Bachelor of Architecture

Our B.Arch. degree is one of the most respected architecture credentials in the world. Our curriculum unites design excellence with technical expertise—a tradition embodied by the landmark campus that surrounds us. Centered around one of the nation’s largest fabrication labs, our teaching is grounded in making. In our studios and in our classrooms we connect the art of architectural thinking to the realities of construction.

Our faculty is comprised of award-winning architects, engineers, and scholars from around the world. With their help, our students develop a deep understanding of design, materials, structures, and architectural history. Our project-based design studios integrate innovative building materials and advanced digital technologies with sustainable design, collaborative thinking, and professional practice.

Our B.Arch. program is a five-year undergraduate degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)—allowing our graduates to become licensed architects without additional degrees. In conjunction with the B.Arch. program, we offer a wide range of specializations, minors, dual, and co-terminal degrees.

Our B.ARCH. program is officially approved as a STEM designated field of study in Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s STEM designated fields list.

International students who have earned degrees in (STEM) fields in the US, may apply for a 24 month extension of their post completion OPT employment for a total of 36 months, a significant benefit for international students who wish to stay and work in the US post-graduation.

2nd Year Final Presentations


In support of our top students, Crown Scholarships provide full tuition for five years. Crown Scholarships recognize creativity, ingenuity, and a desire to study architecture in our historic setting. (Available only to first-year domestic students.)

Undergraduate Merit Scholarship opportunities are available to all incoming undergraduates across all disciplines. These include the Camras Scholarship, a full-tuition five-year scholarship, and the Duchossois Leadership Scholarship, a full-tuition five-year scholarship that includes room and board.

Full information on our scholarship opportunities can be found at:

3rd year Open House Exhibition


Since its founding, our college has had longstanding and deep relationships with professional practice in Chicago. Today, many Chicago architectural firms have committed to providing a unique opportunity for our students: Paid ten-week summer internships pledged to IIT students only.