Current and prospective architecture students can contact department advisers for information about degree and program requirements, current course offerings, advice about completing your studies, or applying to the program.
If you are a prospective student and would like to visit the department, we encourage you to schedule your visit when an Undergraduate or Graduate Information Session is offered.
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.
Department of Architecture Information Sessions
Our 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.
- Date, time, location of information undergraduate and graduate information sessions are posted on our department calendar.
Advising for Prospective Undergraduate Students
All undergraduate students must first apply for general admission to the University of Washington. The Office of Admissions offers campus tours, information sessions, drop-in counseling, advice on course selection and more to help prospective students make informed decisions and introduce you to life on campus. Once admitted, students should get in touch with the undergraduate adviser in the department to get on the right track for declaring their major.
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.
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.
Prospective freshmen apply to the UW as "pre-architecture" majors. No portfolio is required. Students interested in majoring in the School of 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 or graduate Information Sessions as well as general UW information sessions. The University of Washington offers campus tours, drop-in classes and information sessions for freshmen.
Prospective Graduate Students
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.
The graduate adviser can assist you with application and curriculum questions for all of the graduate programs we offer:
· M.Arch (3+year, 2+year, 1+year (post-professional)
· M.S. Arch Design Computing
· M.S. Arch History & Theory
Questions about specific faculty research should be addressed to the faculty directly.
Master of Science in Architecture, Design Computing (MSdc): If you have specific questions about coursework for this degree path, please contact Brian Johnson.
Master of Science in Architecture, History/Theory (MSht): If you have specific questions about coursework for this degree path, please contact Brian McLaren.
Advising for Current Students
Advisers are available to help answer questions ranging from studio and course offerings, registration issues, required forms, to academic planning.
While the responsibility for complying with degree requirements rests with each student, a degree audit can be requested at any time you are unsure where you stand with graduation requirements.