BArch Degree– Code #0135

Rex Simpson, Program Coordinator

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The Bachelor of Architecture program at Alfred State educates well-rounded, highly creative graduates who will be able to contribute to the world through meaningful and inspiring architecture.

Building on the BS program’s established strengths in architectural technology and civic engagement, the BArch program strives to achieve a unique identity by integrating an active immersion in the liberal arts/humanities with three additional foci:

Students will be encouraged to custom-tailor their studies through elective concentrations related to architectural practice, such as business, construction management, digital media and animation, or interior design. Elective courses may be taken in other departments at Alfred State and students may also cross-register for courses at Alfred University.

Upon successful completion of the BArch degree, graduates may begin an internship and the other professional steps leading to licensure as a registered, practicing architect.

A laptop computer is required of each entering student to enable the use of cutting-edge, industry-standard software. See laptop specifications at


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.

Alfred State College, School of Architecture, Management and Engineering Technology, Department of Architecture and Design offers the following NAAB- accredited degree program:

B. Arch. (157 undergraduate credits)

Next accreditation visit: 2016

We hope to achieve full accreditation for all incoming freshmen at the earliest possible time, i.e. following the 'Full Accreditation Visit' in the Fall 2018. After the NAAB assesses the first graduating cohort's and all other years' work as worthy, it confers full accreditation on the BArch Program retroactively for January 2018, to include that first cohort.


On April 30, 2013, the NAAB, the National Architectural Accrediting Board, accepted the BArch Program at Alfred State as ‘eligible for candidacy,’ and scheduled the next step, the visit for ‘initial candidacy,’ for Spring 2014. The 'initial candidacy' visit took place in March 2014 and the program anticipates being awarded 'eligibility' status in Summer 2014.

The BArch program is required to meet the ‘Student Performance Criteria’ as laid out on pp. 21-25 of the 2009 Conditions for Accreditation by the NAAB. The 2009 Conditions for Accreditation, as effective April 1, 2010, apply to all accreditation actions or visits scheduled to take place after January 1, 2011, including visits for initial candidacy.

The following passages are excerpted from the 2009 Conditions for Accreditation by the NAAB. The full text as well as the 2012 Procedures for Accreditation, Amended, may be found at


The accredited degree program must demonstrate that each graduate possesses the knowledge and skills defined by the criteria set out below. The knowledge and skills are the minimum for meeting the demands of an internship leading to registration for practice.

The school must provide evidence that its graduates have satisfied each criterion through required coursework. If credits are granted for courses taken at other institutions or online, evidence must be provided that the courses are comparable to those offered in the accredited degree program.

The criteria encompass two levels of accomplishment:

For the purpose of accreditation, graduating students must demonstrate understanding or ability as defined below in the Student Performance Criteria (SPC):

The SPC are organized into realms to more easily understand the relationships between individual criteria.

Realm A: Critical Thinking and Representation:

Architects must have the ability to build abstract relationships and understand the impact of ideas based on research and analysis of multiple theoretical, social, political, economic, cultural and environmental contexts. This ability includes facility with the wider range of media used to think about architecture including writing, investigative skills, speaking, drawing and model making.

Realm B: Integrated Building Practices, Technical Skills and Knowledge: Architects are called upon to comprehend the technical aspects of design, systems and materials, and be able to apply that comprehension to their services. Additionally they must appreciate their role in the implementation of design decisions, and the impact of such decisions on the environment.

Realm C: Leadership and Practice:

Architects need to manage, advocate, and act legally, ethically and critically for the good of the client, society and the public. This includes collaboration, business, and leadership skills.


Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry with an 86 or above average plus high school pre-calculus or a fourth-year math for New York State high school graduates. Students must submit a standardized test score (SAT and/or ACT) with a recommended combined SAT score of 1,100 (critical reading and math) or a composite ACT score of 24. Physics is recommended.


Prior to acceptance into the Bachelor of Architecture program, each applicant, whether seeking to enter as a freshman or transfer candidate, must submit a portfolio for review and consideration of her/his acceptance.

Through the portfolio, the Department hopes to get a sense of who an applicant is as a creative individual: their spatial imagination, what is motivating them (expressed through art work, drawings, sketches, models, ), how they express themselves, how they explore the world through two- and three-dimensional media. 

Applicants should include ten (10) to twenty (20) examples of their best creative work. They should be color copies (not originals) of art and design efforts, including two- or three-dimensional visual art, done either as personal projects or in an academic setting. They should also illustrate a range of artistic efforts. Inclusion of some freehand drawings is strongly encouraged. Pages from student's sketchbook are encouraged too. Each portfolio page needs to list (in small, legible font) your name; the medium used; the date of the work’s completion; the dimensions of the original; and whether done as a personal project or in an academic setting. If part of a group effort, you need to identify the other group members and state your specific role.

Included among the portfolio's 10 to 20 samples of creative work, should be two drawings specifically responding to the guidelines below, in soft pencil, emphasizing light and shadows, and contrast:

All portfolio material should be in a flat binder of an overall size not more than 10" x 12" (25 cm x 30 cm) and max. 1" (2.5 cm) thick. Do not submit slides or digital files. Your name must be clearly visible on the binder. On the first page inside you should state that you are the author of the work presented (except for works done as group project - which you need to clearly identify), followed by your name, home address, contact information, and the school you currently attend.

The portfolio should be submitted by mail in a padded envelope to: Alfred State College, Admissions Office, 10 Upper College Drive, Alfred, NY 14802.

Unless a prepaid, self-addressed return envelope is mailed with the applicant’s portfolio, the Architecture and Design Department will keep the submission. Portfolios held by the department will be discarded within one semester unless retrieved by the applicant.


BArch students have 24 hr access to their dedicated, laptop-ready studio spaces. Peripheral devices such as scanners, color printers/plotters, and digital camera equipment are available. A School-wide 3D Printing Fabrication Laboratory is also available.


Articulation agreements for some courses in this program are in place with:


Successfully complete all courses in the prescribed ten-semester program at a minimum cumulative index of 2.5, which is equivalent to a "C+" average.

As part of the graduation requirements for the Bachelor of Architecture, students must complete a portfolio according to the following guidelines:


Work in student portfolios should demonstrate:


A wide range of activities are open to graduates of this accredited degree: intern architect, practicing architect (after successfully meeting state registration requirements), or practitioner in related sub fields as varied as sustainable architecture, urban design, interior architecture, adaptive reuse and historic preservation, building construction management, hospitality design, lighting design, acoustical design, religious building design, and others.


Graduates wishing to continue their education may choose to apply at another institution to master's or doctoral programs in architecture or numerous related disciplines.


Alfred State has an agreement with Sorrento Lingue International Language Institute (Sant'Anna Institute) in Sorrento, Italy, to offer an optional semester abroad to its students. Learn more at