Architectural Studies

About the Program

Architectural Studies at Philadelphia University is a pre-professional degree that offers in-depth training within the varied and ever-expanding field of architecture. Students select a concentration in their second or third year that fits their particular interests and future career goals. Students who choose Architectural Design Technology study business and specialized software as applied to the construction of buildings and sites. Historic Preservation students focus on the rehabilitation, documentation and adaptive reuse of structures and urban areas. Students who prefer Photography and New Media investigate the power of traditional and emerging technologies as a method of communication. Each concentration gives students a competitive edge with highly desirable skills and the versatility to become leaders in these rapidly growing professions.  

PhilaU’s interdisciplinary learning environment provides the technical knowledge and professional expertise to discover viable, marketable solutions to today’s industry obstacles. With small studio sizes, an engaged faculty of practicing professionals, and projects provided by our community partners, students receive focused attention and grapple with real-world challenges. Our scenic campus and collaborative learning structure creates a support network among Architectural Studies students, plus easy access to Center City means internship and employment opportunities. Graduates have a strong foundation to pursue advanced degrees in a number of fields, such as Architecture, Historic Preservation, Construction Management, Sustainable Design, Geodesign, Urban Planning, Environmental Art, or Real Estate Development. Graduates who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher can choose to earn a M.S. in Geodesign, Construction Management or Sustainable Design at PhilaU with just one additional year of study.  

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