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.
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 2009.
National Architectural Accrediting Board
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, which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 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 consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
The UNLV School of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
- M. Arch. (preprofessional degree + 48 credits)
- M. Arch. (non-preprofessional degree + 96 credits)
The next NAAB accreditation visit for both programs is 2017.