Mar 03, 2021  
2016-2017 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Architecture


Andrew Vernooy, M.Des.S., 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, Louden, Neiman, Perbellini, Pongratz, Vernooy, J.E. White, J.P. White
Associate Professors: Buelinckx, Davis, Driskill, Ellis, Hill, Jaddo, Park, Perl, Shacklette, Smith, Taylor, Torres-McDonald, Zugay
Assistant Professors: Beneytez-Duran, Glassell, Krippa, Raab, Zook
Instructors: Barajas, Bergloff, Brown, Campbell, Chamy, Chinn, Clegg, Dalbin, Dixon, Fairbetter, Gomez, M. Gonzales, Hoogeboom, Lievanos, Martin, McDonald, McReynolds, Mueller, Quesada, Rivas, Robinson, Sinkewich, Svarbein, Velasquez, Wade, D. White, Wilson, Wright

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, and construction product development 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. Students who elect to study other disciplines after the first year of the architecture curriculum have a solid academic base.

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 preprofessional architecture. Admission to the general architecture program is open to all students admitted into the university. Admission into the preprofessional 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 a 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:

  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture
  • Master of Architecture (professional degree)
  • Master of Science in Architecture (post-professional degree)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Land-Use Planning, Management, and Design
  • Graduate Certificate in Digital Design and Fabrication
  • Graduate Certificate in Health Care Facilities Design
  • Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation
  • Graduate Certificate in Urban and Community Design Studies

Dual Degree Programs

  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture/Bachelor of Business Administration (General Business)
  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture/Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Architecture/Master of Business Administration

Undergraduate Program

Program Descriptions. The Bachelor of Science in Architecture consists of 131 credit hours of undergraduate courses. This program has two components: general architecture and preprofessional. 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 to be taken at any other institution must receive evaluation and approval from the academic advisor within 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 Undergraduate Academics section of this catalog.

Multicultural Requirement. Students may fulfill this requirement with courses as listed in the Undergraduate Academics 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 by architecture students or with the permission of the dean. All electives listed in the degree plan must be taken at the level listed in the degree plan.

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

Preferred: AutoCAD. AutoCAD experience is recommended to enroll in ARCH 1353. 

Distance Education Courses. All distance education courses require approval from the academic advisor to apply to the degree program. No student is allowed to enroll in distance education courses during the semester of expected graduation.

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. Students may repeat architecture courses only one time for grade replacement.

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 and remains so until it is returned to the student.

Academic Status. The Undergraduate Academic section of this catalog gives information regarding academic status. 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. Students must have a 2.5 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 .

Off-Campus Programs. Each undergraduate student will complete the final undergraduate architectural design studio with a choice of international study abroad programs. These programs are organized by the College of Architecture and led by College of Architecture faculty. They are located in several different locations, including Europe, Canada, Mexico, and Central America.

Students seeking a Master of Architecture degree are required to have a practicum experience documented by the Intern Development Program administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). This requirement may be met with participation in the Practicum + Studio Program, Residency Program, or other documented practicum experience as approved by the associate dean for academics.

Graduate Program

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

Program Offerings & Course Descriptions


    Bachelor’sUndergraduate MinorAccelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s DegreeIntra-institutional Dual Degree


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