Admissions_BA Arch Design

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
  • Transcripts of all college-level work – Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  • 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
  • IMPORTANT: Put your name (Last Name, First Name) clearly on the front of your portfolio. Print on heavy bond paper (similar to cardstock weight, around 100lb). Finished size of the portfolio must be 8 1/2″ x 11″ and vertical orientation with a maximum of 12 pages (24 sides) of artwork in addition to application materials. Portfolios should be wire bound (white, black or silver) and organized in correct order using a clear and sturdy cover (no wood, metal or glass). 

The application materials must be postmarked by the application deadline. Send or deliver application materials to:

Mailing Address
(US Post Office only)
University of Washington
Department of Architecture
Undergraduate Admissions Committee
208 Gould Hall
Box 355720
Seattle, WA 98195-5720
Shipping Address
(UPS, FedEx, couriers)
University of Washington
Department of Architecture
Undergraduate Admissions Committee
208 Gould Hall
3950 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

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 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 application completely with the course category listing. If you are unclear about 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.