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Knowlton School of Architecture

About the School 

The Knowlton School of Architecture offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City and Regional Planning. These multi-faceted disciplines enhance and sustain natural and man-made settings, ranging from buildings and sites to neighborhoods, cities, and regions, all of which are subject to diverse and conflicting economic, social, ecological, cultural, and aesthetic objectives and constraints.

These disciplines borrow from the arts and sciences, calling for creativity and imagination in design and planning at various scales, and for technical skills in understanding and forecasting the evolution of the environments in which we live.

Society’s expectations are changing regarding environmental equality, sustainability, standards of living, and social progress. Designers and planners must address emerging issues practically and create custom solutions for problems that vary in scale.

At the Knowlton School, emphasis is placed on the development of analytical skills and creativity. Students are encouraged to develop an individual and inclusive approach to design and planning through their exposure to a wide range of contemporary philosophies.

Careers in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City and Regional Planning

The architecture major encourages independence and uniquely prepares a student for the marketplace. Many people who major in architecture are successful not only in the profession but also in the other arts, in business, and in public service.  Students wishing to pursue a professional degree in architecture must apply to an accredited Master of Architecture program. Graduates may apply to complete their professional studies at Ohio State or any other accredited architectural program in the United States.  Graduates of a Master of Architecture program become licensed architects after three years of internship and a registration exam. Many architects specialize in design, while others become adept at managing, marketing, and other aspects of professional practice.

Landscape architects design metroparks, gardens, playgrounds, zoos, golf courses, campuses, housing and community development projects, streetscapes, town squares, biking and walking paths, and much more. The profession is experiencing rapid growth in an expanding market. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected landscape architecture among the top 10 that will be in demand in the 21st century. Private sector opportunities are found within landscape architectural, engineering, architectural, and planning firms. Landscape architects may also work with other types of private corporations that have physical planning departments or that offer products and services related to land planning and development.

City and regional planners work in every state and around the world. They work in rural areas, suburban areas, and large cities. They work in the public sector within federal, state, and local governments. They also work in non-profits and within the private sector in real estate development, planning firms, landscape architecture, and architecture firms. Planners in academic practice teach and conduct research in the professional programs offered by colleges and universities across the country, and they may also work professionally in university campus planning offices.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Architecture
Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture
Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning
Master of Architecture
Master of City and Regional Planning
Master of Landscape Architecture
Doctor of Philosophy in City and Regional Planning

Minor in City and Regional Planning