The United States of America has a variety of Architecture Schools for Undergraduate studies country-wide which explores different approaches in the practice of Architecture like Architecture Education, Research, and Professional Practice. From the pervasive trend of sustainability to the theme of integrity and interdisciplinary to education for commercial architecture, even romanticism and the restoration of old buildings, thorough research will lead passionate architecture seekers to the approaches that fit their ambition.

The Undergraduate degrees for Architecture in the US – B.Arch. (Bachelor of Architecture)which is a professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), B.S. (Bachelor of Science in Architecture) or B.A. (Bachelor of Arts in Architecture) are typically Three to Four-year programs depending upon the Majority and Minority of the subjects.

Let’s have a look at 30 Leading Undergraduate Architecture Schools in the US,

1. California Polytechnic State University

Architecture Dept.: College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Location:San Luis Obispo, California
Degrees: Five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)
Websites: www.calpoly.edu
Architecture: www.caed.calpoly.edu

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Cal Poly’s acclaimed College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) offers a unique blend of eight-degree programs in five closely related departments: architectural engineering, architecture, city and regional planning, construction management, and landscape architecture.

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2. Carnegie Mellon University

Architecture Dept.: School of Architecture
Location:Pittsburgh
Degrees: Five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) and Four-year Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (B.A.)
Websites: www.cmu.edu
Architecture: soa.cmu.edu

Architectural excellence demands both rigorous training in fundamentals and the development of unique specializations. Students may concentrate in a subdiscipline like sustainable or computational design — or they may combine their architectural studies with CMU’s other renowned programs like the humanities, the sciences, business or robotics. Though every CMU School of Architecture student graduates with intensive architecture knowledge, no two graduates leave with the same education.

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3. Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art 

Architecture Dept.: The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture
Location:New York City, New York
Degrees: Five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)
Websites: cooper.edu
Architecture: cooper.edu

The mission of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture is to provide for its students the finest professional education available within an intellectual environment that fosters and expands their creative capacities and sensibilities and establishes the foundation for a creative professional life. The school is committed to the belief that one of society’s prime responsibilities is toward learning and education in the deepest sense.

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4. Cornell University

Architecture Dept.: College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
Location: Ithaca, New York
Degrees: Five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)
Websites: www.cornell.edu
Architecture: aap.cornell.edu

The faculty of the department of architecture have developed a highly structured and intensive curriculum, one that emphasizes design, as well as theory, history, technology, representation, and structures. All students spend their first three years following a core curriculum designed to lay a strong foundation for architectural education and beyond. During the final four semesters, students are encouraged to work across disciplines focusing on an intellectually rigorous and speculative course of study. Concentrations in architecture are offered in Architecture, Culture, and Society; Architectural Science and Technology; History of Architecture; Architectural Analysis; and Visual Representation in Architecture.

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5. Georgia Institute of Technology

Architecture Dept.: School of Architecture in College of Design
Location:Atlanta, Georgia
Degrees: Five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)
Websites: www.gatech.edu
Architecture: arch.gatech.edu

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture program at Georgia Tech is a four-year, pre-professional degree program that immerses students in the world of design and introduces them to the field, to material culture, and to creative approaches to problem finding and problem-solving. It prepares them for subsequent graduate-level study leading to professional licensure as a practicing architect and to a variety of career paths and entrepreneurial opportunities.

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6. Harvard University

Architecture Dept.: Undergraduate Architecture Studies at Harvard Graduate School of Design
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Degrees: Five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)
Websites: www.harvard.edu
Architecture: www.gsd.harvard.edu

For students of Harvard College, Architecture Studies is a track within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, History of Art and Architecture concentration, jointly administered by the History of Art and Architecture and the Graduate School of Design. Architecture stands at the intersection of creative imagination, practical realization, and social use, comprising not only material structures of human occupation, but also the dynamic processes that shape human action and experience. The study of architecture integrates technical and humanistic methods of inquiry with written and visual modes of representation, in traditional classroom venues and “making”-based studios designed especially for this concentration.

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7. Illinois Institute of Technology

Architecture Dept.: College of Architecture
Location:Chicago, Illinois
Degrees: Five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)
Websites: www.iit.edu
Architecture: arch.iit.edu

The College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology builds on a legacy of disciplined experimentation in materials and technologies to educate and inspire the next generation of architects and landscape architects. IIT Architecture students are educated to address complex, contemporary challenges of designing and constructing across all scales. Both faculty and students enjoy a longstanding relationship with professional practice in Chicago, a city with a vibrant history of innovation in architecture, design, landscape architecture, and urbanism.

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8. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Architecture Dept.: School of Architecture + Planning
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Degrees: Five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)
Websites: www.mit.edu
Architecture: architecture.mit.edu, sap.mit.edu

The several disciplines of the Department house a substantial body of research activity. Moreover, the Department’s setting within MIT permits greater depth in such technical areas as computation, new modes of design and production, materials, structure, and energy, as well as in the arts and humanities. The Department is committed to a concern for human values and for finding appropriate roles for architecture in society. It is a place where individual creativity is cultivated and nurtured in a framework of values that are humanistically, socially, and environmentally responsible.

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9. Northeastern University

Architecture Dept.: School of Architecture in College of Arts, Media and Design
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Degrees: Four-year B.S. (Bachelor of Science in Architecture)
Websites: www.northeastern.edu
Architecture: camd.northeastern.edu

The School brings together a strong faculty – that excels in practice, teaching, scholarship and research – with an explicit mission to engage the challenges of the contemporary city. Students learn about global forces that shape cities in different contexts: design, history, technology, commerce, and culture. What sets the program apart is its commitment to bringing the power of critical thinking and design innovation to the very real problems encountered by the cities of the world today

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10. Pratt Institute

Architecture Dept.: School of Architecture
Location: New York City, New York
Degrees: Five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)
Websites: www.pratt.edu
Architecture: www.pratt.edu

The five-year design sequence offers a thorough foundation in architecture integrating critical thinking, design, technology, building, representation, sustainability, and social responsibility. Firmly committed to contemporary material practices, the program is constantly integrating new technologies into the curriculum. Students are encouraged to aspire towards creative and intellectual independence as well as to commit to authentically inspired architectural research. Students at Pratt learn that architecture is a meaningful cultural contribution dedicated to the sustenance of the imagination and the necessity for material embodiment within a larger social, cultural, environmental, and ethical context.

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Shaily Parikh is a Final year Undergraduate Thesis student in School of Interior Design, CEPT University, India. Throughout her Five-year academic journey as a design student, she has developed her interest in the field of Research and Writing about the Subjects like Interior Designing, Architecture and History of Design.

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