Curriculum sheets

Department policies

Departmental thesis documents

Diversity resources

  • UW President Ana Mari Cauce launched a Race and Equity Initiative in Spring 2015, which asks that students, faculty, staff and university leadership take responsibility for addressing our own biases and improving our university culture.
  • The Office of the Associate Dean for Diversity and Student Affairs within the Graduate School supports diversity and inclusiveness at the University of Washington in multiple and innovative ways: from support of students and departments to programming, advocacy, and fostering conversation and dialogue.
  • The Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) is a central part of the Graduate School’s commitment to expanding graduate education to everyone, with educational and social events throughout the year that help underrepresented minority graduate students connect with faculty, alumni, and other students.
  • The Intellectual House is a longhouse-style facility on the UW Seattle campus. It provides a multi-service learning and gathering space for Native American students, faculty and staff, as well as others from various cultures and communities to come together in a welcoming environment to share knowledge.
  • The University of Washington Q Center is a primarily student-run resource center dedicated to serving students, faculty, staff, and alumni of all sexual and gender orientation, identities, and expressions.
  • The University of Washington Veterans Education Benefits office serves military veterans and their dependents during their time as students at the UW.
  • The Disability Resources for Students (DRS) unit is dedicated to ensuring access and inclusion for all students with disabilities on the Seattle campus.
  • To further explore diversity at the University of Washington, please see:

Financial aid

To qualify for financial aid at the University of Washington, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, be admitted to the University in a degree granting program, demonstrate financial need, not be in default on a previous student loan or owe a repayment on a grant, and be making satisfactory progress toward a degree.

To begin the financial aid process at the University of Washington, please visit the UW Office of Student Financial Aid website.

For priority consideration, your FAFSA must be received by the federal application processor by the University’s deadline of February 28. You must file a FAFSA every year and applications will be available online for the following year starting January 1.

For more information on financial aid, contact

Office of Student Financial Aid
1st Floor, Schmitz Hall
University of Washington
1410 NE Campus Pkwy
Seattle WA 98195
(206) 543-6101


The University of Washington is a public institution; therefore no state or federal financial assistance is available for international students. Students, their families, and sponsors must assume all financial responsibility for tuition and living expenses.

Work-study positions from the University of Washington are not available for international students, however international students are welcome to apply for our yearly department scholarships. U.S. Immigration limits the amount of part-time work foreign students may do even when permission is granted. International students cannot apply for permission to work during their first year of study except in cases of extreme emergency.

The UW International Student Services website provides helpful information to international students interested in attending the University of Washington.

Graduate forms


The Department of Architecture announces a call for applications to our annual scholarships and fellowships. All currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Architecture are eligible to apply. A majority of these awards are partially need-based, so applicants should complete a FAFSA or a Financial Need Assessment Form for Non-Citizen/Permanent Residents.

The Department of Architecture’s Floyd A. Naramore Architectural Memorial Fund provides a limited number of fellowships to graduating students and recent graduates (within 10 years after graduation) of the College of Built Environments who wish to continue their studies in architecture at any university east of the Mississippi River. First selection priority goes to candidates accepted to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and second priority goes to candidates accepted to any university in the North Atlantic states.

2018 Rome Scholarships
2018 Rome Application Form

Student employment

The Department of Architecture employs students for a range of positions within the school. Positions range from teaching and research assistants for various professors and faculty to curating exhibits and assisting with the coordination of the department lecture series. Preference for employment in the Department of Architecture is given to students who are Work-Study eligible.

In a Work-Study program, the employer pays 40 percent of the student’s wages; the rest is subsidized by federal or state funds. International students are ineligible for Work-Study. To qualify for Work-Study jobs you must demonstrate financial need and have a Work-Study award as part of your overall financial aid award.

More information can be found at the UW Financial Aid Office.

Available Work-Study positions at the UW are posted on the UW Office of Student Financial Aid website. Please keep in mind that Work Study is only one type of job on campus. There are non-work study positions on-campus and other part-time employment jobs off-campus too.

Students eligible for Work-Study and interested in finding a Work-Study position in the department should submit a cover letter and résumé to Shanna Sukol via this link.


If you are Work-Study eligible and have been offered a Work-Study position and have never worked for the UW:

Please visit the Work-Study Office in 520 Schmitz Hall for a Work Study Job Referral Form.

Bring the Work Study Job Referral Form, a completed Federal I-9 Form, and original ID according to the instructions on page 9 of the I-9 Form (please read carefully as only certain combinations of ID are accepted) to:

Shanna Sukol
Program Manager
Depeartment of Architecture
Gould Hall 208G

If  you have questions about the employment process please contact Shanna Sukol.

