Architectural Design

Students in the architectural design program at MICA gain the technical, creative, and critical thinking skills needed to meet pressing human needs with design solutions that are fresh, imaginative, and innovative. Students leave the program prepared to continue onto graduate school to earn their professional degree leading to licensure or to branch out into related fields.

The traditionally multidisciplinary nature of architectural education is amplified at MICA by a vibrant collaboration with the College's cutting edge fine arts programs. Students in architectural design will be able to interact with other disciplines and community partners through a rigorous curriculum that integrates theory with studio-based research and includes a variety of community-engaged projects in both core and elective studio coursework.

Throughout the program, students are introduced to a variety of digital skills sets-including CAD, 3D modeling and rendering, digital fabrication, building information management (BIM),

and geographical information systems (GIS)-and also have access to digital fabrication facilities such as CNC machines and multiple platforms in 3D printing.

By the end of the program, students in architectural design will be uniquely prepared to face the changing discipline and practice of architecture. Graduates are expected to leave MICA as innovators, leaders, and interdisciplinary thinkers prepared to compete for positions in graduate programs and architectural firms.

This robust new program evolved from the College's current degree offering in environmental design.  The architectural design program will welcome its first class of sophomores in 2013.

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