archawai‘i offers the only NAAB accredited Doctor of Architecture
The Primary activities in the D.Arch program include: Framing architectural inquires within social, cultural, and interdisciplinary studies with emphasis on Asia and the Pacific; Investigating local/global relations evidenced in theory and practice with an emphasis on the quality of the built and natural environment; Critically testing and expanding the definitions of, and relationships between the academy and the profession; Using research as a basis for the grounding of design and as a primary means to expand knowledge in the discipline; and Participating with local and international partners in applied design research and community outreach projects.
The program integrates course work with professional office practice and provides a capstone project of research and design. Future professionals from this program are well equipped to address regional architectural issues in the Asia Pacific arena. The curriculum has a specific Asia Pacific requirement both in the studios, architectural history, and electives. Requirements: The pre-professional curriculum includes 120 undergraduate credits which may be followed by 90 graduate level credits to earn the D. Arch.
D. Arch Academic Calendar 2015-2016
The Professional Studio (ARCH 547C, ARCH 547P, ARCH 547E) is a twelve-credit course that includes scholarly and research activity combined with professional experience occurring in an off-campus location. Students are able to focus as they are involved with the Professional Studio as their sole activity for the semester. Students are offered the following Professional Studio options:
ARCH 547C PROFESSIONAL STUDIO: COMMUNITY DESIGN
The studio involves professional research and design on outreach community projects that may include architectural design, technological innovation, historic preservation, urban design, or other topics that consults & benefits a specific community user group.
ARCH 547P PROFESSIONAL STUDIO: PRACTICUM
The studio combines scholarly and research activity integrated with the activities of a professional architecture, engineering, planning, construction, or development firm. Practice activities are guided by an adjunct faculty member and selected firm mentors. A focus is given to issues of leadership, critical and creative thinking, and the influence of culture on design decisions. Firms include major U.S. firms with approximately one third located internationally ( e.g., New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai ).
ARCH 547E PROFESSIONAL STUDIO: ALTERNATIVE
The studio combines research and design under the professional guidance of a licensed professional in a location chosen by the student and developed as an Alternative Experience to relate the students chosen research for the D.Arch Project to a professional work environment.