The Catholic University of America

School of Architecture and Planning

School of Architecture and Planning

Officers of Instruction


Randall Ott, M.Arch., AIA Dean, Professor
Ann Cederna, M.Arch.,AIA Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Professor
Luis Eduardo Boza, M.Arch. Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor
Barry D. Yatt, B.Arch., FAIA Associate Dean for Research, Professor
Patricia Andrasik, M.Arch., AIA, IIDA, LEED AP Assistant Professor
Hollee Becker, M.Arch. Assistant Professor
Julio Bermudez, Ph.D. Assistant Professor
Hazel R. Edwards, Ph.D.,AICP Director MCRP Program, Associate Professor
Lavinia Fici Pasquina, M.Arch., RA (Italy) Associate Professor
Christopher P. Grech, B.Arch., RIBA Director MSSD Program, Associate Professor
Vytenis Gureckas, M.S.B.D., RA Associate Professor
Miriam Gusevich, M.Arch. Associate Professor
G. Bradley Guy, B.Arch. MSAS Assistant Professor
Stanley I. Hallet, M.Arch., FAIA Professor
Charles Hostovsky, Ph.D. Assistant Professor
Eric J. Jenkins, M.Arch., M.Des.S., AIA Associate Professor
J. Ronald Kabriel, M.Arch. Assistant Professor
Julie Ju-Youn Kim, M.Arch AIA, NCARB Associate Professor
Julius S. Levine, B.S.CE., M.C.P., FAICP Professor
Judith Meany, Ph.D., FAICP Clinical Associate Professor
Adnan Morshed, Ph.D. Associate Professor
Theodore Naos, M.Arch. Professor Emeritus
Walter D. Ramberg, B.Arch., AIA Professor Emeritus
Terrance Williams, M.Arch., FAIA Professor
Forrest Wilson, Ph.D., Hon. AIA Professor Emeritus
John V. Yanik, M.Arch., AIA Professor Emeritus

Associates of the Faculty

Kent Abraham, M.Arch., AIA Lecturer
James L. Binkley, B.Arch., FAIA Lecturer
Andrew Cocke, M.Arch Lecturer
Christina Cole, M.Arch Coordinator of Foreign Studies
David Dewane, M.Arch. Visiting Assistant Professor
Elizabeth Emerson, M.Arch, AIA Lecturer
Matthew L. Geiss, M.Arch Lecturer
William A. Jelen, M.Arch., AIA Project Manager; Solar Decathlon, Direct; CUAdc,
Mark Lawrence, M.Arch Lecturer
Mark McInturff, B.Arch., FAIA Lecturer
Iris Miller, M.Arch., ASLA Lecturer
Raj Parikh, M.Arch. Lecturer
Travis L. Price III, M.Arch., FAIA Lecturer
Michelle A. Rinehart, M.S., M.Arch., Ed.D. Assistant Dean for Student and Academic Affairs, Lecturer
David Shove-Brown, B.Arch., AIA Director: Experiences in Architecture, Lecturer
Rafael Vargas, M.Arch. Lecturer
Timothy Bertschinger Lecturer
Ming Hu Lecturer
Fernando Iribarren Lecturer
Robert K. Wilson Lecturer
William Bonstra Lecturer
Jui-Chen (Roger) Chang Lecturer
George Dove, M.Arch. Lecturer
Karl DuPuy Lecturer
Hussan Elkhrraz, M.Arch. Lecturer
Cory Estep, M.Arch. Lecturer
Jonathan Grinham Lecturer
Eric Liebmann Lecturer
Ryan McKibben Lecturer
Kevin Nelson Lecturer
Jeffrey Roberson, M.Arch. Lecturer
Alison Simon Lecturer
Paul Totten, P.E. (MD, VA), LEED AP Lecturer
Annie Marston, Ph.D. Lecturer


Our school's mission, Building Stewardship, focuses on preparing architects and designers to assume a personal responsibility for the welfare of the world. We stress the interdependence of the words 'building' and 'stewardship.' We focus on how stewardship itself must be designed and constructed, as process and result - how humanity must actively envision and build a collective ethos of stewardship. Experienced in the integrative, creative and holistic process of design, architects and planners are uniquely positioned to help forge a compelling contemporary attitude toward stewardship for society at large. In addition, our school focuses on how we must be capable stewards when we indeed do physically build. We must care deeply for the impact our projects will have upon past and future human efforts and upon the fragile natural wonder of our globe.

