First and Second-Year Architecture Program To Start in Boise
July 17, 2017
BOISE — This fall the University of Idaho will deliver the first two years of the Bachelor of Science architecture degree program at the UI Boise Urban Design Center. The Urban Design Center currently offers graduate programs in architecture, bioregional planning and landscape architecture.
“This is a significant step forward in UI’s mission to provide higher education opportunities to students throughout the state,” said President Chuck Staben. "We're proud to extend the reach of an outstanding program that leads to rewarding careers in the creative industry."
“This is an exciting addition to the growth of UI programs in Boise and the Treasure Valley. UI Boise is looking forward to welcoming our first class of architecture students,” added Michael Satz, UI Boise associate vice president and executive director.
The two-year sequence provides Treasure Valley students and those seeking a career change with a solid design and general education foundation for further coursework on the Moscow campus.
First and second-year students develop an essential design foundation through hands-on studios. In addition to general education requirements, architectural coursework includes model-building, design thinking and process, the importance of history and theory in architecture, professional communication, and analogue and digital design tools.
Building on the foundation they receive in Boise, students spend their third and fourth years on the Moscow campus where they gain in-depth knowledge from interaction between coursework and design studios.
“This intersection is essential to fostering an exploratory spirit and research capacity that is critical to exemplary architecture,” said Randall Teal, architecture program head. “It will be a good opportunity for our Boise students to spread their wings and test their knowledge in larger group studios with new faculty.”
Students who wish to pursue the professional degree required for licensure have the option of making a seamless transition to the graduate program, allowing them to complete their Master of Architecture degree in less time than a traditional graduate program. The graduate degree is offered in Boise or Moscow.
“Expanding the architecture program to Boise opens up new doors to students interested in art and design and helps further our ability to help grow a thriving creative economy in Idaho and the inland Northwest," said interim College of Art and Architecture Dean Shauna Corry. “This program also provides students with advance standing in related Moscow-based undergraduate programs such as interior design and landscape architecture.”
The College of Art and Architecture will accept late applications for fall 2017 in both locations until classes start Aug. 21. For more information or to apply, go to uidaho.edu/architecture.
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