Undergraduate-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

The School of Architecture provides deep immersion in the discipline of architecture, intensified by the broader Carnegie Mellon culture of interdisciplinary innovation and creative inquiry.

We define the discipline of architecture as the integrated pursuit of design creativity, historical perspective, social responsibility, technical expertise, and global environmental leadership. Our programs prepare students to be excellent, discipline-defining design thinkers in diverse global contexts.

This world-class architecture education is enhanced by our position within one of the world’s leading research and entrepreneurship institutions, and by the fundamental premise that architectural excellence demands both rigorous training in fundamentals and the development of unique specializations. Students may extend their core knowledge either through concentration in architecture subdisciplines like sustainable design or computational design, or through interdisciplinary interaction with CMU’s other renowned programs—whether the sciences, the humanities, business, or robotics. Though every School of Architecture student graduates with intensive architecture knowledge, no two graduates leave with the same education.

In the twenty-first century, few architecture problems are straightforward. Graduates of SoArch excel in the roles architects have performed for centuries—and in new roles catalyzed by the depth and breadth of their education—to create and execute innovative solutions to a huge range of emerging global challenges.


New for 2014 – 2015: Design, Arts and Technology Study Opportunities!

Carnegie Mellon University’s diverse and top-ranked academic programs in computing, engineering, design, and the arts are uniquely positioned to serve students who have interdisciplinary interests bridging technology and creative practice. The Integrative Design, Arts and Technology Network (IDeATe) connects students and faculty from across the university through coursework and collaborative studio experiences. You have the opportunity to integrate a concentration into your degree in any of the following eight creative industry areas:  game design, animation and special effects, media design, learning media, sound design, entrepreneurship for creative industries, intelligent environments and physical computing.  To learn more, visit IDeATe.