The University of Minnesota School of Architecture is invested in design grounded in critical representation (materials and media literacy, or drawing and making as a way of thinking) and social engagement (ethically motivated work that strives to make the world a better place). These grow from the strong reputation of the school as a place where students learn how to beautifully draw and build, and from the state of Minnesota's history of social progressiveness and humanitarianism. They reflect both what we have been and what, in 21st century terms, we aspire to be.
These three informational booklets provide a vivid picture of the school from three unique perspectives:
- WORKS - Examples of Masters Final Project from past five years.
- PRACTICES - Examples of work from practicing faculty.
- INTERVIEWS - Conversations with full-time faculty about teaching and research.
The Twin Cities: Minneapolis and St. Paul
Minneapolis-Saint Paul is an ideal setting in which to study architecture because of its strong arts and design orientation. Located just across the Mississippi River from downtown Minneapolis, the UMN School of Architecture is in the heart of a dynamic metropolitan area of 3.5 million people. The Twin Cities are home to numerous cultural institutions including the Walker Arts Center, the Guthrie Theater, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the area has one of the largest and most active design communities in the country with over 250 firms doing work both locally and internationally. Moreover, Minnesota has a long history of supporting innovative architecture, evident in numerous influential buildings designed by the likes of Cass Gilbert, Frank Lloyd Wright, Eero Saarinen, Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson, Frank Gehry, Herzog and de Meuron, and Jean Nouvel, just to name a few.
Accreditation and Licensure
In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
University of Minnesota, College of Design, School of Architecture, offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
M. Arch. (preprofessional degree + 59 graduate credits)
M. Arch. (non-preprofessional degree + 90 credits)
Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2023
Annual Statistical Reports for NAAB
Licensure for Architects
In the state of Minnesota and in most other states an applicant for examination for registration as an architect must have a professional degree from an architectural program accredited by the NAAB and also a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) certificate showing compliance with the Intern Development Program (IDP) training requirements.
The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) is the sole agency authorized to accredit US professional degree programs in architecture. Since most state registration boards in the United States require any applicant for licensure to have graduated from a NAAB-accredited program, obtaining such a degree is an essential aspect of preparing for the professional practice of architecture. While graduation from a NAAB-accredited program does not assure registration, the accrediting process is intended to verify that each accredited program substantially meets those standards that, as a whole, comprise an appropriate education for an architect.