School of Architecture

The School of Architecture is a progressive design laboratory of highly passionate students and a distinguished faculty of practicing architects, who work together to explore the boundaries of one of the most compelling professions you can enter today.

Our highly diverse and international community enables us to cultivate a unique culture from which we address questions for the future of our globalized world.



Our Curriculum

Architecture graduates are critical thinkers and problem solvers who develop a diverse range of skills and qualities during their studies. Supported by the insight of practicing faculty, we strive to educate future architects who are able to bridge artistic vision with technical comprehension. Through our programs, we enable our students to become responsible leaders in their field, who have the skills to envision, design and construct a viable future.

Learn Online

The Architecture program offers accredited undergraduate and graduate online degrees taught by practicing architects. The School of Architecture’s online classes have been modeled to teach up to date processes of designing and making from an initial idea to the technical complexities of contemporary building construction. Additionally, students have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of architecture through the online system. Find Out More

School of Architecture Overview

See how Academy of Art University students prepare for a career in the Architecture profession through both traditional classroom environments and collaborative classes.

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Facilities & Technology

The latest in software and equipment is essential to preparing you to enter the architectural profession, which is why we keep up with current advancements in technology and industry practices. Whatever the pros are doing and whatever the pros are using is what you will find in our architecture classrooms and studios.

Alumni Success

Mary Telling

Part of being an Architect includes thinking in a disciplined way about the experience of those who will use the design. That’s the approach School of Architecture graduate Mary Telling takes as she focuses her design skills on creating affordable housing. Working as a project designer for affordable housing projects across the Bay Area, Telling applies all the lessons and tools she’s learned to benefit the lives of those in the communities she serves. Check out her video!


Our faculty accumulates a wealth of experience in the design and execution of outstanding buildings across the globe. Their diverse backgrounds and personal expertise are providing you with invaluable knowledge, as well as networking opportunities that can lead to internships and rewarding careers.

Featured Alumni


Special Programs

Experience architecture through our intensive special programs that are designed to introduce or deepen the understanding of the built environment and how we as architects shape this experience.

Careers in Architecture

As one of the top art and design schools in the country, Academy of Art University architecture graduates have a range of opportunities to choose from. Our facilities, faculty, and hands-on learning approach are designed to provide you with the tools you need to succeed as a professional architect. VIEW ALL CAREERS

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Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
Foster + Partners
Henning Larsen
Huang Iboshi Architecture
Mork Ulnes
Smithgroup JJR
SOM Architecture
Woods Bagot


About NAAB Accreditation

NAAB Accreditation

The National Architectural Accrediting Board []
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, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

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

The Academy of Art University, School of Architecture, offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

Next accreditation visit: 2026 Link to NAAB APRs and VTRs:

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