As an architect major you'll learn how to create and design houses, buildings and other structures. This artistic and dynamic field requires creativity, acute visual awareness and critical thinking and communication skills. It's a competitive field but also one that offers many rewards. In the following paragraphs we'll look at how to become an architect as well as how to pursue the architecture scholarships that may help you realize your dreams.
Most architecture degree programs are designed so that students take mostly liberal arts and science courses at the start of the program. Architects do not design in a vacuum and they need to understand (and be somewhat sympathetic to) the society and culture in which they work. Coursework in art and architecture history, the social sciences and the physical sciences are also commonly encountered in the first two years.
As you begin your core architecture coursework you'll enroll in subjects such as architectural theory and design, engineering mechanics, computer-aided design (CAD), environmental controls, structural design and site design. As one can see, the design courses are the most important component of your core courses. You'll be spending many, many hours in the design studio working (alone or in groups) on your projects.
The majority of architecture undergraduate degree programs are 5-year programs. In addition, you will need to satisfy an internship requirement before you sit for the architecture licensing exam. The length of this required internship varies from state to state with the average length being three years. Be certain that the program you want to attend is accredited by an official educational body, such as the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
The employment prospects for architects are expected to be quite strong over the coming decade. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the need for architects will increase at a faster then average rate between now and 2020. This increase need will be fueled, in part, by an ever-expanding population. Also, sustainable design and the green movement will contribute to the rising demand. The popularity of sustainability and ecological consciousness may also be reflected in the available architecture scholarships. If you are focusing on one of these areas currently in vogue you may find you have access to a wider range of architecture scholarships.
Follow the links below to learn more about the range of architecture scholarships.
Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women in the final year of graduate study in designated fields where women's participation has been low. Women in engineering master's programs are eligible to apply for either first or final year of study. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. Special consideration is given to applicants who show professional promise in innovative or neglected areas of research and/or practice in areas of public interest. All women are eligible to apply for fellowships in the following degree programs: architecture (M. Arch.), computer/information sciences (MS), engineering (ME, MS, PhD), mathematics/statistics (MS).
The Joseph L. and Vivian E. Steele Fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities is used annually to grant
scholarships to students in need of financial assistance who are in the final three years of a Bachelor of Architecture
program or in a graduate program leading to a Master of Architecture degree.
1. Students who are present/former residents of the following counties: Adams, Bedford, Blair, Centre, Clinton,
Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour,
Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Tioga, Union, or York
2. Students studying in the final three years of a Bachelor of Architecture program or in a graduate program
leading to a Master of Architecture degree
3. Financial Need
Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in the hospitality field (ie: hotel/restaurant management, culinary, food service, architecture, design). 2. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. 3. Must have completed half the requirements for a degree or certification program. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should pick up an application from the Center for Scholarship Information ((562) 985-2549; mailto:email@example.com; USU-108).
In general, all applicants for the Rome Prize fellowships must be citizens of the United States at the time of application. (Permanent Residents or individuals who have been residents in the U.S. for at least three years at time of application may apply for the post-doctoral fellowships in the School of Classical Studies. Please read carefully the specific eligibility requirements provided below.) Undergraduate students are not eligible to apply. Graduate students may apply for predoctoral awards in the School of Classical Studies if they meet the other criteria provided below. Winners of the Rome Prize may hold other fellowships concurrently, as long as the requirements of such fellowships do not conflict with the Academy's fellowship rules. Applicants are required to disclose all fellowships and awards they may hold during their proposed residency in Rome. The Academy may make adjustments to the stipend awarded if substantial additional resources are made available. Rome Prize winners may not hold full-time jobs while at the Academy.
Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the upcoming fall semester, in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. Preference will be given to those studying architecture or engineering. Scholarship is for one year. Renewals possible upon reapplication.
Qualified applicants for the ASHRAE Region IV Benny Bootle Scholarship now include undergraduate architecture students enrolled full time in a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), attend a school located within the geographic boundaries of ASHRAE
College of Science - Chemistry & College of Engineering - Civil For any man or woman enrolled at SJSU majoring in chemistry, civil engineering or architecture and in need of financial assistance.
Award: Grant(s) of up to $30,000 Purpose: Advanced study in any area of architectural investigation which will effectively contribute to the knowledge, teaching or practice of the art and science of architecture. The proposed investigation is to result in a final written work, design project, research paper, or other form of presentation. Eligibility: Applicants must be engaged in the profession of architecture or a related field and have a professional background more advanced than five years of architectural training or its equivalent.
Graduate Study (Option A) 1. Applicants shall (1) have earned and received a first professional degree from an accredited school of architecture (e.g., five-year bachelor of architecture), (2) be in the final year of undergraduate work leading to such a degree (e.g., first or second semester of fifth year), or (3) be in the first year of a two-year graduate program leading to a professional degree (e.g., the first or second semester of the first year of a two-year master of architecture degree program). 2. An applicants seeking Option A shall submit as part of the application a plan listing graduate-level courses that will permit the student to concentrate on the planning and design of health care facilities. If such a course sequence is unavailable at the applicant's university, a specially designed curriculum (including independent study) may be substituted. 3. All applicants for the Fellowship shall have received a degree from or be enrolled in a fully accredited school of architecture located in the United States, Canada, or Mexico. 4. The applicants must exhibit a command of the English language. 5. The applicant's past performance must give a strong indication of the applicant's ability to successfully complete the fellowship. Post-Graduate Students (Options B and C) 1. The applicant shall have earned a professional degree (e.g., five year bachelor of architecture or six-year master of architecture) in architecture. 2. The applicant must be prepared and in position to devote adequate time to complete the proposed research during the allotted period. 3. All applicants for the Fellowship shall have received a degree from or be enrolled in a fully accredited school of architecture located in the United States, Canada, or Mexico. 4. The applicant must exhibit a command of the English language. 5. The applicant's past performance as a student and as a professional architect must give a strong indication of the applicant's ability to successfully complete the fellowship.
Applicants for the fellowship must be either: - In the second-to-last year of a bachelor or master of architecture program and planning to travel outside the United States or - Accepted in a professional degree program and planning foreign travel that will have a direct relationship to educational goals. One annual award of $2,500 is given. Applicants are evaluated on a statement of purpose, relevance of the travel plans to education goals, strong academic performance, and letters of recommendation. The winner is announced in April.
Scholarship recipient must be a current IFDA student member with dues paid in full prior to submission of the scholarship application. Scholarship recipient must be a full-time student. Scholarship recipient will be selected by the IFDA Educational Foundation Board based on the student's academic achievement, future plans and goals. Data will be supplied in this application, the student's essay and the letter of recommendation from the professor or instructor.
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