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Marywood University

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Marywood University is home of the only accredited architecture program in Northeast Pennsylvania. Our high-quality faculty, cutting-edge facility, as well as a variety of degree options, make Marywood the best place to begin your architecture career.

We offer different levels of study in Architecture which emphasize a disciplinary knowledge including a study abroad opportunity in Florence, Italy. We feature two distinctive areas of study and Bachelor of Architecture degrees within our School of Architecture.

Marywood architects and interior architects are taught to engage with the world passionately and intelligently through critical thinking, collaboration, and speculation about the built environment, from interior objects to urban environments. Through this practice, architectural education at Marywood offers a way of making and thinking about the built environment that empowers our graduates to do good in the world through their work across many industries.


Bachelor of Environmental Design (B.E.D.A.) 4-year Program

The pre-professional undergraduate program in Architecture is a four-year program that is intended for students who will pursue a professional Master’s or enter into a related field. This curriculum follows the first four years of the Bachelors of Architecture curriculum but with the option to take fewer professionally-oriented courses and more courses from other areas of the curriculum or other university course offerings.

Bachelor of Architecture (B. ARCH.)

5-year, Pre-Professional Degree

The professional undergraduate program in Architecture, the Bachelors of Architecture (B.Arch), is a five-year program that is intended for students who will pursue a career as a licensed architect or advanced study in the field of architecture. The Bachelors of Architecture is the primary architectural degree offered in the School and is accreditated by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Bachelor of Interior Architecture (B.I.A) 4-year, Professional Degree

This accredited NASAD, 4-year professional degree enables students to create the specific character of spaces for human use and enjoyment. In this capacity, interior architects must understand the important role of materials, colors, textures, and light in the creation of interior spaces that respond to physical, social, psychological and cultural needs of building users.

Master of Interior Architecture (M.I.A) 60-credit Graduate Program

This 60-credit graduate program in Interior Archi tecture with a focus on Adaptive Reuse prepares students for the profession by engaging them in an array of specialized courses ranging from design, aesthetics, history and advanced digital media, to lighting, detailing and sustainability.

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Sustainable Design in Practice

Marywood’s Center for Architectural Studies is a spacious, extensively renovated structure that provides a dynamic learning environment for architecture education and exhibits several advanced approaches to sustainable design. The Center has received numerous design awards, including a LEED Gold Certificate for sustainable design, as well as an Honor Award from the Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture.

This impressive space features:

  • A geothermal cooling system Rainwater & daylight harvesting A green vegetative roofing system Chilled-beam technology
  • Energy-saving occupancy sensors Recycled building materials
  • Preserved maple floor from the building’s previous gymnasium
  • Each student has an individual workstation consisting of a bamboo work desk, designed to accommodate a portable drawing board and a laptop or desktop computer, personal storage unit, chair and integral pin-up space, complete with outlets and data ports.
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