If you are a prospective student and would like to visit the department, we encourage you to schedule your visit during an undergraduate or graduate Information session. Please check the department calendar for the next information sessionOur Information Sessions are designed to provide prospective students with an overview of our curriculum, resources, and programs offered by the Department of Architecture and to answer questions and concerns of prospective students. If you are unable to coordinate your visit with one of our information sessions and would like to meet with an adviser please send an email to the appropriate adviser to request an appointment.

Pre-Major Students
Prospective Undergraduate Students

Prospective Graduate Students
Transfer Students


Prospective freshmen apply to the UW as "pre-architecture" majors.  No portfolio is required.  Students interested in majoring in Architecture will complete prerequisite coursework at the UW prior to declaring their major (usually within the first two years of study).

Prospective freshmen are encouraged to attend the department’s undergraduate as well as general UW information sessions.  The University of Washington also offers campus tours, drop-in classes and information sessions for freshmen.


If you are still exploring majors, want to make sure you meet requirements to apply to the program, or wish to talk about a back-up major or other options, visit the Mary Gates Advising Center and set up an appointment to meet with a pre-major advisor. 


Undergraduate information sessions are offered throughout the academic year. For any specific questions please contact:

Kim Sawada,
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Gould Hall 208S


Many prospective graduate students visit the campus ahead of applying to the UW Department of Architecture. If you are planning a visit, you are strongly encouraged to coordinate your visit with one of our scheduled information sessions.  However if this is not possible, please call ahead to schedule an appointment. 

The department offers several Graduate Program Information Sessions & Tours throughout the year, typically offered on the first and third Fridays of each month (October-December) and the first Friday from March-June.  Please check the department calendar for dates, times, locations, and RSVP link.

For any specific questions regarding the graduate program (M Arch 3+, 2+, High Performance Building, and M Arch/MLA Dual Degree) please contact: 

Graduate Academic Advisor
Gould Hall 208T

For questions regarding the MS in Architecture, Design Computing, please contact:

Brian Johnson,
Associate Professor
Architecture G055

For questions regarding the MS in Architecture, History/Theory, please contact:

Brian McLaren,
Associate Professor
Architecture Hall 170F

Questions about specific faculty research should be addressed to the faculty directly. 


Every Thursday afternoon, starting at 1:30pm, the Undergraduate Gateway Center is open to prospective transfer students for drop-in advising and a group session on transfer admission conducted by a counselor from the Office of Admissions. Transfer students should attend these UW Transfer Thursdays for more information on course planning, timelines etc.