If you are a prospective student and would like to visit the department, we encourage you to schedule your visit during an undergraduate or graduate Information session. Please check the department calendar for the next information session. Our Information Sessions are designed to provide prospective students with an overview of our curriculum, resources, and programs offered by the Department of Architecture and to answer questions and concerns of prospective students. If you are unable to coordinate your visit with one of our information sessions and would like to meet with an adviser please send an email to the appropriate adviser to request an appointment.


Prospective freshmen apply to the UW as “pre-architecture” majors. No portfolio is required.  Students interested in majoring in Architecture or Architectural Design will complete prerequisite coursework at the UW prior to applying to the major (usually within the first two years of study). Prospective freshmen are encouraged to attend the department’s undergraduate as well as general UW information sessions. The University of Washington also offers campus tours, drop-in classes and information sessions for freshmen.

Pre-Major Students

If you are still exploring majors, want to make sure you meet requirements to apply to the program, or wish to talk about a back-up major or other options, visit the Mary Gates Advising Center and set up an appointment to meet with a pre-major adviser.

Prospective Undergraduate Transfer Students

Students transferring from another 2 or 4-year college/university need to first apply to the UW: http://admit.washington.edu/

For more information on the transfer process, every Thursday the UW hosts Transfer Thursday, an opportunity to learn more about the transfer process and drop-in advising. For more information and to register visit: http://webster.uaa.washington.edu/transfer/thursday/

For more information on architectural education and careers visit:


For any specific questions please contact:

Kim Sawada
Undergraduate Academic Adviser
Gould Hall 208S

Prospective Graduate Students

Many prospective graduate students visit the campus ahead of applying to the UW Department of Architecture. If you are planning a visit, you are strongly encouraged to coordinate your visit with one of our scheduled information sessions. However if this is not possible, please call ahead to schedule an appointment.

The department offers several Graduate Program Information Sessions & Tours throughout the year, typically offered on the first and third Fridays of each month (October-December) and the first Friday from March-June. Please check the department calendar for dates, times, locations, and RSVP link.

For any specific questions regarding the graduate program (M.Arch 3+, 2+, High Performance Building, and M.Arch/MLA Dual Degree) please contact:

Claudine Manio
Graduate Academic Adviser
Gould Hall 208T

For questions regarding the MS in Architecture, Design Technology, please contact:

Mehlika Inanici
Architecture Hall 130M
Phone: (206) 221-5794

For questions regarding the MS in Architecture, History/Theory, please contact:

Ken Tadashi Oshima
Architecture Hall 170J
Phone: (206) 221-5681

Questions about specific faculty research should be addressed to the faculty directly.