The Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (B.A.A.) is a pre-professional degree that prepares students for admittance to a two-year graduate program in architecture, or for a career in related design fields, or related professions associated with the built environment. The overall intent of the B.A.A. degree program is to provide a firm grounding in the essential ideas, principles, theories and technologies that underlie the built environment. The design studio sequence, the core of the program, is where all the elements of the design process come together in exercises that build increasing skill and sophistication in the student designer.
The Design Studies concentration is for students that might choose to pursue other design fields or professions related to the built environment, such as interior design, urban design, industrial design, digital media, digital fabrication, energy modeling, construction management, real estate development, and other fields.
Students admitted to the University of New Mexico and interested in studying architecture are automatically considered architecture majors if they fill out the Major Declaration form, available during the student's first meeting with the Undergraduate Advisor.
The Bachelor of Arts in Architecture program welcomes transfer students. UNM application forms are available online. Architecture program enrollment forms are available during the student's first meeting with the Undergraduate Advisor.
Advanced standing is to be determined based on the academic background of the applicant. Transfer course work is evaluated for UNM equivalencies upon admission to UNM. Transfer students seeking advanced standing in the architecture curriculum should apply to UNM as early as possible to expedite this process. A portfolio is required for any courses where design or visualization content was created. A PDF copy of the portfolio may be emailed to the Undergraduate Advisor.
People need places to live, work, play, learn, worship, meet, govern, shop, and eat. Architects are responsible for designing these places, whether they are private or public; indoors or outdoors; or rooms, buildings, or complexes. Architects discuss with clients the objectives, requirements, and budget of a project. In some cases, architects provide various predesign services, such as feasibility and environmental impact studies, site selection, cost analyses and land- use studies, and design requirements. For example, architects may determine a building’s space requirements by researching its number and types of potential users. After discussing and agreeing on the initial proposal, architects develop final construction plans that show the building's appearance and details for its construction. Accompanying these plans are drawings of the structural system; air-conditioning, heating, and ventilating systems; electrical systems; communications systems; plumbing; and, possibly, site and landscape plans.
In developing designs, architects must follow building codes, zoning laws, fire regulations, and other ordinances, such as those requiring easy access by people who are disabled. Computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) and building information modeling (BIM) technology have replaced traditional drafting paper and pencil as the most common methods for creating designs and construction drawings. Architects also may help clients get construction bids, select contractors, and negotiate construction contracts. As construction proceeds, architects may visit building sites to ensure that contractors follow the design, keep to the schedule, use the specified materials, and meet work-quality standards. The job is not complete until all construction is finished, required tests are conducted, and construction costs are paid.