School of Architecture < Tulane University

10: We are committed to finding design solutions for the most vulnerable areas of the planet threatened by climate change, especially rivers and deltas.

1: We believe that architecture is a broad field that requires visionary skills to impact buildings and the spaces in between, new and historic buildings and sites, cities and rural communities, and sustainable development strategies.

We aim to provide global leadership in New Orleans and around the world through excellence in design, research, and practice in the built environment. Our faculty and students will develop socially conscious and environmentally just models to inhabit the planet.

The Tulane School of Architecture generates and applies knowledge that addresses urgent challenges of humankind. We do this by educating committed professionals to creatively manage complexity and transform the world through the practices of architecture, urbanism, and preservation.

Undergraduate Policies

Newcomb-Tulane College Policies

A full description of academic policies for all students in Newcomb-Tulane College can be found in the college’s section of this catalog. Students should review these policies thoroughly.

School of Architecture Undergraduate Policies

The School of Architecture’s undergraduate programs follow the policies maintained by NTC where applicable. Exceptions and additions to these policies are listed below. Further details on these policies, along with forms, procedures, and other student guidelines, are detailed on the School of Architecture’s Student Handbook. Please note that in some instances, the School of Architecture’s policies may require revision after publication of the Tulane University Catalog. Please refer to the School of Architecture’s website for the most current information.

TuSA Lecture Series Attendance

It is highly recommended that all students attend all Monday night lectures in the TSA series. Lecture response assignments may be coordinated per lecture in studio courses. Please note that scheduling conflicts due to evening classes or employment must be brought to the attention of your studio professor in advance. The robust lecture series is considered an integral part of design education as well as a forum for the prescient issues of current architectural thought.

Studio Reviews

Studio reviews are a critical part of the design studio curriculum and evaluation process. Attendance at these reviews is mandatory.

Desktop Requirement for Architecture students

TuSA specifies desktop computers for all students in Architectural Studios. The design software is provided by TuSA at no cost. The 1st-year and Design studios are equipped with school owned computers. Second year students in the 5-Year Bachelor of Architecture and 4-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture are required to purchase their own desktops. The cost of the desktop is charged via a computer fee attached to the first term studio course, ARCH 2021 Architecture Studio (6 c.h.).These desktops are the property of the students, which they will take with them after graduation. Additional details about the desktop requirement can be found in the Computer Standardization and Procurement Policy on the TuSA website.

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Commendation

Commendation is an honor given to Bachelor of Architecture students whose final thesis projects are designated as exceptional by the thesis directors and who receive an A grade (4.0) on their final project. The student will receive a letter of commendation from the Dean and thesis directors upon graduation.

Commencement

A candidate for graduation must complete the total number of credits and all courses required for his or her program of study, must have a cumulative grade point average in all academic courses of at least 2.0.  A fifth-year student in the BArch program or a senior in any other program who is a few credits shy of meeting the degree requirement at the end of the spring semester may “walk” at the TuSA commencement ceremony as long as they have completed all their major requirements.

Graduate Policies

Graduate School Policies

A full description of academic policies for all students in Graduate Programs can be found in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies section of this catalog. Students should review these policies thoroughly.

School of Architecture Graduate Policies

The School of Architecture’s graduate programs follow the policies maintained by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies as well as selected NTC policies where applicable. Exceptions and additions to these policies are listed below. Further details on these policies, along with forms, procedures, and other student guidelines, are detailed on the School of Architecture’s Student Handbook. Please note that in some instances, the School of Architecture’s policies may require revision after publication of the Tulane University Catalog.  Please refer to the School of Architecture’s website for the most current information. 

Course Loads

For the School of Architecture, the normal course load for graduate students varies from 15 to 18 credits per semester. Students who completes these credits each semester in the required and elective courses as outlined in Programs of Study will meet the graduation requirements in the customary timeframe. A lighter load must have the approval of the Graduate Program Director. Typically, 12 credit hours is considered the minimum for full-time status, and anything below that number may create issues for and jeopardize scholarships and other financial aid arrangements.

In any given semester and with the permission of the Graduate Program Director, when registration opens for the next semester, students may register for as many as 19 credits. In special circumstances, graduate students who have earned a 3.0 or higher grade point average on18 or more credits during a semester may register for as many as 22 credits with the Graduate Program Director’s approval.

