Please note: Our office in Shattuck Hall is closed due to COVID-19, but our staff is working remotely to support you. Please contact us at architecture@pdx.edu with your questions or concerns. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. 

In our rich, materially based curriculum, we challenge students to address the poetics of material, urban issues and cultural meaning, community engagement and social needs through architecture and design.

With an established reputation for promoting a materially diverse, urban-oriented, socially engaged architectural education, including a pre-professional undergraduate degree in Architecture, a professional accredited Master of Architecture, the Center for Public Interest Design, and strong ties to local design practice, we offer a rigorous educational experience in the ideal setting of downtown Portland.

Our nearly 400 students study the art, theory and practice of architecture in our growing programs, including a Bachelor of Arts or Science in Architecture, Two-year and Three-year Master of Architecture, Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design, and Graduate Certificate in Urban Design. Residing in Shattuck Hall, an elegant, renovated 1915 red-brick elementary school building on the leafy South Park Blocks, our programs prepare future architects to employ design for the public good.

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Portland in Conversation: The Infrastructure of the Public City

Join the PSU Urban Design Collaborative for a series of enlightening conversations with national and local experts on urban design, exploring the large-scale systems and ideas that make up our public cities, from Portland to Los Angeles to Tokyo and beyond. Series runs April 16 to May 28, via Zoom.  

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How To Apply

To become an undergraduate architecture major, just apply through the university's general application process. To learn how to apply for our Master of Architecture degree, Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design or Graduate Certificate in Urban Design, visit the link below.

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National Accreditation

The Master of Architecture program has full professional accreditation by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. This accreditation enables students who complete the Master of Architecture at Portland State University to pursue a professional architectural license.

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Our programs challenge students to create architecture that impacts the world for the better, and build a career designing healthy spaces that inspire and uplift those who use them. Your gift to our scholarship fund will enable more students to pursue this rigorous, hands-on academic experience.

Upcoming events

Portland in Conversation: Elizabeth Timme & Anyeley Hallová…

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Add to my Calendar 2021-04-16 23:00:00 2021-04-14 04:21:57 Portland in Conversation: Elizabeth Timme & Anyeley Hallová on Housing Portland in Conversation: The Infrastructure of the Public City HOUSING | Los Angeles I Portland Elizabeth Timme, LA MÁS Anyeley Hallová, Adre Moderator: Justin Fowler, University of Oregon Recent changes to Oregon’s zoning legislation with HB2001 and HB2003 effectively eliminate exclusive single-family zoning in many cities in the state, while Portland’s Residential Infill Project goes even further in its support for new multifamily housing options in all areas of the city. These initiatives have the potential to reshape the housing landscape of the region and drive a national conversation on housing policy and design. The city of Los Angeles, for one, has responded with the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Standard Plan Program of pre-approved low-cost designs for that backyard housing type and have recently hosted a design ideas competition for “Low-Rise” housing innovation. This event, the first in a new series of talks on urban design, brings together Elizabeth Timme and Anyeley Hallová for a conversation on housing justice, design, development, and the prospects for an equitable densification of our cities. Timme is a co-founder of LA Más, a non-profit architecture and design firm from Los Angeles that promotes neighborhood resilience and elevates the agency of working class communities of color. The office has worked against gentrification by incentivizing ADUs as an alternate housing program. Hallová is a Portland-based developer with over 17 years of experience who recently founded Adre, a real estate development firm that seeks to create wealth for the Black community and for underrepresented groups that have traditionally been denied access to real estate ownership and investment. Hallová is also a commissioner on Oregon’s Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC). The conversation will be moderated by Justin Fowler, Director of the Portland Architecture Program at the University of Oregon School of Architecture & Environment. Learn more about Portland in Conversation: The Infrastructure of the Public City. Zoom Webinar | Register at https://pdx.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DbIw5HAFTOuxEJeyubhStQ Email seewang@pdx.edu with questions. Email seewang@pdx.edu with questions. America/Los_Angeles public