Department of Architecture

The Department of Architecture

From High School to Master's Degree in Five Years

The Master of Architecture degree is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

The Hampton University Department of Architecture has long been recognized as one of the leading architecture programs among the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), and has been placing African Americans in the profession of architecture for over 50 years.

The Department of Architecture offers a 5-1/2 years accredited Master of Architecture as a first professional degree.

The primary goal of the program is to provide professional education of the highest quality, affording an advanced level of competency within the broadest spectrum of responsibility to the client, society, and the environment. The Department is committed to the development of critical inquiry, creative thinking, and life long learning essential to participate in our rapidly changing society.

The program seeks to heighten students’ awareness of ever evolving global conditions significant to the production of contemporary architecture, and the built environment. It promotes the study of transitional urban areas and communities of color. The diversity of faculty and student backgrounds allows us to contribute to an awareness of, and ability to work with varied groups. The curriculum takes advantage of the rich urban setting of the Hampton Roads area. It is the only NAAB-accredited program in the area.

In the tradition of the HBCU, our program explores questions of identity in design as well as other cultural, social, and technical issues in architecture. We provide the educational framework for the emerging leadership roles of the African American architect in the profession and in society.

Virtually 100% of our graduating students have been admitted to graduate programs, or have found positions in the profession and in related fields.

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 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.

As developed by National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) assesses a candidate’s knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture. It has been adopted for use by all U.S. registration boards and the Canadian provincial architectural associations as the registration examination for all candidates seeking architectural licensing. The ARE pass rates by school can be found at the NAAB website.