The Architecture program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette School of Architecture and Design provides an excellent process of educating young architects, according to experts from the National Architectural Accrediting Board. The NAAB team conducted a comprehensive review of the program in Fall 2014, ultimately extending its accreditation for the maximum full length accreditation term of eight years.
“Through discussion with students and faculty it was clear to the Team that students receive a high level of personalized attention, which enables them to reach their highest level of academic achievement,” read the NAAB team’s final Visiting Team Report. The team also cited the dedication and resiliency of the students and faculty in dealing with the challenges of working within a building undergoing renovation, stating that, “a high level of academic performance has been maintained throughout.”
The team was also impressed by the level of public outreach and engagement that students and faculty maintain across the University, the State and the region. In particular, the work of the Community Design Workshop, Building Institute, and Coastal Community Resilience Studio were highly commended. The report states that, “University leaders and alumni noted these efforts as highly valuable contributions made by the School of Architecture and Design to the community and region.”
The last accreditation visit was in Fall 2014, and the next accreditation visit will be in Fall 2022.
Statement on NAAB-Accredited Degrees
In the United States, most 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 professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year term, an eight-year term with conditions, or a two-year term of continuing accreditation, or a three-year term of initial accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established education standards. Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a non-accredited undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the non-accredited degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette offers the following NAAB-accredited professional degree - M. Arch. degree which consists of a minimum of 123 semester credit hours of undergraduate coursework combined with 45 semester credit hours of graduate coursework for a total of 168 semester credit hours.
The next accreditation visit for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette School of Architecture and Design is 2022.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette School of Architecture and Design offers the following NAAB accredited degree program(s):
Track A: preprofessional degree + 45 hours of graduate credit
Next accreditation visit for all architecture programs: 2022
Access to NAAB Conditions and Procedures
Faculty and students are able to access the NAAB Conditions and Procedures for Accreditation:
The 2009 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation were in effect during the last accreditation visit in 2014. These are the standards by which we were last evaluated.
The 2014 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation will be in effect during the next NAAB visit in 2022.
To promote transparency in the process of accreditation in architecture education, the program is required to make the following documents electronically available to the public. View the Visiting Team Reports, Architecture Program Reports, Interim Progress Reports, Annual Reports, and other NAAB related reports below:
Current Accrediation Term (2014-2022)
Previous Accreditation Term (2008-2014)
2007 UL SOAD Architecture Program Report
Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) Test Results
ARE Pass Rates per school and per test can be accessed through this link. This information is a valuable tool for students to see and understand the expectations of licensure pass rates. In the event that this information is unavailable electronically, the School’s Main Office on the first floor of Fletcher Hall, Room 129, upholds hard copies of the data.
Louisiana State Board of Architectural Examiners
Individuals and firms shall not perform or offer to perform architectural services, either directly or indirectly, unless they have secured a license to practice architecture from theLouisiana State Board of Architectural Examiners. Additionally, no person shall use the title “architect” or any derivation of that word unless they have secured a license to practice.