IIT Architecture BARCH program

Architecture (B.ARCH.)

A Bachelor of Architecture degree from Illinois Institute of Technology is one of the most respected architecture credentials in the United States.

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IIT Architecture Chicago is one of the top-ranked architecture programs in the United States, and our bachelor’s program is tailor-made for undergraduates who want to make their mark on the built environment. This five-year, STEM-designated degree is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, allowing our graduates to become licensed architects without additional time in school.

The College of Architecture faculty comprises award-winning architects, engineers, and scholars. With their guidance, our students develop a deep understanding of design, structures, history, theory, and practice, preparing them to assume leadership roles in the profession.

Our studio-based curriculum engages the latest technologies to support a renowned heritage of making. We don’t just talk architecture here—we make it. Supported by one of the nation’s largest fabrication labs, and situated in a leading technology-focused university, IIT Architecture Chicago offers students a unique opportunity for rigorous study in an environment of deep curiosity and rigorous investigation.

Program Overview

This five-year, STEM-designated undergraduate degree is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, allowing graduates to become licensed architects without additional study. Studios integrate advanced digital technologies with sustainable design, collaborative thinking, and professional practice.

Career Opportunities

Our close ties to the professional community in Chicago and beyond allow students early exposure to professional practices and job placement in the many areas in the discipline, including:

  • Architecture
  • Interior design
  • Landscape architecture
  • Real estate development
  • Urban design
  • Higher education

Our curriculum emphasizes the importance of hands-on making and ethical practice, and our project-based studios encourage students to work collaboratively while developing and testing their own ideas.

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Students of this program must be admitted to Illinois Institute of Technology. Students who are interested in transferring to this program should consult their academic adviser.

Program Specializations

Featured Faculty

Frank Flury
Associate Professor Director, Bachelor of Architecture Program
Jennifer Park
Visiting Assistant Professor Bachelor of Architecture YR2 Coordinator
Mahjoub Elnimeiri
Professor
Eva Kultermann
Associate Professor Associate Dean of University and Academic Affairs
David Brininstool
Adjunct Professor
Donna Robertson
Professor

How We Stand Out

"I really appreciated the roots in the Bauhaus educational philosophy that made material science an important part of teaching. I think it’s a great way of learning about architecture. My best memories are of the shop and how it created an environment that built upon the design work happening in studios, where you could experiment with materials and get to know them in a very tactile way."

Juliane Wolf (ARCH ‘01), Design Principal and Partner at Studio Gang

See Our Student Work

Building rendering

This high-rise concept from students Jatuphat Sunsaneevithayaku and Deniz Demir proposes a net-zero energy-efficient building in the subtropical climate of Shenzhen, China.

Building rendering

Tasked with designing a satellite museum for the Museum of Modern Art, B.ARCH. Student Duy Nguyen created an angular, concrete structure to house 2D, 3D, film, and light art installations.

Project rendering

Juan Ramon Cantu’s project “Turbulent Surfaces” is a study in building performance, using fluid simulations to visualize airflow, as well as environmental and architectural forces like turbulence, vacuum, and ventilation.

One-room schoolhouse

For the second year in a row, College of Architecture Associate Professor Frank Flury and a group of undergraduate students traveled to Loiza, Puerto Rico to aid in the town's rebuilding.