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Department of Architecture Honor Code
The Honor Code of the University of Memphis Department of Architecture states:  "I will not lie, cheat, or steal nor tolerate those who do." 
Students must also abide fully by the policies, rules, and regulations set forth in the Department of Architecture Student Policies Manual and the applicable documents of the University of Memphis.  Among these are the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities and the University of Memphis Code of Student Conduct.

Department of Architecture Studio Culture Policy

The Department of Architecture focuses on fostering a studio environment that provides high quality educational experiences while pursuing new knowledge through research, artistic expression, and interdisciplinary and engaged scholarship.  By creating and maintaining an environment that is both positive and respectful, the creative process is much more likely to emerge and succeed.
The Studio Culture Policy was developed by the University of Memphis Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students in partnership with the faculty of the Department of Architecture.  It is reviewed and updated periodically.

BFA Entrance Evaluation

All students intending to pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree within the Department of Architecture must complete the Entrance Evaluation. This is in addition to the admission requirements of the University of Memphis.
The Evaluation consists of an application form, a writing element, and a portfolio of representative work.  Submissions are reviewed by faculty and applicants are accepted on the basis of potential in the study of architecture or interior design.
Transfer students seeking advanced standing should submit a portfolio representing previously completed architecture or interior design studio work as well as detailed professional/technical course information. The review committee will determine if the work is equivalent to comparable courses at the University of Memphis.  Placement in the degree program is dependent upon the review.  Even if admitted with advanced standing, the student may be required to remedy previous course deficiencies.  For more information, please contact the Department of Architecture.
BFA Candidacy Review
A Candidacy Review Portfolio must be submitted after completion of the BFA core with a grade of C or better in all courses. This occurs at the end of the third semester of study. Representative work from all the architecture and interior design core courses must be included in the Portfolio.  Admission to the University of Memphis and completion of the core courses do not guarantee placement in the BFA in Architecture or BFA in Interior Design program.  Admission is selective and is based on an evaluation of the Portfolio and course work reflecting professional standards and expectations of the Department of Architecture.
After review, the candidate is notified of one of the following: (1) full acceptance into the BFA degree program, (2) one semester acceptance into the program on a probationary basis, (3) recommendation to correct the deficiencies and reapply, (4) recommendation to pursue studies in another major within the College of Communication and Fine Arts, or (5) denial of admission into the Program.  Permission to enroll in any 3000-4000 level course within the Department of Architecture is based upon this review.  Consultation with a faculty advisor is strongly recommended before or during preparation of the Candidacy Review Portfolio.
Several scholarships are available to architecture and interior design students through the Department of Architecture. These are:
Looney Ricks Kiss Architects Endowed Scholarship
Van Walton Memorial Scholarship
Dempsie Morrison, Jr. CSI Memphis Memorial Scholarship
James Weaver Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Interior Design
Interior Design Alumni Scholarship
In addition, the University of Memphis and the College of Communication and Fine Arts offer academic and other scholarships at various levels in a number of different categories.
Awards and Special Recognition
The Department of Architecture offers several special awards either through the Department or in partnership with professional and academic organizations.  These are:

AIA Henry Adams Medal (graduating M.Arch student with highest GPA)
AIA Henry Adams Certificate (graduating M.Arch student with second highest GPA)
Alpha Rho Chi Bronze Medal (M.Arch or BFA student - leadership, academics, service)
Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) Jonathan King Student Medal for Excellence in Architectural + Environmental Design Research (M.Arch or BFA student)
Department of Architecture Graduate Achievement Award (M.Arch student nominated by and voted on by the faculty)
Department of Architecture Creative Achievement Award (BFA student nominated by and voted on by the faculty)
Department of Architecture Academic Achievement Award (graduating BFA student who has earned the highest overall Grade Point Average in the Department)


All architecture and interior design students must meet with a Department of Architecture advisor prior to being permitted to enroll in courses offered by the Department. In addition to general advising sessions, students may schedule an appointment to meet individually with an advisor.  Professor Sherry Bryan, winner of the University of Memphis Distinguished Advisor Award for Faculty, serves as advising coordinator for the Department of Architecture.

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