Majors & Minors (Undergraduate)

Architectural Design Major

Architecture is a deeply multi-disciplinary practice within which you can develop many talents, apply them to rethink the world you live in and create a more poetic and sustainable future.

MICA’s AD curriculum has an openness for you to develop your personal interest in any of MICA’s other art or design departments while following a core of studio and humanities classes in Architecture. The community of AD students and faculty will provide a supportive environment for you to learn the complex multi-disciplinary practices common to Architectural Design and to forge your own aesthetic.

Architecture is a critical art that is intellectually rigorous, driven by imagination and is integrative. At AD you will learn to seamlessly apply 2D and 3D handcrafting skills with digital ones, to balance history, technology and creativity with real world needs. You will make the most of your talents and explore your interests while addressing some of the most urgent needs of today, in your art.

Supercharge your future with creativity, knowledge and innovation - choose Architectural Design!

Event Highlights this Semester

Free Thursday lunches for all FYE students at AD

FYE students, your Thursday lunch is on us! Just come to 4th floor of the Dolphin Design Center to AD's weekly lecture series where lunch is served - you are invited. Stay for the invited lecturer presentations or just roam around the department and check it out. At AD you're bound to make new friends!

Featured Course

Introduction to Architectural Design

AD 251, a freshman elective studio open to upper level students, provides an introduction to the core practices of Architecture including skills in spatial composition, architectural drawing and to the transformation of 2D objects into 3D and back. The boundless possibilities of designing spaces that transform how people do things and interact with each other are explored. Students experience the creative process in architecture while developing valuable skills to support their future work in Architecture or in other disciplines.

Spatial study, Catherine Rosas

What Makes Us Unique

Why Architecture at MICA?

Today’s graduate schools, firms and clients are looking for architects who are independent thinkers who offer a creative vision and bring an imaginative perspective to design problems, who bring empathy and insight to clients and resident communities’ needs. These are exactly the strengths that the AD students develop. Our students intern at top firms in the city, such as Ziger Snead, PIKL and UDG; most often joining a firm straight after graduation. Similarly, our alumni are admitted to top graduate Architecture programs at Columbia, UPenn, RISD and others.

State-of-the-Art Spaces

Dolphin Design Center

Dolphin Design Center was created specifically for designers in the 21st century, with state-of-the-art fabrication and design spaces that support the multidisciplinary ways creative makers work.

Housed on the top floor of the new Dolphin Center, the AD studio is the home base for MICA’s Architectural Design students. This is where studio courses are taught; where assignments are completed; where students mingle, get to know each other, and learn from one another. A community sense is nurtured thanks to our studio culture. For example, once a week we all have lunch together and listen to guest speakers as part of our lunchtime lecture series.

Set design for Brandon Brooks, Performance of Gender Requires Duality, 2018
Performance of Gender Requires Duality by Brandon Brooks + Enlarge
Artwork installation by Christina Stone
Circular by Christina Stone + Enlarge
Sculpture and installation by Claudia Chang
The Space Between by Claudia Chang + Enlarge
Artwork by Eun Byeol Cho
Construction Through Emotion: Semiology of Architecture by Eun Byeol Cho + Enlarge
Set design for Brandon Brooks, Performance of Gender Requires Duality, 2018

Performance of Gender Requires Duality

Artist
Brandon Brooks
Date
2018
Credit

Joseph Hyde

Artwork installation by Christina Stone

Circular

Artist
Christina Stone
Date
2018
Credit

Joseph Hyde

Sculpture and installation by Claudia Chang

The Space Between

Artist
Claudia Chang
Date
2018
Credit

Joseph Hyde

Artwork by Eun Byeol Cho

Construction Through Emotion: Semiology of Architecture

Artist
Eun Byeol Cho
Date
2017
Credit

Joseph Hyde

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