Exploring Architecture

SARUP provides the tools for students to delve into the matrix of historical, social and physical forces that inform the sites with which they are confronted. And they are challenged to design context-sensitive, temporally relevant solutions—understanding the past while designing for the future. Perhaps most important, these tools remain with our students as they go on to participate in designing the built environment regionally, nationally and globally.

The School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP) has students with a passion for their chosen field, accomplished and dedicated faculty and alumni, who work tirelessly to provide the best experience to those they are mentoring. Students at SARUP have the benefit of attending a small and strong school, with the attention and guidance that brings, within an urban campus and environment, which is the center of activity and opportunity.

For more information, please contact the SARUP Advising Office at 414-229-4015

How do I apply?
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies Application Information

What is going on at SARUP right now?

Student work

When can I visit?
While prospective students are welcome throughout the year, the ideal time to visit the School and experience some of its energy is on a Friday when school is in session. In addition to individual tours, the School offers regular special visit programs. To take advantage of the best possible option to explore the School, please register at:

What if I can’t come in person?
The Recruiting Advisor is always ready to provide information for students hoping to learn more about the School, and visits college fairs and high schools in Wisconsin and Illinois on a regular basis.

Please contact
Erica Chappelear, Recruiting Advisor

What are classes like?
Freshman year: students will attend several Architecture courses and General Education Requirements (GERs). These include math, English and physics. GER courses provide an excellent method to explore additional fields, and give direction to those who might wish to combine architecture with related courses such as urban planning, business, or graphic design.

Sophomore year – Senior year: Design studios are very hands-on and project-based, investigating specific building types and the challenges of building on specific sites. Upper-level classes include architectural theory, historic preservation and landscape urbanism and the impact of places on peoples’ experience. Students who major in architecture can add a minor of certificate to their degree, overlapping courses with electives and GERs.

Along every step of the way, SARUP advisors are ready to help student set realistic expectations, review course selections and confirm progress toward graduation.

How do I decide if studying architecture is right for me? While there are many valuable online resources that discuss the field, students and alumni recommend visiting a few architecture offices of different sizes, to learn about the type of work architects do. An architecture education prepares you to be a problem solver, a communicator and helps you be relevant in whatever career you ultimately pursue. Some SARUP graduates go on to careers in real estate, interiors, urban planning, government, graphic design, and other fields.

A message from Dean Bob Greenstreet

Where can I learn more about the profession?
ARCH Careers
NCARB – National Council of Architectural Registration Boards – Becoming and Architect
NAAB – National Architecture Accrediting Board – Careers in Architecture
AIAS – American Institue of Architecture StudentsSARUP has its own student chapter.