Woodbury School of Architecture is distinguished by its multiple locations at the heart of the Southern California creative industries: Los Angeles, Hollywood and San Diego. Together, these sites form a critical infrastructure for architectural investigations.
Our undergraduate and graduate programs prepare students to effect positive change in the built environment, to tackle theoretical debates, and to take on architecture, interior architecture and landscape architecture as critical practices. We educate our students as entrepreneurs, citizen architects, and cultural builders equally committed to professional practice, theoretical discourse, social equity and to formal and technological inquiry. Our faculty is comprised of active and prolific architects, designers, and academics building and writing across Los Angeles and San Diego.Apply Request Information Take a Tour
Woodbury School of Architecture offers a welcoming environment for students to develop their own unique design voice. We approach the design disciplines multi-dimensionally, teaching a range of pedagogies and design methodologies. Our students leave Woodbury with the confidence to engage in local and global discourse.
Through engaged faculty-student interaction, we transform our students into innovative professionals with a commitment to the power of good design. We introduce students to resourceful, ethical practices through our curricula and in a myriad of ways through our co-curricular activities. Our students and faculty share a commitment to sustainable practices, community outreach and civic engagement.
Our School of Architecture is among the first 14 accredited architectural programs to be accepted for participation in the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) initiative. Successful students will have the opportunity to have an architectural license upon graduation. With the support of our Career and Outreach Office, we have established a consortium of firms in Los Angeles and San Diego who hire qualified students as part of this program.
We believe that our school is a role model for the direction in which the profession is heading – improving gender parity and ethnic diversity among its members, and reaffirming the importance of ethical conduct and social responsibility. Ours is a welcoming community for every race and orientation, and we resist acts of intolerance in favor of thoughtfulness, generosity and kindness. The economic, ethnic, and academic backgrounds of our students reflect Southern California itself. We are determined to provide a place for open debate, the respectful airing of differences, and for rich forms of expression and imagination.
School of Architecture History
The following is a timeline of major developments toward and within the School of Architecture, starting with the launch of the interior design program in 1931:
In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a one prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
Master of Architecture and Doctor of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional 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: 2023.
Career Development Information may be found through the following websites :
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
The American Institute of Architects
The American Institute of Architecture Students
The National Architectural Accrediting Board
The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
The Emerging Professional’s Companion
The NCARB Handbook for Interns and Architects
Toward an Evolution of Studio Culture
Woodbury Accreditation Reports
Find Architecture Program Reports, Focused Evaluation Reports, Annual Reports, Visiting Team Reports, and NAAB Letters here.
Architecture 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. For more information on the role of advanced degree programs in the education of an architect, please visit NCARB.
Woodbury University School of Architecture’s Interior Architecture program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503-4014.
Woodbury University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
Woodbury University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities.