New Alfred State Bachelor of Architecture Degree is a SUNY First

Posted Date: 
Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 2:45pm

Alfred State is proud to announce the kickoff of a new Bachelor of Architecture program by its Department of Architecture and Design this fall. One of only eight BArch programs in the State of New York, it is the only degree of its kind in the SUNY system and the only one offered by a public university.

On April 30, 2013, the program was awarded ‘Eligibility for Candidacy’ by the National Architectural Accrediting Board and will seek to achieve full accreditation for the incoming cohort of freshmen in the shortest possible time—in 2018.

Alfred State’s BArch degree will build on the established strengths in architectural technology and civic engagement of its AAS and BS in architectural technology programs. But it will also strive to achieve a unique identity by integrating an active immersion in the liberal arts/humanities with three additional foci:

  1. Vigorous training in design and the poetics of construction – aimed at buildings and environments that inspire and uplift their occupants, users, and the contexts they are part of, while manifesting the latent beauty of structural systems and building materials and an integration with nature;
  2. Solid knowledge of sustainability, construction technology, and integrated project delivery – aimed at buildings that are well constructed and technically sound that marshal material resources economically and sustainably, and are healthy to occupy; and
  3. Civic engagement and active involvement in urban renewal/social innovation projects – aimed at exploration and advocacy through dedicated urban design, historic preservation/adaptive reuse, and housing studios.

The program will also offer students the possibility of concentrations in things like business, interior design, construction management, or digital media and animation.

Alfred State’s 5-year BArch graduates will be well prepared for successful careers in architecture or related subfields such as sustainable architecture, urban design, interior architecture, adaptive reuse and historic preservation, building construction management, hospitality design, lighting and acoustical design, religious building design, and others, or to go on to graduate programs in architecture or related fields.

Visit the department’s website periodically as it will be redesigned and expanded during the coming months. For admissions questions and to apply, please contact Alfred State Admissions at 1-800-4-ALFRED or email