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
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.