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School of Design and Construction

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School of Design and Construction
Carpenter Hall

Architecture + Interior Design + Landscape Architecture + Construction Management

ARCHITECTURE: Professors, P. F. Hirzel, B. A. Kazimee, G. A. Kessler, M. R. Samizay, D. C. Wang (Program Head); Associate Professors, J. H. Abell, M. Cohen, J. P. Gruen, T. Miyasaka, A. B. Rahmani; Clinical Associate Professor, D. R. Griechen; Instructor, N. L. Frye.

INTERIOR DESIGN: Associate Professors, R. Krikac, M. Melcher (Program Head), J. A. Theodorson; Assistant Professors, S. Kalantari, K. Ryan; Clinical Assistant Professor, C.L. Vielle; Instructor, G. Ebbini.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: Associate Professor, J. B. Kaytes (Program Head); Assistant Professor, M.A. Sanchez; Instructors, S. Austin, E. Graff.

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT: Associate Professors, D. E. Gunderson, T. Heustis, W. M. Kirk; Assistant Professors, A. Anderson, R. Cherf, G. Okere, J. B. Peschel (Program Head).

The School of Design and Construction (SDC) integrates the disciplines of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and construction management.  The SDC recognizes that design and construction professionals work collaboratively to design and construct places in our environment.  The integrated model teaches students the skill sets required for their chosen design major while offering a series of collaborative learning experiences that give students a substantial advantage when entering the job market.

Programs of study in the SDC lead to the following degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (a four-year pre-professional degree) followed by a one-, two-, or three-year professional Master of Architecture degree that is accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB); a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA); a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA); and a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management (a four-year degree) that is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).  The SDC also offers a Master of Arts in Interior Design and a Master of Science in Landscape Architecture.

Study tours and study abroad opportunities are an integral component of the curriculum in the SDC. It is important that students in the design and construction professions be able to visit and experience the places, ideas, and cultures that are presented in the classroom.  Students participate in a variety of discipline-specific and collaborative tours during their education.  Appropriate course fees are charged to cover the costs for each experience. 

Students in the SDC should also expect to participate in a senior portfolio review and/or capstone project presentation prior to graduation. These experiences are unique networking opportunities for graduating students to interact with design and construction professionals, and to receive feedback on their existing portfolios or projects.

A variety of student clubs and organizations provide students with linkages to their professional counterparts.  Student organizations with chapters at the SDC include the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS); Alpha Rho Chi; American Society of Interior Designers (ASID); American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA); Associated Students of Construction Management (ASCM); Sigma Lamda Chi; and the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA).

The SDC also has a student ambassador program where selected students serve as representatives at prospective student events for the university and for the SDC during the fall and spring semesters. Events include Future Cougar Day, Fall Preview, and Destination WSU. Ambassadors are available to give prospective students tours and answer questions throughout the year as well.


The Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree is the professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Completion of this degree allows students to take state exams and become licensed architects. Students must successfully complete a four-year undergraduate degree in architecture or a previous five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree to be eligible for the one- or two-year M.Arch program. Students with baccalaureate degrees in disciplines other than architecture are eligible to apply for the three-year M.Arch program. Please consult the WSU Graduate Catalog and/or for specific information regarding this degree, as well as admission requirements and course descriptions.

The four-year, pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degree at WSU is not accredited by NAAB. This degree provides a thorough foundation in the field of architecture as preparation for continued education in a professional degree program; employment in the architecture profession with a licensed architect; and employment options in fields related to architecture.

The architecture curriculum is planned so that foreign study and other off-campus programs can be incorporated in the fourth year of study or during the summer. Foreign studies options include WSU sponsored programs, and programs offered by other institutions. Coordination is through the Office of International Programs—Global Learning.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating in architecture are able to: 1) understand the role of architecture within current cultural and global conditions, 2) understand the role of architecture in the enhancement and preservation of natural resources, 3) understand the role of history and its transformations over time, 4) develop a desire and passion for life-long learning, and 5) develop intellectual and analytical skills that will be the foundation for future leaders. It is the intent of the program to graduate future professionals who are committed to excellence in the built environment through the incorporation of intellectual, analytical and artful aspects of architecture. Within this context, students and faculty seek to investigate issues within diverse contexts in order to creatively advance the built environment.