We interpret stewardship broadly: it encompasses understanding the built and natural environments, protecting and preserving these resources. It promotes social justice and respect for the quality of human life for fellow citizens. It treasures the vitalizing potential of aesthetics. This broad humanistic interpretation of stewardship encompasses a variety of aims, including ethical responsibilities, beauty, community involvement, responsible development, preservation of the urban fabric, appropriate technological innovation, and livability. All of these impact our school's attitude toward our traditional tasks of teaching, research and service.

In keeping with The Catholic University of America's mission of service to the Church, to the community and to the nation, our school educates future architects and designers to be engaged and active citizens in their communities and the world at large. To embrace this holistic approach, CUArch emphasizes:

  • Design Excellence: We focus on design methodology as a model for stewardship efforts. We emphasize exemplary design through the exploration of projects at a variety of scales, programs and cultural settings using a balance of theoretical/technical knowledge and hand/digital craft. Our belief is that good design means good stewardship.
  • Interdisciplinary Study: Researchers and practitioners must be good observers and listeners. Our school broadens students' understanding of the world around them and the challenges of stewardship. We engage other campus disciplines in the work of the school, so that students understand architecture's place within a larger, interconnected, and dynamic context.
  • Washington, DC, as a Design Laboratory: Our mission resonates powerfully within our nation's capital. We encourage a hands-on immersion in the reality of stewardship. We embrace our city and its diverse metropolitan area through numerous cooperative projects with governmental agencies, funding organizations, arts and museum groups, and local universities. CUAdc, our design collaborative, provides pro bono design services to nonprofit and community groups. For comparative purposes, we augment the experience of Washington with an outstanding array of foreign travel options.

Our belief is that we are all stewards of this earth. Architects and planners have the skills to help forge a true difference in humanity's future.


Historically, the profession of architecture has placed the highest priority on the artful creation of place, incorporating Vitruvius' three principles. Consequently, the architect must be well versed in the arts, technically skilled, and possess a deep understanding of the human condition. Thus, the school seeks to impart a proper sense of ethics and a spirit of service to the community and the emphasis on these qualities gives professional training its distinctive character at The Catholic University of America.

The School of Architecture and Planning is dedicated to the professional education of those who will design, build and conserve the built environment, principally as architects and planners. The goal of the undergraduate program is to provide the student with the knowledge, skills and abilities fundamental to his or her training as a professional, enriched with a broad foundation in the humanities.

Degree Programs

Preprofessional Studies

CUA offers a four-year preprofessional undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree. The undergraduate program is offered to those seeking a foundation in the field of architecture, as preparation for continued education in a professional degree program, or for employment options in fields related to architecture. The undergraduate program in architecture consists of 126 semester credit hours of study, usually accomplished in four years of study.

The undergraduate curriculum introduces the student to the world of architecture in increasingly intensive stages. The first year of study includes a grounding in the liberal arts and introductory courses in design. The remaining years provide an intensive education in the art and science of design.

Professional Studies

CUA offers professional two Master of Architecture degree programs, for those whose undergraduate degree is (the MArch2)and is not (the MArch3) in architecture.

Post- and Non-Professional Studies

CUA also offers Masters degrees in City and Regional Planning (MCRP), Sustainable Design (MSSD), and Architectural Studies (MAS), this last one for those who already have a professional M.Arch and are interested in pursuing further studies. We also offer a certificate program for working professionals who want to increase their competency without enrolling in a full degree program.

Interdisciplinary Studies

For undergraduates, a joint degree program leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Bachelor of Civil Engineering is available to students who want to combine the practice of architecture and engineering. Interested students should contact the School of Architecture and Planning for specific information. for graduate students, joint degrees are available combining either of the M.Arch programs with one of our non-professional degrees.


