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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


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