This curriculum is unique in the following ways:
The practice of architecture is a programmatic requirement in this integrated curriculum. Every student will have one to two years of architecture office experience which may be applied toward the training requirements necessary for the licensure in the United States. The practicum curriculum incorporates substantial professional practice elements with the required courses and experience in professional firms. Students are placed in architectural firms in Honolulu and abroad, with principals serving as adjunct professors who are responsible for student's learning as part of this practice integration program.
International Practice Opportunities
The program offers opportunities for international studies and practice through exchange programs and professional experience where students can study and/or practice abroad as part of the program. Through the School's overseas studies program and exchange agreements with a number of leading international architectural firms and universities in the Asia/Pacific region, all the students are expected to participate in an international study program prior to graduation.
ArchD graduates will have ten design studios (including a comprehensive design project), plus an ArchD Project. A student can select from a number of advanced design studios that deal with the critical current issues of our civilization. This provides students opportunities and time to develop and synthesize a broad range of professional knowledge to apply to their future architectural practice.
Students have the opportunity to take a number of elective courses or professionally related topics from business, planning, computers, design technology, Asia/Pacific studies, and other relevant contemporary issues. These courses are taught by the diverse faculty of the School, which include adjunct and affiliate faculty members from other areas of the University who make a special effort to address the needs of our students. These provide a broad knowledge base for the students as they address the future challenges of the profession.
Pre-Professional Baccalaureate Degree
The program provides opportunity for students to have a double major. At the end of the fourth year, a student can graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences. Those who continue and successfully complete the 212-credit program are awarded the Architecture Doctorate (ArchD) as the first professional degree.
The School has a diverse and outstanding faculty with substantial professional practice experience. This faculty is supplemented by adjunct and affiliate faculty who are distinguished faculty members in related disciplines at the University and internationally known professionals and specialists around the world. The off-campus faculty are linked to the School through electronic communication technologies.
Program Admission Options
The ArchD program offers interested students and professional practitioners a range of entrance opportunities. Students with or without an architectural background, including those with prior degrees, may enter into the program at a level appropriate to their backgrounds. Licensed architects may also enter at an advanced level consistent with their backgrounds to earn this new degree. All candidates for the ArchD degree must spend a minimum of one year in the program, which includes the completion of an ArchD Project.
The School accepts students as transfers from other divisions of the University or other colleges, including those who have a previous degree in another discipline, and licensed professionals. However, because there are far more applicants than can be accommodated, admission requirements and screening procedures are more restrictive than those for other divisions at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
High school students planning architecture as a career are advised to take four years of English and mathematics (including algebra, geometry, analytical geometry, and trigonometry); plus art, chemistry, physics, freehand and mechanical drawing, public speaking, information and computer science, history, geography, and at least two years of a foreign language.
Acceptance to the School is based on various criteria, including previous academic performance, grade point average, types of courses previously taken, and related professional experience of the students.
New students, including those currently enrolled in other divisions of the Manoa Campus, transfers from UH community colleges and other universities, other degree holders and licensed architects, must submit a completed School of Architecture application, with all required enclosures, and a completed University of Hawai'i System Application Form to the School of Architecture no later than the published deadlines.
Write, phone or e-mail for the School of Architecture Admission Form and University of Hawai'i System Application for Admission Form from the Student Services Office at the School of Architecture.
Completed applications received by March 1 will be evaluated for the following Fall Semester. Completed applications received by September 1 will be evaluated, on a space-available and advanced-standing basis, for the following Spring Semester. Incomplete and/or late applications may not be evaluated.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to inquire at the Student Services office for
information on specific admission and degree requirements.
Academic advising may be arranged for prospective students by contacting the school office.
Students who have been accepted into the School of Architecture must meet with the Associate Dean prior to registration. New students are expected to attend the School orientation usually scheduled in early August.
All architecture majors who have yet to complete Arch 102 must meet with a faculty advisor each semester prior to registering for classes for the following semester.
Graduating students are required to apply for graduation. Forms are available from the school office.