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School of Architecture

Shaping the Future of Practice

Woodbury School of Architecture is distinguished by a broad range of degrees that address the needs, values, and potential of the built environment. The degree programs include Architecture, Interior Design, Applied Computer Science and Media Arts, Sustainable Practices, and Construction Management. All School of Architecture programs are STEM-designated.

These programs combine to create a holistic school dedicated to advancing the practices of design, the products of design, and the impact of design towards a more equitable and sustainable world. We educate our students as entrepreneurs and cultural builders equally committed to professional practice, theoretical discourse, and technological inquiry. Our faculty is comprised of active architects, academics, and designers.

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Our Programs

The School of Architecture is a thriving, dynamic school offering many challenging degree paths designed to cultivate the next generation of architects and creative professionals.

Applied CS – Media Arts

Bachelor of Science | B.S.

This is an art and technology hybrid degree focusing on emerging digital practices as a tool to innovate within the fields of digital design, entertainment, and media arts. This STEM degree transitions students into technological innovators and professionals who possess the ability to generate innovative design solutions using cutting-edge technologies.

Applied CS – Media Arts

 

Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture

This program offers a five-year course of study leading to a NAAB-accredited professional architecture degree. Woodbury’s program provides students the knowledge and skills required for a career as a professional architect, as well as personalized attention, small class sizes, and a general understanding of the profound social and cultural power of design at local and global scales.

Architecture

Construction Management

Bachelor of Science in Construction Management

The mission of this program is to transform the built environment by building sustainably. Students integrate design, technology, business analytics, and executive skills with sustainability and the liberal arts, using experiential, hands-on learning to advance as agile, future-ready leaders and entrepreneurs in the developer, construction, and design-related industries.

Construction Management

Design Computation

Bachelor of Science

One of the few undergraduate programs of this nature in the United States, the Bachelor of Science in Design Computation transforms students into technological innovators who affirm the power of computation to enhance design by engaging in interdisciplinary collaboration amongst professional domains of expertise. The graduates of the program create software, interactive environments, and computational tools that reimagine the design process through cyber-physical computing. This STEM degree trains the next level of technological innovators in the built environment.

Design Computation

Interior Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design

Interior Design is the art of creating a memorable experience of the space that surrounds us. Woodbury’s School of Architecture offers a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design at its Los Angeles campus. Through small class sizes and individual attention, we foster close mentoring relationships between faculty, staff and students.

Interior Design

Sustainable Practices

Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Practices

This new interdisciplinary degree that integrates knowledge of design, economics, policy, and environment to advance the field of sustainability. It promotes a rigorous understanding of how resources are used and how decisions are made in society, as well as the impact of technology and consumption on the environment. Central to the curriculum are interdisciplinary, problem-based studio courses that challenge students to develop links between the theory and practice of sustainability in real-world contexts.

Sustainable Practices

Master of Architecture

NAAB Accredited Professional and STEM Designated Degree

The M. Arch program locates the work of architecture at the intersection of disciplinary principles and professional competency. Ideas become impactful when translated into material conditions. The messy process of translation often results in imperfect but meaningful design proposals that address challenges of contemporary life. Embracing the compromise between ideal and real underscores our commitment to the here and now.

Master of Architecture

Master of Interior Design

Alternate Environments

The Master of Interior Design (MID) program provides an education in interior environments that elevates and reinvents the discipline of interior architecture by mining and re-imagining the range of our human experiences. In doing so, this graduate program cultivates scholars, academics and critics, while generating emergent and alternative approaches to the profession, specifically in the Southern California region. MID is a STEM program.

Master of Interior Design

Master of Science in Architecture

One-Year Program

More than ever, architecture needs to be understood as part of an ever-expanding set of aesthetic, social, and technical systems. The Master of Science in Architecture (MSArch) is a one-year/three-semester STEM-designated program that invites architects and non-architects to explore this expanded zone of interdisciplinary practice. Each student chooses an area of concentration that allows them to build expertise in a specific system of thought and technique.

Master of Science in Architecture

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Student Work Showcase

WSOA In-Flux is a publishing platform for architecture and interior design launched in spring 2020. In-Flux showcases our latest student work produced in the undergraduate and graduate programs and highlights the achievements of students and faculty.

WSOA In-Flux

Woodbury School of Architecture is one of only 22 schools nationwide offering the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) program.

IPAL Program

WSOA Learning & Teaching Culture Policy

The Learning & Teaching Culture Policy (LTCP) is a living document, (maintained by a committee of faculty, students, and administrators) to uphold a positive and respectful academic and professional environment at Woodbury School of Architecture. It replaces our previous Studio Culture policy which focused on only the studio. This new Learning & Teaching Culture policy recognizes important relationships within our community and the responsibility of faculty, students, the administration and student organizations in shaping the culture of the school. Together, we outline common goals for us to achieve as a community.

Learning & Teaching Culture Policy

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Faculty

Our faculty are architects, designers, academics and policy makers practicing in Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana. This internationally recognized and award-winning group works closely with students, teaching the skills required to push the limits of practice and explore disciplinary possibilities in both theoretical and professional arenas.

Dedicated and professional staff members actively participate in the student experience.  Through individual attention, we foster close mentoring relationships between faculty, staff and students.

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Minors

In addition to our majors, the School of Architecture also offers minors that are meant to help broaden students’ areas of expertise. The School of Architecture offers minors in:

  • Applied Computer Science Media Arts
  • Computer Science Design Computation*
  • Construction Management
  • Interior Design
  • Sustainable Practices

For more information about WSOA minors click the link below.

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Career Services

Our dedicated School of Architecture Career and Outreach Director assists students with gaining work experience and beginning their professional careers. See below for more information about our career resources, and career possibilities.

  • We help students prepare a professional resume and portfolio.
  • We organize annual career fairs and maintain an online job board.
  • We help students with questions about licensure and certification for architectural professionals.

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Instagram

Connect with our students and faculty members on social media. Use our hashtags to join the conversation around architecture related topics. You can also find our university social profiles by clicking on the icons on the top right of the page or find our official School of Architecture Instagram at @woodbury_soa.

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Accreditation

In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year term, an eight-year term with conditions, or a two-year term of continuing accreditation, or a three-year term of initial accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established education standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a non-accredited undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the non-accredited degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Woodbury School of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

Bachelor of Architecture (160 undergraduate credits)
Master of Architecture (pre-professional degree + 63 graduate credits)
Master of Architecture (non-pre-professional degree + 93 credits)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2030.

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NAAB Woodbury (B.Arch.) CA Decision Letter 2023 Woodbury (M.Arch) CA Decision Letter 2023

Find previous Architecture Program Reports, Focused Evaluation Reports, Annual Reports, Visiting Team Reports, and NAAB Letters here.

Architect Registration Examination pass rates can be found here.

The post-professional graduate degree in architecture is considered supplementary and is not accredited by NAAB.  The Woodbury University School of Architecture degree programs of this status are the one-year Master of Science in Architecture- Real Estate Development and Master of Science in Architecture.

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Cesar E. Chavez Ave SW, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.”

The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The BFA in Interior Design granted by Woodbury University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements.

NASAD
Woodbury University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

WASC
Woodbury University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities.

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