The School of Architecture provides professional and continuing education in the design professions of architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture, and design. In addition to addressing the theoretical and pragmatic aspects of general design education, the school focuses on important design issues facing Las Vegas, the state of Nevada, and the Southwest.

The School of Architecture is a diverse and dynamic learning environment that capitalizes on its unique regional location to improve the human condition through teaching, research, and service.

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Mission & Values Statement

Our Mission

The SoA is an outward-looking school that values its diversity and cutting-edge explorations, and allows for a wide range of design approaches; a contemporary school that is highly engaged with industry, government and community; a school where principles of sustainability are embedded in all of our concerns, courses, studios, and activities; and a vibrant school that is anchored in the unique locality of the Southern Nevada region.

We offer a transformative experience, generating meaningful knowledge and stimulating discovery through creative thinking and practice. 

Many students in a classroom

Our Core Values:

  • Integrity – To make informed decisions and act ethically and with fairness.
  • Respect – To listen and act professionally with courtesy and consideration of others.
  • Collaboration – To work together to advance creativity and innovation across disciplines.
  • Innovation – To be dedicated to discovery and communication of breakthrough and new ideas.
  • Sustainability – To prepare the next generation to lead our society toward a more sustainable future.
Over 25 different nationalities represented in our school
50% female students and 50% male students
91% of students in undergraduate studies
9% of students in graduate studies


Council for Interior Design Accreditation

Many states in the United States and most provinces in Canada have registration laws regulating the title or the practice of an interior designer. The rationale for licensing addresses the distinct and different expertise of professional qualifications. Licensing in Nevada, as in many other states and provinces, requires graduation from a CIDA-accredited interior design program (the Council for Interior Design Accreditation is recognized as the reliable authority on interior design education by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation), with a minimum of two years of work experience in the field, and passage of the NCIDQ Examination (the National Council for Interior Design Qualification is the recognized examination body in interior design) or an equal examination, such as the Architectural Registration Examination.

CIDA is an international organization that accredits professional interior design education programs in the United States and Canada. Its primary purpose is to ensure a high level of quality in interior design education to meet the needs of students, the interior design profession, and society.

The UNLV Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture and Design program was last reviewed and reaccredited by CIDA in 2014.

Landscape Architecture Accrediting Board

Most states, including Nevada, require graduation from an accredited landscape architecture program plus two years of professional experience prior to sitting for state board examinations. Once candidates have passed state board examinations, they are eligible to become licensed landscape architects.

The Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board reviews programs regularly (up to every six years, depending on the LAAB recommendation). The UNLV Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program was last reviewed and reaccredited by LAAB in 2016 and is reaccredited until 2021.

National Architectural Accrediting Board

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, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Architecture, offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

  • M. Arch. (preprofessional degree + 48 graduate credits)
  • M. Arch. (non-preprofessional degree + 48-96 credits)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2025