Desktop Requirement for Architecture students

TuSA publishes minimum standards for computers used for Architectural Studio work.  Students in the 3.5-Year Master of Architecture program are required to purchase a desktop configured to these specifications. The cost of the desktop is charged via a computer fee attached to the first fall term studio course, ARCH 6021 Architecture Studio (6 c.h.).These desktops are the property of the students, which they will take with them after graduation.  Students in the 2-Year Master of Architecture program are encouraged to buy the same desktop or to consult with the Director of Digital Fabrication to make sure their current computers meet the published standards. The design software is provided by TuSA at no cost.  Additional details about the desktop requirement can be found in the Computer Standardization and Procurement Policy on the TuSA website.

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Opting out of a Required Course

Students with superior ability an with previous course work in a given subject area may request a course substitution based on their past work, relevant syllabi and transcripts. The Graduate Program Director makes an evaluation to determine whether or not a course at a prior institution is equivalent to the course in question. If equivalency is determined, the course in question can be replaced with an advanced elective in the subject area.

Auditing Courses

Any full-time graduate student may audit one course per semester without credit in any school of the University, after completing formal registration and obtaining approval of the instructor for the course. Although credit is not granted for audited courses, such courses are considered part of the student’s semester course load and are recorded on the student’s permanent record. An audit enrollment that results in an overload is not permitted unless the student is qualified for such an overload. An auditor who is absent excessively will be dropped without record. Students who decide to audit a course after initially attending the course as a grade-seeking student must submit the appropriate change form to the Registrar following the approval of the Graduate Program Director.

Studio Reviews

Studio reviews are a critical part of the design studio curriculum and evaluation process. Attendance at these reviews is mandatory. Policies for mid-term and final studio reviews are equivalent to those for examinations in other courses (see above).

Partial Medical Withdrawal

To withdraw from a course for medical reasons after the last day to drop a class, or if the reduction in course load will result in part-time status; the student must petition their Graduate Program Director. Submission of this petition may result in referral to the student Health Center (for physical health issues) or the Counseling Center (for mental health issues). If referral is recommended, approval of withdrawal will be pending of medical recommendation.

Quality of Work Requirement

The School of Architecture is not obligated to give individual warnings to graduate students in danger of probation or exclusion. Each student is responsible for his or her academic performance and its consequences.

Promotion

School of Architecture students are expected to follow the appropriate curriculum outlined in Programs of Study. Students are classified within a given year according to the number of credits earned. A student may be excluded from the School ofArchitecture for lack of sufficient academic progress towardfulfilling degree requirements. Failure to meet stateddegreerequirements within a reasonable period of time may result inexclusion. Sufficient academic progress is also measured by minimum credit and grade point requirements.  Graduate students in Architecture must maintain the academic standards of the School to meet their degree requirements.

Graduate students who meet the minimum semester requirement of 12 passed credits, maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and also earn the required number of credits to advance from one semester to the next are considered to be making progress toward their architectural degree. To qualify for admission into the next year of the program, a full-time graduate student must therefore pass a minimum of 30 credits of B average work in the previous calendar year (August to August, including a summer session, if necessary).

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Probation and Exclusion

At the end of the academic year a graduate student must have a minimum of 12 hours of B average work. Students who do not meet these minimum requirements will be placed on probation. B average work is defined as courses whose quality point average is at least 3.0.

Graduate students in the School of Architecture are also placed on probation in the following instances:

  • A graduate student, whose cumulative academic grade point average falls below 3.0 in any given academic semester, as calculated at the end of that semester, is placed on academic probation for the subsequent semester. If the student’s cumulative average has not risen to 3.0 by the end of the probationary period, the student is not permitted to remain in the School.
Student Work

Any work performed for credit by students may be retained by the School for record or other uses. Students may, as an alternative, provide suitable reproductions.

Thesis students are required to provide complete documentation of the thesis to the School for the Architecture Library. Although some student work may be retained for a period of time in order to document it, the School is not responsible for any student work (or  equipment) left in Richardson Memorial Hall after the end of the term in which it is executed.

The instructor may retain all examinations and assigned written work for academic and record keeping purposes.

Repeated Courses

For graduate students, acourse completed with a grade of D-, D, or D+ must be repeated. When a course is repeated both grades, the original grade and the grade resulting from repeating the class, are included in the GPA. The first completed credit with a passing grade is counted toward graduation. The repeated effort is recorded on the permanent record, but does not count as credit earned. If an F or WF graded course is repeated, both the original F or WF and the grade for the repeated effort are recorded. F and WF are counted in the cumulative average. In order to repeat a course, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 new credits in addition to the repeated class. No more than one course may be repeated in any semester.

Commencement

A candidate for graduation must complete the total number of credits and all courses required for his or her program of study, must have a cumulative grade point average in all academic courses of at least 3.0 and must receive certification for graduation by the faculty of the School of Architecture.  A student who is one course shy to meet the degree requirement at the end of the spring semester may “walk” at the TuSA commencement ceremony. 

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