NAAB Accreditation

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a perquisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Philadelphia University’s Architecture Program offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program:

  • Bachelor of Architecture (165 total number of credits required)

In August 2012, the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), following their April visit to campus, granted another six-year term of accreditation to our Architecture Program, effective January 1, 2012.  The Visiting Team Report commends the program on its academic situation that “creates an ideal milieu for a multidisciplinary education, the arts, and construction,” on its faculty, and on its mission of “preparing a well-rounded student, equipped to rise in the professional world.”

Founded in 1991, the Architecture Program leads to a Bachelor of Architecture degree, has an enrollment of 312 students, and has been accredited by NAAB since 1997.

Our students and faculty collaborated to create a College of Architecture + the Built Environment studio culture document. Please click here to view it:

C_ABE Studio Culture Document

To access NAAB’s Conditions and Procedures for accreditation, please click here:

http://www.naab.org/home.aspx

To gain a better understanding of the context of architecture education and career paths available to graduates of accredited programs, please click here:

www.ARCHCareers.org

To learn about the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) and to access The NCARB Handbook for Interns and Architects, The Emerging Professional’s Companion, and other important sources, click here:

www.NCARB.org

Other useful websites include:

www.aia.org
www.aias.org
www.acsa-arch.org

To access our Program’s Annual Reports, NAAB’s responses to our Annual Reports, the most recent NAAB decision letter regarding our program, our most recent Architectural Program Report (APR), and/or the most recent Visiting Team Report, please contact Prof. David M Breiner, Program Director at breinerd@philau.edu.