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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
MATH 19Calculus3
MATH 20Calculus3
MATH 21Calculus4
Or 10 units AP Calculus or MATH 41 & MATH 42
CME 100Vector Calculus for Engineers (Recommended)5
One course in Statistics (required)3-5
PHYSICS 41Mechanics (or PHYSICS 41E (requires Physics diagnostic test or application))4/5
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
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 <> the year taken.3-5
Engineering Fundamentals
Two courses minimum, see Basic Requirement 36-8
ENGR 14Intro to Solid Mechanics3
AD Depth Core 2
CEE 31Accessing Architecture Through Drawing5
or CEE 31Q Accessing Architecture Through Drawing
CEE 100Managing Sustainable Building Projects (or CEE 32B or CEE 32D)4
CEE 120ABuilding Information Modeling Workshop2-4
CEE 130Architectural Design: 3-D Modeling, Methodology, and Process5
CEE 137BAdvanced Architecture Studio6
ARTHIST 3Introduction to World Architecture5
Depth Options12
See Note 2 for course options
Depth Electives
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:
CEE 131CHow Buildings are Made -- Materiality and Construction Methods4
CEE 131DUrban Design Studio5
Construction: The Writing of Architecture
Architecture Since 1900
Responsive Structures
Architectural Design Lecture Series Course
Making and Remaking the Architect: Edward Durell Stone and Stanford
California Modernism: The Web of Apprenticeship
Making Meaning: A Purposeful Life in Design
CEE 133F
Design Portfolio Methods
Total Units78-90

For additional information and sample programs see the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. The student must maintain a GPA of at least 3.5.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.