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Architecture (BArch)

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Alfred State is proud to offer the only 5-year professional BArch program in the SUNY system.
Dr. Alex Bitterman, Dept. Chair, Architecture and Design
Program Advantages: 

You're considering studying architecture? You've found the right place! The bachelor of architecture (BArch) program prepares students to be well rounded, creative, and socially responsible architects who shape our world through the design of meaningful and inspirational spaces. The BArch is a professional program, which endeavors to prepare students for licensure shortly after graduation, reducing the need for further graduate education or an advanced degree.

Academic Concentrations

Each BArch student will declare an academic concentration. Academic concentrations expand specialized knowledge and help to focus career goals. Students can pick from six current academic concentrations. These concentrations add important skills to the portfolio of each BArch candidate.

Concentration: Construction Management (pdf)

Concentration: Sustainability (pdf)

Concentration: Information Technology (pdf)

Concentration: Business (pdf)

Concentration: Interiors (pdf)

Concentration: Visual Communication (pdf)


All students who apply to the BArch program are required to submit a portfolio of creative work that demonstrates their interest in design and the built environment.

Prior to acceptance into the Bachelor of Architecture program, each applicant must submit a digital portfolio for review and consideration of her/his acceptance.

Through the portfolio, the department hopes to get a sense of the applicant as a creative individual. We understand that the portfolio will not demonstrate mastery of architecture, but instead present a student’s potential through explorations and representation of the built environment, which may be presented as art work such as drawings, sketches, models, sculpture, or photographs. The portfolio should focus mainly on the representation of space, but may also include a small representation of creative work such as woodworking, crafts, graphic design, and/or other creative endeavors (e.g., high school, college course) or from personal pursuits (e.g., employment, hobbies). Each portfolio should be a balanced representation of both two- and three-dimensional works.

The overall portfolio should include ten (10) to twenty (20) examples of the applicant's very best creative work and creative process. All images should be clear (not blurry or pixilated) and include a short description of the work. The description should include: when the work was completed, the medium (materials) used to create the work, the dimensions of the original work, and whether the work was completed as a personal project or as an academic project. If the work presented was part of a group effort, the description should clearly identify any other group members and state your specific role and contribution.

The Admissions committee strongly suggests using an online portfolio site such as AllYou, Behance, Portfoliobox, or similar site. All of these services offer a free option and are straightforward to set up. The department cannot answer questions about sign-in or set-up for these services. Questions about sign-in and set-up should be directed to the appropriate company.

The portfolio should be submitted by email to admissions@alfredstate.edu. Alfred State accepts students on a rolling admissions system, which means students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. However, early application and portfolio submission may be important for certain scholarship consideration.

Accreditation Information

In the United States, most state 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 U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-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 consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program should be accredited within 6 years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented. In order to meet the education requirement set forth by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, an applicant for an NCARB Certificate must hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the NAAB; the degree must have been awarded not more than two years prior to initial accreditation. However, meeting the education requirement for the NCARB Certificate may not be equivalent to meeting the education requirement for registration in a specific jurisdiction. Please contact NCARB for more information.

The Alfred State Bachelor of Architecture program was granted initial candidacy status – retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014 – for the following professional degree program in architecture:

  • BArch (157 credit hours).
  • Projected visit for continuation of candidacy: Spring 2016
  • Projected year of initial accreditation: 2018/2019

View a complete archive of our NAAB records.


Prospective students are welcome to visit Alfred State at any time. To arrange a formal campus tour, or informal studio visit day, please contact your admissions counselor at admissions@alfredstate.edu.

Professional Outlook: 

Employment of architects is projected to grow 7% from 2017-2024, with a median salary of $76,000/year.

Emerging professional architects are in high demand in New York State.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics
Alex Bitterman, Chair
Pioneer Quotes: 
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Architecture & Design

"The BArch program at Alfred State ensures a great professional start, grounded in solid technical and design instruction, that will lead to a variety of career options and opportunities for further study." - Christopher Platt, '19