In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board, NAAB, which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes professional degrees at three levels: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. From a professional standpoint, all are equal. CUA's professional degree is at the Masters level. NAAB grants six-year, three-year, or two-year terms of accreditation depending on the extent of a program's conformance with established educational standards. Accreditation teams visit every school every six years. CUA was last visited in spring 2009.

At CUA, our M.Arch3 program is accredited on its own, while our M.Arch2 is accredited as a package with our pre-professional undergraduate degree program. The preprofessional degree is not, by itself, accredited by NAAB.


CUA's location in Washington, D.C., puts students in touch with unparalleled professional and cultural resources. CUA's spacious campus lies within a 10-minute subway ride or drive of the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall. Numerous national and international experts live and work in the vibrant and diverse metropolitan area and contribute to the undergraduate program each academic year.

The specialized expertise of these associates of the faculty allow the school to offer an outstanding array of graduate coursework. The school has had relationships with numerous Washington, D.C., cultural and artistic institutions, including the National Building Museum, the Library of Congress, and others. In addition, the school's location offers it unparalleled access to many national chapter headquarters of various design-oriented organizations, such as The American Institute of Architects, AIA, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, ACSA, the National Architectural Accrediting Board, NAAB, and the American Institute of Architecture Students, AIAS. The school has also over the last several years maintained a relationship with various embassies in the region, sponsoring cooperative lecture and exhibit programs with the Finnish embassy, the Swiss embassy, the Austrian embassy, and others.

Faculty and Resources

Many of our faculty members are recognized as leaders in the design and professional realms with world-famous guest critics and lecturers augmenting the full-time teaching staff. Student-teacher ratios in studios are kept small to ensure that students receive intensive one-on-one critiques and advising from their critics.

Our award-winning facilities are housed in the original CUA gymnasium and provide a classic example of adaptive re-use at its best. Designed by the faculty and students, the architecture center was conceived as a small city with "streets" filled with students and their work, a "piazza" for special exhibits, and a "town hall" for lectures and meetings. In addition, students' needs are served by our library, computer lab and input/output room, visual resources center, and fabrication labs, which include wood and metalworking shops, two laser cutter and engraving systems, 3D printers and a three-axis CNC milling machine.

Through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, students may take courses at many of the other outstanding institutions of higher learning in the metropolitan area including Georgetown, George Washington, American, Howard, University of Maryland, and others.

Foreign Studies

The School of Architecture and Planning offers a variety of foreign study options for undergraduate students. In the third year of the undergraduate curriculum students may participate in semester-long programs in Rome and Barcelona, both of which offer 18 credits of a studio and other related courses. Paris serves as the venue for selected fourth year undergraduate students, as well as graduate students. Our longest running foreign program, the Patrick Cardinal O'Boyle Summer Foreign Studies Program, is an offering exclusively reserved for graduate students. The program focuses on studio work in Rome and other parts of Italy, with additional travel to two other venues in and around Europe. Travel itineraries change from year to year to enable diverse faculty to plan trips around their past and present contacts and experiences. These programs are GPA-based. A seat in the Cardinal O'Boyle program can also be secured in an intensive design competition in the fourth year of the CUA B.S. in Architecture program.

In addition to these programs, CUA offers many other opportunities for domestic and foreign travel.

Special Programs

Summer Institute for Architecture

Each summer, the School of Architecture and Planning conducts the Summer Institute for Architecture, during which numerous courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels are offered, including most of the design studios as well as most of the required technology courses. In addition, the school offers numerous courses in history of architecture, graphics, furniture design, landscape architecture, and other related areas. The faculty consists of selected members of the School of Architecture and Planning and invited faculty from other institutions.

A component of the Summer Institute is the Jerusalem Studio, composed of upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level students who are taken on an intensive travel program to the ancient city of Jerusalem. After their travel, these students return to the university to complete a project assignment based on their investigations.

The Summer Institute accepts students from other academic units at The Catholic University of America and from other institutions. Interested students should contact the office of the School of Architecture and Planning for further information and applications.

