Mar 31, 2023  
2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Architecture


Jim Williamson, M.Arch., Dean

1005 Architecture | Box 42091 | Lubbock, TX 79409-2091
T 806.742.3136 | F 806.742.2855 |

Horn Professor: Watkins
Professors: Aranha, Flueckiger, R. Gonzalez, Haq, Neiman, J.E. White, J.P. White, Williamson
Associate Professors: Beneytez-Duran, Buelinckx, Davis, Driskill, Ellis, Hill, Park, Perl, Shacklette, Smith, Taylor, Torres-McDonald, Zugay
Assistant Professors: Colangelo, Key, Kripa, Raab, Stiphany, Zook
Visiting Assistant Professor: Rigau
Instructors: Barajas, Bayer, Brown, Clegg, Dalbin, Dixon, Fairbetter, M. Gonzales, Helm, Isern, Lievanos, Maher, Mantz, McReynolds, Mueller, Quesada, Robinson, Sharpless, Velasquez, Wade

About the College

Architecture bridges the sciences with the arts. Students who succeed in architecture are balanced individuals who can manage the rigor of the rational and the ambiguity of the intuitive. In addition to the degree program in architecture, the College of Architecture offers dual programs with the Whitacre College of Engineering and the Rawls College of Business. Students can pursue career paths in design, construction, real estate development, product development construction and sales. The general architecture curriculum also provides an excellent portal into the university with coursework that is specific not only to the field but also fulfills the core curriculum of the university.

Mission Statement. The College of Architecture educates students for future design practice and advances knowledge of the discipline for the benefit of society.

Admission. The undergraduate architecture program has two components: general architecture and pre-professional architecture. Admission to the general architecture program is open to all students admitted into the university. Admission into the pre-professional program in the second-year is competitive and based on a comprehensive review of the student’s portfolio, written essay exam, statement of intent, and grade point average.

Requirements for Licensure as an Architect. Becoming a licensed architect is a three-step process. Students must receive an accredited degree in architecture that has been approved by the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) (, successfully complete an internship with licensed architect(s), and pass the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) ( The accredited program at Texas Tech University includes three components: general architecture, preprofessional, and professional. The general and preprofessional programs are undergraduate programs, while the accredited professional degree is the Master of Architecture.

Degree and Certificate Programs

The College of Architecture offers programs leading to the following degrees and certificates:

Dual Degree Programs

Undergraduate Program

Program Descriptions. The Bachelor of Science in Architecture consists of 124 credit hours of undergraduate courses. The B.S. in Architecture degree will give students knowledge of and career opportunities in architecture, the building industry, and related fields. This also prepares students to continue into the master’s degree program to obtain an accredited professional degree. 

Transfer Courses. All transfer coursework taken at any other institution must receive evaluation and approval from the College of Architecture. The student must provide sufficient evidence of equivalency. No course with a grade less than a C will be accepted.  

Concurrent Enrollment. Students who are registered at Texas Tech and wish to register concurrently at another institution must obtain prior written approval from the academic dean of the college in which they are enrolled. No student is allowed concurrent enrollment during the semester of expected graduation. This approval applies to all residence courses, extension courses, and distance education courses in progress elsewhere at the time of registration and to those begun during the semester.

A student registered at another institution but wishing to enroll concurrently for credit at Texas Tech will be considered as a transfer student and will be required to meet the standards for such students. Concurrent registration resulting in a combined enrollment beyond a maximum load at this institution will not be permitted.

Core Curriculum Requirements. The university has established core curriculum requirements for all students. A listing of these requirements appears in the Academic Requirements  section of this catalog.

Multicultural Requirement. Students may fulfill this requirement with courses as listed in the Academic Requirements  section of this catalog. Other courses must be approved prior to enrollment for credit.

Electives. All electives taken to satisfy the architecture degree plan must be at the 2000 and above level. All undergraduate architecture courses numbered 2000 and above may only be taken with the permission of the dean.

Computer Requirement. Students in all programs are required to have their own computer in the classroom and studio. Computer equipment and software must be compatible with college standards. Computer equipment and software requirements are posted at

Grades of C. A grade of C or better is required for all courses included in the architecture degree plan. A grade of C is equivalent in the college to a grade of 70-79.

Student Projects. The college reserves the right to retain, exhibit, and reproduce work submitted by students. Work submitted for a grade is the property of the college.

Academic Standing. The Academic Requirements  section of this catalog gives information regarding academic standing. Students on academic probation or academic suspension should familiarize themselves with these regulations. Only one semester of probation is allowed at the graduate level before academic suspension.

Counseling and Advising. Faculty members assist students in career counseling and guidance. Advisement for course registration is provided by the academic advising staff.

Ineligible Registration. The College of Architecture reserves the right to prevent any student who is not eligible for registration from entering or dropping a course for reasons such as unapproved overloads, unapproved repeated courses, lower-division/upper-division rule infractions, and lack of prerequisites. Courses taken when the student was ineligible will not be used in the student’s degree program.

Catalog Selection. Students will use the catalog issued for the year in which they were first officially admitted to the College of Architecture or may elect to use a more recent catalog. However, if they later transfer to another institution or another college at Texas Tech and wish to return to the College of Architecture at Texas Tech, they will follow the current catalog curricula in effect when they are readmitted. A catalog expires after seven years.

Course Load. Approval from the academic advisor is required for a course load of more than 18 semester hours (8 hours for a summer term). Distance education courses are included in the student’s course load, as are courses taken concurrently at other institutions. Students who are employed for more than 20 hours each week should limit their semester hour enrollment.

Class Attendance. Students in the college are expected to attend all scheduled class meeting times and activities. Absences in excess of those stipulated in each individual course syllabus will result in an F in the course. Students should refer to the university’s policy, procedures, and dates in regard to dropping a course and see their academic advisor for additional information.

Application for Degree. The Bachelor of Science degree candidate must file an “Application for Degree” with the academic advisor at least one year before the anticipated date of graduation. Subsequently, the student will receive a list of courses and be apprised of the number of grade points that are lacking. Undergraduate students must have a 2.5 GPA to graduate. Graduate students must have a 3.0 GPA to graduate.

Because students are expected to follow the graduation requirements set forth in the catalog of the year they entered the College of Architecture, students filing an “Application for Degree” must indicate the catalog year under which they will graduate. This must be the year in which they were accepted and registered in the College of Architecture. See also Uniform Undergraduate Degree Requirements .

Students seeking a Master of Architecture degree are required to have an internship experience documented by the Intern Development Program administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). This requirement may be met with a documented internship experience of at least 300 hours as approved by the Associate Dean for Academics.

Dual-Degree Programs. The College of Architecture, in partnership with the Whitacre College of Engineering, offers the option of earning a Bachelor of Science in Architecture simultaneously with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Also, the College of Architecture, in partnership with the Rawls College of Business, offers the option of earning a Bachelor of Science in Architecture along with a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Communication Literacy Requirement. Communication Literacy courses for the Architecture major are ARCH 3314 , ARCH 3352 , and ARCH 3602 .

Graduate Program

For more information on graduate programs offered by the College of Architecture, visit the Graduate Programs  page.

Undergraduate Program Offerings, Course Descriptions & Curricular Tables

(Click on program for curricular table.)



Undergraduate Minor

Undergraduate Certificate

Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree

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