of Interior Architecture (M.I.Arch) programs are accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).