Degree Requirements

Policies are subject to change. Please consult the School of Architecture and Planning Web site at for current policies and requirements.

The First Year Experience

All undergraduate students participate in the First Year Experience, a learning-community-based program that combines living arrangement and advising with a core program in the humanities.

English Requirement

All students take ENG 101, Rhetoric and Composition, but some may be placed in ENG 103 (for International students). In addition, all students take Humanities 101. Students with advanced placement credit in English can place out of either or both of these requirements. Students who receive less than a C- in English will be required to repeat the course.

Mathematics Requirement

The mathematics requirement for the architecture program is one semester of MATH108: Elementary Functions, followed by one semester of MATH111: Calculus for Social and Life Sciences. All incoming freshmen must take the math placement exam. Students testing out of one or both of these classes are allowed to take any CUA course of their choosing in place of MATH 108 and/or MATH 111.

Advanced Placement Course Credit

Students who take Advanced Placement courses as part of their high school curriculum may receive college credit for these courses if they earned a score of 4 or 5 on the AP examination. Official test scores must be submitted to the School of Architecture and Planning before such credit can be given.

Transfer Students

The School of Architecture and Planning accepts transfer students at all levels, depending on the availability of studio space. Transfer students can be accepted for both fall and spring semesters. Credit for previous studies, and placement in our curriculum, will be based on an evaluation of their educational record. Those who have experience in architectural design will receive studio assignments based on a review of their portfolios. Portfolios are required as part of the application process for these students. Undergraduate transfer applicants should have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70. Students interested in transferring to The Catholic University of America should contact the university's Office of Admissions for an application and other pertinent information. Graduate transfer applicants should contact the School of Architecture and Planning directly.

Special Program for the Hearing Impaired

In concert with Galluadet University, located in Washington, D.C., the School of Architecture and Planning offers a program in architecture for hearing impaired students. Under this program students complete their mathematics and liberal arts and humanities courses at Gallaudet University, then transfer to The Catholic University of America to complete their architectural studies. Interested students should contact the admissions office of Gallaudet University.

Grading and Progression Policies

  1. A student in the School of Architecture and Planning must maintain a cumulative grade point average, GPA, of 2.0 in order to be in good academic standing.
  2. A minimum grade of C- is required in all architecture courses. Students will need to repeat any courses in which they receive a grade of D or F, and will not be allowed to continue to any course for which the D or F course serves as a pre-requisite.
  3. Progression: The following sequences of courses must be taken in the order listed:
  • Fundamentals: ARPL101 then ARPL102
  • Undergraduate Studio: ARPL201 then ARPL202. Both prior to either 301 or 302. Both prior to either 401 or 402.
  • Graduate Studio: ARCH504 then 501 then 502 then 503. ARCH505/601 may be taken between 502 and 503.
  • Architectural History: ARCH135/635 then 136/636 then 235/735
  • Structures: ARCH321/621 then 322/622 then 421/721
  • Environmental Systems: ARCH209/509 then 358/758 then 457/757

Policies Concerning Probation and Dismissal

  1. Students whose semester grade point average, GPA or whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.00 will be placed on academic probation.
  2. Students on academic probation cannot enroll in any studio course (ARCH201, 202, 301, 302, 401, 402).
  3. Students who remain on academic probation for two consecutive semesters or have been on academic probation for any three semesters will be dismissed from the university.
  4. Students who have stopped following the architecture curriculum must transfer to another school within the university within two semesters or be subject to dismissal from the university.
  5.  Students who fail three courses in a single semester or whose cumulative GPA falls below 1.50 will be dismissed from the university.
  6. Other conditions for dismissal are described in the front section of these Announcements.

Academic Standards and Requirements for Graduation

The undergraduate program consists of 126 semester credit hours. In order to advance to third-year design studios, students must have at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average and an average GPA of 2.00 for the two second-year studios. Students with an average studio GPA of 2.00 or below must retake their last studio and raise their studio GPA above 2.00 before they may advance to the next studio level. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all courses is required for graduation.

