Categories: Admissions Undergrad

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Advice for First Semester Architecture Students

Welcome to the School of Architecture   We are excited to meet you as you begin your journey towards the profession of architecture!   IMPORTANT DATES   Student Portal Interactive Webinar with Reid Raukar The Student Portal Interactive Webinar is a 60-minute interactive Zoom meeting during which Reid Raukar, our Sr. Director of Admissions, will…

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In-Person Class FAQ

  (updated 1/12/2022) Pleas register for spring semester. Beginning this week, under-enrolled sections are being cancelled.   ARH is offering in-person classes for the Spring 2022 semester. Called OS+ sections, in-person and remote students will learn together, but all faculty teaching in OS+ sections will be physically present in the classroom. All ARH classes will…

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Architectural Licensing Advisor

Architectural Licensing Advisor   Sameena Sitabkhan is the Licensing Advisor for the Architecture Department supporting both undergraduate and graduate students. Licensing is the culmination of your education and gives you the right to call yourself an architect and practice in the United States. Licensing consists of an education requirement, work experience, and a set of…

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Undergraduate Midpoint Check-In

Undergraduate Midpoint Check-In   The purpose of the Midpoint Check-In is for us to get to know you as you conclude your first five design studios. We invite you to tell us about yourself, reflect on your progress, share your ambitions, and seek support. Your department directors and faculty members will review your work and…

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Onsite Classes added for Spring 2022

                              Spring courses begin February 7, 2022. Enrollment is open now. You can see which classes are currently available at this link: On-Campus Spring 2022 courses To register, please contact your advisor or email studentservices@academyart.edu or call 415-618-6508              …

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Informal Group Chat for Undergraduate Students

Informal Group Chat for Undergraduate Students   Connect with the larger student body of our undergraduate architecture program through our informal Slack group chat!  Get to know upperclassmen, lower classmen and even some faculty through this channel!  Who's still up working alongside you?  To join, click this link:  Invite people to ARH Undergrad Students  …

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NOMAS AAU

NOMAS AAU nomasaau Celebrating minority students’ excellence at @aauschoolofarchitecture. linktr.ee/nomasaau   NOMAS AAU on Discord Find architecture students who are also members of the AAU NOMAS chapter on Discord. This student-led group is part of a national student organization and they are excited to meet new students. Ask questions about NOMAS, get advice on classes, or just…

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Accessibility Resources

Accessibility Resources   Facilitates equal access throughout the university, both online and on-campus, for students with disabilities and health conditions.   Accessibility Resources PDF Accessibility Resources ensures equal access and opportunities for students with disabilities. As a student with a disability, you may be used to receiving accommodations and having IEPs or 504 Plans in high school. These…

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Academy Resource Center

Academy Resource Center   The Academy Resource Center (ARC) is open to all students, and supports student success with: ARC Workshops & Tutoring, English for Art Purposes (EAP) language support, Accessibility Services, and Online Student Support. For up-to-date information how the ARC could be of help, please click on the link below. https://www.academyart.edu/arc-handout Help offered…

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Undergraduate Curriculum Map

BArch Curriculum Map Download BArch Pre-Requisite Map Download BA Curriculum Map Download BA Pre-Requisite Map Download

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Concept Board Tools

Concept Board Tool Bar   Concept Board has tools with which to comment on drawings and images. Scribble, Highlight, Line, Shape, Text, and Comment are the most commonly used. Scribble For freehand drawing. You can draw simple shapes with a mouse but this tool works better with a stylus or on a tablet. Different line…

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Diversity Equity Inclusion Conversations

Diversity Equity Inclusion Conversations   We are continuing the Conversations on Diversity and Identity launched in July as part of our efforts to actively listen to our students who engage with us to unveil their experiences. Undergraduate Director Jenn Asselstine will continue to host the conversations.  The feedback from students will be received as valuable input…