Undergraduate forms

University thesis documents

  • Thesis Instructions and link to Master’s Supervisor Committee Approval (MSCA) Form: this form is in addition to the requirements from the department. Students must complete both forms.
  • Graduate School Resources: UW Graduate School has developed professional development resources to help graduate students and post-doctoral students create their own strategy and plans so they will be successful during – and beyond – their graduate educations. These resources help students explore the rich opportunities at the UW and tap into the expertise and guidance of faculty throughout campus.
  • Odegaard Writing & Research Center: Schedule your appointment for a full range of writing and research consultations with our friendly tutors and librarians.


Course change information

To change your course description in the UW Course Catalog, please submit a Course Change Application, with additional documents as needed, to the Chair for approval. Depending on how much of the course needs to be changed, additional approval may be required from the College Curriculum Committee and CBE Dean. To access the application form, go to: and scroll down to the Change Course Proposal link.

Department calendars

Faculty meeting agenda

Faculty meeting agenda for January 16, 2019:

  • Approval of November 28, 2018 minutes
  • Announcements, reminders and updates 
  • (Lecture Series, Alumni Awards, Autumn schedule, AIAS Forum 2018-Seattle) 
  • Design Computing Faculty Search Update 
  • Call for Research Studio proposals 
  • Design + Research Symposium – February 12, 2019 
  • Studio/course presentations  

Faculty info packet

Field trip risk waiver form

Food & alcohol policy

Information for Visiting Scholars


This information is provided to assist Visiting Scholars and hosting faculty members with the Visiting Scholars Program in the Department of Architecture. Please contact the department if there are additional questions.

The Department of Architecture prefers that a Visiting Scholar have a Ph.D. If you do not have a Ph.D., we would be happy to consider your request after reviewing one or two of your recent publications and a statement outlining your research plans while in residence here.

The Department provides no funding or office space for Visiting Scholars. You are required to provide evidence of sufficient funding to cover travel costs and living expenses while at the University of Washington. After being approved, Visiting Scholars are required to pay the University of Washington the sum of $195 (USD) to cover the cost of visa processing for the Visiting Scholar and each family member who requires a visa. As of August 1, 2013, Visiting Scholars must pay an additional $213 SEVIS fee. A personal check made out to the “University of Washington” should be submitted to the Department Manager.

Please send your materials (publications and statement of plans) to:

Brian McLaren, Department Chair
University of Washington
Department of Architecture
Box 355720
Seattle WA, 98195-5720

As a Visiting Scholar you will be able to sit in on all classes offered by the Architecture Department, attend all of our functions and lectures, and will have free use of the University library system. Upon completion of your term, Visiting Scholars are expected to present an oral report to the Department on research accomplishments made while in residence in the city of Seattle. This should be scheduled through your faculty host and the Department.


1. Applicants must propose a plan of research that includes discussion of how the UW Architecture Department would benefit from their work, and how this research would benefit by being pursued here. Priority will be given to candidates whose proposed research relates to the interests of one or more faculty members, and applications will be reviewed together once each quarter. For more information, please refer to this page.

2. Priority will be given to Visiting Scholars whose research would further on-going collaborative relationships in the form of research or exchanges involving students or faculty, or the prospect of these kinds of relationships.

3. Priority will be given to Visiting Scholars whose research will result in publications, and these publications should acknowledge the author’s visit with us. The visitor will need to adhere to all of the intellectual property agreements of the University of Washington. A letter detailing this agreement will be mailed to the Visiting Scholar once they have been accepted.

4. Applicants must have a faculty sponsor in the Architecture Department, preferably a faculty member whose area of expertise is in line with that of the applicant, and who is willing and agrees to “host” the scholar. The Department of State places emphasis on the cultural exchange elements of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program. In order to strengthen the fundamentals of the program, the hosting faculty member must provide information regarding the sponsoring department’s plans for cultural exchange for the visitor. The UW International Scholars Office (ISO) will review these plans as part of the initial visa request processing in order to confirm that they are appropriate and sufficient.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the sponsoring department to ensure that the J-1 exchange visitor has opportunities for cultural exchange as part of his or her experience at the University of Washington. Examples of appropriate exchange activities include, but are not limited to: departmental social events; sporting events; cultural events such as concerts or fairs; club activities; language exchanges; etc. If you have questions about the cultural exchange requirement, please feel free to contact the ISO at

5. Once accepted, the Visiting Scholar will be expected to offer at least one department-wide presentation on their research work and two presentations to students in classes as appropriate.

6. Every exchange visitor must possess sufficient proficiency in English to successfully participate in the program and function on a day-to-day basis. Federal law requires sponsors use and retain evidence of one of the following “objective measurements” to determine the scholar’s English language proficiency:

· A recognized English language test
· Signed documentation from an academic institution or English language school
· A documented interview conducted by the sponsor either in-person or by videoconferencing, or by telephone if videoconferencing is not a viable option

The Department welcomes scholars from around the world. We are happy to assist with any additional questions regarding the Visiting Scholar Program.

Perjury statement (for lost receipts)

Room reservations & calendar

Travel Policy & General Reimbursement form