The Judson University Department of Architecture aspires to be a global leader in design education and Christian service. The Department of Architecture is home to undergraduate majors in Architecture and Interior Design as well as the graduate Master of Architecture degree program.
The architecture program was founded in 1997 by a group of faculty and industry leaders with great foresight, courage and faith. The professional Master of Architecture degree was initially accredited* in 2004 by the National Architecture Accrediting Board [NAAB], and it enjoys the highest term of renewed and sustained accreditation at this time. The architecture program, both undergraduate and graduate, is now widely acknowledged for its innovative approach to architectural education including a one year preceptorship [internship] and its context within an evangelical Christian institution.
Building on the strength and foundation of the architecture program, the undergraduate Interior Design major was launched in 2013. It enjoys the alliance with the architecture program as it is experiencing a concentrated period of growth and definition. Students completing the undergraduate major in Interior Design will also earn a minor in Architectural Studies.
The Department of Architecture enjoys a broad and diverse faculty, in both architectural interests and background experiences. The core faculty of ten full-time professors is complemented by a rich selection of adjunct faculty, from the Chicago architecture and design community, who offer specific expertise and learning content in various areas of the curriculum. Learn more about our Faculty »
Environmental stewardship is a philosophy which guides the department, and each of its programs, in its approach to education, design and a Christian worldview. One example of this philosophy is the building which houses the Department of Architecture. The Harm A. Weber Academic Center is a LEED Gold certified academic building, designed by international architect and Cambridge University professor C. Alan Short. Students complete their education within one of the greenest buildings to study architecture or interior design in the United States. Learn more »
The Judson Architecture Program aspires to be a global leader in architectural education and Christian Service.
The Architecture Program provides Judson students with a Christ-centered comprehensive, professional architecture education. Delivered by a committed faculty, the program focuses on:
The faculty, staff and students of the Architecture Program support the following values that guide our individual activities and group efforts to participate in building God’s kingdom through educational preparation for the practice of architecture. Our values are driven by the truths found in the Bible and can be followed and appreciated from multiple viewpoints.
We will prepare students for practice by allowing them to develop and follow an approach that is consistent with the critical position they develop in their liberal study of architecture.
*In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensing. 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. Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture 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.The Judson University, Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-Accredited degree program:
M.Arch. (pre-professional degree + 42 graduate credits)
Next accreditation visit for the program: 2021
JUDSON ARCHITECTURE ACCREDITED BY NAAB FOR A FULL 8-YEAR TERM IN 2013!!!
Judson University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS) for a full 10-year term, with a scheduled accreditation visit in 2017-8.