COVID-19-Related Degree Requirement Changes
For information on how Architectural Design (AD) degree requirements have been affected by the pandemic, see the "COVID-19 Policies tab" in the "Civil and Environmental Engineering" of this bulletin. For University-wide policy changes related to the pandemic, see the "COVID-19 and Academic Continuity" section of this bulletin.
Architectural Design (AD)
Completion of the undergraduate program in Architectural Design leads to the conferral of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering. The subplan "Architectural Design" appears on the transcript and on the diploma.
Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Architectural Design
The mission of the undergraduate program in Architectural Design is to develop students' ability to integrate engineering and architecture in ways that blend innovative architectural design with cutting-edge engineering technologies. Courses in the program combine hands-on architectural design studios with a wide variety of other courses. Students can choose from a broad mix of elective courses concerning energy conservation, sustainability, building systems, and structures, as well as design foundation and fine arts courses. In addition to preparing students for advanced studies in architecture and construction management, the program's math and science requirements prepare students well for graduate work in other fields such as civil and environmental engineering, law, and business.
|Mathematics and Science (36 units minimum) 1|
Or 10 units AP Calculus or MATH 41 & MATH 42
|CME 100||Vector Calculus for Engineers (Recommended)||5|
|One course in Statistics (required)||3-5|
|Energy and the Environment|
|Fundamentals of Renewable Power|
|Air Pollution and Global Warming: History, Science, and Solutions|
|Environmental Science and Technology|
|Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics|
or PHYSICS 43
|Electricity and Magnetism|
|Or from School of Engineering approved list|
|Technology in Society|
|One course required; course chosen must be on the SoE Approved Courses list at <ughb.stanford.edu> the year taken.||3-5|
|Two courses minimum, see Basic Requirement 3||6-8|
|ENGR 14||Intro to Solid Mechanics||3|
|AD Depth Core 2|
|CEE 31||Accessing Architecture Through Drawing||5|
|or CEE 31Q||Accessing Architecture Through Drawing|
|CEE 100||Managing Sustainable Building Projects (or CEE 32B or CEE 32D)||4|
|CEE 120A||Building Modeling for Design & Construction||3|
|CEE 130||Architectural Design: 3-D Modeling, Methodology, and Process||5|
|CEE 137B||Advanced Architecture Studio||6|
|ARTHIST 3||Introduction to World Architecture||5|
|See Note 2 for course options|
|Elective units must be such that courses in ENGR Fundamentals, Core, Depth Options, and Depth Electives total at least 63 units. One of the following must be taken:|
|Construction: The Writing of Architecture|
|Architecture Since 1900|
|Making and Remaking the Architect: Edward Durell Stone and Stanford|
|California Modernism: The Web of Apprenticeship|
|Architectural Design Lecture Series Course|
|Making Meaning: A Purposeful Life in Design|
|Japanese Modern Architecture|
|How Buildings are Made -- Materiality and Construction Methods|
|Urban Design Studio|
|Design Portfolio Methods|
For additional information and sample programs see the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs.
School of Engineering approved list of math and science courses available in the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs at http://ughb.stanford.edu.
Engineering depth options: Choose at least 12 units from the following courses: CEE 101A, CEE 101B, CEE 101C, CEE 120B, CEE 120C, CEE 134B, CEE 156, CEE 159, CEE 172, CEE 172A, CEE 176A, CEE 180, CEE 181, CEE 182, CEE 183, CEE 226, CEE 241, OR CEE 242; ME 203. Students should investigate any prerequisites for the listed courses and carefully plan course sequences with the AD director.
A course may only be counted towards one elective or core requirement; it may not be double-counted. All courses taken for the major must be taken for a letter grade if that option is offered by the instructor. Minimum Combined GPA for all courses in Engineering Fundamentals and Depth/Core is 2.0.
Architectural Design Honors Program
The AD honors program offers eligible students the opportunity to engage in guided original research, or project design, over the course of an academic year. For interested students the following outlines the process:
- The student must submit a letter applying for the honors option endorsed by the student's primary adviser and honors adviser and submitted to the student services office in CEE. Applications must be received in the fourth quarter prior to graduation. It is strongly suggested that students meet with the Architectural Design Program Director well in advance of submitting an application.
- The student must maintain a GPA of at least 3.5.
- The student must complete an honors thesis or project. The timing and deadlines are to be decided by the program or honors adviser. At least one member of the evaluation committee must be a member of the Academic Council in the School of Engineering.
- The student must present the work in an appropriate forum, e.g., in the same session as honors theses are presented in the department of the advisor. All honors programs require some public presentation of the thesis or project.
- A pdf of the thesis, including the signature page signed by both readers, should be submitted to the student services officer. Students will be sent email instructions on how to archive a permanent electronic copy in Terman Engineering library.