Southern Polytechnic State University

Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2011-2012


Offering the Bachelor of Architecture

The mission of the Architecture Program at Southern Polytechnic State University is to expand and extend the university mission into the realm of architecture. The program prepares students for professional practice in the design, planning, development, and stewardship of the built environment.

An architect tackles many issues: people's needs, building needs, a building site, and environmental concerns. Because creativity is the greatest source of solutions that fit all these issues, students find that a background in art proves helpful. The best ideas are bigger than a computer mouse or a drafting instrument, so we've structured a program that puts your imagination and your hands to work from Day One.

Known as a 2+3 program, our School begins with two years of Design Foundation. Students analyze the organization of space, building designs by noted Architects, and contextual issues. They evaluate each building's successes and failures, and discuss how they might make changes to improve the designs. This preparation introduces you to the issues, processes, and the spirit of experimentation that characterizes the professional design of built environments. This experience forms a foundation of skills that you develop more fully during the last three years of the program. Because our courses must be taken in sequence, Architecture students typically attend year-round.

Many students elect to take our Furniture Design Studio following in the footsteps of great architects who design and create furniture — and learning much from the process of choosing materials, creating joints, and fitting together materials. A spacious workshop provides tools for use in modeling and construction projects.

Laptops and drafting instruments come in handy, but the most important piece of equipment for an architect is imagination. Initially, SPSU's award-winning faculty stimulate ideas through freehand drawing, which helps you reach into your creative "well" and channel those images onto paper.

Next, you'll learn a lot about scale and materials by putting models together. After you master these two skills, you're ready for computer use.

Throughout this program of study, you work with outstanding educator practitioners. Our faculty includes several Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, as well as faculty who have earned their Ph.D. — an unusual distinction in our profession.

About the program

SPSU is the only public state institution in Georgia to offer the Bachelor of Architecture degree. Our membership in the School of Architecture, Civil Engineering Technology, and Construction affords our students the opportunity to take classes in Construction and Civil Engineering for a multi-disciplinary degree. We also offer classes in furniture design, applied architectural research and design/build.

The faculty

Many of our faculty members are licensed architects, some with active architectural offices. Their fields of expertise encompass the areas of architectural design, environmental design, environmental psychology, cultural anthropology, urban design, urban planning, cultural diversity, structural design, methods of construction sustainability, architectural history and criticism, professional practice, and computer application... to name a few. The depth and breadth of our faculty's backgrounds is reflected in the choices available to Architecture students at Southern Polytechnic

Ameen Farooq Professor and Department Chair

William J. Carpenter Professor

C. Richard Cole Professor

Howard F. Itzkowitz Professor [Emeritus]

Harry F. Kaufman, Professor [Emeritus]

M. Saleh Uddin Professor

Richard Becherer Associate Professor

Peter Pittman Associate Professor, Program Senior Advisor

Anthony Rizzuto Associate Professor

Ermal Shpuza Associate Professor

Edwin Akins Assistant Professor

Kathryn Bedette Assistant Professor

Michael J. Carroll Assistant Professor

Joseph Choma Assistant Professor

Bronne Dytoc Assistant Professor

Mine Hashas Assistant Professor

Pyo-Yoon Hong Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Martin Assistant Professor

Robert Tango Assistant Professor

Manole Voroneanu Assistant Professor

Christopher Welty, Assistant Professor

Pegah Zamani Assistant Professor

Kemp Mooney Lecturer

Departmental Staff

Dorianne Ayala Administrative Assistant

Mary Neely Program Advisor

David Easterwood Media and Digital Resources Supervisor

Philip Zhookoff Architecture Wood Shop, Digital Fabrication Lab, and Building Operations Supervisor


University admission's deadline for our program is June 1st. Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the Design Foundation nor to the Professional Program.  

Summer Design Workshop

All students must complete the three-week Summer Architecture Design Workshop [DFN 1000]. Students must successfully complete the workshop to start in Design Foundation [DFN 1001] that fall. Math 1111 is also a pre-requisite to the DFN 1001

The Summer Design Workshop is a primer to design, that consist of a variation of research, design, and written exercises. These exercises engage students to know the critical and applied nature of design, studio culture, and the commitment needed to successfully complete the professional degree in Architecture.

All studios are taught in sequence. The first Design Foundation studio [DFN 1001], for example, is offered only in the fall term. Missing the admissions deadline and failure to successfully complete the mandatory Summer Design Workshop will require the student to repeat and successfully complete the design workshop in order to be admitted in the Design Foundation studios [DFN 1001] in the following year.

Computer Requirements

All students in the Architecture Program must have a laptop computer for their individual use by the beginning of the second semester of first year. We recommend a computer with a minimum of 2G+ Processor and a good graphics card to run 3D Design programs. Given the pace of change in digital technology, computer requirements are subject to change.

Transfer Students

Transfer students may apply for admission to the program. All transfer students coming from an NAAB accredited program must submit a portfolio for approval by the Architecture Faculty no later than 5:00 PM on the second Friday of April for possible advanced standing in the Architecture Program in the following fall and second Friday of October for possible advanced standing for Spring.

Any transfer student who is accepted and chooses not to submit a portfolio will be required to complete the Summer Design Workshop for placement in the first DFN studio. Transfer students must have satisfactory [C or above] transferring GPA. They must also have current, formal acceptance to Southern Polytechnic State University and meet the University requirements regarding transfer status.

