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Undergraduate Architecture Degrees

The 5-year, NAAB-accredited Bachelor of Architecture degree offers a curriculum that prepares students to become licensed architects. This program teaches both the fundamentals of the profession as well as the advanced theories and practical application of creating inspirational structures in a sustainable manner.

The 4-year Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree is designed to allow career-focused students to enter the workforce as quickly as possible or to continue with their education by earning a Master of Architecture degree. With a curriculum focused on familiarizing students with innovations, products, and building forms, this bachelor’s degree program gives students a strong foundation of architectural design from a technical and aesthetic perspective while preparing them for their professional future.

Project Based Learning

We partner with leading architecture and design firms to help our students become connected with the industry. We regularly invite industry professionals to attend our final reviews, organize studio tours with local architecture firms, and provide opportunities to work on client projects through our Design Clinic program. Our accomplished faculty are working professionals in the field of architecture allowing them to provide real-world case studies to our students rather than just theory. Our project based learning can help students prepare for a career in architecture.

We Are NewSchool

  • Career-Focused: 92% of NewSchool graduates are employed within 6 months of graduation.*
  • Accreditations: We are accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
  • Scholarships: NewSchool awards more than $1 million in scholarships annually.
  • Study Abroad Programs: We believe design is a global concept. We’ve had programs in countries around the world, including Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Peru.
  • Transferring to NewSchool: If you’re transferring from a community college, we make it easy to get credit for the classes you’ve already taken and for third year placement.
  • Student Housing: Live within steps of campus in a fully furnished, downtown apartment.
  • Minors: Broaden your education by earning your minor in Architecture or Construction Management.

Your Own Studio

Every architecture student is given their own studio space. Students have weekly studio hours with faculty where they can receive one-on-one feedback on their work. It’s a place where students can work on their designs, hear feedback from their professors, and get inspired by their classmates. Whether they are night owls or early risers, students have 24/7 access to their studio space so they can work on their design whenever inspiration strikes.


Materials Lab

Our students build their designs in our 3,000-square-foot Materials Lab featuring state-of-the-art equipment for woodworking, metalworking, C.N.C routing as well as 3-D printing. The Materials Lab offers students a unique opportunity to learn how to fabricate their designs and experience the production process with the help of our trained staff. The Materials Lab is not just a model shop – it is a place to research the feasibility of designs and develop problem solving skills while exploring new materials.

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Faculty Spotlight

Daniela Deutsch

Head of Architecture Programs

Daniela Deutsch was educated in Darmstadt, Germany, where she earned both her Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees. She is the co-founder of the award-winning firm, exitecture architekten, in Frankfurt, Germany, and Principal of exitecture archLab Inc. in San Diego, California. At NewSchool, Daniela is Head of Architecture Programs and serves as the 4th-year level coordinator, where she has led the Integrated Design Studio for more than 7 years.



Miti Aiello, AIA

Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Architecture

As a Principal Designer and owner of ArchistDesign Studio, Miti has directed projects ranging from residential remodels to urban infills of entire city blocks. She has been recognized with the AIA Associate Award in 2006 and is the faculty advisor for the NewSchool Women of Design group at NewSchool.

92% Job Placement

Our degree programs focus on preparing our students for a career in architecture and design. We are proud that 92% of NewSchool graduates secure jobs in their field of study within six months of graduation.*

We offer a full-time Career Services department that can help you build your resume, find an internship to complete your AXP hours, help prepare you for the ARE and ultimately find a job in the field of architecture and design.

*92% of the Academic Year 2018-2019 NewSchool of Architecture & Design graduating class was hired within 6 months of graduating, according to the surveys conducted by the Career Services Department, within directly related or related field of study. Total employment percentage excludes those considered waived: Individuals who are unavailable to work due to Medical Condition, Active Military Duty, International Status, Continuing Education, Incarceration, Death or have completed a non-degree granting /stand-alone certificate program.

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