 Transfer Students

Students planning to transfer into the architecture program at Washington State University are subject to the same requirements as all other non-certified students. Transfer students must fulfill all first year course requirements and apply for certification before admittance into the program.


Accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design is a professional degree program that provides the common body of knowledge related to interior design as recognized by CIDA. The interior design program is based on a concern for human beings and the creation of interior settings that support human activities and values. The curriculum is structured to create unique learning experiences each semester. Studios focus on a multitude of design theories rooted in a variety of relevant disciplines. Lecture course content is integrated into the studio experience to reinforce specified skills and knowledge. With increasing challenge and complexity, multidisciplinary exposure and experiences continue throughout the curriculum to inform design solutions as well as prepare students to work with a myriad of professionals upon graduation.

Professional/Global Experience

The WSU Interior Design program values experiential learning as an important component of a student’s education. Students will be required to participate in two off-campus study tours during the certified program.  All fourth-year students must present their portfolio of creative work at an off-campus review to graduate.

In the fall semester of the fourth year students will participate in a professional and/or global experience, choosing one of the following options:

  • Option 1: Internship—students can choose to complete a 5-credit internship and are encouraged to seek opportunities beyond the region.
  • Option 2: Study Abroad—students can choose to participate in the department’s study abroad program providing them an opportunity to experience design within the context of another culture.
  • Option 3: Community Studio—students can work with faculty on community-based projects.

Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the interior design program is a creative thinker and problem solver. An education in interior design develops intellectual curiosity, which supports continued professional development throughout life. Students develop skills that allow them to analyze information, evaluate issues, and set priorities while generating creative design solutions for projects of a complex scale. As graduates of WSU’s Interior Design program, students have the ability to take the initiative, make critical judgments of their own designs, as well as others, and operate within a team context; all of which contributes to their future success as professionals.

Transfer Students

Students wishing to transfer from another institution into the interior design program beyond the first year, must submit a portfolio and academic transcripts for consideration. Contact the interior design program for portfolio requirements.

Graduate Studies

The Master of Arts in Interior Design (MA) program increases students’ understanding of the relationship between human behavior and interior environments through advanced study and hands-on research. Students gain knowledge and skills that prepare them to analyze information and relationships, evaluate issues, and set priorities, while creating functional and high quality design solutions for complex projects.

The Master of Arts in Interior Design is offered in three tracks. Qualified students currently enrolled in the BA Interior Design program at WSU may apply for entry into an articulated BA/MA degree program (one-year program) during their last year of undergraduate study that leads to a master’s degree completed in one year of graduate study.

Candidates who have earned a four-year interior design degree (or design degree from a closely related field) may apply for the two-year program. Post professional graduate studies culminate in a master’s research thesis. The two-year program is appropriate for students who are interested in advanced design research and/or preparation for teaching.

The three-year program is geared towards candidates without a prior degree in interior design. The three-year program requires completion of foundation courses building integral skills in design; graduate core classes; electives in support of design skills and interdisciplinary research interests; and independent work towards completion of the master’s research project. The three-year curriculum is designed to accelerate a person toward meeting professional standards in preparation for practice, as well as to challenge the student in areas of advanced research and critical thinking. 

Please consult the WSU Graduate catalog and/or for specific information regarding this degree, as well as admission requirements and course descriptions.  


Landscape architecture involves designing and implementing opportunities for people to engage with their environment. It is an interdisciplinary field dedicated to crafting meaningful places across diverse scales and contexts.

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) is a professional degree program that prepares students to enter and advance the diverse profession of landscape architecture, address complex societal issues, and envision solutions that optimize the physical environments where people work, live, and recreate.

The BLA curriculum is structured to create unique learning experiences each semester.  Broadly speaking, the curriculum emphasizes practical and applied experiential learning, draws from courses across campus, and provides students with opportunities to think critically and integrate diverse bodies of knowledge.

