Architecture

Are you a visionary who walks down the street and imagines better design? Are you an artist who aspires to design houses or high-rises? Are you a problem-solver who can preserve a city’s history in its structures, or develop sustainable ideas and practices for building? With a degree in architecture, your passion for sketching, making, and designing reimagine the built environment around you.

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UTSA’s Architecture Program

UTSA’s Architecture degree is a four-year, pre-professional degree built around rigorous design studios and comprehensive coursework. All stages of the design process require an ability to think clearly, critically and coherently in order to make persuasive arguments and sensible judgments. Design ideas are established through the iterative process of making, drawing, modeling, fabricating, representing, discussing, reading and writing.

Students and faculty exist and thrive within a collaborative workspace and learning environment specific to our shared creative work. Architecture’s studio culture – the work ethic, relationships, and knowledge that are cultivated throughout the collective design process – form an environment of dialogue and discovery through which issues and ideas, pragmatic concerns, material conditions, technology and process intermingle in the practice of design.

Our aim is to contribute to the structure, utility, and beauty of our built environment, improve the quality of place in our cities, homes, work, and learning spaces, and support a positive relationship between people, buildings, and the environment.

Careers in Architecture

Top job titles for architecture graduates include:

• Architect
• Interior Designer
• Urban/Transportation Planner

Architecture and its related career pathways are currently in average demand in San Antonio in the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Boulder, CO, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA and Washington D.C. More than 144,000 architecture-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Please note that there are additional admission requirements that need to be met in order to be admitted into this major. View all of UTSA’s specific admission requirements here.

Industries for Architecture Graduates

Architecture is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of architecture-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Architecture
• Specialized Design Services
• Nonresidential Building Construction
• Higher Education
• Government
• Utility System Construction

Salaries for Architecture Graduates

The salary range for open architecture-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $52,636
median $71,533
top 10% $88,854

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Architecture Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as an architecture graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Architecture may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy working with others
• You are detail oriented
• You are a good planner
• You like being creative and artistic
• You like building things

Scholarships Offered: 

  • Don J. Refugio Reyes Rivas, Arquitecto Honoris Causa, Memorial Scholarship by Edward ’00 & Sonia ’93 Esparza
    • Declared major in architecture at the undergraduate or graduate level
    • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Society of American Military Engineers San Antonio Post Endowed Scholarship
    • Declared major in architecture at the undergraduate or graduate level
    • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • AIA San Antonio Component Scholarship
    • Declared major in architecture at the graduate level or undergraduate level (juniors and seniors only)
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • AIA San Antonio Endowed Scholarship
    • Declared major in Architecture at the graduate level or undergraduate level (juniors and seniors only)
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • AIA San Antonio Latinos in Architecture Annual Scholarship
    • Declared major in architecture at the graduate level or undergraduate level
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • AIA San Antonio/San Antonio River Walk Association Endowed Scholarship for Historic Preservation in Memory of Robert H.H. Hugman, AIA
    • Declared major in the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average
  • American Subcontractors Association – SA/ CIAC Annual Scholarship in Construction Science and Management
    • Declared major in Construction Science and Management at the undergraduate or graduate level
    • Recipients must be in a good academic standing with the University of its successor.
  • Analy Diego Annual Graduate Fellowship
    • Declared major in architecture at the undergraduate or graduate level
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • James F. Williams AIA Emeritus Scholarship
    • Declared major in the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning at the graduate level
    • Must be actively pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation or the M.S. Architecture Concentration in Historic Preservation
  • Kimberly & Ron Blank Annual Scholarship in Architecture
    • Declared major in architecture at the graduate level
    • Must be enrolled full-time (at least 9 credit hours each semester for graduate students)
  • Nungesser Family Graduate Research Endowed Fellowship
    • Must be a graduate student actively pursuing the Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning in the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning
  • Raymond Phelps & Dahl Dewees Memorial Scholarship
    • Declare major in architecture at the graduate level
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Rinaldo J. Gonzalez & Alicia C. Trevino Endowed Scholarship in Architecture
    • Declared major in architecture at the graduate level
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • San Antonio Conservation Society Eleanor Freeborn Bennett Educational Scholarship in Historic Preservation
    • Declared major in architecture at the graduate level
  • San Antonio Masonry Contractors Association Endowed Scholarship
    • Declared major at the undergraduate or graduate level in the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning
  • Tejas Premier Building Contractor – Annual Scholarship in Construction Science and Management
    • Declared major in Construction Science and Management at the University at the undergraduate or graduate level
    • Recipients must be in good academic standing with the University or its successor
  • The Donald E. Everett Scholarship in Historic Preservation
    • Declared major in the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning at the graduate level
    • Must be pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation
  • The Gene George Endowed Architecture Scholarship in Historic Preservation
    • Declared major in the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning at the graduate level
    • Must be pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation
  • The Julius M. & Kathleen A. Gribou Endowed Scholarship in Architecture
    • Declared major in architecture at the graduate level or undergraduate level (juniors and seniors only)
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Alterman Inc. CIAC Annual Scholarship in Construction Science and Management
    • Declared major in Construction Science and Management at The University at the undergraduate or graduate level
    • Recipients must be in good academic standing with The University or its successor.
  • Bill and Diane Hays Endowed Scholarship in Architecture and Interior Design
    • Declared major in Architecture or Interior Design at The University of Texas at San Antonio at the undergraduate or graduate level
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • AIA San Antonio/San Antonio River Walk Association Scholarship for Historic Preservation in Memory of Robert H.H. Hugman, AIA
    • Recipient(s) Construction must and be a Planning who degree-seeking are actively student(s) pursuing in a College graduate of certificate Architecture, in Historic Preservation at the University or the MS Concentration in Historic Preservation.
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

Student Life

Architecture’s studio culture – the work ethic, relationships, and knowledge that cultivated throughout the collective design process – form an environment of dialogue and discovery through which issues and ideas, pragmatic concerns, material conditions, technology and process intermingle in the practice of design. UTSA’s Architecture program has students and faculty work together and thrive within a collaborative workspace and learning environment specific to their creative work. Students studying Architecture may consider becoming involved in:

  • American Institute of Architecture Students

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