Architecture is a cultural expression of a society's beliefs and values. It is a mirror upon which is reflected our understanding of the world around us and a measure of our ability to affect change in that world. As a form of communication architecture adds shape and meaning to our experiences by constructing the framework for events and rituals. Architectural design is the considered intensification of this framework. Founded in 1894, the College of Architecture at UNL has been providing architectural design leadership to the State of Nebraska and the nation for the past 100 years.
To engage in an inquiry of architecture is to embark on an adventure that holds both breadth and depth. The breadth of investigation is required in order to develop penetrating critical skills, and depth for delving into the knowledge necessary to build well. The Department of Architecture at UNL believes the focus of this inquiry is the design studio which has been placed in the central role the curriculum. Design studios are supplemented by special topic courses that explore specific architectural issues. The combination of design studios and special topics seminars provide the student with an understanding of the range of issues confronting design professionals and establishes the groundwork for practice alternatives in today's climate.
Upon successful completion of the first year of pre-architecture design studies and admission to the Architecture Program, students may enroll in the second, third and fourth year curriculum which leads to a Bachelor of Science in Design - Architectural Studies degree.
In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite 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.
Master's degree programs may consist of a professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
Here at UNL, the bachelor of science in design is a para-professional degree and a necessary component of the professional program which culminates with the master of architecture degree. The master of architecture degree is the first professional degree. The professional master of architecture degree is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB).