Our island environment amplifies the singular role of architecture, design and urbanism to ensure safe, healthy, and resilient environments for our communities, while also elevating community values and aspirations. We encourage students to think about philosophical and ethical dimensions of culture, economic diversity, cooperation, and collaboration.

21st Century Design and Resilience

Our island environment amplifies the singular role of architecture, design and urbanism to ensure safe, healthy, and resilient environments for our communities, while also elevating community values and aspirations. We encourage students to think about philosophical and ethical dimensions of culture, economic diversity, cooperation, and collaboration.

Our Approach

The UHM School of Architecture offers a global collaborative approach to improving the built and natural environment founded on intellectual inquiry, creative problem solving, and outreach with a commitment to prominence in innovative architectural education, design excellence, sustainability, and research with a focus on Hawaii, the Pacific, and Asia.

The UHM School of Architecture offers a global collaborative approach to improving the built and natural environment founded on intellectual inquiry, creative problem solving, and outreach with a commitment to prominence in innovative architectural education, design excellence, sustainability, and research with a focus on Hawaii, the Pacific, and Asia.

Programs

UNDERGRADUATE
Bachelor of Environmental Design

The pre-professional 4-year undergraduate degree program at UH Mānoa, the Bachelor of Environmental Design (BEnvD), emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the built environment professions and provides a liberal arts and sciences education that takes full advantage of the greater university setting.

Bachelor of Environmental Design
GRADUATE
Master of Landscape Architecture

Hawai'i’s only professional landscape architecture program. The field of landscape architecture comprises the analysis, planning, design, and management of natural and built environments.

Master of Landscape Architecture
GRADUATE
Master of Architecture

The program is designed for students holding a four-year preprofessional architecture degree that are interested in completing a professional graduate-level architecture degree to prepare them to enter the profession. The program may be completed in two years and culminates in a Capstone Project that combines design and applied research.

Master of Architecture
GRADUATE
Doctor of Architecture

The program integrates coursework with professional office practice and provides a capstone project of research and design. Future professionals from this program are well equipped to address regional architectural issues in the Asia Pacific arena.

Doctor of Architecture
GRADUATE
Global Track Dual Degree

In partnership with Tongji University College of Architecture and Urban Planning (Shanghai, China), the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Architecture has implemented a DArch-Global Track (China) as part of its graduate professional program in architecture.

Global Track Dual Degree
GRADUATE
Historic Preservation

The Historic Preservation Graduate Certificate Program (HPGCP) is a 15 credit-hour program, which may be taken alone or in conjunction with another Graduate Certificate, or an M.A. or Ph.D. degree in American Studies or another department.

Historic Preservation Certificate
GRADUATE
Study Abroad

In addition to the various international study options offered by the school, including the DArch-Global Track and travel as part of ARCH course requirements or options, all students have access to more international study opportunities through the Manoa International Exchange Program (MIX) and UHM Study Abroad Center (SAC).

Study Abroad
GRADUATE
Lifelong Learning

The School of Architecture is committed to the principle of Lifelong Learning. This includes the areas of Continuing Education, Professional Education, Executive Education, Distance Learning and much more.

Lifelong Learning

News & Events

Photo: Chris Reed, STOSS, Harvard GSD - Guest Speaker at UHM SoA - 1/23 6pm
Chris Reed, STOSS, Harvard GSD - Guest Speaker at UHM SoA - 1/23 6pm
Photo: FORT STREET MALL:  THEN & NOW,  A Gallery Exhibition 
FORT STREET MALL:  THEN & NOW,  A Gallery Exhibition 
Photo: Special Presentation by G. Umi Kai, October 28, 2022
Special Presentation by G. Umi Kai, October 28, 2022
FROM DEAN CHAPMAN
"Our DArch program integrates paid internships, advanced research, topics relevant to contemporary practice and design inquiry.”
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