About the School of Architecture

Welcome to the School of Architecture!

We offer an accredited professional education in architecture, following the four + two model: a four-year BA/BS undergraduate major in Architecture and a two-year Master of Architecture with full accreditation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board. We also offer a three-year Master of Architecture track for candidates with non-architectural bachelor's degrees.

We celebrate the study of architecture in a very special setting:downtown Portland. Recognized internationally as a highly innovative center of creativity, and renowned nationally as a locus of sustainable practice, Portland is one of the most livable urban environments in North America.

 Our teaching and research are inspired by three priorities:

  • Exploring the poetics of material and the communication of cultural meaning
  • Speculating upon urban issues and the pleasures and dilemmas of city dwelling
  • Promoting community engagement and the application of creative and professional practices toward the common good.

Our growing program is approaching 400 students drawn from diverse backgrounds across the city, region, and nationally and internationally. We occupy the award-winning, recently renovated Shattuck Hall in a vibrant urban setting entwined within the vitality and culture of the city.

Our recently founded Center for Public Interest Design brings design expertise, and social and environmental sustainability, to disadvantaged communities worldwide.

We foster cross-disciplinary research and contribute to the recently established Green Building Research Lab, a PSU facility equipped to support a comprehensive range of testing and analysis of the environmental impact of architecture.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.

Clive R. Knights
Professor of Architecture, Director