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Other Schools

Architectural colleges and universities in the United States that have a school for architecture, engineering and/or landscaping. 

Arizona State University

Auburn University

Ball State University

Boston Architectural College (formerly Center)

California College of the Arts

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Carnegie Mellon University

Catholic University of America

City College of New York, CUNY

Clemson University

Columbia university

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Cornell University

Drexel University

Florida A&M University

Florida Atlantic University

Florida International University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Hampton University

Havard University

Harrington College of Interior Design

Illinois Institute of Technology

Iowa State University

Judson College

Kansas State University

Kent State University

Lawrence Technological University

Louisiana State University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Miami University

Mississippi State University

Montana State University

Morgan State University

New Jersey Institute of Technology

New York Institute of Technology

North Carolina State University

North Dakota State university

Northeastern University

Norwich University

Ohio State University

Oklahoma State University

Prairie View A&M University

Pratt Institute

Princeton University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rice University

Rhode Island School of Design

Roger Williams University

Southern California Institute of Architecture

Southern University and A&M College

Syracuse University

Temple University

Texas A&M University

Texas Tech University

University of Arizona

University of Arkansas

University of Texas at Austin

University at Buffalo, SUNY

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Cincinnati

University of Detroit Mercy

University of Florida

University of Hartford

University of Houston

University of Idaho

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign

University of Kansas

University of Kentucky

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

University of Maryland

University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Miami

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

University of New Mexico

University of Notre Dame

University of Oregon

University of Pennsylvania

University of Southern California

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

University of Texas at Arlington

University of Texas at San Antonio

University of Utah

University of Virginia

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universit

Washington State University

Washington University in St Louis

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Woodbury University

Yale University 

Online Architecture Education 


According to the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), there are no complete online courses to produce a degree in Architecture, but there are some accredited partial programs. Before entering into any program or coursework, a student hoping to attain an approved architecture degree should make sure the courses are accredited and will count toward an acceptable degree. The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) are other organizations that can be consulted for more information. Students should also check for any specific licensing procedure in the state(s) where they intend to practice, as each state has laws governing professional registration.

Some architectural courses offered online include:

Red Vector offers AIA-approved online courses for continuing education, certification and exam preparation

Westwood College - CAD architectural drafting associate's degree

The AIA itself offers online continuing education classes for architectural professionals 

Many architecture classes are studio design classes, where students may build scaled models of buildings or practice a variety of other hands-on application. Such skills are indispensable and complement the more technical applications, such as computer programs (AutoCAD, SketchUp) and architectural presentation drawings.

While aspiring architects don't currently have a fully-developed online option, it is not difficult to imagine one or more becoming available in the next few years through advances in technology. Students should make sure to understand whether any online courses they take will contribute to a degree down the road, and be wary of approval and certification claims in advertisements. Those who are curious, but still uncertain, about an architecture career may find online courses in the field influential.

National Accrediting Board:

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

Red Vector:

Westwood College:


Architectural Scholarship Links


• AIA/AAF Minority/Disadvantaged Scholarship

• AIA/AAF Scholarship for First Professional Degree Candidates

• American Planning Association Scholarships

• Association for Women in Architecture Scholarships

• Connecticut Architecture Foundation, Inc. Scholarships   

• Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects Scholarships

• HEEF Architecture and Engineering Scholarship

• Landscape Architecture Foundation Scholarship and Professional Awards Program

• New York Foundation For Architecture Grants and Scholarships

• RTKL Traveling Fellowship

• SOM Foundation Fellowships and Awards

• The American Architectural Foundation Scholarships 


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