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School of Design and Construction

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School of Design and Construction

sdc.wsu.edu
Carpenter Hall
509-335-5539

Architecture + Interior Design + Landscape Architecture + Construction Management

ARCHITECTURE and CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT: Interim Director and Associate Professor, W. M. Kirk; Professors, P. F. Hirzel, B. A. Kazimee, G. A. Kessler, M. R. Samizay, D. C. Wang; Associate Professors, J. H. Abell, M. Cohen, J. P. Gruen, D. E. Gunderson, T. Heustis, T. Miyasaka, A. B. Rahmani; Assistant Professors, J. J. Burnett, R. Cherf, J. B. Peschel.

INTERIOR DESIGN: Associate Professors, R. Krikac, J. M. Melcher; Assistant Professors, K. Ryan, J. Theodorson.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: Associate Professors, K. Brooks, J. B. Kaytes; Clinical Assistant Professor, Ole R. Sleipness.

The School of Design and Construction integrates the disciplines of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and construction management.  The School 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 school lead to the following degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (a four-year degree) followed by a 1.5, 2.5, or 3.5 year Master of Architecture degree that is accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB), a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management (a four-year degree) that is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).  The school 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 School of Design and Construction. 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 are required to participate in a variety of discipline specific and collaborative tours over the course of their education.  Appropriate course fees are charged to cover the costs for each experience. More information can be found at http://sdc.wsu.edu/school-of-design-construction/study-abroad and in the requirements section of the catalog for each program. 

Students in the School should also expect to participate in a senior portfolio review prior to graduation. The senior portfolio review is a unique networking experience for graduating students where they are afforded the opportunity to see major design firms, interact with top designers, and receive feedback on their existing portfolio.

ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

Students graduating in Architecture and Construction Management are able to: 1) understand the role of architecture and construction management within current cultural and global conditions, 2) understand the role of architecture and construction management 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.

The School is a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC). Student chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Associated General Contractors (ASCM) provide linkages with their professional counterparts.  Other student organizations include: Builders Without Borders, Alpha Rho Chi, Sigma Lambda Chi, and Design Build International (DBIA).

ARCHITECTURE

The School offers as its professional degree in Architecture the Master of Architecture. This degree is the professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) which 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 1.5 or 2.5 year Master of Architecture program. Students with Baccalaureate degrees in disciplines other than architecture are eligible to apply for the 3.5 year Master of Architecture program. Please consult the WSU Graduate Catalog and/or http://sdc.wsu.edu/ for specific information regarding this degree as well as admission requirements and course descriptions.

Most states require that an individual intending to become licensed as an architect hold an accredited degree. There are three types of degrees that are accredited by NAAB: (1) the Bachelor of Architecture, which requires a minimum of five years of study, (2) the Master of Architecture and (3) the Arch.D degree. As stated above WSU offers the Master of Architecture as the professional accredited degree.

The four-year, pre-professional degree at WSU is not accredited by NAAB. This degree provides a thorough foundation in the field of architecture, as preparation for either continued education in a professional degree program or for 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 WSU Education Abroad Office.

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

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 Construction Management 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 Architecture or Construction Management disciplines 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 either program.

INTERIOR DESIGN

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. Third-year students will be required to participate in an off-campus study tour during the fall semester.  All students must present their portfolio of creative work at an off-campus review to graduate.

In the fall semester of the senior year students will participate in a professional and/or global experience, choosing one of the following options. Option 1: Internship—students are required to complete a 5-credit internship and encouraged to seek opportunities beyond the inland northwest. 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. Remaining credits for Option 1 and 2 will be offered through online courses. Option 3: Community Studio—students can work with faculty on actual community-based projects.

Student 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.

Student Performance Expectations

Students must earn a C or better in all interior design courses required for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design.  Students wishing to certify into the Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design program must apply for certification during the spring semester of their first year in the program. Certification requirements include completion of a minimum of 24 semester hours and earning a C or better grade in the following required courses:  SDC 100, SDC 120 and SDC 140.  Additional required courses are HISTORY 105, MATH 105 (or higher), ENGLISH 101, COM 102, and one Fine Arts class (FINE ARTS 101, 201 or 202). Transfer equivalents may be approved by the program. While students must have a minimum cumulative WSU GPA of 2.5 to apply for certification, the process is competitive due to limited space in upper division courses.  Students’ overall WSU GPA and major specific GPA from the courses listed above are considered.

All students admitted into the second year will be required to purchase laptop computers. Details and specifications can be found on the school website: http://sdc.wsu.edu.

Transfer Students

Students wishing to transfer from another institution into the second, third, or fourth year of interior design 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 (1-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 4-year interior design degree (or design degree from a closely related field) may apply for the 2-year program. Post professional graduate studies culminate in a Master’s Thesis. The 2-year program is appropriate for students who are interested in advanced design research and/or preparation for teaching.

The 3-year program is geared towards candidates without a prior degree in interior design. The 3-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 Project. The 3-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.   

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

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 Landscape Architecture program is located within the newly established School of Design and Construction. As part of the curriculum, students will have the opportunity to work in collaborative studios with students and faculty from the disciplines of Architecture, Interior Design, and Construction Management. 

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA)

Accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB), the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture is a professional degree program that provides students with the common body of knowledge related to landscape architecture. The Landscape Architecture program is based on a concern for human beings and the environment. The program teaches students to create outdoor spaces that support human activities and that positively affect the environment.

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. Landscape architecture design 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 and prepare students to work with a myriad of professionals upon graduation.

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.

Pre-landscape architecture (pre-LA) is a one-year, non-degree course of study that is intended to prepare undergraduate students for the advanced professional curriculum. The pre-LA curriculum concentrates on University Common Requirements (UCORE) and basic professional courses. UCORE  courses should be selected with the assistance of a landscape architecture advisor. Transfer students who have not completed the equivalent of the pre-LA course work will be accepted directly into pre-LA.

To be admitted to the major of landscape architecture, a student should have completed at least 24 semester hours and the pre-LA curriculum. Students must submit a certification application in the spring semester of their first year. Application forms and instructions are available in the School of Design and Construction main office and on the web site: http://sdc.wsu.edu. Due to limitations of space, faculty, and budget, admission can be granted to only the most qualified students based on experience, demonstrated abilities, motivation, and academic performance. The following three courses (or approved equivalents) must be completed with a grade of C or better for students to be admitted into the professional program: SDC 100, SDC 120 and SDC 140. Additional courses required for certification are HISTORY 105, ENGLISH 101, MATH 105 (or higher), COM 102, and one Fine Arts course (FINE ART 101, 201 or 202).  A minimum 2.5 WSU cumulative GPA is required for certification.  Students must earn a C or better in all landscape architecture, horticulture, and biology courses required for the degree of Bachelor of Landscape Architecture.

All students admitted into the second year will be required to purchase a laptop computer. Details and specifications can be found on the school website: http://sdc.wsu.edu.

Transfer Students

Transfer students who have completed the equivalent of the pre-LA curriculum may apply to the professional program.

Outcomes

Graduates of the BLA program develop skills to think critically and creatively about human habitats and landuse. 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 repsonse 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 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 http://sdc.wsu.edu for specific information regarding this degree as well as admission requirements and course descriptions.

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