A Career Guide for the Architecture Major

Architecture is about love, about giving, about service and responsibility. It deals with different degrees of ritualization of the public and private domains; explores, discovers, applies and celebrates the ideal and circumstantial conditions of programs, sites, cultures and technologies.

Our intellectual intent is to remove the boundaries of the three knowledge-management aspects, and further interaction between their traditionally assigned operator groups: acquisition-student; dissemination-faculty; application-practitioners. The ethical intent of our School is to measure academic achievement through societal usefulness. Our professional intent guides us to reunite Architecture and Urban Design.

The School of Architecture is an institution of shared learning, an organization of operative action, which discovers, creates, and manages opportunities for cooperation through community assistance projects and uses the city of Fort Lauderdale and its region as a learning laboratory. We want to remove perceived barriers between related professions. The Faculty in the School of Architecture strives to make the curriculum interdepartmental, interdisciplinary, and internationally relevant. Our students and faculty will collaborate with professionals, artists, builders, manufacturers, and municipalities.

The curriculum has been designed to comply with the measures of the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and prepares students to sit for the Architectural Registration Exam, as mandated by the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB). But beyond these measurable aspects, we, in our educational mission, never will forget that Architecture is the highest manifestation of public art, channeled through the sensitivity of educated individuals. Architecture's fate and privilege is to convey associations of non-physical nature through physical means.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

  • Building
  • Designing
  • Drafting
  • Material research
  • Planning
  • Conceptual thought process
  • Imagination
  • Verbal & graphic communication skills
  • Creative thinking
  • Organization of thoughts & ideas
  • Problem solving ability
  • Dedication
  • Passion
  • Self-discipline


The Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree program is a five-year program which requires the completion of a minimum of 150 credits. Students who have reached junior level status can apply for acceptance into the third, fourth and fifth year level classes in the School of Architecture. The lower-division architecture prerequisites offered at the FAU and community colleges include:

Architectural Design I, II, III, IV
Theory of Architecture
Survey of Architectural History
Architectural Structures
Materials and Methods of Construction

Students should be creating a portfolio during their lower level design courses. This portfolio is part of the admissions process for the upper level courses in the School of Architecture.


The following are examples of positions often held by Architecture graduates:

Architectural Critic
Architectural Photographer
Architectural Programmer
Architectural Renderer
Building Inspector
Building Pathologist
CAD Coordinator
Campus Planner
City Planner
City or State Architect
Civil Engineer
Computer Presentation Designer
Computer Systems Analyst
Construction Inspector
Construction Manager
Corporate Consultant
Design/Build Team Manager
Document Designer
Environmental Planner
Furniture Designer
Graphic Designer
Industrial Designer
Interior Designer
Landscape Architect
Market Researcher
Model Maker
Museum Curator
Property Assessor
Real Estate Agent
Real Estate Project Manager
Set Designer
Structural Engineer
Technical Writer
TV/Film Producer

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


For information about choosing a career, graduate/ professional school, internships or job descriptions, and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)

Davie Campus - Modular G

Jupiter Campus - SR 110

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

School of Architecture
Higher Education Complex, 8th Floor
111 E Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(954) 762-5644

The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the College of Urban and Public Affairs and the School of Architecture.
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