Students at the University of San Diego can now earn a four-year bachelor of arts degree in architecture. Housed in USD’s College of Arts and Sciences, it is the only architecture program offered at a major university south of Los Angeles.
USD has offered a minor in architecture since 2004. Following the USD Board of Trustees’ approval of the major last month, 11 students already have enrolled in it. About 20 students are expected to enroll by next fall and the program could grow to as many as 40 students in the next few years.
“We are very excited to introduce our students to a major discipline and to train designers and visionaries of the 21st century,” said Can Bilsel,director of the new program and chair and associate professor of USD’s Art Department, where the program will be located. In addition to careers as designers, the program also will prepare students for graduate programs in architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, urban design, urban planning, historic preservation and art and architectural history.
Since the introduction of the architecture minor, USD students have been accepted at some of the country’s most prestigious graduate schools including Harvard University, MIT, the Pratt Institute in New York and the University of Texas at Austin, Bilsel said. “The very best graduate schools are competing for our students.” (Full Story Inside USD)