Application into the Undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Design requires the following materials, submitted in the order listed, to be considered for entry into the program. All students must also complete the five prerequisite courses prior to submitting applications. These courses are Architecture 200, 201, 350, 351 and 352 and are typically taken in the sophomore year.

There is one admissions cycle each academic year.  Applications are due the first Monday of Spring Quarter for the following Autumn Quarter entry. The Admissions review process will begin after the submission deadline.

Application requirements

Application materials must be in the following order:

  • Cover with name clearly legible
  • Table of contents (if desired)
  • Department Application (found online here)
  • Transcripts of all college-level work – Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  • DARS Report (Degree Audit Report for Architectural Design major)
  • Composition of ONE of the two following essay questions – Use your choice of either of the two questions to help direct and compose a narrative that addresses the general question and helps the committee understand your interest and motivation in applying to the Architectural Design major. Approximately 500 words (single spaced).
  • Essay Question #1 – “Describe a place you have visited, lived or worked in that has inspired your interest in architecture and explain why.”
  • Essay Question #2 – “Describe a place or building that you have read about or studied and explain how and why it inspired your interest in architecture.”
  • Personal Resume – A typewritten summary of your education, employment history, recreational interests, hobbies, travel, and personal interests.
  • Creative work pages – Please see Undergraduate Portfolio Tips
    • Required file format:  PDF (hardcopy portfolios will not be accepted).  Portfolios should be designed and formatted for on-screen viewing.
    • Cover page is required and must include your name as it appears on your UW application.
    • Maximum number of pages of design work:  24 – 8.5”x11” pages OR 12 – 11”x17” pages
    • Maximum file size: 30MB
  • Application tips
  • Plan ahead! At least a month before the application deadline, start organizing your application.
  • Make sure you will have up-to-date copies of your transcripts to submit with your application. You may order official and unofficial UW transcripts from 260 Schmitz Hall, or from the Undergraduate Advising: Gateway Center located in 171 Mary Gates Hall. If you transferred to the UW, there may be an extra copy of your transfer transcript(s) in your student file; otherwise, you will have to order another transcript from your old school. The Transfer Evaluation of College Record (prepared by the Office of Admissions) must accompany all transfer transcripts.
  • Fill out the application completely with the course category listing. If you are unclear about the placement of courses to the various categories, consult with an advisor in Undergraduate Advising for Pre-Architecture Majors in Mary Gates Hall. Your course category listing must be signed by you.