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Architecture (BArch)

Architecture (BArch)

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Architecture in Buffalo, NY by Frank Lloyd Wright at Forest Lawn
Architecture building on Main St. in Alfred, NY
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Architecture of Sullivan in Buffalo, NY
Architecture building on Main St. in Alfred, NY
Alfred State is proud to offer the first and only 5-year professional accredited BArch program in the SUNY system.
Dr. Alex Bitterman, Department Chair, Architecture & 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 fully accredited professional program, which endeavors to prepare students for licensure shortly after graduation, reducing the need for further graduate education or an advanced degree.




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.

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.

Information for Transfer Students

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 professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the bachelor of architecture, the master of architecture, and the doctor of architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year term, an eight-year term with conditions, or two-year term of continuing accreditation, or a three-year term of initial accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of architecture and master of architecture degree programs may require a non-accredited undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the non-accredited degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Alfred State Department of Architecture & Design offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program:

Bachelors of Architecture (BArch) 157 Credit Hours

Date of next accreditation visit: Spring 2021

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

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
Joe Ebert, Curriculum Coordinator
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