Architectural practice and architectural education have changed dramatically since architectural education began at Temple in 1969. In the last decade, the Master of Architecture has surpassed the Bachelor of Architecture as the terminal degree for those aspiring to professional practice in architecture in the Unted States. Increasing globalization of practice, rapid urbanization and decay, the development of new technologies, and the increasing interdisciplinary focus of professional architectural practice, all require breadth and depth of knowledge. The twenty-first century architect must be highly skilled in research and in solving complex design problems, and he/she must have the cultural sophistication to direct diverse professional teams and interact with different client constituencies. Leadership and entrepreneurship in the practice of architecture is essential to individual success and to shaping places of enduring value.
Tyler School of Art’s Architecture Department offer one graduate and three undergraduate degree programs that serve to address changes in architectural education and the world of practice.
Master of Architecture: The two year M Arch degree program is NAAB accredited. It has replaced the B Arch as Temple University’s professionally accredited architecture program. When earned sequentially, the four year pre-professional BS Arch and the two year professional M Arch comprise a National Architecture Accreditation Board (NAAB, http://www.naab.org) accredited professional education. Holders of the M Arch may be admitted, upon completion of postgraduate internship, to the architectural licensing examination offered in each state, through which they may become registered architects.
Bachelor of Science in Architecture: The BS Architecture is a 4-year pre-professional degree program. Students in the BS Architecture degree program who meet the eligibility requirements can apply for the M Arch professional degree program. (for eligibility requirements see Tyler Admissions website, http://www.temple.edu/tyler/admissions/grad.html)
Bachelor of Science in Facility Management: The BS Facility Management is a 4-year professional degree program. Temple Architecture is scheduled to apply for status as a candidate program for accreditation with the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and application for accreditation will take place at the first opportunity, May 2014. After accreditation students who earn the BS FM degree will be eligible to receive the Facility Management Professional (FMP) designation (note: upon accreditation, this will be available to 2013 and 2014 graduates retroactively) and are able to sit for the Certified Facility Manager (CFM) certification exam after 3 years of practice instead of the 4 or more years required for all other facility managers. (for more information see www.ifmafoundation.org). Students who earn this degree can also engage in the study related built environment disciplines including architecture at the graduate level. The program qualifies a student for a 3+ year Master of Architecture Program.
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Preservation: The BS Architectural Preservation is a 4-year degree program that focuses on community based preservation practice. The program is designed for students who are involved in a range of activities and are interested in applied learning that architecture has to offer, but with the opportunity to engage in more of a liberal studies education as an undergraduate. The degree program is designed so that students have the opportunity to easily obtain minors or certificates offered at Temple University in related subject areas, and also, in some cases, the opportunity to pursue a double major. Students who earn this degree can also engage in the study of related built environment disciplines including architecture at the graduate level. The program qualifies a student for a 3+ year Master of Architecture Program.