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Mental Health Resource

Mental Health   Students should be encouraged to be vigilant about maintaining their mental health which can be exacerbated by the stress of completing course work when there are ongoing financial, legal, housing, and other anxieties. As faculty, we should set high expectations in our courses for the students’ benefit while simultaneously showing empathy and…

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Undergraduate Studio Projects

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Mid-Point Student Portfolios

Mid-Point Review   The purpose of the Undergraduate Mid-point Review is to provide students with an opportunity to reflect on their own progress, as well as to receive feedback, as they conclude the first 5 semesters of the program. The department directors and faculty members will review student portfolios to personalize their class advisements based…

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BArch and Licensure

Paths to Licensure: Deciding between BA and B. Arch   At the School of Architecture, there is very little difference between the BA and the B. Arch degree requirements in the first 3 years of the program. Therefore, students are not under pressure to decide between the two degrees when they enroll. Many students make…

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Advice from Alumni

Alumni Panel   Each year the School of Architecture hosts the Alumni Panel as part of the Professional Preparedness Workshops. Recent alumni (graduated in the past 2 years) prepare a short presentation introducing their firm, their day-to-day, and their transition from academia to the profession. From their stories, students get a sense of what it…

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E&L Fall 2020

FA 2020 Ethics and Leadership Panel Inclusive Design Thursday November 19 12:00noon – 1:30pm PST Ricardo Gomes, IDSA Professor, School of Design, San Francisco State University Professor Ricardo Gomes has been a faculty member in the School of Design at San Francisco State University for over 29 years. He was the Chair of the DAI Department…

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Letter from the School of Architecture

Letter from the School of Architecture   July 9, 2020 Dear School of Architecture Community, In partnership with our peer Departments at the Academy of Art University, with our non-profit partners in San Francisco, with our professional and academic colleagues across the United States, and with the knowledge that architectural education and the profession of…

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Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism

School of Architecture Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism   7.9.2020 In partnership with our peer Departments at the Academy of Art University, with our non-profit partners in San Francisco, with our professional and academic colleagues across the United States, and with the knowledge that architectural education and the profession of architecture have a…

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Roundtable Discussion: Getting Hired and Pursuing a Rewarding Career Path

  Roundtable Discussion   View the recording at this link   This summer's Professional Preparedness Workshop events continue with a Roundtable Discussion on 7/17/2020 Friday 6pm PST. A panel of six leaders in the Bay Area architecture community will be sharing their advice with students transitioning into the profession. We are excited to have the students…

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Professional Preparedness Workshops Summer 2020

During this unprecedented time, we are reaching out to our ARH students to offer a series of workshops over the summer months to support their transition into the profession. We are fortunate to have faculty and alumni who have stepped up to offer their expertise as well as their professional network to this effort. We cannot…

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ARH 110 Studio 1 Conceptual Design Studio

ARH 110 STUDIO 1 CONCEPTUAL DESIGN STUDIO   Learn design principles for creating spaces for people. You will utilize design, methodology, and space-making principles to gain fundamental knowledge and skills in environmental design, and prepare for future architecture and landscape architecture studios. Prerequisites: ARH 170 and on campus English as a second language students must…

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ARH 150 STUDIO 2 SPATIAL ORDERING & FORM

ARH 150 STUDIO 2 SPATIAL ORDERING & FORM   Develop your critical design decision-making abilities through experimentation. You will research and analyze a case study project, identify key spatial ideas and incorporate these ideas through an iterative process of model-making, diagramming, and drawing for small scale projects. This course is a second-semester undergraduate design studio…

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ARH 170 Projective Drawing & Perspective

ARH 170 Projective Drawing & Perspective   Practice rigorously constructed architectural drawings to develop three-dimensional thinking and communication skills. You’ll learn to use line and composition techniques to articulate details that reinforce the building design and help you communicate design intent. Course Learning Outcomes   Apply measurement and scale in a variety of drawing types,…