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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Learn about our Master of Architecture degrees, our Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design, and our Graduate Certificate in Urban Design at an upcoming informational meeting. Sessions are held monthly from October through December. Sign up at the link below.

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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

Fridays@4: Designing Your Future: Creating Value in Your Career

Please join PSU School of Architecture for a Fridays@4 presentation from…
Add to my Calendar 2021-03-05 16:00:00 2021-03-05 17:00:00 Fridays@4: Designing Your Future: Creating Value in Your Career Please join PSU School of Architecture for a Fridays@4 presentation from Jeremy Fretts, AIA, NCARB, M.A., Ed., of National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) for a presentation about careers in architecture, licensure, and beyond. Topics will include: The entities involved in the licensure process How to progress successfully through the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®) Brief overview of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) Recent changes to NCARB programs The value of the NCARB Certificate  The presentation will also cover tips to making a successful transition from school to work and pursuing licensure once employed. Following the presentation there will be a question and answer session. About the Presenter Before joining NCARB as the Assistant Vice President for Experience + Education, Jeremy worked as a designer and project architect for 22 years at various firms in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Jeremy is passionate about helping architects and the architectural profession become their best through excellence in education, training, and management practices. Jeremy received his B. Arch. from Ball State University and M.A. in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University. He is a registered architect in Virginia and Indiana, and has extensive volunteer leadership experience. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and holds the NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity. This event will be held via Zoom. RSVP: maab@pdx.edu RSVP: maab@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public