Building Expertise in the Built Environment

Wentworth’s Bachelor of Science in Architecture is a 4-year, full-time, pre-professional program that leads to a 1-year NAAB accredited Master’s program. The curriculum is divided into two parts: the first three semesters and the remaining five semesters.

In the first three semesters, you will get a broad introduction to the field of architecture, which serves as the foundation for all three concentrations. Lecture courses convey an overview of the discipline’s history, theory, technology and practice; experiential studio courses focus on design fundamentals, graphic skills and a conceptual understanding of building tectonics. Wentworth’s emphasis on both the art and the science of architecture is stressed throughout this introductory curriculum.

In the next five semesters, you will build on the skills and knowledge gained in the first three semesters, while engaging in more complex and varied studio topics, such as tectonics, site and environment, comprehensive design and community design. You will also study topics such as structures, environmental systems and professional practice. Our experienced faculty will encourage you to form connections between subjects and develop a well-synthesized approach to design.

Focus in on an Area of Particular Interest

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture program offers three areas of concentration – Adaptive Interventions, Emerging Technologies and Urbanism – that allow you to pursue a specific focus in their study of architecture. The core architectural education is similar across concentrations, and all achieve the same learning outcomes. All students are required to select a concentration at the end of their first semester in sophomore year.

Adaptive Interventions – Investigates architecture as a discipline with a primary focus on interventions into contingent existing conditions. Adaptive re-use, regenerative urbanism, sustainability, critical regionalism and related strategies are addressed at scales ranging from the individual building to the urban environment.

Emerging Technologies – Explores the material nature of architecture, the craft of building and the role of emerging technologies as they inform the design process. Emphasizes the broad architectural and cultural implications of technology and advances an ethos of research through making.

Urbanism – Focuses on the influence of the arts and humanities, ecology and landscape, economics and politics, and society on design at the urban scale. Challenges students to explore the representation of complex social, cultural and ecological systems as a form of research, offering the skills and insights necessary to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries and provide leadership in reshaping our cities.

Learn more about our Department of Architecture.