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Architectural Design, Minor

This four course minor introduces students to the breadth of architectural design through course work in each of its three subfields: design, history, and technology.

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Following a foundational course in architectural representation, students then take classes in architectural design as well as in history and technology. Through this minor students advance their skills in analyzing and designing the built environment, using the tools and representation techniques of architecture and design thinking. Students are able to shape the minor to align with their interests through choices in their design and history courses.

Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from Northeastern University with a degree in architecture, architectural studies or landscape architecture will have:

  1. Thorough 2D and 3D representation and modeling skills for deciphering and designing the built environment.
  2. Awareness of how global socio-cultural contexts influence the built environment, and how the built environment influences global communities.
  3. Thorough knowledge of sustainable and resilient design goals, strategies, and methods.
  4. Skills of communication and collaboration necessary for managing complex projects.
  5. Understanding of fundamental construction systems and techniques that shape the built environment.
  6. Critical ability to analyze and decipher complex environments.
  7. Exposure to the diverse range of professional opportunities and avenues for design of the built environment.
  8. Understanding of ethical responsibilities for designing the built environment.

Co-Op Opportunities 

  • Exhibition Design: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Architectural Engineering Firms: Buro Happold, LeMessurier
  • Real-Estate Asset Management: Northeastern, MIT, Harvard campus facilities
  • Urban Planning: Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA)
  • Urban Development: National Development

Career Opportunities

Urban design

Urban planning

Urban development

Exhibitions design

Stage design

Architectural engineering

Civil and environmental engineering

Real-estate asset management

Multidisciplinary Skills

3D printing
Computer literacy
Knowledge of building laws/codes
Building construction
Industrial design


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