Program Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Architecture Program Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture or the Bachelor of Architecture degree programs, the student will have demonstrated an understanding or ability in the following learning outcomes:

PLO 1. CRITICAL THINKING

Demonstrate critical thinking through a self-reflective process of conceptualization and design thinking that is open to consideration of alternative perspectives by analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing ideas and information gathered through applied research grounded in information literacy.

PLO 2. DESIGN AND REPRESENTATION

Implement complex two and three-dimensional graphic representation techniques using a wide variety of traditional and digital media, to reflect on and explain the architectural design process to a wide range of stakeholders.

PLO 3. BUILDING DESIGN CRITERIA

The knowledge and ability to apply a design decision-making process through appropriate technical documentation in a manner that is client-centered, sustainable, aesthetic, cost effective, and socially responsible.

PLO 4. BUILDING SYSTEMS KNOWLEDGE

Incorporate a wide range of technical skills and professional architectural knowledge during schematic design to demonstrate a comprehensive application of life safety, accessibility, and sustainability issues in making sound design decisions across varying scales and levels of complexity.

PLO 5. INTEGRATED ARCHITECTURAL SOLUTIONS

Demonstrate the ability to synthesize a wide range of variables into an integrated design solution by employing appropriate building materials, building systems, and construction practices grounded in environmental stewardship and based on sound research and design decisions across varying scales of systems and levels of complexity.

PLO 6. ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE

Understanding how to collaboratively lead teams of stakeholders in the process of conceiving, developing and implementing solutions to problems in the built and natural environments, utilizing knowledge of the diverse forms and the dimensions of professional practice along with associated ethical, legal, financial and social responsibilities.

PLO 7. QUANTITATIVE REASONING

Apply math, physics, logic as reasoning skills to investigate problems related to force resolution in structural systems, thermal heat gain and loss in buildings, material quantity estimates, budget management, and life-cycle cost analysis.

PLO 8. INFORMATION LITERACY

Demonstrate information literacy through applied research by raising clear and precise questions, using abstract ideas to clarify and express information, and considering diverse points of view, to reach well-reasoned conclusions and evaluate options against relevant design criteria, building standards, and program requirements.