If you are heading off to architecture school soon, you may want to get a jump start on picking up some of the supplies you will need. Here’s a list of supplies—some required, and some extremely helpful—to get you started.
- Drafting Board – This is a hard, smooth drawing surface, usually anywhere between 24”x36” or 36”x48”. This will be used in conjunction with a parallel rule (or T-square if you prefer that instead) to create your drawings. A laminated surface is recommended.
- Architectural Drafting Kit – Included in the kit is an architect’s scale ruler, 45/90 degree triangle, 30/60 degree triangle, dusting brush, and a few other helpful items. While this is not an all-inclusive kit, it does provide a majority of the necessary items used during the first year of architecture school.
- Self-healing Cutting Mat – A good self-healing mat is important when you begin building some of your models. It is used to prevent gashes and gouges to your drafting board and studio workspace.
- Xacto Basic Knife Set – This goes hand-in-hand with the Self-healing Cutting Mat. While not all of the blades that come with this set will be used, this is the best assortment of blades for a low price. Another recommendation is to buy blades in bulk. You will go through them fairly quickly.
- Drawing Pencils – This pack provides a variety of the pencils that you will be using in architecture school. HB (Lettering), F and H (Drafting), 4B and 2B (Sketching). The pack also includes sharpeners and erasers.
* Drafting Table – While it is not a required item, I would definitely recommend getting a table for when you are not in the studio. You will want it for those late-night projects.
Ivy League Graduate Architecture Schools for 2013
This list is based upon DesignIntelligence top 20 of America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools for 2013. We have sifted through the rankings to place each Ivy League school in order, when compared against other Ivy League schools for graduate architecture programs. DesignIntelligence is the leading authority on ranking for Architecture & Design Schools, and is used by top architecture magazines and websites.
Architecture School in the UK
There are several routes to becoming an architect in the UK, the most common is the three part route validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects, (RIBA). This is a combination of academic study and practical experience.
1) Part one is a three year bachelor’s degree in architecture usually followed by a paid year in practice when you document your experience under the PEDR scheme, (personal education and development record.)
These are the best architecture schools for 2013—as rated by DesignIntelligence—that offer a sustainable architecture degree. For more information on top architecture schools, you can find their book at: America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools 2013
This is a list of PhD programs that offer the opportunity for the focus of sustainable architecture or environmental design. Keep in mind that this list only includes the programs offered by schools that also offer professional degree options. These are the post-professional degree options offered by those schools, as pertains to sustainable design.
The following schools offer a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental design or sustainable architecture. Shown here are also Minors that are available for sustainability. All of the schools that are listed also provide the opportunity for an NAAB-approved architecture degree, but please understand that the degrees listed here may not be professional architecture degrees. Most will be pre-professional degrees that may allow you entry into a professional degree. Please refer to each school’s website for more information on the program options and accreditation.
The following schools offer a Master’s Degrees in sustainable architecture (or environmental architecture design), as well as graduate certificates in sustainable design. While all of the schools listed offer a NAAB-approved professional architecture degree, please remember that not all of the degrees listed are professional degrees. Some of these options are post-professional, so be sure to refer to each school’s description on their website when choosing your sustainable architecture degree option.