The School of Architecture, Design, and Planning offers two undergraduate degree programs in architecture: a BA in Architectural Studies and a Masters of Architecture. The BA in Architectural Studies program is a four-year academic program that provides students with a combined educational background in the liberal arts and architectural studies; the BA is not a professionally credentialed degree, but is an excellent foundation for graduate studies. Undergraduate students interested in attaining a professional degree in architecture should pursue the M.Arch. program. The M.Arch. program is a five-year, NAAB accredited program that prepares students for professional practice in architecture. Masters of Arts and PhDs in Architecture are also offered.
Architecture Department website
Architectural Degree Options Brochure
Undergraduate Architecture Admissions
Graduate Architecture Admissions
Undergraduate students with a combined interest in architecture and engineering might also consider exploring the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering program, housed in the School of Engineering.
Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department website
Engineering Career Center
Featured Resources & Career Ideas
Architectural Design: Specializes in the professional planning and design of residential, commercial, and public buildings and structures; requires professional degree and credentials.
Education & Research: Includes teaching and conducting research for colleges and universities and leading architecture-based educational programs and tours for museums, historical societies, and other non-profits.
Engineering & Construction: Involves the design, construction, material sales, and management of various building projects; requires further education, training, and credentials in engineering or construction management.
Environmental & Sustainable Design: Specializes in "green" design and renovation of residential, commercial, and public buildings and structures.
Facility & Property Management: Includes management of building facilities and property operations for public organizations, private corporations, or real estate owners.
Historical Preservation: Works with the preservation, restoration, or adaptive reuse of historical buildings and structures.
Landscape Architecture: Includes the planning and design of land use for residential, commercial, public, and natural spaces; requires further education, training, and credentials in landscape architecture.
Urban Planning: Involves the planning of land use by urban, suburban, and rural communities; requires further education, training, and credentials in urban planning.
View specific employers by state.
- Architecture Firms
- Architectural Journals & Magazines
- Construction Firms & Contractors
- Educational Institutions & Museums
- Engineering Firms
- Historical Societies
- Local, State, and Federal Governments
- Non-Profits & Community Development Agencies
- Preservation & Restoration Organizations
- Private Corporations
- Real Estate Developers
- Self-Employment (Private Practice/Contracting)
- Architectural Drafter
- Architectural Engineer
- Architectural Historian
- Architectural Journalist
- Architectural Tour Guide
- Building Conservation/Preservation Specialist
- Building Contractor
- Building Inspector
- Building Sustainability Specialist
- Facilities & Operations Manager
- Civil Engineer
- Construction Manager
- Cost Estimator
- Interior Architect
- Landscape Architect
- Physical Plant Director
- Project Manager
- Property Manager
- Structural Engineer
- Urban Planner
- Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
- Register for KU Career Connections and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
- Develop a portfolio that encompasses your best work and represents your unique talents and professional interests; work closely with architecture faculty and internship supervisors to build and review your portfolio.
- Familiarize yourself with the professional credentials required to become a practicing architect.
- Stay up-to-date on architecture trends and hot topics by subscribing to print or online journals and magazines.
- Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your areas of interest, such as: American Institute of Architecture Students, Architectural Engineering Institute, Phi Alpha Epsilon, Tau Sigma Delta, Triangle Fraternity, or Women in Design.
- Take on leadership roles for group projects or student organizations; developing strong leadership skills will help you succeed as a project manager in the architecture field.
- Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest in biology, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
- Attend KU's Architecture, Design & Planning Career Fair, held annually during the spring semester, to network with potential employers.
Links to Job & Internship Listings
- American Institute of Architects - professional association for practicing architects that provides career-specific information including resources for students and current job listings; connect with the Kansas City AIA Chapter
- ARCHcareers.org - provides information on careers, educational programs, internships, licensure, and other resources for students considering architecture
- Architect Magazine - award-winning architecture magazine; includes job listings
- Architectural Digest - popular magazine focusing on architecture and design; includes job listings with AD
- Architectural Record - architecture magazine with related resources and online job board
- ArchitectureJOBSHOP - an industry focused jobsite for jobs relating to architecture and interior design
- Arkitectum - job board for architects and interior designers
- Government & Non-Profit Resources - more resources from career.ku.edu
- InsideArch - searchable online database of architecture firm reviews submitted by employees and interns
- International Facility Management Association - organization for facility management professionals; includes internship and job postings
- Kansas City Chamber of Commerce - search the KC Chamber's business directory for local architecture firms and consultants
- National Building Museum - premier museum offering exhibits and educational programs on architecture, construction and engineering, interior and landscape design, and urban planning; includes online internship, fellowship, and job postings
- National Council of Architectural Registration Boards - oversees standards of professional credentialing in architecture; includes information on the Intern Development Program, the Architect Registration Exam, and licensure/certifications
- National Trust for Historic Preservation - non-profit organization dedicated to saving America's historic buildings and neighborhoods; includes job and internship postings
- Preservation Directory - online directory of historical preservation resources; includes job listings
- U.S. Green Building Council - non-profit organization promoting energy-efficient and sustainable building design and construction; includes an environmental job board and information on the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) professional credentials