Defining Interests-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

What sets Carnegie Mellon apart from other schools of Architecture? All accredited programs must cover certain criteria, but beyond those requirements each school has certain foci that differentiate their program.

At Carnegie Mellon, we have six defining interests that make our program unique. These parallel streams of knowledge provide students with the skills to successfully resolve complex design problems.

Integrated Design Education We believe a hands-on laboratory setting in the design studio is unparalleled in teaching future professionals to deal with complex problems, multiple clients and indeterminate answers.

Sustainable Design The School of Architecture is in the forefront of Carnegie Mellon's strategic commitment to environmental sustainability as an educational and organizational force.

Advanced Building Systems We place a major emphasis on understanding state-of-the-art building structures, and major innovations in enclosure, mechanical, lighting, and interior systems. Our graduates are leaders in developing the long-term integrity of integrated systems.

Computational Design Computers are changing both the nature of work and the practice of architecture. Our grads are ready.

Professional Practice Architecture is a multifaceted field of practice, existing within dynamic social, organizational, economic, professional and cognitive contexts. Our graduates are equipped with a solid understanding of the design delivery process and decision-making.

Urban Design The School of Architecture's Urban Laboratory in one of Carnegie Mellon's most successful outreach programs. It trains a new generation of professionals to work in teams for the future of cities in the U.S. and worldwide.

National Architectural Accreditation Board Performance Criteria

Speaking and Writing Skills
Critical Thinking Skills
Graphics Skills
Research Skills    
Formal Ordering Systems
Fundamental Design Skills
Collaborative Skills
Western Traditions
Non-Western Traditions
National and Regional Traditions
Use of Precedents
Human Behavior
Human Diversity
Sustainable Design
Program Preparation
Site Conditions
Structural Systems
Environmental Systems
Life Safety
Building Envelope Systems
Building Service Systems
Building Systems Integration
Building Materials and Assemblies
Construction Cost Control
Technical Documentation
Client Role in Architecture
Comprehensive Design
Architects’ Adminstrative Roles
Architectural Practice
Professional Development
Legal Responsibilities
Ethics and Professional Judgement