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College of Architecture

Graduates and faculty of IIT College of Architecture have made significant contributions to the city of Chicago, the United States and the world. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe directed the IIT architecture program in the mid-20th Century. He became known as the father of modern architecture and he along with others have had an international influence on the field of architecture.

With a history of design excellence and technical expertise, an unmatched professional studio curriculum, and inspiring surroundings, IIT College of Architecture is one of the most respected by architectural firms nationwide.

Our faculty is comprised of award-winning architects and landscape architects who instill students with a deep understanding of design thinking, materials, and structural systems. The visiting faculty program attracts top-tier practitioners from around the world to teach for a semester or a year.

This internationally recognized, studio-based curriculum is grounded in time-honored practices, including:

  • Emphasis on detail
  • Learning the craft of building models
  • Connecting the art of building to the art of construction.

IIT students graduate not only knowing how to design and build, they also are prepared to lead. Their training includes finding new ways to address environmental and social imperatives challenging the world’s urban areas.


Specializations and Concentrations

  • Architectural History/Theory
  • Digital Design
  • Design/Build
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Planning

Typical Minors

  • Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Urban Affairs
  • Engineering: Construction Management, Structural Engineering, Building Systems Engineering

Dual-degree programs

  • B.Arch./M.B.A.
  • B.Arch./M.C.E. (Master of Civil Engineering)