Prospective transferring students may receive further specific information and advice regarding the application process and applicable dates directly from the Architecture Department. All decisions regarding acceptance into the Architecture Program are final.

The Architecture Department will only review Architecture related courses for transfer credit. All other courses will be reviewed by the corresponding department for transfer approval. See current departmental guidelines for foreign transfer credits.

Bachelor of Architecture

The Bachelor of Architecture program is a fully accredited program by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. It is a 2 plus 3 program consisting of the Design Foundation, the first two years, and the Professional Program for the last three years. The professional program places emphasis on enhancing the understanding of the relationship of people and their physical environment, and the synthesis of this complex information into relevant design solutions. The program is a combination of building and environmental technology, professional practice, architectural electives and a rigorous sequence of design studios geared to exceptional students.


The following statement is required by the National Architectural Accrediting Board to be included in all catalogs and promotional materials for an accredited program.

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 (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes two types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture and the Master of Architecture. A program may be granted a five-year I think this is out-of date, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on its degree of conformance with established educational standards.

Masters degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree, which, when earned sequentially, comprises an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Pre-requisite Requirements and Grading Standards

Failure to place into Math 1113 will result in summer course work [Physics 1111K with a minimum grade of "C"] following the First Year of the Arch Program

All students must complete Pre-Calculus [Math 1113 and PHYS 1111K with a minimum grade of "C"] prior to DFN 2211 (Architecture Structures I).

All DFN and Professional studios and lecture courses must be taken in sequence with their prerequisites and must be passed with a minimum grade of "C".

All courses in the DFN Matrix must be completed by spring of 2nd Year: Cumulative GPA for both Georgia Core and DFN courses is 2.5. See Portfolio Review Criteria.

ADMISSION TO THE PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM: Average of: [Faculty Portfolio Evaluation] + [Cumulative DFN Course] ≥ 2.0

Directed Electives can be taken towards a Minor Concentration outside of the Architecture Program or Architectural Electives with the approval of Senior Program Advisor

Directed Electives can be taken in any semester of the Professional Program

Georgia Core Course shown in the Professional Program Section can be taken in any semester.

Thesis students must earn an "S" in Arch 5999-R to move forward to Arch 5999-T.

Updates in the Portfolio Review for the current academic year supersedes all changes of previous academic years including Catalogs.

Students will not be allowed to register for the same studio professor in two consecutive semesters.

Thesis Studio Grading

Arch 5999-R: Thesis Research

Student enrolled in this course must achieve a grade of "S" [satisfactory progress] by his or her Thesis Committee to move forward to Thesis Studio. A "U" [unsatisfactory progress] will delay the graduation for one year.

Arch 5999-T: Thesis Studio

"I"- Incomplete must follow University Guidelines.

"D"- is not considered a studio pass in the department: Student needs to enroll in the summer semester to complete his or her thesis project under the guidance of their thesis committee for summer graduation.

"F"- Student failing thesis studio for the first time must retake the studio section of the thesis. This is only the case for students who have taken thesis for the first time. This will delay their graduation for one year. Student can use the same thesis proposal in the thesis bazaar for it to be selected by a new thesis committee.

The Design Foundation

Design Foundation constitutes the first two years of the Bachelor of Architecture degree program. The Design Foundation sequence is an introduction to design issues and processes. Students learn to apply critical thinking using applied design skills to solve abstract and moderately complex design problems of the built environment. Students demonstrate their understanding of course material through exercises and simulated design projects.

Admittance to the Professional Program,

Portfolio Review: Mandatory condition to enter the Professional Program

Students MUST meet the following 3 requirements for admittance to the Professional Program:

  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 in all course work including DFN,
  • Successful completion of all regents core courses,
  • A satisfactory portfolio review according to the set guidelines and evaluation processes by the Architecture Program.

Portfolio Review: Mandatory condition to enter the Professional Program

A design portfolio review and approval by the Faculty is an essential requirement to enter the Professional Program. Students must follow the established guidelines to prepare their portfolios.

All four DFN studio works and other design/art work must be well articulated with a table of contents and strong graphics with well referenced and focused elaboration of critical design processes that led to final design solutions/projects. Faculty teams each consisting of five-members evaluate student's four semesters of design work following the design criteria approved by the Architecture Faculty. Students achieving the successful approval of their portfolio work will be awarded admission to the Professional Program.

Students whose portfolios are not approved by a 5-member faculty consensus are encouraged to improve their designs by repeating DFN 2004. Students can then compete again for admission to the professional program by resubmitting their portfolios with that class.

Professional Program

The Professional Program is comprehensive and rigorous. The Professional Program includes students who have successfully completed the two-year sequence of Design Foundation and who demonstrate exceptional professional promise. Students admitted to the Professional Program must maintain satisfactory progress by achieving a minimum grade of "C" in all lecture courses.

IMPORTANT: All professional studios are in sequence. Each studio must be passed with a minimum of "C" grade in order to advance into the next studio.

Student Work

All student work executed and produced is intellectual property of the Architecture Program. Student work may be returned at the discretion of the faculty. The faculty also reserves the right to refuse credit for any work that was executed outside the precincts of the Architecture facilities or otherwise executed without coordination with the faculty.

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