About the School of Architecture & Design
Mission and Vision
Our mission within the School of Architecture and Design is to provide a design- and technology-based 21st-century professional education that enables leadership in the profession and within the community. We’ve identified three core values, or educational aspirations, to guide our approach:
- Design Intelligence, which refers to broad-based skills and intellectual rigor you’ll earn by completing a challenging curriculum that emphasizes individual creativity as well as an appreciation of history, culture, and the contributions made by architects to the art and science of building.
- Building Technology, which establishes the importance we place on technology within our coursework and approach. This value is manifested in a well-developed, hands-on curriculum in structures, environmental systems, sustainability, and building construction.
- Leadership, an attribute of character that we aspire to instill in all of our graduates. This is cultivated in many aspects of their education, including the inclusion of program-wide team projects that demand cohesive interaction and establishment of clear organizational structures to achieve project goals. Leadership is also developed through the holistic and ethical foundations of your NYIT educational experience. We actively participate in national and international initiatives where you’ll gain self confidence by working in collaboration with other institutions and organizations.
The history of the School of Architecture and Design has been closely associated with the development of NYIT as an institution of higher education. Today, we are, in many respects, in the best position we have ever been in. Of note:
- Accomplished adjunct and full-time faculty are infusing the classrooms and curriculum with new, invigorative levels of expertise.
- We collaborate on projects with other universities, community groups, government officials, professional associations, and interdisciplinary partners.
- Our Advisory Board is made up of world class leaders in the profession who provide valuable advice and guidance.
- Our students and faculty receive patents, awards, and invitations to lecture or consult, and have even been invited to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives on the importance of renewable energy.
- Alumni participation and support has risen to record levels.
Significant historic milestones of the School of Architecture and Design include:
1973: The New York Board of Regents of the State of New York authorized NYIT to offer a five-year professional architecture program. The degree path is implemented as an option in the third year of the existing four-year curriculum.
1984: The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program gains professional accreditation from the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER). FIDER is eventually renamed CIDA; the Interior Design Program currently possesses CIDA accreditation status.
1997: The New York Board of Regents of the State of New York authorizes the offering of a post-professional Master of Architecture in Urban and Regional Design.
2001: Following a national search, NYIT President Edward Guiliano appoints Judith DiMaio, then an associate professor at Yale University’s School of Architecture and the director of the undergraduate major in Architecture at Yale College, as dean of NYIT’s School of Architecture and Design.
2010: The School of Architecture and Design realigns its foundation courses to facilitate greater interdisciplinary/collaborative alignment with the B.F.A. in interior design, the B.Arch., and B.S.A.T. degrees.
The School of Architecture and Design’s Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture. Most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure.
The School of Architecture and Design offers two one professional degree program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB): the Bachelor of Architecture program.
Career Development information can be found here:
NYIT Career Services
Toward an Evolution of Studio Culture (PDF)
The Emerging Professional’s Companion
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In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. 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 preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
The New York Institute Technology School of Architecture and Design offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
B. Arch. (160 undergraduate credits)
Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2017