The professional course of study is divided into two segments:  pre-landscape architecture and the second – fourth year professional landscape architecture program (BLA). Completion of the program leads to the degree of Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and allows the graduate to enter the profession. At least three additional years of professional experience and successful completion of the landscape architectural license examination are necessary for registration as a licensed landscape architect in most states.

The core component of the landscape architecture curriculum is the studio experience. The studios are structured to facilitate understanding of the web of relationships among physical, biological, and social systems. Through the studio curriculum students learn habits of linking ecological processes with space making and necessarily consider interdependence, reciprocity, and change. First year projects focus on the basic elements and principles of design and design process. The second year emphasizes the concept of site and the methods for and consequences of manipulating the ground and vegetation. Coursework includes site design, site engineering, plant materials, and design history. The third year reinforces and extends students' understanding of the field of landscape architecture and emphasizes integration of theory, practice, and construction. Studios focus on design for communities in the broadest sense. In the fourth year, coursework emphasizes design in the context of landscape complexity, systems thinking, and the overlap of global and local issues. Students develop and execute independent projects. In the projects they are encouraged to think of design as an answer to a question and regard their work as an opportunity to develop, test, and challenge what they have learned in the first three years of their design education. Computer visualization and freehand drawing skills are threaded throughout the curriculum.

WSU landscape architecture students will be required to participate in two off-campus study tours during the certified program. All fourth year students must present their capstone project and a portfolio of creative work at an off-campus review to graduate.

Transfer Students

Transfer students who have completed the equivalent of the pre-LA curriculum may apply to the professional program by submitting a portfolio and academic transcripts. Contact the landscape architecture program for more information.

Student Learning Outcomes

Through the program, students learn to understand the complex nature of problems and questions associated with people and landscapes, as well as how to craft and communicate design and planning solutions in response to these problems and questions. Upon completing the degree, graduates can perform as entry level practitioners of landscape architecture. Additionally, they are able to take initiative, make critical judgments of designs, and operate within a team context; all of which contributes to their future success as landscape architectural design professionals.

Master of Science in Landscape Architecture

The Master of Science in Landscape Architecture (MSLA) provides students with a foundation in the theory and practice of landscape architecture. The MSLA program also provides students with the opportunity to focus on a particular area of landscape architectural investigation. The MSLA prepares students to achieve their professional goals in the private sector, academic settings, government, and other design and planning venues. The program emphasizes advanced studies in landscape architecture and landscape planning within the geographical context of the Interior Northwest and the Northern Rocky Mountain regions.

Please consult the WSU Graduate Catalog and/or for specific information regarding this degree as well as admission requirements and course descriptions.


The management of construction projects has become more complex due to the shortage of resources, specialized materials, sophisticated delivery methods and the financial and legal responsibilities encountered during the project life cycle. From construction management to project management and program management, the needs of the industry and the built environment are expanding at an unprecedented rate. At the heart of the building process is the construction professional.

The WSU Construction Management (CM) program provides students with the tools and skills necessary to develop strong administrative, leadership and management expertise to be successful in today’s construction industry. Students pursuing a degree in construction management will be expected to understand a wide variety of topics that make up the built environment. This expertise includes understanding properties of materials and construction systems required for the construction professional. Concepts regarding contract administration, sustainability, risk management, estimating and scheduling are critical skills. Students in this program are encouraged to develop an inquisitive and inventive mind in order to understand the management techniques, methods and sequencing. It is also important that the graduate in construction management be knowledgeable in the field of business. Courses offered in a variety of departments are required to assure this breadth of understanding. The Bachelor of Science in Construction Management degree program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).

Transfer Students

Students planning to transfer into the construction management program at Washington State University are subject to the same requirements as all other non-certified students. Transfer students must fulfill all first year course requirements and apply for certification before admittance into the program.

Student Learning Outcomes

The mission of WSU-CM is to educate, prepare and provide opportunities for students to become valuable resources to our economy, the construction management profession, and the built environment. Student learning outcomes are defined by the following program goals:

  1. Achieve national and international preeminence in innovation, discovery and creativity.
  2. Provide students with the highest quality education that incorporates a holistic awareness of social, political and global experiences.
  3. Lead in relevant local, national, and global outreach and engagement.
  4. Embrace an environment of diversity, integrity and transparency.


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