Other Information

Student Government and Professional Organizations

A number of student organizations offer opportunities for students to participate in and act as liaisons to professional organizations. This list currently includes the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). Student representatives also serve as liaisons at faculty meetings, on school committees, and on the University Student Council.


Once admitted to the School of Architecture and Planning, each student is assigned an academic adviser. Normally, the students remain with their assigned adviser for the duration of their program. If appropriate, students may be reassigned to a different adviser, at the discretion of the associate dean.

Students are required to see their advisers at least once a semester for pre-registration for the next semester's classes, but are encouraged to see their advisers any time regarding their academic program and status, career ambitions, internships, and other issues of concern. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements of their specific programs and for keeping track of their progress in working toward their degrees.

Program of Studies

Core Program-Suggested Sequence

First year

Course #

Course Title



ARCH 101A Architecture Foundations I 3 -
ARCH 102A Architecture Foundations II - 3
ARCH 135,136 History of Architecture I, II 3 3
ARCH 209 Introduction to Sustainability - 3
ENG 101, HUM 101 Intro to Literature, English Comp. 3 3
MATH 108 Elementary Functions 3 -
PHYS 101 20th Century Concepts - 3


Liberal Studies Elective I 3 -





Second Year

Course #

Course Title



ARCH 201, 202 Intro to Architectural Design I, II 6 6
ARCH 216 Design Thinking 3 -
ARCH 235 History of Modern Architecture 3 -
PHIL 201, 202 Classical Mind, Modern Mind 3 3
TRS 200-261 Introductory level Religion Elective I, II 3 3
TRS Religion Elective III - 3


Social Science Elective I[2] - 3





Third Year

Course #

Course Title



ARCH 301, 302

Architectural Design I, II



ARCH 315, 316

Predesign, Assemblies



ARCH 321, 322

Structures I, II



ARCH 261

Digital Construction Documents



ARCH 443

Introduction to Architectural Theory




Program Elective I




Liberal Studies Elective II







Fourth Year

Course #

Course Title



ARCH 401, 402

Architectural Design III, IV



ARCH 358, 457

Environmental Systems I, II



ARCH 421

Structures III




History of Architecture Elective




Program Elective II



ARCH 407

Comp. Building Studio Supplement




Liberal Studies Elective III







Students who transfer to CUA from a community college, college, or university:

  1. Will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and a custom curriculum will be developed for each student.
  2. Will be required to take at least 60 credits at CUA, and at least 30 of their last 36 credits.
  3. Admission to the program requires a minimum grade point average of 2.70.

Courses Offered

The courses listed below are those offered on a regular basis by the school. The school offers numerous elective courses each semester, which individually are not offered on a regular basis and therefore are not included in this listing.




Architecture Foundations I


Architecture Foundations II


History of Architecture I


History of Architecture II


Introduction to Architectural Design I (6)


Introduction to Architectural Design II (6)


Introduction to Techniques in Rapid Prototyping

209 Introduction to Sustainability


Design Thinking


History III: Modern Architecture


Digital Construction Documents


Architectural Design I (6)


Architectural Design II (6)


Pre-Design (4)


Building Assemblies (4)


Structures I


Structures II


Environmental Design I


Independent Study (1)


Independent Study (3)


Architectural Design III (6)


Architectural Design IV (6)


Structures III


Architectural Theory


Environmental Design II


Architectural Design FAAR (9)


Religious Space


Basic Digital Visualization


Introduction to Contemporary Urban Planning


Profiles in American Architecture


City Vision


Preservation Themes and Method


History of American City Planning


Spirit of Place


Elements of the General Plan


Oriental Landscape and Culture


Architecture and the Moving Image


Historical Preservation Fieldwork




History and Theory of Urban Form


Innovations in Urban Planning & Design


Drawing as Visualization


Advanced Visual Tools


Architecture and the Internet


Architecture in the Schools

585 Construction Management


Real Estate Development


Furniture Design: Form and Concept


The Designed Object


Advanced Rendering Techniques

[2] Social Science elective requirement is three semester hours in one of the following: Anthropology, Economics, Psychology, Political Science, or Sociology.